Do You Pace Yourself in a Half Marathon?
The last thing I consider before a race is whether I want to run with a pacer or on my own. My decision depends on how well I trained and if I'm running with a friend.
Most of the time, I find myself using the pacers for motivation and information even if I don't formally join a group. (Pace groups are casual — join or don't, no big deal.)
I've run alone with a pacer and I've run in large groups. Sometimes I jump in and out of groups. I start with a group, then move ahead. Or, I join a group and fall behind. Sometimes I get an extra push by deciding a group behind me will not catch me.
Pace groups may seem intimidating at first, but they're a fantastic tool.
Pacers keep you engaged in conversation. They offer coaching tips. They keep you motivated throughout a race. You meet new people and share the race experience.
Races provide pacers to make the event better for participants.
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Pace Yourself or Use a Key West Half Pacer
Whether you pace yourself or pick an official pacer the Key West Half offers plenty of options. The race is January 19, 2020 in beautiful Key West, Florida.
Choose a finish time between 1:40 to 3:00 hours with a Beast Pacing group. Or, run your own pace within the 4-hour limit (18 minute miles).
The Key West Half Marathon has pacers for 1:40 to 3 hour finish time.
(Photos: Key West Half Marathon; Video: ThisOldRunner)
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