Galloway Pacer Melanie

Where are you from?

Tampa, FL

Current P.R.

4:55:23

Typical pace

12:30-13:00 minute mile

Number of marathons

15

Occupation

Tax Accountant

Favorite marathon

Disney World Marathon

Hobbies

Disney Trips, Baking, and Couponing

Favorite Running Food

Almond M&M’s

What are you reading now?

Foodnetwork Magazine

Who do you train with?

Tampa Galloway

Personal goals

To run either a half or full marathon in all 50 states

 

 

A quotation you like…

 

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. -Walt Disney

Why do you run?

 

The best part of running is all the wonderful people I have met. My running friends are family to me.

Describe your best marathon memory.

 

Oddly, my best marathon experience was one where I took a nasty spill at Mile 8. I cut my knee open, and it was bleeding pretty bad. They advised me at the Medical tent to DNF. I told them to bandage up my knee because I was going to finish. It wasn’t pretty, and I cried the last 5 miles, but I finished. That race taught me how tough I am. There is a positive to be found in every Marathon you run.

Why do you pace?

 

Pacing is such a rewarding experience. When you get the tearful hugs of gratitude at the finish line, it makes it all worthwhile.

Tell us your best pacing experience.

 

My first pacing experience, which was at Disney, will always be memorable to me, as it introduced me to a whole new way that this sport can fulfill me.

Why should someone run in your pace group?

 

I try to keep things fun and upbeat. I never take a race too seriously because above all, we are there to have a good time and enjoy the experience.

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

 

Enjoy yourself! Take it all in! And no matter how much pain you may be feeling, always remember to smile for the camera!

Anything else you’d like to share?

If you want to get on my good side, say nice things about Disney!

 

What philanthropic activities do you have?

I gravitate towards charities that promote Arts in our Schools and anything to do with animals.

 

 

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