Legion Profile: Mary Pardi

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This profile of Mary Pardi first appeared in our Nov/Dec 2014 issue.

Name: Mary Pardi
Age: 44
Height: 5’4”
Weight: 119 lbs
Residence: Falmouth, Maine
Day Job: stay-at-home mom to Gina (16) and Antonio (13), making sure every aspect of our house and their schedules run smoothly. I also manage rental property and help out at a yoga studio.
Club: Dirigo R.C.

Average Miles per Week
60-80 during the year and marathon training averages around 70-100

Clam Fest 5m road race; Photo by Kevin Morris.

Notable PR’s
2013 Pumpkin Run 5k: 17:36
2013 Hollis Fast 5k: 17:12 (downhill)
2013 Clam Festival 5 miler: 30:07
2011 Great Pumpkin 10K: 37:01
2011 Hartford Half Marathon: 1:20:56
2011 Philadelphia Marathon: 2:46:39

New York City Half Marathon
Hartford Half Marathon
Boston Marathon
TD Beach to Beacon 10K

Fartlek runs when I’m starting back up with workouts
Long tempo runs
10 x 1 mile @ half marathon pace
(I would rather do a long marathon cut down than faster track stuff)

Places to Run
Route 88 and Macworth Island in Falmouth, Maine
Beach to Beacon course in Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Central Park when I’m visiting NYC
Running Shoe
Trainers: Mizuno Wave Elixir – I’m bummed they have discontinued the model, but luckily, I still have a few pairs in my closet!
Racers: Nike LunarRacers

Workout Songs
“I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas is my go-to song before a race. I listen to anything upbeat when doing workouts. I have my daughter frequently change my song list to keep it updated and current.

I love to reference Running Formula by Jack Daniels; Run Faster From the 5k to Marathon by Brad Hudson and Running Within by Jerry Lynch

Attending my kids’ sporting events, doing yoga, working out, cooking & baking, traveling. I just picked up spinning, which I love!

Running Intangibles
Training Philosophy
If you are patient and put in the work, you will reap the rewards. Do what works for your training.

Prerace Ritual
I have never run a race without a cup of coffee in the morning. I always warm up at least twenty minutes before a race and do strides.

Career High/Lowlights
Career high and low would be running the Philadelphia Marathon in 2011 at the age of 41. It was a big 7 minute PR, but I missed qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Trials by 39 seconds. That summer after coming off of an injury, I ran a 5k in June at a slower pace than I ran that marathon.

To keep running and competing as long as I can, and to stay healthy. Qualify for the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials.

Proudest Moment
Hearing my sixteen year old daughter finally say that she loves to run. After giving up dancing, she now runs for her high school cross country team and continues to improve.

Local Running Role Model
Joan Benoit Samuelson. She’s such an inspiration to run with. I am amazed by her mental toughness to push through and run incredible times in every race she runs.

Oddest Thing That’s Ever Happened to You on a Run
I found a broken cell phone and the owner of it ended up being a guy that did work on our house.

Advice for The Legion
To believe in your fitness and training, and to not doubt yourself or your goals in a race.

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