Run It Fast – The Club Profile Heather Shoemaker #44

Heather Shoemaker #44

This week’s Run It Fast – The Club profile is Heather Shoemaker #44 from Georgia! Heather is another one of our club’s maniacs…as in Marathon Maniacs so in a good way. 🙂

Meet Heather:


Name: Heather Shoemaker
RIF #: 44


Years Running:  since 1999 so… 13 years
Favorite Race Distance: marathon
Favorite PR:  1:41 half marathon; locomotive as part of pr-ing 5k, 10k, half, and marathon in a 4 week period
Favorite Race:  the one I just finished
Favorite Bling:  2009 flying monkey
Next Race:  real race, Umstead… I hope it will be my first 100 mile!  But I will be doing lots of training runs at races before then… Next is Soldiers Marathon. I will be pacing 4:40.
What Makes You FEEL Fast?:  when there’s no one to compare myself to while I am running!


Who inspires your running and why?
My friends- I have some amazing friends.

What’s the most beautiful place that you’ve run?
St George Island, back on the closed to car area of the national park.

Why do you race?
Depends on the race… To see what I am capable of, to hang out with friends, to help someone reach their goals… I guess really because I can… Not everyone has that luxury.

Big races or small races? And why?
Small!  Definitely!  For one, I don’t want to wake up 4 hours before race time to stand around, for another, I like value in entry fees!

What running moment are you most proud of?
My Boston Qualifying marathon.

If you can’t run, you’re ________?
Crazy.  Truly mental.


“Crazy.  Truly mental.”  I think it’s funny that most non-runners think we are crazy and truly mental BECAUSE we run. But like Heather, I go crazy when I CAN’T run. I’m sure a lot of you feel the same way. Right? 🙂 I also think it’s awesome that Heather said her next “real race” is Umstead 100 when she has a marathon coming up. It’s funny how our perspectives change the more we run and the more we meet and get to know other runners who are pushing the envelope. It makes races you thought were impossible before seem completely possible. 100 Miler? Normal. Vol State 500K…ok, still not normal but not as crazy as when I first heard about it. 😉

I have been following Heather’s racing/running on Facebook and I see her working and planning to get to her goal of completing a 100 miler and I have no doubt she will accomplish that goal. But not only is she working towards her goal, she is also helping out friends by pacing them during their races along the way. That is very cool! Thank you for sharing with us, Heather. Have fun pacing at the Soldier’s Marathon and as someone who’s benefited from a pacer before…thank you for doing that!

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Lisa (RIF Club Member #5) has completed 27 half marathons, 13 marathons, 5 50Ks, 2 12 Hour races, and 1 100K. Her favorite races to date are the Disneyland Half Marathon, the Leading Ladies Marathon, the Bataan Memorial Death March, and the Jackson Jackass 50K. You can follow her on Twitter @runlikeacoyote

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