This is Melissa before she became a runner.  If she can do it, then you can do it!

Pacer Melissa

 

Where are you from?

West Jordan, UT

Current P.R.

1:40.58 half marathon

4:14.08 for full marathon

Typical pace

Average 9.5

Number of marathons

6

Occupation

Retired.  Part time at a specialty Running Store

Favorite marathon

St George, Utah

Hobbies

Running, cycling, granddaughter

Favorite Running Food

Low carb monster and a maple bar

What are you reading now?

Choosing Charity (written by my sister-in-law)

Who do you train with?

Myself, sometimes some running friends, but in all reality, I am terrible at formal training

Personal goals

Every runner’s goal – BQ. 

Sub 4 for St George marathon

Keep running until I’m 90

A quotation you like…

“Be a little kinder than necessary, for everyone is fighting some battle”

 

Why do you run?

 

  In high school, it was to keep my weight down.  After my babies, it was for depression.  After my huge weight gain, it was for health, weight loss and sanity.  Now, it’s because I can.

Describe your best marathon memory.

 

My first St George.  First marathon ever and the entire town comes out to support.  I felt like I had hundreds of friends cheering me on.

Why do you pace?

 

I love to see other’s reach their personal goals.  I know the feeling one gets at the finish line after doing something hard, and I love to watch others feel it as well.

Tell us your best pacing experience.

 

St George half marathon.  As we came up on a woman, she saw our pace sign and wailed., “nooooooo”.  She tried to keep up.  It was her first half but she couldn’t keep the pace.  After I crossed, I ran the course backwards to run her in.  As soon as she saw me and my pace partner, she started to cry and we cried with her all the way to the finish.  Great feeling!

Why should someone run in your pace group?

 

I like to have fun!  I also like to issue small and doable challenges.  I like cheering someone through a tough mile or two. 

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

 

Have fun, believe in yourself and NEVER give up!

 

 

What philanthropic activities do you have?

 

I have recently joined a group of runners that help children and others with disabilities to finish a race.  All distances.  Sometimes pushing a wheelchair, holding an arm for someone blind, holding a hand for someone who needs to walk, or even just walking beside someone so they don’t cross  the line last.

 

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