Pacer Amy

Where are you from?

Born and raised in Connecticut, but live in Jacksonville now

Current P.R.

4:20 for a full, 1:56 for the half

Typical pace


Number of marathons



Higher Education Administrator

Favorite marathon

Flying Pig in Cincinnati, OH


Running of course! I also love reading, kayaking, and searching for shark teeth with my family.

Favorite Running Food

French Toast Gu on the run and a burger after the race

What are you reading now?

Wrinkle in Time: I am reading it with my daughters.  I’m working on my doctorate, so otherwise, articles for my dissertation.

Who do you train with?

The Galloway Group in Jacksonville, FL

Personal goals

My goal is to get closer to 1:50 in the half and break 4 hours in the full.



A quotation you like…

We get caught up in so many entanglements and insecurities and worries and obsessions and trivial arguments while life races right by us shaking it’s head at how seriously we take ourselves.-Zach Braff


Why do you run?


I started running in high school to take care of my body, and then I realized I could actually run faster than I thought! I run to have an outlet from working mom life; when I run, I get to focus on my goals and just breathe.  I also run for my awesome group, the Get Lost group of Jacksonville Galloway.  I could not ask for a better group of running buddies!

Describe your best marathon memory.


My best marathon memory is running my marathon PR at the Glass City Marathon in Toledo, OH.  My husband’s entire family lives up there, and it is where we most recently lived.  I was not perfectly trained for the race, so I was not sure how I would do and just went out and ran.  It was so neat to run across the finish line at the stadium with friends and family watching as I PRed!

Why do you pace?


I pace because I love the ability to lift up others and help them achieve their goals.  I get to chat with new people and encourage them through 13.1 or 26.2 miles.  I’ve met everyone from recent college graduates to a 70 year old who has run a marathon on every continent. 

Tell us your best pacing experience.


My best pacing experience was my most recent, the Thanksgiving Distance Classic 2018 in Jacksonville, FL. I paced the 2:00 hour group, and for a lot of folks, a two hour half is a huge goal.  We brought everyone in at 1:59:47 chip time, which is perfect!  I loved celebrating their accomplishment.

Why should someone run in your pace group?


I’m a positive, bubbly person, and my goal is to make the miles go by as smoothly and joyfully as possible.  I try incredibly hard to keep us on pace and make adjustments to get us in on time. I also love to make people laugh and enjoy the silliness of what we do!

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


If you have not used the run/walk/run Galloway method before, be prepared for the running portion to be faster than your normal “run straight through” pace.  But remember, we get to walk regularly!  The first mile of any race can be a little off kilter pace-wise; I’ll keep watching to make sure we adjust our pace over the course to get as close to our goal as possible.

Anything else you’d like to share?


I have been bungee jumping and would never do it again, and I have a wealth of random knowledge about King Arthur due to a study abroad trip in college at UConn (Go Huskies!).

What philanthropic activities do you have?


Prior to moving to Jackonsville, I coached soccer and cross country at the YMCA in Toledo, OH for several years.  Now, I regularly volunteer with our daughters’ PTA and through church.


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