“There was an incredible amount of pressure that I acknowledged and then just kind of wanted to tuck away in the back of my mind and not pay attention to, because if I let that take over, I would’ve been scrutinizing it, and it would’ve gotten in my head, and I wouldn’t have been able to do what I did.”
Rick Powell was the official 2:45 pacer at the 2020 Houston Marathon, who led a group of several dozen women hoping to qualify for the Olympic Trials. On this episode, Rick — a former Marine and current attorney who was fresh off a 2:31 finish at the Steamtown Marathon — reflects on his experience in Houston.
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What you’ll get on this episode:
- Why Rick wanted to be the OTQ pacer in Houston (5:55)
- On the magnitude of the day for the women (14:30)
- On getting advice from the CIM pacers before the race (21:00)
- What it was like being the only pacer for the 2:45 group (25:30)
- What it was like at the start of the Houston Marathon (34:20)
- What happens when people fall off the pace group (39:55)
- What it was like pacing Neely Spence Gracey (48:25)
- The impact this experience had on Rick (51:00)
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