Pacer Hudson

Where are you from?

Akron-Canton, OH

Current P.R.

3:17:38

Typical pace

8-9 Confortable, 7:15-7:45 Hard

Number of marathons

15+

Occupation

Bio-Medical Engineer

Favorite marathon

Chicago

Hobbies

Running, Unicycling, Bicycling, Photography

Favorite Running Food

ANY Carbs

What are you reading now?

Inferno by Dan Brown

Who do you train with?

North Canton Y

Personal goals

Seven Continents Club – 7 Marathons

 

 

A quotation you like…

Train hard, win easy!

 

Why do you run?

 

I started running to lose weight following 10 years of relative inactivity.  After connecting with local running groups, the social interaction has become amazingly rewarding and encouraging.

 

Describe your best marathon memory.

 

The unbelievable cheering crowds at the 2014 Boston Marathon.

Why do you pace?

 

To encourage and support fellow runners in meeting their personal goals.

Tell us your best pacing experience.

 

For several years, one of my female running partners had been trying to qualify for Boston.  We spent months training for her BQ attempt in Cleveland 2013.  She needed a 3:40:00 to qualify, so we planned a negative split pace. Mile by mile, the heat and wind started to take its’ toll.  As the finish approached, we calculated a very tight finish.  Carol crossed at 3:40:00.0… without one second to spare.

 

Why should someone run in your pace group?

 

I’ve probably made every mistake and had every issue a runner can have, so personal experience is the basis of my support.  I read a lot and study the factors that affect a racer, including course and weather.  It’s critical to have a good rasp of what’s going on during each event.

 

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

 

We’re all in this together. If you’ve done the training and prepared properly, it will be a very enjoyable race.  If things don’t go smoothly, we can always discuss your best options to prevent injury or a bad experience.

 

Anything else you’d like to share?

The best advice someone gave me during a race I was resigned to quit: “Don’t give up on your body too soon, it always has a little more to give”.  I finished strong!

 

What philanthropic activities do you have?

CCO of American Foundation to Aid the Poor - Founded in 1986, the American Foundation to Aid the Poor has performed thousands of surgical procedures, for children and adults unable to afford.

 

 

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