Pacer Xiaolu

Where are you from?

Troy, Michigan

Current P.R.

3:09:20

Typical pace

8:00-9:00/mile

Number of marathons

34

Occupation

IT

Favorite marathon

The Great Wall Marathon

Hobbies

Movies, Travel

Favorite Running Food

Sports Jelly Beans

What are you reading now?

Chinese Novel

Who do you train with?

Mostly by myself; or w/ a local running group

Personal goals

Qualify for Kona Ironman Championship  (however long that may take)

 

 

A quotation you like…

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

-          Reinhold Niebuhr

Why do you run?

 

Some call it the Runners’ High: running makes me happy and better able to handle stress from all aspects of life. It is also an important part of a healthy lifestyle for me, and I enjoy running with my son whenever he is in the mood.

Describe your best marathon memory.

 

The Great Wall Marathon in 2008 was a race I enjoyed the most, with its breathtaking views, gorgeous weather, clean crisp air, and the tough course… The second time on the wall was so taxing that many people started getting down on all fours to climb. I was happy to be able to give out salt pills along the way which hopefully remaining miles less painful. And of course, who could forget the acute soreness all over the body for the entire week after the race which I have been looking for ever since…

Why do you pace?

 

I have been able to run with a few pacers over the years and have truly liked each and everyone one of them… I would like to do the same for others what they did for me: helping and encouraging runners to reach their personal goals in a race.



Why should someone run in your pace group?

 

 Rub off on my enthusiasm and optimism? I will be happy to tell you any stories from my past races – be it road races, ultras, or triathlons!

Any tips for runners about to join your group?

 

You are expected to feel that the pace is a bit too easy in the beginning – resist the urge to run above your aerobic threshold before the half point. Stick with the pace if this is what you have been training for – and I will make sure to take you to the end with this pace without you having to worry about it along the way. Focus on breathing, form, water breaks, and nutrition instead and enjoy the course and the crowd!

Anything else you’d like to share?

 

I have completed three full Ironman races!

What philanthropic activities do you have?

 

Nothing fixed – participating in company advertised or sponsored events.

 

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