Becoming a marathon runner requires years of training to develop from "casual" runner into "marathoner." Pre-race training for a marathon requires a minimum of 30 to 50 miles of running each week. This pursuit also involves selecting the right shoes, choosing comfortable clothing, eating the proper foods, developing the right mind-set, setting aggressive goals and committing to the training necessary to achieve these goals. And, it demands vast amounts of physical, mental and emotional energy. It is a discipline of the mind as well as the body. Michael J. Schroeck is a runner. A serious runner. A three-time Boston marathoner. In fact, he has completed twelve marathons with times between 2:50:00 and 3:15:00, including a 3:07:00 in October's Chicago Marathon. In addition to the Boston Marathon, Schroeck has completed marathons in Chicago (four times), New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C. (Marine Corp.), Columbus and Pittsburgh.

Running is Schroeck's avocation; and, as partner-in-charge of the Global Data Warehousing Practice for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, "running the practice" is his vocation.

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