Pacer Alex
Where are you from? Tulsa, OK Current P.R.  3:02:59

Typical pace 6:50-7:00 min/mile Number of marathons 4 marathons/5 ultras

Occupation Police officer Favorite marathon Nashville 

Hobbies attending concerts, yoga, CrossFit Favorite Running Food coffee and PB&J

What are you reading now? The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger Who do you train with? Pacer Tim Ross, we are hometown buds. 

Personal goals I plan to run Boston 2014, and go sub 3-hours in 2013. 

A quotation you like… There is always a choice about the way you do your work, even if there is not a choice about the work itself.

Why do you run? Running is my release. It’s a stress-reliever for me, and it allows me to do my best thinking. Not to mention, It allows me to eat cookies and drink beer (relatively) guilt-free. 

Describe your best marathon memory. Taking off my socks at Mile 23 of the Nashville Marathon because they were soaked in sweat, and I was convinced that they were slowing me down (not the case). 

Why do you pace? Pacing will provide me with an enjoyable opportunity to meet and converse with complete strangers that have one similar interest. Meanwhile, I am able to assist the group in striving to attain the same goal. It builds a sense of camaraderie, but most importantly, achieving a PR is one of the greatest payoffs!

Tell us your best pacing experience. I do not have any formal pacing experience apart from pacing friends or family members in training runs. 

Why should someone run in your pace group? I believe that my background in coaching will be advantageous to guiding runners on a smooth and comfortable race. 

Any tips for runners about to join your group? Remember to drink when you’re not thirsty, and slow down when you’re not fatigued. Hitting the ‘wall’ can happen at any point in a race, so do your best to conserve energy when possible. 

Anything else you’d like to share? Running is a sport of patience and dedication. The amount of success you hope to see is directly related to the amount of work you put in. Don’t get discouraged if you fail to achieve a goal during your first race. Learn from your racing mistakes, and rectify them during your next training phase.

What philanthropic activities do you have? I am a participator and donator to spreading the awareness of prostate cancer.


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