Pacer Mike

 

Where are you from?

Greencastle, IN

Current P.R.

1:33 Half Marathon, 3:39 Marathon, 4:57 50k, 11:39 55 mille ultra

Typical pace

8:00/mile

Number of marathons

4 full, 1 ultra

Occupation

Grocery Store Manager

Favorite marathon

Hendricks County Park 2 Park Ultra Marathon

Hobbies

Running, Cycling, Playing sports with my girls

Favorite Running Food

Gatorade

What are you reading now?

Runner for Life.  Stories and tips from the Streaking Runner

Who do you train with?

My running buddies.  I’ve got a great group of friends and we support each other.

Personal goals

To qualify and run the Boston Marathon.  To finish a 100 mile run.

 

 

A quotation you like…

I'm going to work so that it's a pure guts race at the end, and if it is, I am the only one who can win it.

Why do you run?

 

I run to stay in shape and stay heart healthy. I started running a little over a year ago to get into shape.  I was 235 lbs and not happy with myself so I picked up running.  In a year I have lost 60 lbs, finished 2 marathons and a 55.5 mile ultra marathon as well as several half marathons.   I do it for my health and for my family. 

Describe your best marathon memory.

 

My first Ultra Marathon.  55.5 miles.  At about mile 45 I was at a point I had never felt before.  I had pushed my body to a point it had never been before but I pushed on and with 3 miles to go I felt this renewed energy that said I’ve got to press on!! I did and finished 3rd overall.  Something I will never forget.

Why do you pace?

 

I pace to help other runners meet their goal whether it be just to finish or to meet a specific goal.  I pace because I enjoy it and I love to run.



Why should someone run in your pace group?

 

I have a lot of energy to keep you motivated.  You can see my passion for running and I will help you reach your goal.  I’ll keep you motivated and we will have fun doing it.

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

 

We will have fun.  That’s what it’s all about.  Staying in shape and having fun doing it.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I am a run nerd.  I run all the time, every day.  I never take a day off from running.  I haven’t missed a day of running since November 23, 2011. At least 1 mile every day.  You always have time to run!!

What philanthropic activities do you have?

Very supportive of organization called Run for Roses.  It was a 65 day running pilgrimage to spread awareness, raise funds, and share stores of Cystic Fibrosis.  My friend Colleen Caul ran 1000 miles for 65 straight days, across 7 states for 1 dream.  Cure Cystic Fibrosis.

 

 

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