Phil, as far as I'm concerned you're up there with marshals in the race day angel stakes
I ran with a pacer for the Manchester marathon last year.
Advantages (my experience obviously so not true for all):
camaraderie with other runners - I ran next to a woman i met at the start line support from spectators cheering our pace group specifically (helps if you're outta town without many folk supporting you) clear focus on maintaining proximity to pacer (kept me over-thinking and being negative about 'not running fast enough' etc.). It helped me to relax too. Best of all, I felt really strong at 23 miles so left the group and took 3:14 off my time. I got the most enormous cheer from the group as I sped off into the horizon. The best ever boost!!!
crowding (perhaps better managed with more experienced - ie faster - runners?) only works if you want to do even splits
Tips: they don't stop for toilets/water obviously so learn where the stops are and run ahead if you don't want to lose the group.
Would any of you super smart experienced tri folk help me out with a training programme? This is my situ...
Sprint tri on 25 Aug (sevenoaks, kent) with the swim in the pool. Marathon on sunday (manchester).
RUNNING: Have been running for 16 months, 4 months seriously. Just finishing a 16-week marathon training programme to run in 4'30" (4 runs pw peaking at 37 miles). PB for a 5k is 26mins (but haven't challenged that in over a year), half in 1hr58 (felt v comfortable). Hoping to run it in under 4'15".
SWIMMING: Swam a lot as an adult and teen but not for ages and - argh - only breast stroke so will have to learn front crawl.
CYCLING: Haven't cycled since I trained for london to brighton on a tandem last september. That went well and we managed the hills nicely and without stopping. Live in London so could cycle to work which would be 10miles per day.
Other than that, am 32 and don't have any injuries. Heart rate is 52, bmi 21.
Any tips would be welcome. I'm not looking to complete the tri in a target time at the moment but want to be in tiptop shape and perform well.
Rakhee, can understand why you mightr feel disapppointed but give yourself the credit for carrying on when you were in pain - and you'll be able to knock so much off your PB if you decide to run again. Rest easy