Pacer Madeline

Where are you from?

I grew up in Belleville, Illinois. I now live in Jacksonville, Illinois. 

Current P.R.

3:30:32- Marathon

Typical pace

Depends on what I’m training for! Longer runs (10 miles or more) I like to keep an 8:00-8:30 pace. For shorter distances, I try to incorporate sprints, or about a 7:30 pace. If I’m running with a group, I go at a comfortable conversational pace.

Number of marathons



Speech Language Pathologist

Favorite marathon

The Peoria Marathon I ran in October, which got me my Boston qualifying time.


I really enjoy Crossfit. I’ve been competing on teams at my local gym for about two years now.


I also love eating! Does that count as a hobby?

Favorite Running Food

Quest Bars!

What are you reading now?

I love to read. Most recently I’ve been hooked on the Liane Moriarty books: “Big Little Lies, “The Husband’s Secret,” and “Three Wishes.”

Who do you train with?

During the work week I run alone due to a busy schedule. On the weekends for longer runs, I get together with a close group of friends and run. We talk, laugh, and share stories the whole way; it’s one of the best parts of my weekend!

Personal goals

To run at least one marathon in another country!



A quotation you like…

“The best pace is a suicide pace, and today is a good day to die.” – Steve Prefontaine

Why do you run?


Running, for me, is my time to de-stress and unwind. It’s also an opportunity for me to challenge myself and see what my body is truly capable of.

Describe your best marathon memory.


My best race memory was one of the first 10Ks that I ran while visiting some family members in the small town of Momence, Illinois. I started off the race just like any other, expecting a few encouraging cheers from my family members along the way. To my surprise, my Aunt and four cousins made huge posters to cheer me on. They were literally at every corner I passed yelling, waving, and cheering. Completely over the top in the best way possible. They were the ultimate cheerleaders. It means so much to be supported and encouraged. It fills my heart just thinking about it again.


My best marathon memory was at my very first marathon in Springfield, Illinois. I had no idea when I was going to finish, or even if I would finish. I just ran at a comfortable pace the whole way through. I ended up winning 1st place overall for the women’s division. I guess I was hooked after that!


Why do you pace?


I really love being a pacer because I enjoy motivating and encouraging others. Watching someone achieve their goal is so gratifying. It’s also a great opportunity to meet new people who enjoy running just as much as you do. 

Tell us your best pacing experience.


My first official pacing job at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon in Springfield, Illinois. I had a great group of runners right from the start line. They were so supportive of each other, and I talked to a lot of them the entire duration of the race. After we all crossed the finish line together, I had so many runners come and thank me for pacing them. I didn’t realize what an impact I had made, and it was one of the most rewarding experiences.

Why should someone run in your pace group?


I will lead a pace group that is fun, positive, and encouraging. I really enjoy getting to know new people, and hearing about their running stories and experiences. I’ve also got a few of my own and can probably keep you entertained for a while. Be prepared for lots of laughter!


My job is to keep the pace you want to achieve and get you across that finish line. You let me worry about that, and focus on having a great race experience!

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


My husband always tells me “Run your own race.” This really helps me to remember that I’m not competing against anyone but myself.


Relax, and enjoy the moment. Trust your training.


I love questions about running, and I’ve gotten some great tips from some really amazing athletes! Ask me all you want while we are running together!

What philanthropic activities do you have?

I am a member of the “I Run 4 Michael” organization, which is comprised of a group of athletes who are paired with children and adults who have physical, mental, and developmental special-needs. I was paired with a child who has CHD (Congenital Heart Defect). My little “buddy” and I support each other through our “I Run 4” Facebook group, and I dedicate many workouts and races to my buddy. He has almost every race medal that I have run for him! It has been an amazing experience to bring awareness and support CHD.



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