For a first half marathon, I think I'm leaning towards the support that the pacing group could provide to me...it will encourage me to run faster (not over my skill level) than I would alone. I tend to be slower when I run alone, except for short distances. I suppose I lose focus or motivation then?
Choice: Go with the pace team and be pretty much guaranteed (except for injury) a 2:15 finish time or go alone and risk loss of motivation/encouragement, but potentially finish ahead of the 2:15 time.
Both have their benefits. I would love to finish ahead of 2:15, but given that its my first half marathon, I'm inclined to just finish at a 2:15 pace. Even if I went it alone, I don't think I could do anything less than 2:10....so the benefits of the pace team appear to outweight the risks of going it alone.
Yep, I will definitely hunt down the pace team's table at the expo for more information!