Pacer Paul

Where are you from?

Born in Reading, PA. Currently reside in Troy, NY

Current P.R.

3:06

Typical pace

7:15

Number of marathons

10

Occupation

Historic Preservation Specialist

Favorite marathon

All have their unique qualities.

Hobbies

Family time, sports, hiking, camping, music

Favorite Running Food

Pretzels and M&Ms

What are you reading now?

Anything of interest to me right now

Who do you train with?

Usually solo, but sometimes with members of the Albany Running Exchange and HMRRC.

Personal goals

Stay fit and live life!

 

 

A quotation you like…

“Life is complicated. Running is simple. Is it any wonder that people like to run?” – Kevin Nelson

 

Why do you run?

 

Why not? No other form of exercise makes me feel better. It gives me a chance to escape and be free while I get fresh air and enjoy the scenery. I will run as long as my body allows me.

Describe your best marathon memory.

 

Most recently, I would say it was running the Boston Marathon in 2016. For about a 2 year period, my training focused on qualifying and running in the ultimate marathon. It was a great feeling to be fortunate enough to run this historic marathon with the best runners in the world. Seeing my family cheer me on at mile 25 and taking the turn on Boylston was a gratifying experience.

Why do you pace?

 

I want to help others reach their personal running goals. I find it so rewarding to help others through their journey.

Tell us your best pacing experience.

 

I would say my best pacing experience was at the 2016 Mohawk Hudson Marathon. I had a good core of runners with me from miles 5-15. From there the group that was seeking qualifying times for Boston increased their pace a bit. I still had a core of 5 runners by mile 24 which I felt was good for the 3:35 pace group and it being a small marathon field. After the race in the parking lot, one of the ladies running with me thanked me for pacing and helping her to achieve a Boston Qualifying time. That was a great feeling!

Why should someone run in your pace group?

 

The Mohawk Hudson course is my home course, so I am very familiar with all sections of it. I enjoy a good conversation along the way if you need one. Most of all, I just like to have fun and enjoy the moment. We are all in it together!

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

 

I find that running a steady pace throughout is the best and my goal is to run a negative split. If you are feeling good the last 2-3 miles and want to pick it up a bit, then go for it! Always remember to breathe, relax, and smile even through the pain.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I try to remind myself everyday while I am running or exercising that I am extremely lucky to be doing this and to never take it for granted. Always be thankful.

 

What philanthropic activities do you have?

None specifically, but I am always willing to volunteer my time for a good cause to various organizations. In addition, I enjoy helping to coach soccer, basketball, and baseball for various youth sports organizations

 

 

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