Charleston Bound!

This morning, Matt and I are flying south to Charleston, South Carolina for the weekend! As you guys know, we’ll be there to run the Charleston Half Marathon, for which we are being very kindly sponsored by my friends at Cabot (they will be at the race feeding the volunteers). You can see what we’re up to – and how the race goes – on Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook before I pop back in here with a recap next week. :) It will be fun to have a little weekend getaway together!


So, what are my race goals? I’m going into the race with the aim of setting a new PR (personal record) and am planning to start out at my goal pace (under 7:54 minutes/mile) and just see how it feels. If it’s not my day, that’s okay and I’m not going to beat myself up about it – but I’m going to do my best to stay positive, enjoy the views, and hold on to that pace for dear life. ;) Matt and I are planning to start together but have a friendly “every man for himself” plan in place – whichever of us feels stronger is welcome to charge on ahead and there will be no hard feelings. He crushed me at the GW Parkway Classic 10 Miler in April so I have a feeling he’ll be faster (he plays a lot of soccer, so it’s like doing speed workouts all the time), but we’ll see. :)


My current half marathon PR is STILL from the 2013 Nike Women’s Half Marathon here in DC. The course was flat, I had one of my best friends by my side, the weather was great, and I was trained fast – one of those magical running days. I finished in 1:43:44 and that record has stood ever since. I didn’t start trying to set a new half marathon PR until last year (the end of 2013 and the first part of 2014 I was doing full marathons – the Richmond Marathon and the LA Marathon, which crushed my shorter distance speed for awhile), when I joined my track group and started doing speed workouts and racing shorter distances again. In April, I would have set a new 10 miler PR at the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler but the course was short (I’m going to count it anyway!). In June, at the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, I gave it my all but the crazy hilly course got the best of me. I was still really pumped about my time, though – I finished in 1:46:09 — 8:06 min/mile pace – which was my second fastest half marathon ever. I went on to set new 10k PRs twice this year – first at the hot and hilly Beach to Beacon 10k in August and then the next month at the Clarendon Day 10k in September with Matt.

seattle rock n roll half marathon

I’ve been wanting to do a flat half marathon to see how I can do without the hills, which always throw off my pacing, so when the opportunity to do Charleston – which is apparently SUPER flat – came up, I was all about it. Despite skipping a couple weeks of track workouts over the holidays, I’ve been running a lot and feel relatively well trained – so we’ll see. :)

I worked from home yesterday and in the afternoon I took a nice running break with my high school best buddy Jenny. It was SO nice out randomly (mid 50’s and sunny) and felt amazing to be out there! Perfect shake out run before the weekend.


Jenny said she wanted me to challenge her to run a little faster than usual for this one, so we did! We ran a REALLY hilly 4 mile route and got her pace down from the usual 10 minute miles to a 9:16 average. One mile was even just under 9! I was super proud of her. :) You’re faster than you think, Jenny!

w & od trail



Wish the weather would be like that all winter!

Hoping for good weather in Charleston for the race tomorrow, too! Wish us luck – I’ll see you guys next week! :)

Any restaurant or sightseeing/things to do recommendations for Charleston? We won’t have a car and are staying in the historic downtown area – although we could rent a car for a day if there are really awesome things to see nearby. :) Hoping for good weather!


  1. 1

    No need for a car. Stroll the Battery for gorgeous views and grab cocktails at The Gin Joint.

  2. 2

    Ooo good luck Anne!

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    Good luck Anne!! Try to have brunch at Poogan’s Porch and stop at HUSK next door for cocktails. I love Charleston :)

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    I second Poogan’s Porch. The biscuits are amazing! Last time we were there we had a nice dinner at Fish. It was delicious!
    Good luck at your race!

  5. 5

    Have a great race. Can’t wait to hear about Charleston, I hear its a super cute city

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    Have fun in Charleston!

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    Poogan’s Porch and HUSK!

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    Second the Gin Joint, best cocktails ever.

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    I love Charleston! Brandon and I love going to dinner at Slightly North of Broad–it’s so yummy. Husk is also supposed to be really good but I haven’t had the chance to try it. If you’re looking for a local flat half marathon, the St. Michaels half marathon in May is a super flat course. That was my first half two years ago, and I’m doing it again this year!

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    Another vote for Poogan’s Porch from my sister (I’ve never been to Charleston). Good luck!

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    We had wonderful shrimp and grits at Poogan’s Porch! Hopefully, it will be warm enough and you can snag a table on the porch. Stop and see the memorial to Poogan in the front yard :) Don’t miss a stop at Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit. It’s worth the line you’ll probably have to wait in!

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    Good luck!! I feel you on marathon training really slowed my pace overall as well. I haven’t been the same since and yet here I am training for another marathon! LOL.

  13. 13

    Hominy Grill! Eating during a trip there is one of my all time favorite dining experiences!

  14. 14

    Good luck you guys!!! :D

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    Hubby and I were JUST there this past weekend to celebrate our anniversary!! Every place we ate was good:
    Co (Vietnamese)
    Halls Chophouse

    If you are interested, check the blog for my reviews –

    Enjoy and good luck on your race!!!

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    Definitely Hominy Grill – I go anytime I’m down there!

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    Pat Elsberry says

    Good luck!! Great place for a race!

    Some of our favorites are: Peninsula Grill, Husk, Poogan’s Porch, and Fig.

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    Good luck this weekend! I love Charleston. The food at Fleet Landing is delicious (get some she-crab soup). Also, downtown Charleston only allows a few buildings to be taller than 4 stories so the rooftop bars all have a great views. I really enjoyed The Rooftop At The Vendue. I would check out the open air market- I think it’s called the Charleston City Market? We did a sunset cruise while we were there- saw the fort, tons of gorgeous old homes with widow walks, dolphins and even a shark!

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    Carolyn @Cabot says

    Enjoy the weekend and everything Charleston has to offer. It is going to be a great race and best of luck with your goals!~Carolyn @Cabot

  20. 20

    Best wishes for a great race! We look forward to hearing all about it :)

  21. 21

    Good luck! I loved Charleston when I visited a few years go. It’s so beautiful! Have fun!!

  22. 22

    Good luck work hard and have just as much fun and it will be a great experience, PR or not!

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      i would recommend eating at Monza (intimate atmosphere with high quality fresh pizza, salads and pasta), King street cookies, Persimmons (funky sandwich shops). Many great food chooses. Lots of history, shooing snd small beach towns! Have fun and good luck! :)

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    I lived in charleston and loved it. Our favorite spot was Ted’s Butcherblock (Saturday burgers)! Fantastic sandwiches.

    I think it’s worth it to rent a car and go to Sullivan’s Island and eat at Poe’s.

    If not, check out Closed for Business, Macintosh for apple dumplings, Husk for brunch, or if you’re feeling fancy, Halls Chophouse for a really special experience.

  24. 25

    Good luck!!!

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    Good Luck! Sounds like a perfect race!

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    Roadrunner says

    Good luck, Anne.

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