Pacer Andy

Where are you from?

Born in Buffalo New York, raised in, and currently a resident of, Ann Arbor Michigan with stops in Seattle, Denver, and Brooklyn along the way

Current P.R.

2:38:42

Typical pace

7:15 or so

Number of marathons

5

Occupation

Commercial Credit Lead Expert

Favorite marathon

Boston

Hobbies

Reading poetry and fiction, writing, and camping

Favorite Running Food

PBJ Everything Bagel

What are you reading now?

The Farmer by Jim Harrison

Who do you train with?

Mostly solo

Personal goals

Start a competitive and social running club in Ann Arbor, MI

Obtain a law degree and start my own community law practice

Write a novel

 

 

A quotation you like…

Running to him was real; the way he did it the realest thing he knew. It was all joy and woe, hard as a diamond; it made him weary behond comprehension. But it also made him free

 

Why do you run?

 

Running is a redemptive and restorative practice for me, it renews my spirit and body and provides a rhythm to my days, and it is one of the true and only ‘wild’ activities I undertake regularly.

Describe your best marathon memory.

 

My best marathon memory is my first time racing the Boston Marathon in 2015.  It was the biggest race of my life and the tradition, emotion, and competition are magical.  I also hit the wall hard at mile 18 and it was a great exercise in grit to get to the finish line.

Why do you pace?

 

As I’ve grown older, training has become increasingly solitary.  Pacing recreates the community aspect of running.  I draw satisfaction in working together with runners on the road to reach their personal goals.

Tell us your best pacing experience.

 

My best pacing experience was the Bronx 10 Miler in New York City.  The course introduced me to new parts of the city and the group of runners at 6:30 pace was strong and spirited.

Why should someone run in your pace group?

 

Runners who are driven to achieve their personal best while recognizing that it can’t be measured just by the time on the clock at the finish line. 

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

 

Get that long run in and try to incorporate speed work into your training one or twice a week.  It will help you keep a steady pace on race day.

 

 

What philanthropic activities do you have?

Free tax preparation for underserved communities

Volunteer at outdoor music festivals, including Pickathon and Home of the Hoot!

 

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