Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Team Colorado Welcomes Brandy Erholtz

Name: Brandy "Mile-a-Minute" Erholtz

Age: 36 years young

Hometown: International Falls, MN a.k.a. “Icebox of the Nation”

Current residence: Evergreen, CO

Sponsors: New Balance, Injinji, Power Bar & Atlas Snowshoes

STORK ALERT!!!: Asher Emmet Erholtz was born a little early on Sept. 25, 2013 at 4:38pm, weighing in at 2 lbs. 15 oz. He, Brandy and Matt are doing well. We welcome Asher to Team Colorado!

Personal Bests (or Worst’s):
To be honest, I’m rarely ever completely satisfied with my results and hope all of my personal bests are yet to come. Once I started mountain/trail running, I decided personal bests are usually irrelevant. A race is about pushing yourself against your competition, the course, the weather and of course yourself. With that said, I do still have some personal time goals I’d like to meet in a couple of ascent races along with some road times IF I do any more serious road racing.

Worsts: I broke both of my arms (elbows) on an early morning run in Paris after the World Championships in 2010 and still had to fly home. Ten years earlier I had broken both wrists.  Sierre Zinal 2011 was more of a death march than an actual race for me; I’d like to redeem myself there. I was also extremely disappointed with my individual performance last year at World’s despite the team Gold medal—my personal performance didn’t indicate the fitness I had as I came down with a cold. The race felt like I was stuck in a bad dream.

Notable Achievements:
5X Consecutive US Mountain Running Teams
10th Place World Championships Italy 2009
2x Pike’s Peak Ascent Champion
2x Mt. Washington Champion

Goals for 2013/2014/beyond:
2013—deliver a healthy baby and start getting my base mileage back as soon as possible!
2014—get back in shape and figure out how to balance motherhood, training, coaching and full-time teaching! Qualify for the US Mountain Running Team to compete in Italy, break 70 minutes at Mt. Wash, break 2:35 at Pikes, improve my time and place in the Jungfrau Marathon.
Beyond—qualify for more US Mountain Running Teams, earn an individual medal at the World Champs, better my time and place at Sierre Zinal, complete and compete in some ultras, run Imogene Pass, La Luz and Aspen Golden Leaf Half Marathon; just to name a few!

Favorite trails:
We’ve only lived in Colorado for 7 years, so I am still exploring! In Evergreen, I love to run Bergen Peak, Evergreen Mountain and Elephant Butte.

Favorite workout:
Anything steep and uphill! Long runs have always been my favorite run of the week as I love spending time on the trails. It’s good thinking time!

Favorite races:
Mt. Washington
Pikes Peak Ascent
Sierre Zinal
Vail Winter Uphill

Although my husband created a website/blog for me a few years ago, this is actually a good reminder I need to remove it from the web as I’m terrible at updating it! I have been guest blogging with Liza Howard, my fellow NB ambassador about our journey through pregnancy:

Favorite beer:
Mmm beer; I can’t wait to have beer again! I love trying local brews—ambers and darks are usually my favorite. Tommy Knocker had a chocolate porter last winter I loved as well. Right now, I’m dying for a pumpkin beer and told Matt (husband) he needs to have one ready in the delivery room for me!

Why Trail/Mountain/Ultra Running?:
It’s the best way to explore! The people, places and experiences I have gained in my life through mountain/trail running are second to none. In all seriousness, I got into trail/mountain/running after not meeting my goal of qualifying for the 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials. I was frustrated that 4+ months of training for a marathon goal could be ruined because of heat/humidity, gale force winds, etc.  I have to thank Nancy Hobbs for seeing potential in me and encouraging me to give mountain running a try!

Mt. Washington Road Race                       photo: Joe Viger

Tell us more!:
I have six pets: Emma, Gizmo, Chopper & K2 (cats) & Ches-E & Fischer (black and yellow labs-best running buddies ever!!)

I’m vegetarian and a chocoholic.

I’m grateful for my husband (Matt) who has been super supportive of my training/racing; I couldn’t do it without him.

I also feel blessed God has given me the gift of running and hope I can continue to share and use it to help inspire others. 

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