Mercy Home Heroes Spotlight: Pete Miscinski
1 . Why did you choose to run as a Mercy Home Hero?
I’ve only been running for about 10 years. I did my first Chicago Marathon all alone. I just wanted to see if I could even do it. I was horrified when I learned people could track you – see your time, age! (I thought let’s just reveal my weight, bank account and past sins too!) After I survived the first two (your legs don’t fall off at the “wall”), I realized that one of my wife’s all-time favorite organizations – Mercy Home – had a team! I’ve run for them for the last seven years and it is, hands down, one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life!
2 . Your favorite race day memory?
It is always passing Mercy Home, especially on the front side with all the fanfare! I almost always tear up – and not from the pain of having run nearly 17 miles, with about nine to go – but because I see my family, friends, Fr. Scott, Jim and all the kids and good people of Mercy Home. It makes you realize that life is about way more than yourself and your own problems! We are truly all in this together!
3. How has finishing a marathon changed your life?
I know it sounds cliché, but it really does change your life. I now have incredible confidence that I can tackle anything – at work, at home, you name it. And for me, it has been a great way to learn (it can be very humbling). I always review how I did and how I can do better. I have always said “I have a great marathon in me – I just need to let it out!”
4. What is your greatest running accomplishment?
The persistence really. No particular time, race. My advice: Forget about the time and enjoy the process, make friends, and find something beautiful in every run!
5. List some of your favorites for running:
Gear – Hoka shoes for training (they are light but cushioned)
Fuel – Nuun to drink (light, less sugar), caffeine
Pre-race meal night before – pasta with just olive oil – before all long runs I’m a boring, easy date – one of my motto’s is “respect the run” – this is one way I do.
Race morning meal – always coffee, banana, and a bagel for a longer run. It’s important to fuel and hydrate properly before, during and after runs (it took me a while to learn that)
Post race meal – after the Chicago Marathon, pizza with the family and friends – otherwise, protein
Listening – always Chicago’s very own, Michael McDermott – he touches my heart, mind and soul like no other – and is a Mercy Home supporter!
6. What is your best advice for a first-timer?
Train with a group. Our CARA training groups are fantastic. You can learn so much from so many great, experienced runners – and make some of the best friends you’ll ever have!
7. Anything else you want to add?
Running for Mercy Home is an incredible experience. Jim and the entire group are so supportive with everything – the training, fundraising, many social opportunities, and ways to learn and grow. You’re making a huge difference in the lives of others!