Susan Nuzum

Age: 43, Years running: 19, Hometown: Boulder CO, Favorite product: Crosslite

What are some of your lifetime running goals?

I'd like to be able to run injury-free for a long time to come. There are also so many great races and places to run out there; I'd like to be able to travel to run and have great adventures.

Do you have a claim to fame?

I was hit in the head by a squirrel while out running one day. He tried to jump from a fence to a tree and I was in the middle. I screamed like a little girl then looked around to make sure that no one was watching.

Do you have any vices?

Red wine.

What makes you tick as a runner and in the real world?

The thing that I love most about running is being outside, especially on the trails. A long run goes by so easily and quickly when I'm out on a sunny day running with my dog Elsa. And you meet the nicest people running and at races.

What drives you to run?

My '99 Toyota 4Runner.

What is your favorite movie?

Ferris Buehler's Day Off

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

Juan - don't remember how it started, but I got it in junior high school.

What’s the longest you’ve gone without sleep? Why?

During a test out the course run for the Wild West Relay - we almost got run over in the middle of the night by ATV-ers and came close to hiting a cow in the middle of the road in Wyoming - it was only 12 of us, so it was a little unnerving. Went two days without sleep and had to pull over on the drive home and take a nap.

If you had to be named after one of the 50 states, which would it be?

Carolina - that's a nice name, but I've never been there, so I'm not sure about the place.

What did you have for lunch yesterday?


If you could hook up a thought monitor to your head, would you see pictures, hear words or would music be playing?

Music, of course.

What really scares you about trail running?

Doing a face plant into a rock, which I almost did a few years ago at the Barr Trail race.

If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?

Must Love Dogs.

Where would you live if it could be anywhere in the world?

I'd spend summers in Boulder and winters on Kauai, with occasional ski trips of course.

What’s your worst encounter on the trail?

Someone talking on their cell phone.