I was excited today to get an email from the Pace Panther organizer at the Milton Half Marathon today. I read through the note, which told us about required time of arrival to get our signs and the like and then ran down the list of "Pace Panthers"
My name was beside 2:15.
I immediately emailed the organizer back and told her that she had asked me to pace the continuous 2hr group and that 2:15 was just too slow.
I didn't even think about it.
I've never run a race that slowly and I was not going to be responsible for leading a pack of people wrong.
I know this is the right choice because yesterday I had a hard enough time keeping within 5:41/km pace (the 2hr pace).
I was hopeful that I'd get an email back telling me that there was a typo or mistake and of course I was in for 2hrs or that they'd change the 2hr run-walk pacer to 2:15, but instead I just got a response saying, "Sorry about that. We'll find someone else."
So now, I'm stuck.
I don't want to make this my goal race (my head is not ready); Sam and I have agreed that we're both holding off until Scotia to try together (we are both running other half marathon's before). So I have to take the next few days to re-evaluate and then on September 15th, I will toe the line in my town and run my race.
Whatever that ends up being.