Pacer Tim

Where are you from?

Livonia, MI

Current P.R.

03:04:38

Typical pace

8:00 is nice and comfortable!

Number of marathons

20+ Marathons

15 Ultras

1 Ironman

Occupation

Accountant

Favorite marathon

Sehgahunda Marathon

Hobbies

RUNNING!  (and I love baseball too)

Favorite Running Food

Coca-cola

Clif gels

Swedish fish

Pringles

What are you reading now?

Running on Faith by Jason Lester, and

Dangers to the Faith by Al Kresta

Who do you train with?

Work buddies during the week

Run Ultramarathon Team (RUT) on the weekends.

My dog Shadow whenever I run from home.

Personal goals

Definitely to qualify for the Boston Marathon.  Also would like to complete two 100 mile races in one year, as well as a mountainous 100 miler.  Finally, Ironman kicked my butt so I would like another crack at that someday.

 

 

A quotation you like…

Perhaps the genius of ultrarunning is its supreme lack of utility. It makes no sense in a world of space ships and supercomputers to run vast distances on foot. There is no money in it and no fame frequently not even the approval of peers. But as poets apostles and philosophers have insisted from the dawn of time there is more to life than logic and common sense. The ultra runners know this instinctively. And they know something else that is lost on the sedentary. They understand perhaps better than anyone that the doors to the spirit will swing open with physical effort. In running such long and taxing distances they answer a call from the deepest realms of their being – a call that asks who they are… – David Blaikie

 

Why do you run?

 

Too many reasons to list here.  It is the fullest expression of the human spirit.  Just look at any child, or dog, or other animal….they run not for exercise or for its cosmetic benefits…but because it is FUN and it is the body’s way of letting the world know that they are happy and blessed to be living in this very moment, right here, right now.

Describe your best marathon memory.

 

Watching my 55 year old arthritic mother become a half-marathoner at the 2008 AFC Half Marathon.  It was her first race of any distance in her entire life.  She finished in 3:01 and did not walk a single step of the race. She still has the timing chip on her shoelace.

Why do you pace?

 

Being an accountant, it’s not easy to make friends, so this is a way to get people to talk to me.  Half kidding…but, yes, pacing is great because there is no better place to be on a Saturday morning than having a front row seat to watch others accomplish their goals.

Tell us your best pacing experience.

 

Probably pacing my wife at her second marathon in Chicago 2013.  Watching her try to accomplish her time goal, then hit a wall and crash, then find the strength to still push through to a PR with a smile on her face made me one proud husband.  A person can show their character a lot more through “failing” than they can through “winning”, and seeing how she accepted her fate and still turned it into a successful day was awesome. 

Why should someone run in your pace group?

 

I have good stories!

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

 

Enjoy the day, and never, ever take a finish for granted.  You never know when it might be your last.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Don’t take yourself too seriously, and do not be afraid to fail.  Remember, not everyone is blessed with the opportunity to even be at a start line, so keep that in perspective as you try to accomplish your goals.

 

What philanthropic activities do you have?

Ask me on the run! 

 

 

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