Ok. Enough freaking out. Final decision time. Also, I know I'm not an elite or anything other than very mediocre, but pacing is still important to me. Running is 99.999% mental for me when my anemia is managed, and having a goal that is manageable but ambitious is necessary for me. During the half I ran with Nick, 2:00 definitely motivated me (as did having my chatty, awesome boyfriend by my side). We'll be in the 4:00 corral. I want to start with the 4:00 bunch and stay with them at least through the first half, then go from there. Of course, if one of us is feeling sick/tired/achy we'll readjust, but that seems reasonable.
I'm getting so excited to run... partly just to get it over with, partly to see what my body is capable of this year, and partly to get to experience this with Nick. 9 days.