Running with a Pace Team

Yesterday was my second complete rest day in a row. Bleh.

Today I have cross training on my schedule so I will get to go to the gym! My knee is feeling 110% normal so I’ve got an email out to my coach asking if I can try to run a little tonight… cross your fingers for me.

Since I couldn’t run yesterday, I thought about running… and I signed up to run with one of the Clif Bar pace teams at the Princess Half.

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I never run with other people, but I think this will be fun. Hopefully it will help me hit my time goal as well.

I’m not going to share what that is just yet because I don’t want to jinx myself …but I am expecting to PR. Especially after my 28 minute PR on the 11-miler last weekend.

Ooookay on a completely unrelated note….

Bree at Running Breezy tagged me in the Sisterhood of Bloggers award, so I’ll leave you with some tidbits about me that have nothing to do with running!


Favorite Color?

Green! I love bright green a lot.


Favorite Animal?

Cecil : )


I also really like horses.

I went to equestrian camp when I was younger and had the best time. It was really great because the camp taught me everything about horseback riding – including the responsibility that comes along with having a horse.

Yes, I went “apple picking” aka removing poop from my horse’s stall. So gross but so important for understanding that having a pony isn’t all about being a princess.

Favorite Non-Alcoholic Drink?

Iced tea (unsweet) with an orange slice. There’s nothing more refreshing!

I also like hot tea. My favorite is whatever they serve at Chinese restaurants and also Awake tea from Starbucks.


Facebook or Twitter?

Facebook. I have a professional Twitter account that I use for work, but for fun I like Facebook a lot better.

What is your passion?

I’m still trying to figure this out. Is it bad that I’m 27 years old and still not sure?

I really like running and watching sports. I’m passionate about the Miami Dolphins even though they always break my heart.

What is YOUR favorite animal?Β 

Have you ever run with a pace team or have you ever been a pace leader? Did you enjoy it?



  1. January 22, 2014 / 8:50 am

    I would love to be a pace leader but have never done it yet. I ran with a pace team for a few miles of the Harrisburg Marathon. I like to eye up the two pace teams I want to stay between… aka, don’t get in front of those guys or you’re running too fast, and don’t get behind those other guys or you’re not going to hit your PR. All pace leaders I have ever talked to were very motivating!!! That’s why I would like to do it sometime. I would love to help someone hit a PR. PS. I love that one non running days runners miss it so much that we sign up for races, research races we are running, and sign up for pace groups…. πŸ™‚ We can’t stop ourselves!!

  2. January 22, 2014 / 12:14 pm

    I’ve never run with a pace team (I’ve never seen them at any of the races I’ve run). If I see one in a future race I’d definitely try it out, especially since during a half marathon I can hold a pretty steady pace for the first 10 miles, and once I know there’s only 3 left I slow down. Maybe if I stuck with other people running the same pace it would be steadier throughout the whole race.

  3. January 22, 2014 / 3:11 pm

    I’m thinking about running with one of the pace teams at the Princess Half.. we’ll have to see how my legs feel after the 10k the day before!

  4. January 22, 2014 / 5:08 pm

    I used a pace team for the half I PR’d. Seriously, it’s so motivating and helpful!!! You’ll love it!

    I love green, too. So perfect and uplifting!

  5. January 22, 2014 / 9:28 pm

    I love the idea of a pace team! I think I may sign up for the Richmond Half in Nov. ( yes, I registered early) This race I just ran I actually “used” a few folks in front of me the last few miles. A lot of the course was uphill so I just focused on them and went. You are going to nail that PR! I am Twitter girl πŸ™‚

  6. January 23, 2014 / 6:25 pm

    I’ve run with pace teams a few times, but with great results and not so great results. It really depends on the leader and if their running style/race strategy gels with yours. If it does, it’s a great way to get you to a goal. If not, it’s better to trust your training and stick with what works for you!

  7. January 25, 2014 / 12:53 pm

    I’m excited to see more stuff with the pace team. That’ll be interesting and hopefully fun!