Today was the day my group I have been training was to run their first marathon. My official goal for them was... 'beat Oprah' ... and they did. I was the pacer and the pace I wanted them to hold was sub 10:00. Keep in mind they are young, and it was a bucket list for them. Yes they trained hard but nothing like many train on the blog so that was a big goal for them. Still waiting for the official results, but I have us at 9:57/mile and they were thrilled!
I really did enjoy pacing and soaking in the race while motivating them. I have a gift for talking too much and did plenty of jokes, stories and personal experiences. This was fun and helped them through the end. I figured I did something right as true to form I made their last mile the fastest. 7:59. That was big for them, nice to see excited faces. Lewis, the one guy, already wanted to run another one at a real pace. I said that takes dedicated training, but I'd love to pace again.
Overall good day.