I've been doing a bit of research and the official stance seems to be that pacers will get you in up to 2 minutes in front of the predicted time. Another article says +/- 10% but i'm sure runners would rather it was -10%. The key thing, like in every race we do is to not go off too fast. Over a half marathon if i average 9 seconds faster than pace (sounds easy doesn't it) we'll have 2 minutes in the bag. I'm not sure i need that much because, anyone chasing a PB will know, that 2 minutes is an awful long time to come in ahead of your target.
That does seem to be the strategy of choice though, maybe i'll meet em in the middle and try to aim for 1 minute in front of target. It IS a dilemma )
I am due to be one of the official pacers at a local half marathon. I am pacing for a time i can easily achieve so i'm not worried about meeting the required time. I'm a very steady runner and can hold a pace quite easily. I see this as both a privelege and a challenge and am really looking forward to it. My strategy was going to be to hold at the required pace all the way through, no matter what. Thinking about the way i would feel if i were following a pacer. If the pacer went off faster than target i would worry that i wouln't keep up an psychologically i would fail in the early miles and negative doubt would creep in.
The problem is that our club is providing most of the pacers for this event so i have quite a few friends pacing too but at different speeds and they all have different opinions. The race itself is a half marathon with a particularly tedious section miles 10-12.5 to include a short uphill section at about 12 miles. Some of my fellow pacers are suggesting that we should put in some faster miles in the middle part of the race in order to get some time in hand ready for the tedious bit. Maybe it's just a difference of opinion because we are all different personalities but my personal thought is that if you are expecting a certain pace that's what i should deliver. Or...would you not care as long as the pacer gets you in at the desired time.
I really want to do the best i can for anyone who wants to use me as their pacer. So what would you do??
Most half marathon training plans are 12 weeks and it's 8 weeks till cardiff. That doesn't mean you can't do it but just be careful not to increase your distance too quickly. Have a look at some training plans and i'm sure you'll find something that you can adapt.