Larissa Martin-ralph ran: 13.1 MILES -- 1:49 TI...

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  • 13 miles
  • 09:19 time
  • 0:00 pace
  • 1300 calories
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great SEPT 9 SKAGIT FLATS 1:50 PACER 13.1 mi 09:19

13.1 MILES -- 1:49 TIME -- SEPT 9 SKAGIT FLATS 1:50 PACER
CONDITIONS: 58-66F, ESE 15-20 MPH wind, 88% humidity, overcast

Pace group leader for the 1:50 finish group. Had a solid group of 4 up until 9 miles and then down to two guys and then by 10, one. The headwind on the turn-around was brutal as normal in the valley where it's gusty from being sandwiched between the Puget Sound islands and North Cascade mountains w/ zero protection. You really have to dig in and think of yourself as a workhorse; the effort duplicates at the same pace.

  • Cortni T.
    Cortni T.

    Sounds like a really tough job to be a pacer!! Did the one last guy make his goal??

    16 days ago Like1 person

  • Mike D.
    Mike D.

    Good effort, too bad the group shrunk.

    15 days ago Like1 person

  • Larissa M.
    Larissa M.

    @Cortni ~ Yes! The last two guys made their goals... the one that was w/ me the whole way, came in at 1:48 and the guy that was w/ me until the last 5k got a 5 minute PR (came in at 1:50:10). ONe of the ladies that was w/ us up until 9 won her age group (50) and it was her first race after an injury. It was a good day despite the wind.

    15 days ago Like

  • Larissa M.
    Larissa M.

    @Mike ~ This is normal in pacing. I used to pace the marathon for this race (3x) but was always by myself the last 10k and it gets lonely (small race) and boring (flat and straight and very windy). So I dropped back to pacing the 21k instead the last 2 years.

    15 days ago Like

  • Mike D.
    Mike D.

    My vision of pacing is to start with a large group and lose half along the way but still have a group at the end. I guess that is not reality :(

    14 days ago Like1 person

  • Larissa M.
    Larissa M.

    Yeah, most have eyes bigger than their stomachs (thinking they can do a certain pace they didn't train properly for) and the others tend to surge ahead which is awesome. The smart ones use pacers for the first half so they don't go out too fast; others use pacers for their training runs to see where they are aerobically.

    14 days ago Like

  • Larissa M.
    Larissa M.

    My biggest finish group to date over many years, was at last year's Labor Day half...a group of 4 w/ me (all surged ahead before the finish). And that was a small race. Even in the bigger races, like Rock n Roll, i'll have maybe one w/ me. If I can help anyone achieve their goal, even if they fall behind, it's a win. Many fall back but still hit a PR. :)

    14 days ago Like

  • Larissa M.
    Larissa M.

    I have photos where I am pacing the 4 hour marathon, and the group behind is huge! Everyone wants to finish under 4. :) But in the end, it's usually 1-3 or none. I prefer none when they surge ahead.

    14 days ago Like

  • Mike D.
    Mike D.

    Wow that is interesting. I have heard a lot of runners say they tried to stay with the pacer but fell off the pace, and then were passed by the next pacer behind them. Did not know that it can be a lonely job.

    14 days ago Like