Pacer Mike R. 

Hometown

St. Joseph, MN

 

Current P.R.

3:14 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon 2004 

Where were you born?

St. Cloud, MN 

 

Number of marathons

16     

Birthday

January 24th

 

Favorite marathon

St. George Marathon 

Typical pace

4:15 

 

 

 

Occupation

Computer programmer, Spanish teacher 

 

Favorite running food

pre-run: Oatmeal  post-run: peanuts and raisins 

Any hobbies?

Foreign languages; Spanish, French and Guarani 

 

Who do you train with?

usually by myself 

 

 

 

A quotation you likeā€¦

The marathon starts at mile 20! 

Personal goals

Retire and live in a foreign country 

 

 

 

 

 

Why do you run?

Because I still can!  If I'm running it means that everything is working: no injuries 


 

Describe your best marathon memory.

My first running of the Boston Marathon, coming down Boylston street to the finish with the crowd cheering.   


 

Why do you pace?

I enjoy having a mission; helping my group achieve their goal.  I also enjoy the rapport that develops between the runner in the pace group. 


 

Tell us your best pacing experience.

I felt like I was a player/coach for a winning team. 

 

 

Why should someone run in your pace group?

I've spent 25 years learning how to master the delicate balance between pushing and pacing myself.  As a pace group leader, the group can leave the pacing to me and as a team we'll push each other to achieve our goal. 


 

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

Pick a pace that will allow you to have a strong finish; It's more fun than hitting the wall!


 

Anything else you'd like to share?

Besides running, I do a lot of cross-training to prevent injuries. I commute to work on my bike, swim and do weights (core training). Being able to run injury free has definitely been worth the effort! (Knock on wood!!!)

 

 

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