Hello, and thanks for once again joining us for another entry in our series of Meet a
Front Runner. Today we’d like to
introduce you to another of our runners, THE Spicy Runner, Cory Windsor. Cory is one of the core members of Front Runners and befitting of this talents (and liver) is among other things, our social director. As always, come meet Cory during one of our social events or during one of our runs!
So Cory, when did you start running?
I’ve run pretty much since high school. That was more as just a way to keep in shape and I never did anything serious with it. I would just go out for a few miles on my own every couple of days. I started running daily when I got to college as a way to avoid the freshman 15, luckily my dorm was right by The Shoe at OSU so I would go out after class and run laps around the stadium. I would do the occasional 5k/10k with friends but didn’t start running distance races till 2011. My friend asked me if I wanted to try a half marathon with her and then ended up doing a half marathon every month from April – October, finishing that year out with my first marathon in November. 7 half and 1 full marathon in my first year of distance running – I was hooked.
What is your proudest running accomplishment?
I’m proud of finishing a 100k ultramarathon. By 2013 I had run quite a few half marathons and 2 full marathons but my buddy’s father was running ultras – so I started asking him about those distances. He (still) is a fan of the 100mile distance and said that one of his favorite races has a 50k and 100k option, so I dove right into the 100k distance for my first ultra. That was a long process with a lot of learning.
More recently, I’m proud of tying for 1st place with my friend (and fellow Front Runner) in a 40mile ultra 2 weeks ago while another friend placed 6th in the marathon. In 2014 I suffered a DNF in this race after hurting my ankle on a root. It felt so great to go back into the race, with 2 of my close friends, for a chance at redemption and to come out tying for an overall victory.
What does being a Front Runner mean to you?
Being a front runner means I can enjoy running while also enjoying people who are familiar with the plight of the homosexual. To me running has always been very unconcerned with any aspect of a person and very accepting of just about anyone who considers themselves a runner, but it is nice to be with a group of runners who also understands what it means to be gay. Coming out, relationships, men running in short shorts, and a deep sense of camaraderie.
What do you do when you’re not running?
I could not live without wine and tequila! Outside of running, I love spending time with my family and friends. Usually we are watching movies or talking about running/races while drinking wine. Otherwise we are putzing around and bantering with each other about fisting.
5k – 19:16
10k – 42:21
Half-Marathon – 1:29:26
Marathon – 3:12:08
40M – 6:33:50