Pacer Michael

Where are you from?

Madison, Wisconsin

Current P.R.


Typical pace

3:25-3:40 for the marathon

Number of marathons

18 marathons and counting, 6 Ironman, and 1 50 miler


Spine physician at University of Wisconsin

Favorite marathon

Tie between Boston and the US Air Force Marathon (my first marathon ever!)


Playing with my 3 children (all under 4!), eating dessert, changing diapers, running (duh), triathlon

Favorite Running Food

I enjoy a good peanut butter and honey sandwich

What are you reading now?

1984, Gulag, and … Essentials of Pain Medicine, 4th edition – quite the page turner!

Who do you train with?

Saturday morning running group … we run for the coffee afterwards

Personal goals

Sub-3 hour marathon. Race in every state (any distance, any discipline – currently have 22 down)



A quotation you like…

“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.”
— Jesse Owens


Why do you run?


It started off trying to lose weight (I was 205 after my freshman year of college) and now it is to start my day off on the right foot, clear my mind, get outside and enjoy nature, and to inspire my kids to work hard when they get older.

Describe your best marathon memory.


It’s tough to pick out a “best memory” from my marathons because every race has its own challenges and triumphs. My most vivid is my first Boston finish in 2013 when I knew I had given everything I had in the tank and couldn’t walk the 1 mile to the hotel. My other is finishing the 2017 Fall 50 after having to drop out 2 years before due to hypothermia as I turned my first DNF into a finish although it took 2 years

Why do you pace?


I love getting to know other runners from other communities and helping them reach their goals. It’s amazing how much you can learn about somebody and become invested in their race over the course of a few hours! I love watching my pace group succeed

Tell us your best pacing experience.


2017 Lakefront Marathon – we had a girl trying to qualify for Boston after several failed attempts. After the big downhill at 24, we turned into a massive headwind and she was ready to quit. The other pacer and I cheered her on for the next 16 minutes as she pushed through the wall and got her BQ – turned into a funny picture in the finish chute

Why should someone run in your pace group?


I try to make the marathon as fun as possible! We’ll take your mind of the pacing while we joke around and help make raceday decisions on the fly with you! Whether you need advice, motivation, or a (my wife would say average at best) joke – I’m there for you!!

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Running marathons is HARD, but there is no reason it can’t be fun as well

Anything else you’d like to share?

Make sure to simulate raceday into your training – pre-race routine, nutrition at race pace, and course (flat vs hills)


What philanthropic activities do you have?

Active member of our Church – Asbury Untied Methodist, Volunteer team physician for high school football and wrestling teams



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