Pacer Dave G.

Hometown

Schnecksville PA

 

Current P.R.

2:52

Where were you born?

Allentown PA

 

Number of marathons

30

Birthday

04/20/1976

 

Favorite marathon

The next one that gets me a Boston Qualifier

Typical pace

3:10-3:30

 

Favorite running music

None, the sounds of the early morning woodland

Occupation

Physical Therapist

 

Favorite running food

Ice cream the evening after a good long run

Any hobbies?

Running, Gardening

 

Who do you train with?

A local group of guys

Favorite book, what are you reading now?

Lance Armstrong “It’s not about the Bike”  Currently: The Glorious Revolution (American Revolutionary War History)

 

A quotation you like…

Every morning in Africa a lion wakes up and knows it must run faster than the slowest Gizelle or it will die.  Every morning in Africa a Gizelle wakes up and knows it must run faster than the fastest lion, or it will die.  All I know is that when the sun comes up, you had better be running!

Personal goals

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why do you run?

 

Fitness, mental clarity, the physical challenge, and I enjoy the competitive racing experience.

 

Describe your best marathon memory.

 

Qualifying for Boston!

 

Why do you pace?

 

To help others achieve their goal.

 

Tell us your best pacing experience.

 

Actually was in an informal group at the Philadelphia Distance Run with my 2 training partners: 3 guys committed to running through 10 miles at 5:55 pace, then we were free to split up.  I lead us through 10 right on pace and we all set PR’s that day.  Learned a valuable lesson here about staying on pace and the strength of a group working towards a common goal.  There are highs and lows in every long race….but the group sees you through.

 

Why should someone run in your pace group?

 

I will hit the splits and deliver you on time, hopefully only to watch you pass me at mile 25 as you cruise in and hit your goal.

 

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

 

Relax, let me do some of the thinking for you, it will make your day more enjoyable.  We will have a clear plan of what pace we are running, what we are doing at water stops, etc.  All you have to do is join the group and stay in the group and you will hit your mark.

 

Anything else you’d like to share?

Calculating splits can get difficult in the later stages of a marathon (or any race) so run with me and you won’t have to do complex math while trying to take in calories, hydrate and run simultaneously.

 

 

What philanthropic activities do you have?

Co-director of developmental youth running program for ages 3-10 through “Athletes for Christ”

 

 

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