Monday, March 15, 2010

2010 Team: Candace Jacobs

Candace Jacobs

Brief Biography

I have lived in Huntsville my entire life. I went to the University of Alabama in Huntsville on a full cross country scholarship. David cain was my coach and I was part of his first recruiting team. I graduated Sum Cum Laude in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. I landed a job at Holy Spirit Catholic School the year I graduated and I've been teaching 5th grade ever since. In 2004 I married my husband Erik Jacobs and then in 2007 I had my son Jonathan. I always told myself after college I wanted to run marathons, but I never thought I could be so competitive in this long race. I went from my first marathon of a time of 3:11 in 2004 to my 6th marathon with a time of 2:55 in 2009. I will say having a family definitely put challenges in my training, but it has been so worth it. Although my training is intense and takes time away from my family Erik my husband has been my number one fan and still pushes me to be the best. One last thing I need to say is I thank my parents for their support and encouragement for running, for their the reason I'm the runner I am today.

Short Term Goals

10K-under 37 minutes
5K-under 18 minutes
1/2 marathon- under 1:21
marathon-under 2:55

Long Term Goals

10K-under 36 minutes
1/2 marathon- under 1:20
marathon- 2:50 or better

Personal Records
  • 5 km - 18:17:00 at Spooktacular 5K on 10/31/09 at age 29
  • 4 Mi - 0:24:00 at Winter Winds on 02/15/09 at age 28
  • 5 Mi - 29:33:00 at Pegion Forge Midnight Run on 08/06/03 at age 23
  • 10 km - 37:19:00 at Coca Cola Classic on 05/02/09 at age 28
  • 15 km - 58:55:00 at Monto Sano on 10/11/08 at age 28
  • 13.1 Mi - 1:21:53 at Huntsville 1/2 on 11/08/08 at age 28
  • 26.2 Mi - 2:55:04 at Rocket City Marathon on 12/13/08 at age 28

I think that I'm a good ambassador because of my recoginition with the community and the fact that I normally place top 5 overall in races.