Pacer Jeff

 

Where are you from?

Atlanta, GA

Current P.R.

3:28

Typical pace

7:30-8:00

Number of marathons

2 road marathons, lots of ultra marathons

Occupation

Substance Abuse Counselor

Favorite marathon

LA Marathon

Hobbies

Ultra Running, Trail Running

Favorite Running Food

Does Coca Cola count as a food?

What are you reading now?

Never Wipe Your Ass with a Squirrel: A trail running, ultramarathon, and wilderness survival guide for weird folks

Who do you train with?

Jackie Merritt, North GA Trail Runners

Personal goals

Finish a 100 miler under 24 hours, complete the Pinhoti Slam in 2017 (Finish 3 100 mile races on the Pinhoti Trail: Double Top 100, Georgia Jewel 100, and Pinhoti 100)

 

 

A quotation you like…

“Buckle or bodybag!” – Garry Rarer

 

Why do you run?

 

To chase the moments of perfection. Those fleeting instances, which taunt you with their absence, when all seems right with the world. I have found more of them in long, difficult runs, than anywhere else.

Describe your best marathon memory.

 

Climbing up to the top of Mt Mitchell about 16 miles into the Mt.Mitchell 40 Mile challenge, I glanced up and saw the  sun break through the clouds and hit the face of the  mountain, heard Taylor Swift singing in my ear, and everything was ok.

Why do you pace?

 

My wife made me J. Also, helping others reach their goals has been a major theme in my life, may as well apply it to running!

Tell us your best pacing experience.

 

I helped pace my friend to finish the Cascade Crest 100 miler in under 22 hours. Running with him for almost 11 hours and continuously doing math to make sure we were still going to his sub 22 hour goal was a great experience.

Why should someone run in your pace group?

 

I whole-heartedly believe that laughing and smiling can be the thing that may save your race. I’ll do my best to keep things fun and enjoyable and help you remember that it is supposed to be “fun”!

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

 

Please do not try to “bank time”! The “Wall” is very real and you’ll hit it so much harder if you push yourself early on.

 

 

What philanthropic activities do you have?

I am currently working with substance dependent veterans, helping them reach their life goals.

 

 

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