Pacer Arpan

Where are you from?

Baroda, India & Chattanooga, TN

Current P.R.

3:41

Typical pace

7:45-8:00 min/mile for long runs

Number of marathons

5

Occupation

Quality Engineer

Favorite marathon

Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon

Hobbies

Running, swimming, reading and meditation

Favorite Running Food

Pre-race: Pasta / Spaghetti.

During race: Any of the Espresso or Caramel flavored GU gels

What are you reading now?

The Intelligent Investor

Who do you train with?

Chattanooga Track Club

Personal goals

Sub 3:00 marathon and compete in a 10 mile swim competition

 

 

A quotation you like…

“Perhaps the next finish line will be just the start.”

 

Why do you run?

 

Haruki Murakami sums it up pretty good in his book – “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running”:

“For me, running is both exercise and a metaphor. Running day after day, piling up the races, bit by bit I raise the bar, and by clearing each level I elevate myself. At least that’s why I’ve put in the effort day after day: to raise my own level. I’m no great runner, by any means. I’m at an ordinary – or perhaps more like mediocre – level. But that’s not the point. The point is whether or not I improved over yesterday. In long-distance running the only opponent you have to beat is yourself, the way you used to be.”

Describe your best marathon memory.

 

In one of the marathons, I was cramping in the last mile and I could hear the music playing by the finish line. Crowd support and energy was so good that I finished the last mile without stopping. It was really good experience and I witnessed how the crowd energy and support could carry you across the finish line.

Why do you pace?

 

I like helping people and see them succeed. Pacing is a great way for me to help people achieve their goals.

Tell us your best pacing experience.

 

It was when all the runners who started in the pace group finished before I did and few got their PRs.

Why should someone run in your pace group?

 

I like to talk and make friends so mine is always cheerful pace group

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

 

Enjoy the moment, don’t think too much about what if scenarios and race it mile by mile.

Anything else you’d like to share?

 

What philanthropic activities do you have?

Several community services as a part of job

 

 

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