Saturday, March 20, 2010

Exciting News

I haven't really shared this yet, and I've been meaning to do so.

I haven't really had any intentions of running the Country Music Half Marathon here in Nashville next month. Some people think I'm crazy not to run a race that's in my own backyard.

The half and the full are both great races! I've done the full twice, and when I did it last time I swore I'd never do it again. I'm glad I've done it twice, and I tell people that it's totally worth doing... but I feel like I've been there, done that. I'd rather try other full marathons.

I could go out and run a half pretty much whenever I want. It might not be a PR, but I could do it. But I've done Nashville's once, and it's kind of expensive. I tell people it's a blast and worth doing at least once, but again... I've been there, done that.

However, I noticed in my running club's newsletter a while ago that they needed pace team leaders for both races. I knew I had no interest in the full, but I applied to be one of the pacers for the half and figured if I got it I'd do it and if not, that's that.

Lo and behold, I got picked! I'll be pacing one of the 2:15 groups 5 weeks from today!

I'm actually really excited. Having something like this on my plate is really helping me to get myself motivated to start getting more serious about training. I can go run a 2:15, but I want to get a little more back in shape so that I can be confident that I'll be able to easily do it. I've never officially paced a race before, but I have helped some other people reach their own time goals. I am usually a pretty consistent runner, so I don't think it'll be that hard.

Still, I do feel a little pressure. People will be depending on me, and I don't want to let them down.

So I'm picking up the training a bit over the next 5 weeks so that I can show up at that start line with a smile and all the encouraging words I'll need to help people run the half in 2:15.

I'm really excited. It's going to be so awesome to get to do this, and I get to run one of the best races in Tennessee for free! (You knew there had to be another reason for why I applied. I'm all about working the system so that I spend as little on racing as possible!)

I have a lot going on right now. I'm still getting settled at the new job. I'm looking for a new place to live. I'm starting to pack. It's hard to not feel a little overwhelmed, and it's honestly hard to find time to get my runs in right now with so much other stuff going on.

But it's nice time to start getting my butt in gear... starting out with a 10 mile run tomorrow morning!


d.a.r. said...

What an honor, that is so exciting!!!

lipglossspandex said...

Yay! Congrats on getting chosen as a pacer :)

peachy perspective said...

How cool! I plan to be somewhere along the course cheering, so I'll def. look for you! said...

Thats awesome Mel! I'm so excited for you! I also will be attempting 10 tomorrow... maybe! ha ha ha!

Playful Professional said...

So I'm really sad you didn't do this last year when I was running right about that pace for the half, but hope it's a blast!

Alisa said...

That is awesome! Wish I was running there too. 2:15 is like my A++ goal probably not going to happen anytime soon but maybe with you pacing.

Can't wait to hear about your experience.

lawmonkey13 said...

Congrats! One of my co-workers is shooting for around 2:10-2:15. I'll tell her to look for you!

Love to Run said...

A Pace Leader! How cool is that?!?! Good Luck and have fun!

Keri said...

How fun! I would love to be a pacer one of these days!

Laura said...

Congratulations on the pacing gig!!! Pacing is SO MUCH FUN.

I'm in the midst of writing my National Marathon race report right now (almost done - I'm up to mile 23 so far), but I included a lot of stuff about how I work as a pacer, so it may be helpful.