The miles are in the bank now for #CIM thanks to yesterday’s 22-miler, 16.3 of which consisted of pacing the 9:00-minute pace group through our running club’s Metric Marathon. And I have to say, I loved pacing!
I was fortunate enough to be paired with a great, experienced pacer. So while I did have to pay attention to pace along with him, I let him run the show in terms of how we managed that pace. For the most part, we stayed a bit ahead of pace on the flats and then slowed a bit on the hills (and this course has some bears, let me tell you). We took water stops nice and easy so that the group could stay together as much as possible.
Over the miles of the course, we lost people/gained people, but stuck to our pace. We were required to bring people in within a minute of goal pace on either side. So the goal was a 2:26 and change and we finished up in the 2:25 range. I loved watching people in my group pick up their paces in the last mile and go on ahead of us. It was hard to resist the urge to run them in all the way, but our job was to stay on pace, so stay on pace we did.
We couldn’t have asked for better weather for the day–low 40s to start and up to around 60 by the time we finished. To make the run a full 22, I met up with friends (and fellow pacers/CIM runners) for four beforehand and then we tacked on a final two right after finishing up the Metric. All done, and it feels good!
I have to say, pacing yesterday’s race definitely whet my appetite for pacing a marathon someday–what an incredibly rewarding experience that would be.
So bucket list item crossed off and I loved every minute of it!
Ever run as a pacer? Ever used a pacer–good or bad experience?