Angie Whitworth Pace will be joining me on the show today.
Her running resume is long and includes close to 150 marathon/ultra finishes, a 365-day running streak, and a Boston Marathon finish to name a few.
Clearly, we will have no shortage of topics as I go a few easy miles with Angie today.
Too Much, Too Soon
Angie Whitworth Pace has a long history in the sport.
She began running in the fourth grade and continued steadily through part of high school.
Angie was a talented and competitive runner even competing in the Junior Olympics growing up.
While in high school, Angie suffered an achilles injury that halted her running.
At the time the injury occurred, Angie was falling out of love with running and wanted to enjoy being a teenager.
The injury brought Angie a sense of relief and allowed her to give up running until it would reappear later in her life.
During the years Angie didn’t run she graduated college, moved to NYC, worked as a fashion designer, and even danced professionally.
Inspiration Comes In Many Forms
While living in NYC, Angie met her future husband, got married, and moved to Utah.
Living in Utah was a drastic change from NYC and Angie was miserable.
While it had been years since Angie ran, her twin sister had continued in the sport and had done marathons all over the world.
Angie was inspired by her sister and decided to sign up for a local 5k planning to walk it.
When the race started everyone began running which motivated Angie to interval the race rather than walk the entire distance.
The 5k was taking place at the same time as a marathon.
Angie remained at the finish to cheer in all the runners.
While at the finish line of the marathon, Angie became keenly aware that people of all shapes, sizes, and ages were completing the distance.
Angie was motivated to continue running and her sister suggested joining a running group.
Angie came across a local Jeff Galloway group and decided to join them on a run.
Her first run with the group turned into eventually leading the program for 2 years.
For the first time since childhood, Angie found her passion for running again.
At around the same time, Angie was considering running her first marathon she came across the organization Marathon Maniacs.
To become a member of Marathon Maniacs, one must complete 3 marathons in 3 months.
Angie was intrigued by this concept and made it a goal of hers to become a member.
Her first marathon was in 2009 and even with some obstacles, she was officially a Marathon Maniac.
Exceeding Her Expectations
Angie has been running for about 10 years and for many of those years she was consistently a 4:45-5 hour marathoner.
The end of a toxic relationship was the catalyst for another big goal for Angie.
Angie was previously dating a runner that wanted to qualify for Boston which planted the seed for her next goal.
Angie wanted to work on getting faster in an attempt to qualify for Boston before her ex did.
While admittedly her motivation to BQ may not work for everyone, it was just what she needed.
In her journey to BQ, Angie lost 10 pounds and began doing more speedwork.
Her times continuously dropped until she eventually reached her ultimate goal of nabbing a Boston qualifier.
Not only did she earn her BQ, but she also did it before her ex, which was her icing on the cake.
Run Your Race Pacers
As much as Angie enjoys setting goals and reaching them she enjoys helping others reach their goals even more.
Angie has been pacing for quite some time now and has some advice to offer others that aspire to pace:
- Don’t go into pacing for the wrong reasons
- Pacing is about helping others reach their goals
- Practice running multiple races with pace groups to see what works and what doesn’t
- Don’t be afraid to ask pacers questions as you’re running with them to get advice
Pacers are human and mistakes can happen.
The difference between a good pacer and a bad one is that with a good pacer mistakes are few and far between.
There are multiple ways to pace a race, but Angie prefers to pace according to the course.
Pacing according to the course means some miles may be slower or faster depending on the elevation, rather than even pacing throughout.
Running should be fun and if that stops being true don’t be afraid to take a break.
Mentioned In This Episode:
- Deseret News Marathon
- Jeff Galloway Run/Walk Method
- Marathon Maniacs
- Pocatello Marathon
- Run Your Race Pacers
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