Pacer Michelle


Where are you from?

Born in Portland, OR; Live in MN, land of 10K lakes


Current P.R.

4:05 10/2010 MTCM




Number of marathons


Typical pace

9:00 to 10:00; 4:10 to 4:30


Favorite marathon



Executive Assistant, Medtronic


Favorite Running Food

Power gels or GU, oranges, bananas


Run, Bike, Hike, Outdoors, Family, Travel


Who do you train with?

LifeTime Fitness Run Club

Medtronic Run Club members

Anyone that will put up w/ my talking while running J

Favorite book, what are you reading now?

Favorite: Glass House, A Child Called It (will never forget)

Current: The Book Club


A quotation you like…

Never say you can’t – you can! (unknown)

We don’t walk up the hills, we attack them, rest at the top w/ a lite jog – Lifetime run coach

Personal goals

Stay healthy & have fun






Why do you run?


I love the benefits of running: stay healthy; defy my age; increase energy; stress reliever; meet new friends; eat quilt free; & SOCIALIZE!!


Describe your best marathon memory.


NYM: I was so intimidated by the big marathon in a big city as I’m a country girl. Just getting to the start line, taxi, ferry, buss, walk, took two hours. The experience was so fun, wild & crazy & I loved it!


Why do you pace?


I love to run races and help others obtain their goals – It makes my day to have a fellow runner do well, whatever that may be for them.


Tell us your best pacing experience.


At the NYM, was not an official pacer but stayed w/ my best running friend to ensure she did well & met her goal. We also picked up a few strays on the way who thanked me at the finish for helping them get thru the challenging course. It was the most satisfying accomplishment -- I never felt better about a race!


Why should someone run in your pace group?


You will definitely have fun; lots of high fives; encouragement; bantering w/ the spectators; and obtain your goal.


Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Enjoy the experience and celebrate your accomplishment at the end. Don't be too hard on yourself about a specific time! Completing a marathon is a huge accomplishment, which the majority of folks will never do.


Anything else you’d like to share?

I encourage runners to have 3 times in mind and be flexible to change mid-run; weather; how you feel; life in general may affect your goal.


What philanthropic activities do you have?

Volunteer my time for cancer; kids; courage center; American Disability Act, etc.



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