Since I've been doing so great at blogging and didn't want to overload this blog with posts, I've decided to combine my last two pacing gigs into one report. A few weeks ago, I paced the Goldy's 10 mile, and on Sunday I paced the the Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon.
Originally I was slotted to pace the 7:00
minute / mile group at Goldy's, but since I'd only run 10 miles in
training once, I begged out of the 7:00 group to pace the 7:30 group.
Fortunately, there were three pacers in my group, so that took the
pressure off. It was a chilly day, so I opted to wear
running pants and a long-sleeve tech shirt underneath my pacing singlet,
along with a hat and gloves. It was a good choice as I was comfortable
temperature-wise for the duration of the race.
itself went pretty smooth. One of the pacers in my group was having
some problems with asthma, but he managed to finish with us, running
most of the race about 10 yards in front of the other pacer and me. The
course wasn't super-easy--it had a good amount of hills, including a
decent one right at a turnaround, and another decent climb coming into
the last couple miles.
My knee didn't give me any
problems, and I was able to hang on to the 7:15 pace throughout the
race, finishing in 1:15:01. Not bad for shaking the rust out.
race gave me enough confidence to say "yes" to pacing the 1:35 group at
the Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon, a little more challenging 7:15 pace.
I would also be without any co-pacers, so I'd be on my own to hit the
The start of the race was pretty chilly--I was
wearing shorts and arm-warmers with my singlet, along with gloves and a
headband. Unfortunately, the race start was delayed when the lead police
car wasn't ready at the start. Once we got going, however, I warmed up
quickly and probably could have shed the gloves and the headband. Since I
didn't have anyone to throw them to, I decided to keep them on rather
than throwing them, as they were a little better than "throw-away"
The whole way I had a handful of runners
running with me. I felt like I kept a pretty even pace for most of the
race, and went past each mile marker within a few seconds of 7:15. The
course was decent--through the fancy neighborhoods of lakefront houses and
along Lake Minnetonka, with several rolling hills, but nothing too
The last mile I think I
accidentally picked it up a little too much. After being within a few seconds most of the race, I ran the last
mile about 15 seconds fast, and ended up finishing in 1:34:41. After the
race I had about half-a-dozen runners thank me for my pacing, which
always feels good.
Pacing those two races was a pretty
good confidence booster. I feel like my knee is better, and I'm hoping I
can continue to up my mileage. I'm not really planning any big races,
but I think that if I can stay on track this summer I might be able to
run a decent race at the TC 10 mile in October. Besides the 10 mile and
racing the TC 1 mile this Thursday, it looks like I might also be
running the Ragnar relay--should be a nice summer of running.