Queen of the Uphill - Page 2
It's as though you have a "love affair" with Pikes Peak—one that clearly paid off with your impressive win and course record this past year. Tell us more about your relationship with the mountain.
My husband, Corey, and I both share the ‘love affair’ with Pikes. We first ran the race in 2009 with no expectation of how we would do or what it would be like. I remember being in awe of the mountain the entire time I was running. After experiencing the race and meeting awesome people, we were both hooked on mountain running and racing, in particular Pikes. It’s one of the most unique and historic mountain races in the U.S., in my opinion. We have run it each year since 2009. Going into the race this year, my focus was not on a specific time but rather on running with wisdom and strength.
Best advice for aspiring uphill runners?
Learn to love the pain and challenge of running uphill. Don’t worry about pace or time, just do your best to stay relaxed, stay strong and keep an even pace on an incline. Find other uphill activities you enjoy (such as hiking, stair climbing, or cycling hilly terrain) and do them often to build general strength for uphill running. How do you give back to the running community?
Recently I have found a new passion in coaching and helping others with their training. Last fall, I had a blast coaching the boys and girls cross country team at Grand Junction High School. I also started helping a few friends train for their goal races. I don’t have a degree in exercise physiology or sports science, but I avidly read running literature and I experiment with my own running. My hope is to give back to the running community by sharing what I have learned and my enthusiasm for running.
What are your plans for 2013?
As of now, I have not yet set a definitive race schedule for 2013. There are too many amazing races and beautiful places to choose from. I will likely return to my favorites (Black Canyon Ascent, Pikes, Mount Washington), try a few new Colorado races and hopefully run something big out-of-state or country. Sometime in the near future I would also like to return to the Jungfrau Marathon, qualify for the U.S. Mountain Running Team, and run the North Face 50-Mile Endurance Challenge Championships, La Luz, the Zermatt Marathon, Mt. Evans Ascent, Imogene, the Pikes Peak Marathon and many more!
Which race stands out the most for you from 2012?
I had a wonderful experience at all of the races I ran in 2012, but Jungfrau was probably the most unique experience of them all. It was my first international race, and the landscape and the race’s excitement blew me away. Being a part of Team USA alongside some great friends also made the experience special.