Pacer Steel

Where are you from?  Pittsburgh, PA

Current P.R. 2:40:11

Typical pace  ~7:00 min/mile

Number of marathons  10 marathons/2 ultras

Occupation  Mechanical Engineer

Favorite marathon  Boston

Hobbies  Running, cycling, hiking, reading

Favorite Running Food  None if I can help it because I have a sensitive stomach, but for really long endeavors, I’ve found I can most easily handle Honey Stinger waffles

What are you reading now?  Everything That Remains: A Memoir by The Minimalists

Who do you train with?  Pittsburgh Pharaoh Hounds and occasionally some other friends, but mostly alone

Personal goals  Continuous improvement

 A quotation you like…

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” -Theodore Roosevelt

 (Also, anything Jesus Christ said.)

 Why do you run?  I can’t think of one reason why I wouldn’t! Running is beneficial in every conceivable way.

Describe your best marathon memory.  Finishing my first marathon. I distinctly remember asking myself what in the world I was doing at around mile 21, and then asking myself when my next marathon will be at the finish line.

Why do you pace?  I get to do something helping others while doing something I love.

Tell us your best pacing experience.  In the 2016 Pittsburgh half marathon, I felt so blessed to have several people find me after the race to thank me for helping them achieve a PR. (They did the work, but I appreciate the sentiment.)

Why should someone run in your pace group?


Well hopefully because you want to run the time that I’m pacing! Really though, I know how difficult racing marathons can be and the rollercoaster of emotional, physical, and mental turmoil that can occur. I’m there to help you focus and also to help keep your spirits up. Running is fun, after all!

Any tips for runners about to join your group?  You’ve done all the hard work. Now it’s time to have some fun!

Anything else you’d like to share?  Nothing worth doing is comfortable.


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