Mike Randall

Currently live in: Boulder, CO

Previously from: Born & raised in St. Louis, MO, college at University of Missouri in Columbia, MO, 2 years in downtown Chicago, then Austin, TX from late 2000 until moving to Boulder full-time in 2013. With meaningful adventures, road trips, and stops along the way in Taos (NM), Kona (HI), Alaska, Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Italy, and Belgium.

Personal Motto: Be better today than yesterday.

How long have you been a runner? Ran as a compliment to weight lifting through the college years and into my early 20s, trained for first marathon (Chicago 2001) when I was 26. Got into trails leading up to 2009 TransRockies Run.

Happiest running moment: The final mile of pretty much every run I’ve done so far with this group.

Proudest running accomplishment: My first “ultra” on March 19, 2009 – a solo 34-miler multi-loop run around Austin’s iconic Town Lake on my 34th birthday.

Favorite local running route: My go-to local mountain run is the Flagstaff Mountain/Green Mountain round-trip from Eben G. Fine Park in Boulder, CO. But, I also enjoy the solitude of my door-to-door long runs through the NoBo foothills and Boulder Valley Ranch trails.

Favorite distance: Hard to say since terrain/pace is so variable but I love 3-hour runs, which can be 8 miles or 20 miles, depending on the day and route.

Favorite race: Other than the some local road races in Austin, I’ve never done the same race twice. But, my favorite kind of running is wooded single-track ultra on a cool, sunny day so pretty much all the CO trail races are perfect.

If you could lace up your shoes and go for a run anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? Where is it 50 degrees and sunny right now? I’ve had great running experiences all around the world, both solo and with friends. That said, I’m not sure there is anywhere I’d rather be right now than where I am, doing what I’m doing, which is something I’ve worked and planned for 20 years to be able to say.

Dreams: To run mountain trail with my kids. And their kids.

When I’m not running I’m… Traveling with friends and family, cooking, investing, LEGO building with my son, trying to make my baby girl laugh (easy to do), fawning over the successes of my runner buddies, drinking espresso, binge watching shows with my wife, figuring out how to eliminate hassles, improve efficiency, and get the most from my time, money, health, and what remains of my mind.

Uphills or Downhills? Love the downhills, learning to complain less about the uphills. This is, of course, assuming we’re talking about running.

Favorite post-run beer: I guess a coconut-milk-spinach-protein-powder-mixed-fruit-smoothie doesn’t count? Beer is fine but there are lots of post-run options for relaxing in Colorado. 🙂

I am a Rocky Mountain Runner because… I’ve always thought of myself as a mountain guy, even as a non-traveling kid growing up in the heart of the midwest. Now that I’ve finally made it here, I can either go out into the mountains by myself, where I’m 87% likely to be eaten by a bear, or surround myself with more experienced, super cool friends who can drag me along. This is the sort of group that I’ve always longed for – talented, interesting, fun, diverse, hard-core mountain runners – but never figured would include a “regular” runner like me. And hanging with the group gives me an excuse to shower less frequently.

 

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