Ready for 13.1!

Tomorrow, I will run my 4th half marathon — the Tobacco Road Half Marathon in nearby Durham, NC. A few of my grad school girlfriends are running, too — the girls with the teal shirts are doing the full marathon! I can’t wait to see them finish. :)

the girls

My current half marathon PR (personal record) is from the National Half Marathon exactly a year ago in Washington D.C. I finished in 1:51:47, which is an average pace of 8:32 min/miles.

My goal for this race? Break 1:50. I’ll have to maintain about an 8:20 average min/mile pace for all 13.1 miles to do this. Gah!

pace group

I’m nervous, but I’m going to give it my all. I’m also going to try running with the 1:50 pace group the whole time — I’ve never run with a pace group, so we’ll see how it goes!

I have plans for a pasta dinner tonight with the girls and Matt, followed by an early bedtime. Wish us luck tomorrow! And if you want to see how things go before I post here on the blog — follow me on Twitter. :)


  1. 1

    you’ll do AWESOME!!! good luck!

  2. 2

    Awesome shirts! I have heard great things about that race. Enjoy!

  3. 3

    You can do it! Good luck!

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    Summer Harrington. says

    Good Luck Anne!!! Your goal is awesome and I’m doing my first half in May and have been thinking about getting some pacing and training tips from you :) I’ll hit you up next week :) Rest well tonight, and enjoy tomorrow

  5. 5

    You will do great. I’m running the Georgia Half marathon tomorrow morning and planning to run in the 1:50 pace group too. My friend is the pace leader.

  6. 6

    Good luck on your race. I know you will do well and most importantly, have fun!

  7. 7

    Good luck tomorrow! I love those shirts. I am interested to see your thoughts on running with a pace group, I am a little intimidated by them but I am curious.

  8. 8

    I’m really excited for you Anne. Your awesome, good luck.

  9. 9

    Good luck on your race!! I have my first half in 2 weeks and I’m also trying to break 1:50 so I can qualify for a corral at the Chicago Marathon! Lol not sure that’s going to happen but I’ll sure try!

  10. 10

    Go get ’em! You’ll do great. Don’t forget to hydrate! xo

  11. 11

    You’ll do great Anne!

  12. 12

    Best of luck tomorrow! Can’t wait to hear how it goes!

  13. 13

    Good luck tomorrow!!

  14. 14

    My husband will be running the same half-marathon tomorrow! We just got back from picking up his race packet :) I think this is my first time commenting on your blog…which I love by the way. But, just wanted to wish you luck!

  15. 15

    Good luck!!!

  16. 16

    Good luck!!

  17. 17

    Good luck tomorrow!

  18. 18

    LOVE that race — i think i did it in 2010? have a great time! it’s a PR-worthy course for sure — so flat. i want to do it next year :)

  19. 19

    I hope your race went well :)

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    Adventurer says

    We know you can do it! Good luck – and send results on this ASAP pls!

  21. 21

    We are sure you are doing the best, please let us know the results, good job, as always Anne!!

  22. 22

    Hope it went great and you set a new PR!! :)

  23. 23

    Those shirts are awesome!

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