One week from today I will be embarking upon an adventure unlike any that I have taken before. I was asked several months ago if I would be willing to be a pace leader for the inaugural Rock & Roll Marathon in Savannah, Georgia. Lots of perks including running the race for FREE was a great way for me to agree 🙂 Now, after going through the paperwork process of verifying my fastest race I was told that I would be pacing the 4:10 marathon group. How do they figure out what group you will be pacing? Pretty simple, they take your fastest marathon time which for me is 3:25 and they add 45 minutes to that and they come up with 4:10. They want to make sure that the pace leader doesn’t bonk out at mile 23! So, I have been mentally preparing to lead a group of runners to what hopefully will be the race of their lives. Then 3 nights ago, I received an email from the Pace Leader director informing me that the race organizers messed up and there actually is no 4:10 pace group, instead it is 4:15, so now I have to run 5 minutes slower than I had originally planned. Sounds like a good problem to have isn’t it! It’s not. I have been working these past several weeks in an attempt to actually run the pace for the race. 9:32 was the original pace but now with an extra 5 minutes I have to pace out at 9:44 per mile. At first, I figured this would be easy, but I have found that it is not as easy as I once thought. I am having to change my entire mentality about racing. First, I need to understand that this race is not about me at all. There are many many people who are depending on ME to get them across the line in 4 hours and 15 minutes. For most of these people this will be the race of their lives and the fastest they have ever run. For some, it will be a Boston Qualifier. So, if I mess this up, I potentially mess up some persons dreams! No pressure though right! In all honesty I am really looking forward to this unique opportunity. Maybe if it goes well, this might be something I would like to do again. Either way, I am needing to train some more, so I am going to head out today and work on running a 9:44 pace for a while. We shall see how it goes. I am just going to run today until I have this pace ingrained into my legs. Might only need 5 miles to get it down, but then again I might need 25 miles to get it right. We shall see. Have a great day everyone!