I'm Going To Be A Pacer

The 2nd Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon & 5k is in less than a month, which means that most runners should’ve been training for a while now.

When I’m training for a half or full marathon I usually run 4 times a week: a couple of easy/recovery runs, a speed/tempo run and a long run. I also like adding some yoga and cross-training into the mix to avoid injuries and strengthen different muscles.

Last year I had an awesome race at this event! I set a new PR without planning it and I’m sure it was because when race day came I was training for Ironman 70.3 Florida and all the biking and swimming only improved my running. Well, I just started biking and swimming again but this year it’ll be different because I’m not going to try to run for myself but for others.

If you have been following me for a while you know that for most of my big races I use pacers. For those of you who are not familiar with this term, pacers are people that carry a sign with the time in which they are designated to finish the race. This way people who want to run at a certain pace just go to the pacer that have the time they are looking to finish in and stick with them throughout the race.

Thanks to the pacers I’ve achieved many goals in different races like qualifying for the Boston Marathon.

These people are very inspiring to me because they put aside themselves and focus on helping others achieve their goals; that’s why I always wanted to be one of them. I want to be able to bring that happiness and joy to others through the sport that has given me so much.

Long story short: one and a half week into my training I went for coffee with my friend Julie and she told me she was pacing the 2:00 group. I told her how I always wanted to be a pacer and she said that they were still looking for volunteers. I got in touch wit Fleet Feet Savannah and they offered me the 2:30 group… Of course I took it!

This race now has a whole different meaning to me. I’m not only going to be part of an amazing event, run through the beautiful streets of historic Savannah but now I also get to be a pacer for the first time and I’m going to help others get through the finish line! It may sound simple but it’s going to be a challenge for me because I’ll be running in a very different pace that I’m used to so I’ll step out of my comfort zone and I also have the pressure of being right on time because a group runners will be depending on me… I love challenges so can’t wait for race day!