Previously from: I grew up in Colorado Springs and left Colorado temporarily for school. I’ve lived in Chicago, Ann Arbor MI, Portland OR, and Seattle.
How long have you been a runner? I have been casually running my whole life, but 2011 was when I started thinking of myself as a mountain runner. Now I’m obsessed with it.
Happiest running moment: Leaving an air-conditioned high-rise office tower to run shirtless through downtown Chicago in a pouring summer rain was pretty sweet.
Favorite local running route: Up Cheyenne Canyon west of Colorado Springs via Columbine and Seven Bridges trails. There’s usually enough water on the route which is important when you’re running with a dog — and I’m always running with a dog!
Favorite distance: 50K
Favorite race: I love the Squak Mountain half-marathon in Seattle. One of my first trail races; the course is amazing, and you can race with a dog.
If you could lace up your shoes and go for a run anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? The Chirico Trail on Tiger Mountain in Seattle.
Goals: Win my age-group in the Pikes Peak Marathon. Finish a 100-miler. Avoid getting dropped on the RMR runs up Green Mountain…
When I’m not running I’m… working as an emergency physician, playing with my dog and cat, or arguing about politics with someone who enjoys that kind of thing as much as I do.
Uphills or Downhills? Up! Probably because it rhymes with “pup.” But I’m relatively much more skilled on the downhills.
Favorite post-run beer: If it was a run in Colorado, give me a Bristol Brewing Red Rocket Pale Ale, or an Elevation First Cast IPA. If it was a run in Michigan, give me anything from Bell’s. Drink locally!
I am a Rocky Mountain Runner because… I saw a picture on the RMR website that included a happy dog, and that convinced me to bring Pele out for my first group run. The RMRs are inspirational and fun people in any weather and in all seasons.