Pacer Christine's 4:15 group at the Louisiana Marathon

Pacer Cristine's Atlantic City Marathon 4:20 group

 

 

Pacer Christine

Where are you from?

Naperville, IL; born in Louisiana- total Southern girl!

Current P.R.

3:34

Typical pace

8:35

Number of marathons

31

Occupation

Business Educator

Favorite marathon

Chicago and Boston because of the crowds; Nike Women’s Marathon- San Francisco

Hobbies

Coaching and Running, Scrapbooking, Cooking

Favorite Running Food

2nd Surge; Gatorade energy chews

What are you reading now?

Just finished “The Litigator” by John Grisham

Who do you train with?

Dick Pond Fast Track team out of Lisle, IL

Personal goals

Run a 3:30 marathon this fall; run a marathon in every state; run London and Berlin marathon; continue to compete in USATF meets

 

 

A quotation you like…

When I’m having a tough time in a race, I love to quote “The Little Engine that Could,” by repeating “I know I can, I know I can….”

 

Why do you run?

 

I love running for the health benefits, the competition, but mostly I enjoy the social aspect of it. When I was injured, I still showed up three days a week to visit with my friends.

Describe your best marathon memory.

 

I loved running the Nike Women’s marathon because of the all the different smells throughout the race: fish market, mountain, eucalyptus in Golden Gate Park, the ocean, etc. The finish line was memorable because of the firefighters in their tuxedos and red Nikes giving out our Tiffany necklaces.

Why do you pace?

 

I enjoy the comradely of the runners all focused on the same goal.

Tell us your best pacing experience.

 

The pacers in the Chicago Marathon are the most memorable. There are generally several for each group and do an amazing job throughout the race.

Why should someone run in your pace group?

 

I will hit my goal pace and chat while we run. I’ll be supportive and motivate you throughout the course. I love telling stories which will hopefully keep your mind off of what we are actually doing!

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

 

Make sure you have trained. Your long runs are especially important as well as speed and hill running. Make sure to get your best night’s sleep two nights prior to the race.

Anything else you’d like to share?

If you are in the Chicagoland area, join us for a Saturday morning long run (Dick Pond, Lisle) and have breakfast at my house afterwards!

 

What philanthropic activities do you have?

I do projects with MDA, Epilepsy foundation, and Easter Seals yearly.

 

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