Pacer Monica

Where are you from?

Detroit, MI

Current P.R.


Typical pace

7 – 8 min/mile

Number of marathons



Medical student

Favorite marathon

New York City Marathon


Besides running, I also like to bake and cook, read, garden, and play pool with friends.

Favorite Running Food

Those caffeinated jellybeans—they are the best!

What are you reading now?

The Heart Healers – a medical history of the wild early days of cardiology and cardiac surgery

Who do you train with?

With the medical student running group and a few different running groups around Miami

Personal goals

Run a sub-3 hour marathon, complete an ultra-marathon



A quotation you like…

“The process of becoming is better than being. Set big goals and learn to love the work that gets you to them. Even if you fall short, you’ll still be winning” -Des Linden


Why do you run?


To stay in shape and for a competitive outlet. I can be super competitive and think I’d drive everyone in my life nuts if I didn’t get it out with running!

Describe your best marathon memory.


My very first marathon in Detroit—Detroit’s marathon is very cool, as you get to run over the bridge into Canada and through the tunnel back to Detroit. My watch stopped working in the tunnel, so I didn’t know what time I was running, and I kept catching the 3:10 pacers and thinking to myself, “Wow, they must be so off pace.” I was so surprised when I finished around then and started crying! Marathons require so much energy and faith in your training, so it can be super emotional to finish one.

Why do you pace?


To give back to the running community! I’ve had some great pacers that motivated me to keep going during hard races.

Tell us your best pacing experience.


Miami will be my first pacing experience and will automatically be my best!

Why should someone run in your pace group?


We are here to help you stick to your plan, keep you from going out too fast, and make the miles fly by.

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


Run your own race and be confident in your training. You’ve run these paces and you’ve run these miles, so know that you CAN do this!

Anything else you’d like to share?



What philanthropic activities do you have?

I’ve coached Girls on the Run in the past and it was a fantastic experience. Now while in medical school, my free time is spent volunteering at free clinics and health fairs around Miami.



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