> A friend asked me for some tips on pacing..... I've never been a pacer,
> but I've had several. I figure that makes me an expert. So,here
> Reno's Rules of Pacing....
> 1. The runner makes the rules.
> 2. The runner is entitled to change the rules at any given moment,
> thereby nullifying all previous instructions. She may, of course, do this
> WITHOUT informing the pacer ahead of time, and the pacer is expected to
> take full blame for not knowing the rules have changed. The runner is,
> under these circumstances, allowed to sulk, pout, or throw temper tantrums
> at the pacer/crew for failing to do things "right". (note:see also:
> "marriage", and "childbirth")
> 3. The pacer must run behind the runner, unless of course the runner has
> asked you to run in front, in which case, be sure and run far enough
> ahead, but not too far, so as to leave the runner behind, and neither too
> slow or too fast. If you do run behind the runner, and she goes off
> trail, it is still your fault.
> 4. Lying is expected, but it must sound sincere. Some examples: "Wow,
> you're really moving forward well now". or, 'You look much fresher than
> that other women"
> or " No, it doesnt bother me at all that you threw up on my
> sandwich."...and of course, the classic, "We 're almost there!".
> Practice saying these with a sincere ring to your voice. A straight face
> is not important, as it will be dark.
> 5. The pacer must keep up cheerful conversation and witty stories, unless
> of course the runner has told you to "SHUT UP, WILL YA?". Under these
> circumstances, it is allowed for the pacer to remain quiet, though not so
> quiet as to appear to be pouting. Pouting is only allowed for the runner.
> 6. The pacer should help the runner get some food and drink at the aid
> stations. The runner will perhaps not want anything, and will come up
> with a variety of imaginative swear words as answers to any suggestions
> you might make in this regard. In this circumstance, the pacer should
> just smile and secretly stash some food for the moment, approximately 5
> minutes out of the aid station, when the runner will suddenly decide that
> she does indeed want that turkey sandwich. At this point, the pacer
> should NOT say, "I knew you would want this, so I brought some with me".
> The proper response is to say, "well, I took one for myself, and I can't
> finish it all, would you like half?" This way, the runner is spared any
> embarrassment over her childish behavior at the aid station. The same
> goes for: bandaids, vaseline, and toilet paper.
> 7. The pacer must bear silently any pain, sickness, blisters, thirst,
> broken legs or kidney failure. Only the runner is allowed to have these
> 8. The pacer should be motivational, as in, "How about we run to that
> next glowstick?" or "I think we can reel in that next runner". If the
> next runner is lying comatose in the trail, so much the better, as you can
> pass strongly, and then remark to your runner, "wow, you passed that guy
> just like he was standing still!"
> 9. The pacer should help the runner get through the aid stations as
> quickly as possible, while at the same time, refueling and getting
> necessary supplies for himself.
> It is also expected that the pacer should anticipate any other needs the
> runner might have. Developing your skills of mind-reading will be helpful
> at this point.
> 10. The runner may tell you she wants to quit. If a runner
> expresses a deep desire to drop out,("deep desire" is defined as lying
> down in the middle of the trail and refusing to go on) the pacer should
> get the runner to the next aid station. At that point, if the runner is
> still wanting to drop, find out when the cut off is for that aid station.
> Allow the runner to remain there within 30 min. of that cutoff if
> possible. After some rest and refueling, many runners find they can
> continue. And they will forever be in your debt for keeping them in the
> race. They will, however, re-tell the story so that it appears they never
> really wanted to drop at all, and may even twist the truth to appear that
> they stopped at that aid station in order to give YOU a break. This will
> sound something like, "Well, I COULD have broken XX hours, but my pacer...
> etc. etc."
> 11. Once the runner finishes, they will likely want to give you a hug of
> gratitude. Considering the fact that they have been running for approx.
> 24 hours, possibly have barfed or had other bodily malfunctions, this may
> not be a pleasant prospect for you. Just endure it, because, you don't
> smell so good yourself, buddy.
> 12. Rest, eat and drink, and then get with other pacers and tell all the
> stuff that REALLY happened out there on the trail.....
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