About Me

My wedding day: April 27, 2013

Hi there.  The name's Scott.  Or Mr. Partenheimer, if you're one of my rapscallion students who found this blog.  I'm a 35-year-old high school German teacher here in South Jersey.  I have harbored an intense interest in Germany and its language, culture, history and literature since middle school, and it is satisfying to now share this interest with today's youth.  Yes, the test is still on Friday and no, we're not watching a movie today.

The most relevant detail of my life where this blog is concerned is my obsession with marathons.  I grew up playing soccer year round at an extremely competitive level, which translated nicely to brief stints on the cross country and track teams in high school (though I never excelled at running the way I did in soccer).  I ran my first marathon in 2005, and ran my first Boston qualifying marathon in 2010.  

Finishing the 2010 Philadelphia Marathon in 3:09:45

To make a long story short, I never got to run Boston due to a change in the registration process.  I decided to suck it up and train again, this time with the new standard in mind.  At the 2013 Philadelphia Marathon, I finally qualified under the new standards with a 3:03:05.  I finally ran the Boston Marathon on April 20, 2015, and it was everything I hoped for and more (despite some truly awful weather).

Marathoning never came easy to me.  My debut marathon was run in 4:29, and it took me 10 years to whittle my time down to 3:01.  I've certainly learned a few things over the years, but you should know I'm not your typical runner.  I don't run with music, and I don't belong to a gym.  Nor do I use compression sleeves or socks, or eat breakfast the morning of a race.  I rarely take ice baths, and you won't find me on MyFitnessPal or Strava or analyzing data from my Garmin.  I'm a low budget runner and am forced to keep things old school by focusing on the hard work and not much else.

Besides running and teaching, I share my life with two pretty amazing people.  On April 27, 2013 I married Stevie, the best woman I've ever met, and on August 26, 2014 she gave birth to our first child, Neale.  These two keep life interesting, to say the least, and I have grown more in the last few years/months than I ever thought possible due to them.

With Stevie and Neale shortly after finishing the 2015 Boston Marathon


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What else, you ask?  I freaking love beer in all its sudsy varieties and often write about it here on the blog.  I love big dumb action movies and often wonder if there will come a day when I outgrow them.   I get rather ornery over poor spelling and grammar.  I'll take a mountain trail or lake over a sunny beach any day.  I love to travel, and the only reason I need to travel somewhere is the simple fact that I've never been there before. Two of my biggest goals in life are to visit all 50 of the United States, and to visit all seven continents.

Riding the night train to Bulgaria, August 2012





I generally try to live my life by the following philosophy: "I live to fill my life with amazing experiences so that I may someday retire on the richness of my memories."

Thanks for reading.
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