Pacer Steve H. 

Where are you from?

Brooklyn Park, MN

 

Current P.R.

2:31:44

Birthday

October 25th

 

Number of marathons

125

Typical pace

3 hours

 

Favorite marathon

Twin Cities – beautiful course and place of my PR

Occupation

Runner/Travel Company Owner/Attorney/HR Professional

 

Favorite Running Food

During a run – donuts, preferably powdered

After a marathon – BK Bacon Double Cheeseburger Combo.

Hobbies

Travel, Sports, Movies

 

Who do you train with?

The same guys I started running with 24 years ago.

Favorite book, what are you reading now?

Anything by Dan Brown or David Baldacci

 

A quotation you like…

“Someone may beat me, but they’re gonna bleed to do it.”  - Steve Prefontaine

Personal goals

Break 2:30 before I turn 40.

 

 

 

 

 

Why do you run?

 

Running is my outlet.  It is where I do my best thinking.  And there is no better way to see the world then running various marathons around the globe. 

 

Describe your best marathon memory.

 

Twin Cities 2000 – I set my PR.  I was in an absolute groove.  I went out at a pace I thought was conservative (thinking I would hit 6:00 minutes).  My first mile was 5:51.  My next mile was 5:50, then 5:47, 5:43 and I felt great.  I maintained roughly that pace through 20 miles, reaching that in 1:54:21.  The last 10k is challenging and I slowed somewhat, but I managed to set a new PR by over 6 minutes. 

 

Why do you pace?

 

I like the challenge of running consistent pace.  And I feel that with the number of marathons I’ve run, I can offer a lot of guidance to runners in my group.  There are a number of ways to conserve energy and maximize your effort that I think a lot of runners aren’t aware of.  I will share those secrets with my pace group.

 

Tell us your best pacing experience.

 

I paced my best friend in the 1995 Grandma’s Marathon.  It was his second marathon and my first.  I was just coming off of my Collegiate career and was in pretty good shape, so at the time running 7:00 pace wasn’t a big deal.  I ran with him the whole way and helped him to a PR of 25 minutes.  We finished in 3:02:15.

 

Why should someone run in your pace group?

 

Based on the number of marathons I’ve run, I can offer a lot of helpful tips to the group.  In addition, I can lock onto a pace pretty well and hit splits mile after mile consistently so the group won’t do a lot of speeding up or slowing down.

 

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

 

Let me do the talking and follow me.  The two biggest wastes of energy are talking and running the curves.  If you don’t know what I mean, you will when we run.

 

 

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