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Runner Interview: Margaret Spring


  • Location: Denver, Colorado


Margaret Spring Trail and Kale Runner Interview

When and why did you start running?

I started running in seventh grade. I ran varsity cross country that year because our town was so small. I was inspired by my oldest brother who was a total speedster.  I looked up to him and thought it would be a good opportunity to join in on the fun. I loved the opportunity to be outside with my friends and run.

Describe your ideal race (let us know if it’s real or fictional, and describe details including the location, climate, terrain and duration)

I love running on trails and in the mountains. Particularly the Rocky Mountains. My ideal race is only uphill. Downhill running terrifies me. I basically look like a Muppet running downhill. Climate is 60 degrees. Race would be running through wildflower Meadows in between long slow climbs with gorgeous mountain peak views and alpine lakes. Ideally single track.

Margaret Spring Trail and Kale Runner Interview

Tell us about your favourite trail

My favorite trail is the fairyland trail in Bryce Canyon. Amazing scenery, blue skies, views for days, incredible twists and turns. It’s like magic around every corner. It basically feels like you are running a roller coaster. Smooth and steady with excitement around every corner.

I was inspired by my oldest brother who was a total speedster.  I looked up to him and thought it would be a good opportunity to join in on the fun. I loved the opportunity to be outside with my friends and run.

What has been your biggest running / adventure challenge to date?

My biggest running adventure has been the Pikes Peak Ascent. It’s a huge challenge physically and mentally for me. I have raced it the last four years. The first time I ran it, I got done and I thought to myself… “I never have to do that again”.  The next year my husband bought my registration into the race, and I found myself on the start line again. And now it’s a grueling tradition. The mountain is challenging and the weather is always a surprise. My favorite part of the entire race is that my husband’s patients come to the start line every year. They are medically complex patients with significant breathing issues. Seeing them at the beginning of the race always puts me at ease and reminds me what an incredible gift it is to be able to actually get to run the race, breath without difficulty, and climb mountains. I stop looking at it as a race, and more as an opportunity to perform and challenge my body which is a gift.

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Margaret Spring Trail and Kale Runner Interview

Tell us about your greatest running fail, we’ve all had – or will have – them at some point!

Can I count my very first snow shoeing race? I tried to run in snow shoes! EPIC FAIL! I placed pretty much last in the race, my ankles were bruised and black and blue from not wearing the proper shoe/boot attire. I have never been so discouraged and defeated in my life.

What advice would you give to a new trail runner?

It’s a gift to run outside in nature. Take every step, breath of fresh air, and view in!  OHHHHHH and bring snacks, pick an EPIC view, and picnic it up!!!

What is your favourite bit of running kit, and why?

Definitely my CamelBak ! It carries my snacks.  I LOVE SNACKS! I also am a huge fan of my Body Poket. Great way to carry my keys and snacks.

What challenges / races / adventures are you planning for the coming year?

My goal for this year, my fortieth year, is to complete an Ultra race. I am hoping for sometime this fall, as I am currently recovering from an injury so the journey is slow and steady.
I love taking runcations, so I will probably travel a few new places and explore the trails with my husband.

It’s a gift to run outside in nature. Take every step, breath of fresh air, and view in!  OHHHHHH and bring snacks, pick an EPIC view, and picnic it up!!!

Margaret Spring Trail and Kale Runner Interview

Whats your favourite running/adventure book, and which songs keep you going when things get tough?

Music is key!  I am pretty old school. I listen to a ton of Ani Difranco, Blues traveler and pretty much every Counting Crows album.

Finally, What do you get up to when you’re not running or adventuring?

I love to bake. When I am not running I love to bake and create. It is a way to explore my creative side and a great stress reliever. I am also coaching Girls on the Run which I love. It is amazing to give back and to get the girls interested and in love with running and feel confident about the strength and abilities of their bodies.

Thank you for taking the time to be interviewed Margaret! We wish you the very best in a speedy recovery and good luck with your first Ultra!! 🙂
Happy Trails!

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Hey, I'm Alastair. 5 years ago I started Trail & Kale as a way to share the mental & physical benefits that trail running and nature had given me. Since then Trail & Kale has grown to become a thriving blog and community that inspires people to trail run, hike, adventure more, and live a healthy plant-based lifestyle.
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