5:15 "informal" PACE TEAM LEADER: Calvin Lee
Hometown(s): Modesto, CA, Los Angeles, CA, New York, NY
Marathon PR: 5:04 at the 2000 Flying Pigs Marathon in Cincinnati.
Recent Marathon: 6:01 at the 2011 October Nike Women's Marathon
Other Marathon Times: 7:03 at the 2010 Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon (I finished next to last but not last - somebody robbed me of my "finished dead last" title).
How many marathons have you run: 5 marathons.
Favorite marathon: Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon. Because my name is on it.
Favorite marathon memory: When I ran the SAMM (Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon) in the rain last year, my wife Tammy Wu and our friend Dolores Avendano (Harry Potter illustrator for the Spanish editions and famed ultra runner) ran with me from mile 18 to the finish. I wore a disposable surgical gown the entire time. It ventilated and kept me dry (water and blood proof usually) - see picture above.
Other Hobbies: Is facebook a hobby? Trauma surgery, Botox, Fillers, Vein surgery, Acupuncture, assisting with plastic surgeries, complaining, becoming 90% vegan. Oh and violin too.
The event that you're most proud of: Making it through one day without Tammy (the wife/boss) getting mad at me.
Other pacing experiences: None
Your Pacing Style and tips for runners who want to join your pace group: We will start slow and then gradually speed up, and maybe even scare the people in the 5:10 group if we find some energy toward the end. If we find no extra energy, we will hold a contest to see who will be last in the entire marathon. We will suddenly stop and walk to piss off runners by stopping unexpectedly in the middle of the road. Plus they will give you a "push" forward when they accidentally (or purposely) bump into you which will help in our momentum and running efficiency. We will also milk sympathy from the crowd by looking like we're dying. Practice the "tongue hanging out fatigued look" before you join my pace group.
A saying/quotation that you like:
Pain and bleeding means you're alive, at least for the moment, and that's usually a good thing.
Even though I may be wearing a surgical gown during the race, don't look to me to provide CPR for you, it will most likely be the other way around.