Pacer Christine

Where are you from?

Grew up in Pittsburgh PA but now live in Cary NC

Current P.R.

3:48:29

Typical pace

9:30-10:00 depending on the terrain

Number of marathons

11 + Ultra-distance races

Occupation

Program Manager in High Tech

Favorite marathon

New Orleans (1st Boston Qualifier!)

Hobbies

Cooking, Baking, Triathlons and Running (of course)!

Favorite Running Food

Home baked cookies and jerky

What are you reading now?

I’m usually reading a few books at a time.  Right now it is Stephen King’s ‘11/22/63’, JK Rowling’s ‘A Casual Vacancy’ and Don Allison’s ‘A Step Beyond: A Definitive Guide to Ultra-running’

Who do you train with?

I have a long distance training partner in Austin who is a fellow pacer – Berton!

Personal goals

Run Western States – the Boston equivalent for ultra runners!

 

 

A quotation you like…

Quote from a speech by Theodore Roosevelt “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Why do you run?

 

Reminding myself that to move is to be alive and to inspire others that you can chose to move if you want

Describe your best marathon memory.

 

Hands down crossing the finish line at New Orleans, where my training partner and I achieved our first Boston Qualifier runs.  My training partner Berton inspired me to have this goal.  I never thought I could run that fast, but with training, weight loss and someone inspiring, motivating and cheering me on I got there and got to experience shared joy of hitting a shared goal with my running partner.

Why do you pace?

 

I love to see others achieve goals!  So many think marathon distance is impossible and out of reach but anyone can do it if you set a reasonable goal and train!

Tell us your best pacing experience.

 

During an ultra-run with my running partner I was pacing him through the night and part of the day to finish up a very difficult run.  At one aid station there was a guy in his age group that he had an opportunity to finish ahead of and I could see the glint in the eye so I picked up the pace and help him achieve that goal and got to see him finish the race running strong!

Why should someone run in your pace group?

 

I will help motivate you, remind you why you are here and make it so much fun you will want to run another marathon again!

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

 

It is important to remember if you have a plan to stick to it.  Don’t let the excitement of the day cause you to forget to hydrate and/or eat.  Finally, the marathon is supposed to be fun.  So when you hit the wall, remember how far you’ve come and that you absolutely can get through anything if you believe it!

Anything else you’d like to share?

Steady consistent training pays off.  Find a plan If you have completed your training trust in the plan you’ve set up

What philanthropic activities do you have?

Volunteering for events for Girls on the run whose mission is “We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.”

American Cancer Society – every year my training partner and I use one race to raise funds for a cure for cancer

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