Pacer Mark 

Hometown

Melbourne, Florida

 

Current P.R.

3:20

Where were you born?

Virginia

 

Number of marathons

20+

Birthday

June 18

 

Favorite marathon

Maine Marathon, Portland, Maine

Typical pace

7:20 – 7:30

 

Favorite running music

Punk, rock, old school hip-hop, alternative, hardcore, thrasher – set on shuffle…

Occupation

Federal Government

 

Favorite running food

Boiled potatoes dipped in table salt

Any hobbies?

Ultrarunning, tattoos, beer

 

Who do you train with?

Mostly solo, sometimes with other ultrarunners

Favorite book, what are you reading now?

Favorite Book: “Blood Meridian” by Cormac McCarthy

Current Book: “Steppenwolf” by Herman Hesse

 

A quotation you like…

“You may be always victorious if you will never enter into any contest where the issue does not wholly depend upon yourself.” - Epictetus

Personal goals

Break 22 hours in my next 100 miler…

 

 

 

 

 

Why do you run?

 

Running keeps me trim and healthy; I love having a resting pulse in the 40s and low blood pressure. I run to stay ahead of the demons and to see how far I can go. I run so I have an excuse to travel to races. I run to be alone and sometimes to meet lots of interesting people. I run to have a few hours a day to listen to music. I run because I used to be an overweight smoker… and now I’m not.

 

Describe your best marathon memory.

 

Finishing my first marathon was an incredible feeling… followed by finishing by first 50 miler…followed by finishing my first 100 miler… There is always more if you’re willing to push for it.

 

Why do you pace?

 

It’s an amazing feeling when you help someone else achieve their goal. Pacing is like being a teacher and a student at once.

 

Tell us your best pacing experience.

 

I paced a friend over 40 miles of unforgiving terrain to his first ultra finish. His body was broken but his spirit carried him through. All I did was make sure he didn’t quit…

 

Why should someone run in your pace group?

 

I have a very reliable, even pace. Usually I don’t need a watch, even though I meticulously monitor mine to ensure I’m dead on. Run with me if you want a little fun coupled with guaranteed success and maybe a few jokes along the way…

 

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

 

Train intelligently. Don’t push through junk runs… there’s always tomorrow for a quality run. Include speed work and interval training into your weekly routine. Visualize the race, memorize the map and don’t worry about the race until race day!

 

Anything else you’d like to share?

The only difference between a half-marathon, full marathon, 50 miles, 100 miles and beyond is the distance.

 

 

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