Pacer Heather

Where are you from?

Tucker, GA

Current P.R.


Typical pace

There is no typical

Number of marathons



running coach

Favorite marathon

I feel like I’m choosing among my children...


reading, running, geekdom

Favorite Running Food


What are you reading now?

Creatures of an Empire

Who do you train with?

Anyone who will have me!

Personal goals

qualify for Boston again, run for my whole life



A quotation you like…

Pain is your friend, your ally, it will tell you when you are seriously injured, it will keep you awake and angry, and remind you to finish the job and get the hell home. But you know the best thing about pain?  It reminds you you’re not dead yet! (Yeah, GI Jane. Still good!)


Why do you run?


Because it gives me something to strive for; because it is stretches my boundaries; because it is fun.  Most of all:  Because I can. That’s a true blessing.

Describe your best marathon memory.


Finishing my first marathon.  I wasn’t sure I could do it until I was actually crossing the finish line. I almost cried.

Why do you pace?


Seeing someone reach his or her goal is far better than any goal I’ve reached myself.

Tell us your best pacing experience.


It would be hard to say: I’ve seen so many people across the finish line - and seen them later as they’ve gone on to run more- that I could not choose. 

Why should someone run in your pace group?


I am very knowledgeable about running; Because while running, I’m incapable of getting my feelings hurt while running - handy at mile 22 when you feel like lashing out!  Most importantly:  I will be crossing the finish line at the right time, not too fast and not too slow – so you just have to stick with me to the end and not stress the details.

I also always have something special for first time finishers who finish with me

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Do not get obsessed with the Garmin - it will not be accurate to the distance

Anything else you’d like to share?

For any marathoner :  Be realistic about your goals.  Not only will you feel better if you pick it up at the end because you’re feeling good, but you’ll end up with a better time than if you go out too fast.    Set several goals; and one of them better be to enjoy the experience! Never lose appreciation for what you’ve accomplished!






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