Not sure what form of measurement you have available to you, if you have a running watch, I;d check your performance the last mile or so, could your pace have been up and down and averaged above 10:00 for the end?
Also, if the pacers left you behind, they may have realized they were running slower than goal and sped up at the end to 9:30 or lower.
A tell-all? What else is there to tell? I could probably provide more if you told me what else you're wondering about.
You should definitely apply to be a pacer. Pacers typically get in to races free.
While I admire pacers, I personally don't find pacers helpful during a race since I like to run negative splits. Plus, I like the freedom of being able to sometimes walk through the water stops, stop for a potty break, or just run with a friend for awhile.
The pacers I know all aim for their advertised pace. Here are the pacer times from this year's Parks Half Marathon in Bethesda, MD. You will quickly see that the pacers finish remarkably close to their goal. 10 of 12 finished within a minute of their advertised goal time!
1:30 pacer finished at 1:29:17, 0:43 fast 1:35 pacer finished at 1:34:50, 0:10 fast 1:40 pacer finished at 1:40:12, 0:12 slow 1:45 pacer finished at 1:44:18, 0:42 fast 1:50 pacer finished at 1:49:42, 0:18 fast 1:55 pacer finished at 1:53:46, 1:14 fast 2:00 pacer finished at 1:59:36, 0:24 fast 2:05 pacer finished at 2:02:11, 2:49 fast 2:10 pacer finished at 2:09:54, 0:06 fast 2:20 pacer finished at 2:19:59, 0:01 fast 2:30 pacer finished at 2:30:02, 0:02 slow 2:40 pacer finished at 2:39:43, 0:17 fast
I would expect similar performances from pacers at any HM. I'm using the data from this race simply because this race makes the data available. (If only all races were so forthcoming with information!) By the way, this is a modestly priced race - only $50. Don't be fooled into thinking that quality has anything to do with price.
One more bit of trivia: Of the 12 pacers, 9 were women!
I've never paced, but I was chatting wth a pace team recently, and they said that the pacers can easily run 15-20 minutes faster than the time they're pacing, to make sure they don't have to push too hard to being people in on time.
So This past weekend I ran a HM and followed pacers for the first time. I followed 9:55 min/mile pacers to finish in 2:10. This was a stretch for me but I wanted to try it. In the end I lost the pacers, not by much but I was probably a minute behind them.
I was bummed cause I thought I was running slower than I wanted to run. I found out that I ran faster than I thought and averaged a 9:52 min/mile. So. . . . how did I lose the pacers if I was going faster than their pace time?
Has anyone been a pacer before? Was this a fluke or "bad" pacers not paying too much attention? I thought pacers were supposed to be dead on their times to help the runners, not go faster their posted time.
I am interested in what other people have experienced and have to say. Thoughts?
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