By Dr. Steve Smith, Pasadena Pacer Founder and Team Doc Runners talk about their shoes with great enthusiasm and I often overhear, “My shoes are the best ever! You should try a pair of these!” The question is: what is the best shoe for you? To get at this answer we need to look at… more
In case you missed our annual Victory Party, Edgar Mejia is stepping down as the Pasadena Pacers Marathon Coach—a position he’s held for the last three years. Edgar did a great job implementing pace groups, creating new interesting routes, and giving endless encouragement. He was also responsible for building leaders, adding energy to the club,… more
We know a bunch of our Pasadena Half Marathon runners are going to be looking for the next race, and the Los Angeles Marathon will feel like a natural choice for many. But, can—and should—it be done? We asked Dr. Steve Smith, Pasadena Pacers founder, and Edgar Mejia, our Marathon Coach, what they thought. Here… more
Interview with Coach Armand Crespo by Dr. Steve Smith On my office wall are the yearly group photos of the Pasadena Pacers. Friends often hover over those photos to see if they are in it; they look for friends. They brace themselves for the changes caused by ravages of time as they expect to look… more
Learn more about our Los Angeles Marathon training program. Safe to say that 2018 will be our biggest Los Angeles Marathon (LAM) yet! Since our very first LAM more than 20 years ago, we’ve helped and cheered for thousands of Pasadena Pacers as they trained for and crossed that LAM finish line. But, it takes… more
Learn more about the Pasadena Pacer Marathon training program. Learn more about our Los Angeles Marathon training program. His passion for running—and people who run—is enormous. Edgar, an RRCA-certified coach, cares deeply for the health, safety, and wellness of all his runners. Maybe you’ve talked with him about speed work or how to stay injury… more
Learn more about the Pasadena Pacer’s LA Marathon training program. Join Team 12’s closed Facebook group. Norma Angulo 12 min/mile Pace Leader (Editor Note: Norma also serves as our Calendar Coordinator) How long have you been with the Pasadena Pacers? 4 1/2 years. How many marathons have you run? This will be my third marathon (second as… more
By Dr. Steve Smith, Pacers Founder and Team Doc Abdominal strength has a real and immediate effect on your running gait, and the faster you go, the more your abdominal muscles participate in your gait. Many running injuries can be traced back to weak core muscles that result in poor running biomechanics. If you are looking… more
By Dr. Steve Smith, Pasadena Pacer Founder and Team Doc We live in southern California where hot days are a fact of life. As such, it’s important we discuss some tips to keep you safe, healthy, and running. Run Early. If you are going long, go early. If you are training for a marathon and… more
By Dr. Steve Smith “I have a pain in my knee, what should I do?” I overheard a runner ask his friend last week. I listened, mostly to see what kind of advice would be given, thinking the friend might be a physical therapist or a doctor. This could be good; I might pick up… more