Pacer Mark, running with Pacer Rick

Pacer Mark

Where are you from?

South Florida

Current P.R.

3:35:30

Typical pace

8:12-8:30 mins/mile

Number of marathons

22 marathons and 3 50k's

Occupation

Surgeon

Favorite marathon

ING NYC

Hobbies

Running, Golf, Listening to music

Favorite Running Food

Fig Newtons

What are you reading now?

Eat and run by Scott Jurek

Who do you train with?

A variety of close friends who belong to different running clubs.

Personal goals

Remaining healthy while enjoying endurance running.  Maintaining  a balance between work, running and life. 

 

 

A quotation you like…

Pain is temporary, but pride is forever.

 

Why do you run?

 

Fun, fun and fun, then comes personal challenge, friendships and fitness.

Describe your best marathon memory.

 

I bonked at mile 18 at my first marathon.  My best marathon memory is running faster, and faster and feeling stronger and stronger after passing mile 18 on my 2nd marathon and improving my time by 25 minutes.

Why do you pace?

 

To give back some of what running has given me, and to get so much more from those running with me.

Tell us your best pacing experience.

 

Helping a friend to rally in one of his first half marathons, when he was really dragging, and helped him reach his goal time  in the A1A half marathon.

Why should someone run in your pace group?

 

I am supportive, empathic, calming  and steady

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

 

Pick the pace that is appropriate for the way your training went and the expected conditions, then relax and enjoy what you have trained for (knowing  that mile 20-25 will probably suck).

Anything else you’d like to share?

I listen to really inappropriate music in the operating room, but never race with tunes.

 

What philanthropic activities do you have?

I helped develop and served as a race director for the seven (so far) annual Race for Women’s Wellness 5k’s, to raise funds for underinsured women who need breast imaging and biopsies.

 

 

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