I will be pacing my
Ali Mc. Thumbs up and smiling all the time!
I volunteered to be her personal pacer after she worried that she would go out too fast and crash and burn during the race. When she said that her goal was 2:15, I knew that I could help her achieve that goal and that I'd have a great time doing so. So my goals have nothing to do with time for this race.
My goals (in no particular order)
- Be a respectful partner. This is not MY race. It is Ali's race. I intend to listen to her and take her seriously. Of course, I do follow her training via her blog and on DailyMile, so I have a certain expectation of what she is capable of, but this is one day and anything can happen.
- Keep on the slower pace. At least for the first half (the exception will be the Red Hill Valley Expressway). Don't tell Ali, but I'm a wee bit worried about this.
- Be positive. Easy peasy. I love to run and I love when others love to run. Done.
- Be a cheerleader when needed. Be a hardass coach when needed. There will be lots of thumbs up, positive re-enforcement and cheering. If needed, there will also be some hard talk. Especially at the last bit.
- #runnerd out for every photo opp that I notice.
- Get major cheers for this first-timer whenever I can.
- Cross the finish line after Ali.
- Get Ali across the line in 2:15 or better.
I'm ready and (whether she knows it or not), so is Ali.
I'm bib #2647, Ali is bib #3523
Cheer us on if you see us!
See you after the finish!