Explain you have a plan, and will run your race and hope she can keep up?
If she's faster, let her go off ahead if she wants to, or stay with you if that's what she'd prefer.
Just make sure she knows you are not running together. She runs her race, you run yours.
At my very first race my two sisters also ran. They had decided we should all run together so i let them go at the start and got lost in the crowd. Since then when we've entered the same races we've just arranged a place to meet afterwards. They got the message
I'm sure she will understand if you explain it to her. Just say you have been training hard for this and have a race plan that you would like to follow, that you're not used to running with anyone and don't think this is the occassion to try, that maybe you could run together another time.
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