I am the creator of OpenPace.
In high school, I was a relatively successful runner. I took it really seriously and trained hard. All I could think about was running. My goal was to get a scholarship to run in college. I dreamed about it. When I failed to make the team freshman year, I quit running and hung up my shoes for a bit.
Fast forward a few years. I am working at my first startup company and it had its ups and downs. I needed a way to let some of the pressure off. I started running again to clear my head and take a break from looking at the computer screen all day.
When I first got out there, the competitive feeling started to come back. I had loved running and I was rediscovering it. It wasn't long before I signed up for a signed up for a few small local races and then I signed up for a marathon. It was something I had always wanted to do but never had.
While training for my first marathon, I ran into a similar issue that I had in the past: I got injured. In high school, I was frequently injured. I couldn't make it through one season without being sidelined by some pain (normally something in my knee).
I decided to build OpenPace after struggling with injuries from running. Whenever I felt like I was getting in a groove with running again, I would over extend myself and get hurt. The goal of OpenPace is to help runners like me achieve their potential while staying injury free.