Pacer Eliza

Where are you from?

Eugene, OR

Current P.R.

3:47.39

Typical pace

10:18 min per mile

Number of marathons

8

Occupation

Secretary in a school district

Favorite marathon

Humboldt Redwoods

Hobbies

Knitting and reading

Favorite Running Food

chocolate milk and pancakes

What are you reading now?

Floating Gold

Who do you train with?

Anyone who doesn’t mind listening to me yak incessantly about running.

Personal goals

to PR in the mile, 5K and 10K. I may be aging, but I think I still have a few personal bests in my future.

 

 

A quotation you like…

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." C.S. Lewis

 

Why do you run?

 

To stay sane and fit and mentally prepared for what the world tosses my way. To make new friends. To share a passion.

Describe your best marathon memory.

 

It’s a toss up between the last mile of my personal best marathon, when I knew I had run a negative split and a 10 minute PR, or pacing my girlfriend to her personal best by 6 minutes.

Why do you pace?

 

I was paced to my first BQ by a fantastic pacer at California International Marathon, and to my half-marathon PR by a local Eugene team. I understand the value of setting an even pace. I also understand the value of letting someone else do the mental work, of being able to draft off of someone's energy, and the value of running in a group. Of naming your aches and pains so that others don't think they are the only ones who hurt.

Tell us your best pacing experience.

 

Watching someone running proudly and pushing the pace to the finish line to achieve their goal.

Why should someone run in your pace group?

 

It’s all about you, baby!

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

 

Do your homework and get to the starting line healthy. We’ll get to the finish line together.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Oh, did I mention I like running?

 

What philanthropic activities do you enjoy?

I enjoy working with youth in a variety of settings: on the track; building houses; at church.

 

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