Pacer Eric

 

Where are you from?

Iowa

Current P.R.

2:33 – Grandma’s 2011

Typical pace

2:45

Number of marathons

12

Occupation

Computer nerd

Favorite marathon

Grandma’s or Boston

Hobbies

Running, blogging http://beardandpigtails.com, spending time with my daughter

Favorite Running Food

See food

What are you reading now?

Writing > reading, the Bible will do in a pinch

Who do you train with?

Serious Coin Running Club (SCRC)

Personal goals

Be a good father, be a doer in life and not just a talker, make a difference

 

 

A quotation you like…

The happiest people in life say yes to new opportunities

 

Why do you run?

 

So I can eat more and to keep the fat pants stowed

Describe your best marathon memory.

 

Grandma’s 2011 was one of my favorites, setting a goal in January to run a 2:38 marathon with 3 other fast dudes.  We trained together for months, and met perfect conditions on race day in June.  After brutal training runs, the race was cake and a true joy.  We beat goal time, what a nice memory.  http://www.beardandpigtails.com/2011/07/grandmas-marathon-2011-ii-scrc-serving.html

Why do you pace?

 

Hitting my own marathon goal is nice, but helping others hit their goal is even better.

Tell us your best pacing experience.

 

I’ve paced the Des Moines Marathon several times, it’s always fun to meet new people and cross together when they reach their target time.

Why should someone run in your pace group?

 

People that want to qualify for Boston or run a 3:05 just because should join this pace party.

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

 

We’ll plan to run even splits the first and second half of the marathon.  I usually gag down a GU pack every 45 minutes, and take a swig of water or sports drink at each aid station. 

Anything else you’d like to share?

Not to sound too braggy, but I won a Big Wheel race in my younger days and was second chair tenor sax in my high school marching band.

 

What philanthropic activities do you have?

My daughter and I paired up with a little guy named Quincy with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.  We meet a couple times per month and offer encouragement and support for at-risk youth.

 

 

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