Pacer Stephanie

Where are you from?

Maumee, Ohio (Toledo)

Current P.R.

1:54:01 (half-marathon)

Typical pace

Depends what I’m training for but usually between 8:30-9:20

Number of marathons

3 full marathons; 8 half marathons


Project Administrative Coordinator for an Ohio water and sewer district

Favorite marathon

Glass City (Toledo). Small but well organized and great community support.


Love to golf, cook, yoga and pilates

Favorite Running Food


What are you reading now?

Nothing currently but enjoy anything by Nelson DeMille, Daniel Silva or Patricia Cornwell.

Who do you train with?

The talented coaches and runners in Toledo via Dave’s Running Shop, Second Sole and Toledo Road Runners; Also I group train in Ann Arbor with PR Fitness.

Personal goals

Qualify for and run the Boston Marathon;

Key West Half Marathon; Break a 1:50 half.



A quotation you like…

“There will be a day when I can no longer run, today is not that day.”

“The only good race pace is suicide pace, and today looks like a good day to die.”

Why do you run?


I enjoy the personal challenge that it always brings whether I’m out for an easy pace run, speed work, tempo run, long run or a race. It’s a fantastic stress reliever as when I’m out for a run, I can clear my mind and focus.  I also enjoy training as much as I do the race itself.  I love the discipline that marathon training brings and the feeling of accomplishment throughout.

Describe your best marathon memory.


I ran my first full marathon in 2013 (NYC) and I had a smile on my face from the first mile until the last.  I remember coming into Central Park for the finish and I didn’t want to stop-the experience was incredible and I wanted to keep on going.  Before I crossed the finish line, I saw my husband in the grandstands and I was so proud that he was there as he provided so much support which allowed for that great experience.

Why do you pace?


What interested me in doing this was to pay it forward for all the years of advice and support others have given me which consequently has made me a better runner.  I want to help people reach their race goals and encourage those just as I have been encouraged over the years.



Why should someone run in your pace group?


I will get you to the finish line with disciplined, even mile splits, encouragement, if and/or when times are tough during the race and we will have fun so that the miles just fly by…all at the same time!                                           

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Don’t start too fast even though adrenaline and the excitement of race day will tempt you. Have several realistic race day goals (not just time) in mind because you never know what race day will bring.

Anything else you’d like to share?

You will have good days and bad days running.  Don’t beat yourself up as it happens to everyone.  Learn from it and never, ever give up!


What philanthropic activities do you have?

Adopt-A-Highway with my co-workers; Member of an all-volunteer, non-profit, retired, racing greyhound adoption group.



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