Pacer Jennifer

Where are you from?

DeLand, Florida

Current P.R.

New favorite : 17:26 for 100 miles

Typical pace

Whatever gets me the best company.

Number of marathons

More than I ever thought I’d run. 20something?


Full-time mom, and wife. I also coach high school Cross Country, and Track & Field.

Favorite marathon

I still love my first : The Niagara Falls International


Other than the obvious one, I enjoy hanging out with my boys (4, including my husband), skiing, poker, reading and filling out pacer bios.

Favorite Running Food

Pizza and ice cream. Before and after running. Ok…sometimes during.

What are you reading now?

I’m in between Book Club books. We’ve just finished “Coraline”

Who do you train with?

I have a handful of amazing, local friends who let me run with them. During Cross & Track seasons, I torture my team by making them stick to my pace.

Personal goals

I’ve already run farther and faster than I ever imagined I would. Now it’s just fun to keep pushing my limits.



A quotation you like…

I’m a distance runner. I’ve been trained to keep going even when it’s hard. When it hurts. When it sucks. When I don’t want to. I look past it. Relentless, forward progress to the finish. Call it what you want : stubbornness, endurance, determination, guts. Deep down, I don’t know how to give up. And it’s always worth it, in the end.

Why do you run?

There are very few things I’m good at. When I discovered running, there was no turning back.

Describe your best marathon memory.

It is hard to pick a “best”, but : Lining up, next to my dad, at the start of the Boston Marathon certainly stands out. Who gets to do *that*?!

Why do you pace?

I had some undesirable experiences the first few times I tried to run with pace groups. My goal has been to use those to be the type of pacer I’d like to run with. There is no better feeling than helping another runner get to that finish line.

Tell us your best pacing experience.

It’s hard to top those sweaty, tear-filled hugs after I’ve helped pace someone to their goal.

Why should someone run in your pace group?

I provide timely distractions, well-deserved praise and lots of reminders your race-addled brain tries to forget. All you have to do is your favorite thing : run!

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

Get caught up in the excitement of the experience! This is what you came for. You can run anytime, anywhere. These races are a treat. Enjoy it!

Anything else you’d like to share?

If you’ve never run with a pacer, it’s definitely worth a try. Even if it’s unpleasant, it’s still a great learning experience. If it’s a pacer with this group, though, it’s likely to make for an awesome race. 




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