Pacer Jared

Where are you from?

New York (currently living in Northern VA)

Current P.R.

'03:11:54

Typical pace

7:30 – 8:00 / mile

Number of marathons

38 and counting

Occupation

Manager

Favorite marathon

NYC (followed closely by London and Boston)

Hobbies

Running, puzzles, travel

Favorite Running Food

Shot Bloks – but to break that flavor palate, the best thing is getting pretzels or chocolate on-course; I loved it when MCM used to have chocolate munchkins at Mile 24.

What are you reading now?

Alas, nothing

Who do you train with?

No one – on treadmill at gym; soon to start up with a (virtual) coach

Personal goals

Continue to drop PR eventually to crack below 3hrs; set a Guinness World Record during a marathon (since I failed at my first attempt in London – at fastest marathon dressed as a chef)

 

 

A quotation you like…

Do or do not; there is no try.

 

 

Why do you run?

 

Fitness, it's a great excuse to travel, and because it's fun.

 

Describe your best marathon memory.

 

While there are many reasons why I could say London is my favorite marathon, I keep holding onto NYC as my favorite because of how choked up I still get thinking about one point in the race. NYC was my first marathon in 2003. While running on the 59th Street Bridge, the only sound is from the footfalls of the runners. However, as you approach the turn into Manhattan, you start to hear the roar of the crowd, which becomes overwhelmingly deafening as you exit the bridge. I was so overwhelmed by the noise and by emotion that it took at least two blocks before I recognized the fact that my feet were actually touching the ground. There is nothing in the world like that wave of support.

 

Why do you pace?

 

I like being able to help others reach their goals. Pacers have been able to get me to some of my racing goals (especially my PR, which was my first time getting a BQ), and I would like to be able to give back.

 

Tell us your best pacing experience.

 

While Pocono Marathon 2019 will be my first formal time being a pacer, I have paced two of my friends during the Marine Corps Marathon. The best of those two experiences was convincing my co-worker (goal was 4:30) to modify his goal after his leg decided to lock up about half-way. He kept doubting whether he would be able to continue at all, and my encouragement and getting him to walk rather than run is what enabled him to get to the end, where he was able to “Take The Iwo” and finish his first MCM.

 

Why should someone run in your pace group?

 

I will answer whatever marathon questions they have that I can based on my extensive background, be it general questions, or ones related to the Abbott World Marathon Majors (having just completed the 6-Star Challenge in London, April 2019).

 

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

 

Always listen to your body; don't do anything that will exacerbate a potential injury. Be willing to either take an extra rest day or do some cross-training instead. On race day, after it hits 60 degrees (if not before), be willing to douse yourself with a cup of water at every aid station – it is a revelation and greatly helps you regulate your core temperature.

 

Anything else you’d like to share?

I can't wait to see what this course has to offer. We'll all help each other get through it; the mental aspect is just as important as sticking to the pace.

 

What philanthropic activities do you have?

1) Through May 28, I am still raising money at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JaredLevine – for the UK charity Whizz-Kidz, which gave me my charity bib for the London Marathon. Please consider donating and spreading the word to your circle of friends and family to do likewise.

2) Every year, I volunteer as a judge for the local Regional Tournament for Odyssey of the Mind.

3) I am a proctor for Metropolitan Washington Mensa.

4) I donate to various charities annually

 

 

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