Pacer David

 

Where are you from?

Grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin.  Currently live in Saint Clair, Michigan

Current P.R.

3:02:29

Typical pace

3:25-3:55

Number of marathons

15

Occupation

Engineer/Supervisor

Favorite marathon

Boston!

Hobbies

Running, biking, water skiing

Favorite Running Food

Vanilla PowerGel

What are you reading now?

‘I’m Here to WIN’ by Chris McCormack

‘A Life Without Limits’ by Chrissie Wellington

Who do you train with?

Co-workers, running club, anyone!

Personal goals

Run with my grandchildren someday!

 

 

A quotation you like…

 

It takes no talent to hustle.

Why do you run?

 

I enjoy the purity I feel when I get out on the road, and I never cease to be amazed at the cool things I have seen and places I have ended up while running at home and in less familiar areas.

Describe your best marathon memory.

 

At Boston 2011 I came over heart break hill, and was still feeling so good, I was not sure if I miscounted and still had another one to go.  When I started the downhill and saw mile 21 and the students at Boston College were going wild, I knew the hardest was behind me and it was going to be a special day.

Why do you pace?

 

I pace because it is like running with a team.  I get to see and help all kinds of runners reach all kinds of goals.  Whether it is getting people to Boston or helping someone cross their first finish line, experiencing the race unfolding with them never gets old.

Tell us your best pacing experience.

 

I was leading a large pace group in a 15k race and had a massive sign.  I could barely hold this sign with one arm, and it was about impossible to navigate over to a water stop and get a cup of water without causing a huge wreck.  One of the people in the group realized the challenge, and got some water for me.  He told me thanks for the good splits, and I told him thanks for the water!  Still, every finish line is great when you help people fulfill their goals.

Why should someone run in your pace group?

 

You should run with my group because we will have the most fun!  I will point out the turns, aid stations, tell you when to smile for the cameras, and keep us on pace.  You can take the sights and sounds of the race and rest assured that if you stick with me we will take a consistent strategy to getting us across the finish line in time.

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

 

People often ask before the race what our strategy is going to be; the answer is simple—even splits the entire way!  Don’t worry about the pace, leave that to me.  Enjoy the experience, trust in your training, and don’t be afraid to blow by me as we approach the finish line.  We can meet up for pictures after!

Anything else you’d like to share?

Enjoy the entire marathon experience. That experience that starts months before the gun goes off.  The whole process is special, so don’t discount what you can learn and gain from day 1 of training through the finish line.  As weird as it sounds, those snowy, rainy, windy long runs are the ones you are going to remember and miss the most.

 

 

 

 

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