Pacer Theresia

Where are you from?

Currently live in Wayne, PA (outside of Philly)

Current P.R.


Typical pace

Training 9’s

Number of marathons



Software Analyst and Group Ex Instructor

Favorite marathon

Flying Pig


Running, teaching, reading, traveling, the beach

Favorite Running Food

Cereal before my run

What are you reading now?

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Favorite book (not that you asked ;-) is Beach Music by Pat Conroy (passed in 2016). 

Who do you train with?

Amazing group of runners that I was instrumental in developing.  We have a private Facebook page with over 100 members. We are no an “official” group, we have no dues or any expectations.  It has been all word of mouth and we have a diverse group.  Everyone I know in the group cheers and encourages everyone.  Someone from the group posts a time and place and you can be sure people will show up and run with you. 

Personal goals

Run a marathon in all 50 states under 4 hours.  Stretch goal is to finish by the time I turn 51 in July of 2018.  I currently have 34 states with 6 or 7 planned for 2017. 



A quotation you like…

Take pride in how far you’ve come and have faith in how far you can go. 


Why do you run?


To stay in shape and spend time with friends.  I’ve made some of my best friends because of running.   

Describe your best marathon memory.


Coming across the finish line in Holland Michigan.  I knew I was having a good race and my splits were great but I had no idea how fast I’d run until I saw the clock at the end! 





Why should someone run in your pace group?


I’m calm and very steady.  I’ve helped fellow runners before their first ½ or full marathon prepare for the day of the race.  I’m not into drama and I believe I helped them stay calm and be ready for the big day.  Do your best for a no stress morning is my mantra.  I’m also very motivating.  I’ve learned in teaching group ex to be encouraging throughout the entire class to get people to keep moving and get over that “wall”.  In the marathon it would be to get them pass the wall to keep putting one foot in front of the other.    

Any tips for runners about to join your group?


If you’ve put the training in you will get the job done.  Take a break when you need it and jump back in when you’re ready.  You got this! 

Anything else you’d like to share?

Remember, the one thing about race day that you cannot control is the weather!  Be prepared for anything and ready to run no matter what the day brings. 


What philanthropic activities do you have?

I’ve contributed to Girls on the Run in the past.  I raised money for the group when I ran the Chicago Marathon (my 2nd favorite marathon) and I also was a coach for them.  Great organization as it teaches about a healthy lifestyle, both physical and personally.  It teaches girls and boys to be active, make good food choices and even better behavior choices.  The program really helps promote being strong - both body and mind!


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