Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Brewers Mini-Marathon-2014 (Pacer)

I had the opportunity to Pace the Brewers Mini Marathon this past weekend. Some of my non-runner friends were not sure what a Pacer does. Simply put, a Pacer runs a specific pace for the duration of a race, finishing at a specified time. I was pacing the 1:50 group with two other runners Tim and Nicole. We were part of the Performance Running Outfitters Pace Team. 
Our Team Leader, Micaela, who also has an amazing running apparel line organizes the Pace Team, communicates everything we need to know was rock solid from the beginning to the end. 
When I woke up the morning of the race, I had a text from Bill who was working the event that it looked like the inaugural event, which was a line of storms headed our way. Thankfully, there was a bit of rain before the start, but not enough to worry about. 
We were supposed to be there early, and like the early bird, rule follower I am, I was. Which on the plus side got me rock star parking, closer than the gear check to the finish. The down side was I had to wait around a long time and get cold. However, while waiting I was able to meet some new runners and talk running!
Yomarie and I prerace

Our pace signs waiting
We took a group photo and then headed to our corrals to get the race started. The corrals were easy to navigate, and we got into our spots and we were off.
Tim and Nicole were perfect Pace partners, we talked about running, parenting and all things in between. It was surprising humid, we were sure to remind runners to grab hydration at aid stations. Tim was great when we picked things up too much, to keep us steady on track. I love the course for the Brewers Mini, you really get to see some "Milwaukee" landmarks. I saw several running friends out on the course, so that was fun as well. 
The wonderful thing about Pacing is that the focus is on the other runners. It is a great way to give back. A fun way to experience a race differently. Especially fun is the finish-when people are starting to doubt themselves, to give them the little bit of encouragement they need to stick it out and finish strong. Love. Normally, I stick around a little longer after, but did not this time, headed home to clean house. Yay! 
Have you ever paced before? Would you like to? Used a pacer in a race? Did you like or dislike it?

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