Great to hear things went well in Toronto, Harmander. I'd be interested to know a bit more about how things work with pacers though. A friend of mine recently said she'd finished a race alongside a pacer for her target time - but her chip time was just outside that time. Which it would be if she'd started ahead of that pacer and had been caught up.
Is the general principle of using a pacer to get a target time, to find a pacer at the start and to stay with that person all the way round?
I do belong to a couple of running clubs which I am aiming at getting back to in the weeks ahead. Hence I'm trying to build confidence with the park runs. But I do find the anxiety built up from getting through a day at work makes it difficult. But I am determined to do this so I'm sure I will get back to the running clubs. It is difficult to find a running companion though as that would help.
It is daunting for me as I won't be able to work to any kind of structured plan. Due to anxiety issues I find it very difficult to get out running. So far though I have got to doing parkruns regularly. I do find it easier in races - that's if I can get myself to the start line. So I always say - just give me 2,000 people to run with and a load of people cheering from the side and I do just fine. So the preparation bit will probably be more challenging for me than the day itself.
With a name like SlowTortoise - that sounds a welcome addition to me! I think for anyone that's not done that distance before, getting a ballot place comes as a total surprise and a sense of blimey - I'm going to have to do it now!