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Through a race that was not a goal race for you, if you were asked?<br><br>
I would. I wish I had a pacer for some races, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> I have a tendency to run too slow and be surprised when the race is over.<br><br>
So would you? Have you? Would you like to have someone to pace you?
 

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I have paced people in the past and have enjoyed it. I did it once in a 5k and once in a half marathon. I would do it again.<br><br>
Muddy ran 45 miles with me just to pace me. It was not his goal race but was a good training run for him on the road to his goal.
 

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I paced a friend for 3 miles of a half-marathon earlier this year. Then he told me to go ahead because he was fine.<br><br>
Honestly, I'd probably have a tough time pacing someone. My pace is too inconsistent.
 

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Absolutely -- I've done it before and I'd do it again. I love helping other runners.<br><br>
I go back and forth on whether I'd prefer a pacer in my next marathon (I won't have one, and it's aboslutely OK). It definitely helps in some important ways. I had one at Shamrock from the start and got hurt early in the race. My pacer would have run a much better time for himself had he not spent the first half with semi-gimpy me. Of course he volunteered to pace me and I hadn't asked hi, and I certainly didn't injure myself on purpose.<br><br>
Also I think WHEN I meet my goal if I do it w/o a pacer, I'll be that much more proud of myself.<br><br>
Sometimes when I am the pacesetter in track workouts I actually perform better because "it's my job" to keep pace -- so there could be something to that too.<br><br>
QN, please don't take this as singling you out because that's not my intention at all (!) and many people post "training related" topics in the PRT, but I so wish you'd start putting these kinds of threads in forums like The Race -- it would add a lot to those quieter communities, and help them get chattier, to talk about these valuable topics in there. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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I paced a novice buddy for a 3.5 mile run. His goal was sub 30 minutes. He finished in 29:50. It was a lot of fun!
 

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sure! any excuse not to beat myself up is a good one
 

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I have paced friends twice (20k and half marathon) and I'm doing it again in Philadelphia in a few weeks (the full). It's fun to do and I'd recommend it to anyone.<br><br>
I also used the official pacers at the NJ Marathon and thought it helped my performance quite a bit - mostly by holding me back at the beginning of the race.
 

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Quite honestly, the more I think about it, the more I think I would under the following conditions:<br><br>
1.) If it was someone I cared about.<br>
2.) If that person was willing to do the training necessary to run the pace they are trying to run. I'm not going try to pace someone at a pace that could be dangerous for them.<br>
3.) If the distance was one that I could maintain their desired pace for. For example, if someone asked me to pace them at 7:00/mile for a half-marathon, I'd have to say no...because I can't.<br>
4.) If that person agreed not to be pissed off if the body won't deliver the pace for some reason (ie, like what happened in the Equinox).<br><br>
For example, suppose that co-worker said "I'd like to run a 5K. I want to try to maintain 9:00/mile, and I'm willing to train for it. Will you run it with me to make sure I maintain the right pace?" I'd be glad to do it.<br><br>
Or, if someone around here said "I want to do a half-marathon in 7:00/mile. Would you be willing to give me all the 7:00/mile you've got before dropping off?" ie, being a rabbit...sure, if the above conditions were met.
 

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Absolutely! I've done it before and would do it again if asked (if it weren't for a goal race for me). One of my friend's ran her first race in May this year. It was a 5-miler in Germantown, MD so I went up to visit her and be her pacer. She appreciated it so much because I was able to keep her from going out too fast in the beginning and be her cheerleader/motivator/drill sargent later in the race when she needed it.<br><br>
I wouldn't mind having a pacer, maybe for a marathon.
 

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if they need help finding the potties....I'm their man, er mom...<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/cool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Cool"><br><br>
Yes, I'd pace someone if they wanted to finish DFL.
 

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without a doubt<br><br>
someone did it for me for a half and I look forward to returning the favor for another runner.
 

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I'd love to do it; but no one has ever needed me as a pacer. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/surprised.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Surprised">
 

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Absolutely I would pace someone if they asked. I have never done it before but that is probably because I am so dam slow LOL <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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quite honestly, there be few situations that I'd pace a marathon. Probably only people in the 3:20-3:50 and it'd help if they weren't female.
 

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I had a pacer today. Have I mentioned my new 10K PR? (OK, have I mentioned it too many times?) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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PRs are great, mention it as many times as you want! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 
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