I was asked to be the 8:00 per mile pacer for the Michigan Credit Union Bridge Run 10 miler this past weekend. I was excited because I knew I wasn't in shape to race and PR but I wanted to be part of the race. I had never paced before this so I wasn't sure how good I would be at it.
Well I discovered I was not very good at it. Pacing is hard! The race takes off and I found myself having to look at my watch every five seconds to make sure I wasn't going to fast, which I was going to fast. I would get caught up talking to some of the other runners I was pacing and next thing you know a mile would beep and I would see we had ran a 7:45. Which for me is nothing but for someone who is pacing to run 8 minutes a mile and hasn't ran much faster than that... that would be quite the leap!
I luckily had my pal Amanda with me who was a better pacer than I was but both of us struggled with holding the 8 minute pace. The excitement of a race makes it hard to slow down and just pace!
|Some of my other pacing pals and myself before the race!|
People seemed to like Amanda and my enthusiasm for helping people to their PR's though and that was fun. I also got to kick in the last half mile with a guy we had paced and watching him shatter his goal and just run fast made me feel all happy dappy inside!
Moral of the story I don't know if anyone would want me to pace them but it really was fun being able to try and help! On a side note I officially was accepted into the Boston Marathon for 2016... so there's that....