Since I was a child, I have always love to be outside and active….anything to be outdoors or at the gym. I was involved in many team sports and tried just about everything. I find myself now, just as active, just as eager to be outdoors… running, biking, swimming, hiking, or just kicking a ball around or playing catch with my kiddos. I love triathlon, running, trail running, biking, my local gym and spectating my kiddos’ sports.
I have found my true passion to be encouraging others to meet their goals and realize that they are capable of much more than they allow themselves to think. I also have a true passion to help others who may not be otherwise capable of completing races on their own, cross that finish line though a local organization called myTeam Triumph. Pacing races, encouraging others along the way through the miles is something I love to do and find true joy in coming alongside others to meet their goals. It would be an honor to help you along your way!
Either it be 5K to 100 milers, I enjoy all distances and adventures that surround running. I started running on a treadmill in 2008 to help shed some weight. In 2009, my sister-in-law challenged me to a 5K. Well, fast forward to today and I’ve successfully finished around 37 marathons and 30 ultra marathons.
What I have found to help achieve personal goals and personal bests is to surround yourself with others with the same passion. There is a reason why in the ultra-running world that many use crew/pacers for those final stages of the race. Sure the pacer is there to help keep a finishing time in check but they’re also there to help motivate, possibly distract and more importantly re-enforce the passion that we all have…to finish proud, to finish strong, to finish what you have started out.
I’m excited to share that ‘toe the line’ opportunity with you. If you are feeling like you’ve hit a wall while during the race just ask me about my Burning River 100 mile race or my first marathon in 2010 at Chicago. Hopefully these stories will help you push through that wall so you’ll have an absolutely amazing race. As my good friend Ralph always says, gotta run. vanloorunning.com
I started running again in 2012 in training for the River Bank Run 10K. I signed up for the race as part of a challenge from the director of the summer camp I was working at. After I finished that race I stood on the sideline waiting for my friends to finish the 25K. In training for the 10K I thought it was going to a one and done thing. I had no plans on being a “runner.” Standing there watching everyone finishing and reflecting on the great race I had just run I wanted to see how far I could go with it. Over the past five years I’ve run 4 Half Marathons, 3 River Bank Run 25k’s, and 8 Marathons. When I finished the Boston Marathon this year my only thought was what’s next. I’m completely happy with all of my PR’s and trying to lower those wasn’t want I currently wanted to stride towards. (pun intended) What did peak my interest and passion for running was helping others reach their time goals. I was lucky enough to get selected for the 2017 Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon Celebrity Pace Team and after that great first experience I want to see how many other races I can Pace and continue to help people reach their goals. I’ve also gotten the itch to see if I can lower my Marathon PR and have a goal to go for the 2.40 barrier in the coming years.