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My Running Goals for 2017

Now that 2016 is coming to a close I find myself reflecting on the races I completed over the past year. It had it’s ups and its downs, but overall it was a great year of running that even included a new half marathon PR. Now I am starting to look ahead to 2017 and achieving some new personal running goals. I’m also looking forward to supporting my fellow running friends as they work towards their own personal bests.

In 2016 I ran three half marathons and a leg in the Sir Walter Miler Relay. The Sir Walter Miler was a team effort and a lot of fun. I’d like to do it again next year if the opportunity arises. My three half marathons in 2016 were the All American Half, Richmond Half, and Race 13.1 Durham. All three were great races and special in their own way, but Richmond was my favorite this year. It was my first true destination race where I traveled and stayed with friends. It was also perfect running weather on race day and it set me up for a new half marathon personal best with a 1:49:21 finish.

As I look ahead to 2017 I am gearing up for another PR attempt at the Rock-n-Roll Raleigh Half Marathon on April 2nd. Actually that race is just 100 days away so I am already planning my training for when I return from the holidays. As I write this it occurs to me that I have a lot of work to do before that race to achieve my goal time (1:45), but I am looking forward to the challenge.

I’m also planning to run the Tar Heel 10 miler in Chapel Hill on April 22nd. So April is already shaping up to be a busy month for running! By the way, if you are planning to sign up for the 10 miler you can use the code JOHNTH10 and save $5 on your race registration. It’s a great race. I’ve done it once before and I’m looking forward to having another go at it.

So as I log my last few runs of this year here is a quick snapshot of my running goals for 2017:

  • Run 1,000 miles by the end of the year
  • Complete a 6 minute mile
  • Run a 5K in under 24 minutes
  • Run a 10K in under 50 minutes
  • Set a new half marathon PR with a finish time under 1:45

If you are looking for some fun half marathons (or even a full) around the Triangle I recommend checking out the following six races (listed in no particular order):

Here’s to a great year of healthy running and reaching your own personal best in 2017!

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon & Half ~ April 13, 2014!


If you have been following my blog for a while you know that I have developed in interest in running over the past two years. This new hobby is a result of two revelations. First, I realized all this foodie blogging was adding a few “extra pounds” to my waistline. Second, I realized just how much fun it is to run and that there is a great run culture here in the Triangle.

I’ve done several 5K’s the past two years, ran my first half marathon in February, and am currently training for my first marathon this fall. When I heard that the Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon and Half-Marathon was coming to the Triangle in April 2014 I knew I wanted to be a part of it and I am now registered to run in the half marathon during its inaugural event in Raleigh!


Photo I took Running Down Hillsborough Street ~ February 2013

About the Race
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series is a little different from your typical marathon. This race combines a musically themed marathon and half-marathon with live entertainment. It has been described by some as “a 26.2-mile block party.”

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh marathon takes place April 13, 2014 and will feature bands positioned on stages along every mile of the scenic course throughout Raleigh, interspersed with cheerleaders & themed water stations. The running experience is topped off with a finish-line concert downtown featuring a major headline act.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series has raised more than $283 million for charity in the last 16 years.

Discount Code for Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon & Half Marathon
The cool people at Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh have given me a unique discount code to share with my Triangle Explorer readers. Save $10 by using the discount code “TRIEXPLORERAL10” when you Register online at the Rock’n’Roll Marathon website. This code will work as long as you register before April 6, 2014 and is good for both the full and half marathon.


Photo I took Running Down Hillsborough Street ~ February 2013

Future Updates on My Training & Race Details
In the coming months I will share periodic updates on how my training is progressing and provide the latest news about the race as it approaches like the final course map, award medal design, and band & entertainment info. For now my training consists of weekly runs along the Upper Neuse Greenway. I also plan to rejoin the weekly Big Boss Brewery Run Club for their Tuesday evening runs. I’m hoping to set a new PR (personal record) with this race so I’m taking training very seriously! I’ll be sure to check in with you all in the coming months to let you know how it’s going!

More Information about Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh
Date of Race: Sunday April 13, 2014
Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh website: http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/raleigh
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RnRRaleighNC
Twitter: @RunRocknRoll


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Triangle Social Run Clubs & Races!


Picture I took Over My Head While Running In The 2013 Krispy Kreme Challenge

About two years ago I discovered the joys of running. I’m not really a hardcore runner, but I have slowly worked my way up from running my first 5K back in 2010 to completing my very first half marathon, The Tobacco Road Half, just last month. Along the way I have come to recognize the amazing running culture here in the Triangle. Not only are there tons of great local races, but there are also a number of fantastic run clubs that add a great socializing aspect to running that makes the whole experience even more fun and rewarding.

These informal run clubs are comprised of runners of all levels that meet each week to run, hangout, and maybe drink a beer or two. They are very casual, free to join (just show up) and are a great way to keep your weekly runs interesting and meet new people. Many of the clubs meet at local breweries or pubs so after the run it is easy for people regroup for a drink and compare notes about upcoming races.


Runners Meeting At Big Boss Brewery Before Their Weekly Run

I live in Raleigh so the run club I frequent most is the Big Boss Brewery Run Club. It meets each Tuesday at 7pm at Big Boss Brewery. There are four official routes (3.1, 4, 5 or 6 miles) that offer a combination of greenway and road running depending on the distance you choose. Afterwards, runners meet back at the brewery to enjoy some local beer and there is often a food truck on the scene as well. It isn’t uncommon to see people running with a baby jogger or a leashed dog in tow. All in all it is very inclusive and a great time!

Additional Triangle Run Clubs
I love the Bog Boss Run Club, but there are several other awesome run clubs throughout the Triangle. You can find a great list of Triangle Area Socila Run Clubs organized along the right hand side the Beer & Racing Blog here. While you’re there, check out Jon’s recap of his recent races. I find them very helpful when researching potential races to enter.


Relaxing Post Run!

Popular Upcoming Triangle Races
As I mentioned, there are also a number of awesome races held in the Triangle each year. I’ve focused the list below on longer distance races  like half and full Marathons. However, many of these  events also include smaller 5k’s and fun runs as well. Here is a quick rundown of some popular races coming up in 2013

Raleigh Rocks Half Marathon (April 7th)

Run Raleigh Half Marathon (April 14th)

Tar-Heel 10 Miler (April 20th)

NC Road Runner’s Club Invitational Half Marathon (May 19th)

Midtown Race Series – Lookout Capital Half Marathon (June 1st)

Midtown Race Series – Johnson Lexus Half Marathon (September 21st)

Bull City Race Fest Half Marathon (October 20th)

City of Oaks Marathon & Half Marathon (November 3rd)

Raleigh will also host the Rock-n-Roll Marathon for the first time on April 13, 2014. Registration for this race opens today (April 1st) with a special $30 discount today only.

Good Luck to all of you with races coming up and happy running!

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