Pacer Heather and Pacer Rich

Pacer Rich

 

Where are you from?

Toms River, NJ

Current P.R.

3:47

Typical pace

4:20

Number of marathons

66

Occupation

Law Enforcement

Favorite marathon

New York City

Hobbies

Amateur Radio/Snowboarding(sport)

Favorite Running Food

Pasta

What are you reading now?

Law Enforcement  and Running magazines

Who do you train with?

Heather(daughter-in-law)

Personal goals

To run at least 100 marathons…..  maybe 50 states and at least one ultra!

 

 

A quotation you like…

 

It is what it is!

Why do you run?

 

I use running as a time to think things out and reflect.  I marathon because it remains a challenge in spite of the number I have completed, I view each one as a challenge.

Describe your best marathon memory.

 

Running the Boston Marathon under 3 hours(twice in a row).

Why do you pace?

 

It is extremely rewarding to help others to complete the challenge and to see the satisfaction on their faces when they cross the finish line. 

Tell us your best pacing experience.

 

Every experience is a best.  I have received numerous emails from people I have paced over the years thanking me for helping them achieve a personal goal…. A couple have even gone on to become pacers themselves. 

Why should someone run in your pace group?

 

Because I will try my best to positively motivate them to achieve their goal.  I believe I have the ability to talk them through the tough times, and encourage them when it becomes necessary.  I have never dropped out of a marathon, no matter what the conditions, or my injuries, and I believe the experience will help me motivate my group to achieve success.

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

 

Stick to whatever program you chose, but remember it’s the long runs that are the key to success.  Run at least one 20 mile, or more, long run at least three weeks before the marathon, then back off.  I usually run a 22 miler three weeks before, 13 miler two weeks before, 6 the week before, then gradually reduce by a mile a day from there.  The day before is a dress rehearsal, wear the clothes with all of the race day attachments(gu, etc.), for a mile or two run…. Then lay on the couch and watch TV or read a book!

Anything else you’d like to share?

 

Try to arrive early the day of the marathon.  Nothing is worse than stressing over traffic on the way to a race.  The marathon is stressful enough. Plan ahead for everything.

What philanthropic activities do you have?

 

I am a volunteer ski patroller at Mountain Creek(on a snowboard).

 

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