7 miler this morning done in beautiful weather and perfect conditions. My pastry carbo-loading must have been right because I easily had the energy/endurance to complete 7 miles. This time our pacer did run 11:00 miles. Twice out of seven opportunities, making her accuracy about 28%. We "walked" through the water stop twice, if you could call coming to a near halt "walking".
Following my run I rewarded myself with a latte and pastry (of course) and felt pretty good looking back on my run. In the beginning I mentioned that although my pacer was supposed to be pacing us at 11:00 miles, I was kind of glad she was doing 11:30's. I wasnt sure that I could handle the distance at 11:00 at that point-in-time. I think I was feeling good because at the end of the 7 I was confident that I could have easily run all of the miles (not just two of em) at 11:00. Then I got ticked because my pacer robbed me of that opportunity ;)
I'm either going to send an email during the week or talk to one of the coaches before next Saturday's run about this situation. My goal isnt to run 13.1 at 11:30, its 11:00 (or faster). With a pacer pacing me too slow I'm not getting any closer to that goal.
Time:1:18:48   Distance:6.88mi   Pace:11:27
Mile two and mile 5 or 6 ish would have included the "walking" water stop - not our slowest miles. Technically we would have run those a few seconds faster had we not been forced to walk for a bit. Our slowest mile (mile 4), had nothing to do with any sort of stop or delay, just a pacer who seems to be struggling with consistency.
The good thing is, there were a few miles that were on pace and everything felt pretty good today. 7 miler down, just a few more long runs to go ;)