Pacer Julie


Where are you from?

Pleasant Grove, Utah

Current P.R.


Typical pace


Number of marathons

20 something


Registered Nurse

Favorite marathon

Utah Valley


Camping, hiking, swimming.

Favorite Running Food

Bananas, oranges.

What are you reading now?

Runners’ World.   

Who do you train with?

Fast friends in their thirties.

Personal goals

Subthree hour marathon.  Ironman.  100 mile Ultramarathon.



A quotation you like…

Just keep Swimming (running) from Dori in Finding Nemo. 


Why do you run?


To have balance, fitness, and clarity of mind. 


Describe your best marathon memory.


My first marathon in 1995 when I qualified for the 100th Boston Marathon.   I trained 3-4 days a week.   I worked hard and ran a 10 minute negative split and felt so awesome the last 8 miles of the race.  I was on a BQ high!!!  

Why do you pace?


To help others achieve their goals.  I know running goals are important to each individual.  If  I can be there right with them to support and cheer them on, I feel I am contributing to the sport I love!!

Tell us your best pacing experience.


I paced my girlfriend at the Top of Utah marathon.  She wanted under 4 hours.  I ran with her with my watch in only time mode (no mile splits) and I carried her gear for her, opened her Gus and warmed her hands.  I ran ahead to take pictures of her crossing each mile mark and I didn’t let her walk the last three miles as she told me not to let her.   I talked to her when she wanted me to talk and backed off when she was in a zone.  I was there for her every step of the way carrying her camera and clothes.  She ran it in 3:54!!   She told me I needed to be a pacer for a living.  She was so thankful for me.  I had a great time and felt very rewarded through her accomplishment!! 

Why should someone run in your pace group?


I am positive and upbeat.    I will encourage the whole way.  I am all about the runner beside me.  My job is FOR the Runner with the pace I am setting.  I can even open up your  Gus and take a few pictures for you!!  If you want to zone out just tell me and I will just support you with running beside you.  I can tell some good stories if you need them too but don’t worry I won’t bore you.  The time will fly with me.   Running a marathon is about the journey and if the journey isn’t that fun why run? 

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Do not go out too fast.  The first mile should always be slower than goal pace.  By miles 3-5 it will all even out.  I would hydrate at every water station alternating water and Gatorade/powerade.  Take 3 to 4 gus starting at miles 6 or 7 and then evenly spaced.    Make sure you tried them before in a training run.  Gu chomps are great too!!  Some have caffeine others don’t.  Make sure you know what a caffeine kick does to your heart.  Would take those on downhill portions of the race.  If it is hot out take a cold shower before the race to cool your core temperature down or  drink ice cold water.  If you are a salty sweater try salt tabs in a training run then take the needed amount during the race.  DO NOT FORGET to put on body glide to protect areas from friction burn.   Lastly, relax, have fun. Oh--  If you are breathing heavy in the first few miles in my pace group try slowing and wait to slowly catch back up over several miles. 


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