I am fairly sure this is a stupid question, but it is my first marathon....so....
Do your pace runners stop at all during the race to answer a call of nature? I can understand the quick guys being able to but I am planning on running with the 10 min/mile guy and thats 4.30 hours...
If they dont, what is your advice to keep with them. Run ahead a bit and stop or stop and then catch up?
Do the pacers speed up for the next mile if they get slowed down on one stretch e.g. due to congestion?
I.e. do they try to run each mile at the given pace, or do they try to run the entire marathon on average at the given pace?
The answer from our pacing chief is...
"Pacers will run each mile at the specified pace and, if unimpeded, will be accurate to within 10 seconds either side. If they are held up due to congestion they will gradually pick up the pace to make the time up over the next few miles rather than blitzing the pace to catch up on the next one."
Hope that helps!
Wow! This is great! I need this.
As its my first Marathon, looking at one of these, I do Half Marathons in 2 hrs 12 mins
Nick.. no, not from green start. There is usually a sub 3 pacer from the blue start so you will have to try and hook up with them later.
Most of the folks on green have already run a qualifying time so perhaps the organisers feel that you don't really need anyone to hold your hand!
You'll see them at the start, they'll be carry signs that are visible from a long way off.
Or, do you mean meet them socially and perhaps do some training with them ? (Just re-read your question and I'm not clear)
My training times are well up on my pen times. Should I be concerned or is it possible to run say 3:45 from pen 9. What has experience taught people?
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