Run with me as I pace the OCMD Island to Island Half Marathon

There’s only about two-and-a-half weeks until I’ll be getting on a bus and riding to Assateague Island from Ocean City for the start of the OCMD Island to Island Half Marathon.

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I was really happy that I was able to keep a good pace during my first practice run at my expected OCMD Island 2 Island Half Marathon pace. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

I’ve done the race once before, in 2014, but this will be my first time ever being a pacer at a race. My friend Veronica, who has been a pacer before, was able to help get me onto the pace team, and I’m really excited about it.

As a pacer, I’ll run the race at a certain speed in order to help people come in at or under a certain time.

I am likely going to be pacing a 2-hour and 50-minute half marathon, which is a 12:58-per-mile pace. It isn’t quite set in stone yet which time I will be pacing, but I’ll certainly be blogging about the experience afterward.

I gave the pace group organizer times I felt I could run easily, so that I only have to focus on meeting the correct pace and motivating my group, rather than worrying if I have the strength and endurance to finish in time.

I wanted to make sure I got in some practice at this pace, so today I ran four miles, and I was able to average a 12:56 pace, which I was really excited about. I did a two-minute run and then a one-minute walk, and kept repeating this. I realized I was a little behind at the end of the third mile, so during the last mile, I did two minutes and 10 seconds of running and then 50 seconds of walking, and kept repeating that.

I’m going to do some more runs at this pace, including a long run, before the half marathon to help prepare.

While I have never really run a race as part of a pace group, I’ve definitely used pace groups as motivators during races — mostly when trying to stay in front of them. I’m excited about getting the opportunity to be someone else’s motivation and help a person or people meet their goals. Maybe even for those who aren’t running in my group, I can be the person that someone is encouraged to stay in front of.

The Ocean City Island 2 Island Half Marathon is at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 30, and registration is still open until it fills up. The listed “procrastinator” rate goes until April 20, so I’d sign up soon if you want to run. (Here’s a link to the event page.) As a disclaimer, I didn’t have to pay for my entry fee because I am pacing.

I hope to see you out there, and maybe one of you readers out there will even be a part of my pace group!

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2 thoughts on “Run with me as I pace the OCMD Island to Island Half Marathon

  1. Good luck pacing the I2I. You’re going to have a blast. I’m friends with some of the other oscers and organizer. They’re an awesome group. Hope to have the opportunity to meet you. And, I’m so glad I found your blog.

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