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O2 Fitness Shape Up Downtown 2014


As you know I am getting ready to run in the Rock-n-Roll Raleigh Half Marathon next week.  A big part of my preparation includes cross training at O2 fitness, the largest locally owned fitness company in NC,  where I have been a member for the past four years.  I wanted to pass along the news that O2 is hosting their 4th annual “Shape Up Downtown” event this month in downtown Raleigh. The free event series will be offered every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in April, and will give members of the community the chance to try an array of popular fitness classes while enjoying the warmer weather. All classes are free and open to the public (all ages & skill levels welcome). These free classes will take place at 6:00 p.m. on the City Plaza turf located in the 400 block of Fayetteville Street (map).

Shape Up Downtown Spring 2014 Schedule
(All classes take place starting at 6:00 p.m.)

  • Monday, April 7 – BODYFLOW™
  • Tuesday, April 8 – Total Body Conditioning and Walk/Run
  • Wednesday, April 9 – Bootcamp
  • Monday, April 14 – Zumba
  • Tuesday, April 15 – INSANITY® and Walk/Run
  • Wednesday, April 16 – Yoga
  • Monday, April 21 – Yoga
  • Tuesday, April 22 – CXWORX™ and Walk/Run
  • Wednesday, April 23 – BODYATTACK™
  • Monday, April 28 – Zumba
  • Tuesday, April 29 – BODYFLOW™ and Walk/Run
  • Wednesday, April 30 – Ballet Barre

Happy+Hale ~ Tuesdays at Shape Up Downtown


Photo courtesy Happy+Hale

While free classes will be offered every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, one weekday in particular will be especially worthwhile. Every Tuesday, participants will be able to refuel with help from Happy + Hale, downtown Raleigh’s popular fresh juice and salad delivery service. The company, which began as a cart operation, will move into the former Collectors Gallery space in May. Happy + Hale will be on site at Shape Up Downtown to pass out free samples of some of their most in-demand drinks and salads including the Kale Krusader, Beet It, Happy Herbs and All Hale Caesar

O2 Fitness Supports Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo 2014 Season


As you may have read earlier this week, the organizers of the upcoming 2014 Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo season were working to raise the funds needed to produce this year’s events via a Kickstarter campaign. As of yesterday they were still short of the funding goal. That’s when O2 Fitness stepped in and offered to make up the difference to ensure this great community event is able to go off without a hitch.

“We always do what we can to support our local communities, including events like the Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo – a fantastic event that gives people from around the Triangle and beyond a chance to enjoy our beautiful downtown,” said Michael D. Olander, Jr., CEO of O2 Fitness Clubs. “We’re happy to play a part in the success of this year’s event and look forward to chowing down on some great food along with the rest of the attendees!”

The Raleigh Food Truck Rodeos are scheduled for the following dates:

  • Sunday, May 4th, 2014
  • Sunday, June 8, 2014
  • Sunday, August 10, 2014
  • Sunday, October 12, 2014

Between Shape Up Downtown & the Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeos there is a lot to look forward to downtown the next few months! Happy exploring!

About O2 Fitness

O2 Fitness is headquartered in Downtown Raleigh and is the largest locally owned fitness company in North Carolina. By hosting events such as Shape Up Downtown, which kicked off earlier this week, O2 Fitness continues making it clear that it’s committed to the downtown area. This free event series gives members of the community the chance to try popular group fitness classes for free throughout the month of April on the City Plaza turf on Fayetteville Street.


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Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon & 1/2 Course Announcement & October 31st Price Increase


I wanted to post a quick reminder that the registration price for both the Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh marathon and half marathon will go up at 11:59pm PDT on October 31st. So if you have been sitting on the fence about signing up now is a great time to make the commitment and save a few bucks in the process. You can register for the race on their website here http://bit.ly/YPQ2hD

Discount Code for Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh
Don’t forget, you can continue to use the unique discount code I’ve been given 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.

Official Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Course Has Been Announced!
You may have also heard last week that official course has been announced. I’ve shared a picture of the course below but you can also view the official course map on their website here and zoom in and out of the various areas of the course to get more details. The course looks great and features tons of sights throughout downtown Raleigh!


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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Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon & Half Training Update #1 and Discount Code!


Training for my upcoming races has been going well. I was just out on the Neuse Greenway trail yesterday and completed my longest training run to date at 21 miles! It took me a little over 3 hours to complete but I felt strong and injury free. I do have a few races before the Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon and Half-Marathon on April 13, 2013, but I have my mind set on this particular race as I work towards my goal of a new personal record for the half marathon distance. I really want to beat my previous half marathon time of 1:53:52 and plan to make this happen at the Rock ‘n’ Roll race.

Training Update #1

Race Training Update #1
Over the past few months I have settled into a nice manageable training program to build a nice base and increase my endurance on longer distances. I typically run 3 times during the week followed by a long run on Saturday. My weekday runs are usually something along the lines of a 5 miler on Tuesday, an 8-9 miler on Wednesday, and then 5 miles on Thursday. I do the majority of my training runs on the Neuse Greenway Trail since I live so close to it and it provides a scenic course to run along the river. I take Friday off to rest then Saturday I do my long run which I slowly increase by 1 mile each week. I’ve also started riding a bike on Mondays to work out the kinks from my weekend long run and it has been doing wonders for my legs. I also have continued my strength training at my local gym, O2 Fitness, by attending at least one or two group exercise classes each week (typically BodyPump).

Big Boss Run Club

Big Boss Run Club

Run Clubs – A fun way to keep motivated!
A big part of my weekday training is participating in local run clubs. These aren’t training clubs in the traditional sense. They are actually social run clubs filled with runners of all levels who are looking to run with likeminded people and socilaize. Two of my favorite social run clubs are the Tuesday night Big Boss Run Club which meets at the Big Boss Brewery just outside of downtown and the Thursday night River Run Club which meets at DeMarco’s Restaurant & Bar in North Raleigh. I’ve met a lot of great people at both clubs and enjoy having people to run with and learning from some of the more experienced runners who are always ready to share their race experiences and training tips. It is also nice to support the great local businesses like Big Boss and DeMarco’s, both of which are awesome hosts to the runners.

Save $13 on Registration October 13th

Save $13 by Registering Today! (October 13th)
If you haven’t singed up for the race yet, you can take advantage of a special discount code when you register on the 13th of the month. Register today (October 13th) with the online code LUCKY13 to receive $13 off your next race entry. Visit the registration page here. In addition to saving $13 keep in mind that you’ll want to register soon to beat the 10/31 price increase.

Rock 'n' Roll Raleigh T-shirt

Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh T-shirt

Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh T-Shirt Giveaway!
The nice people behind Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh were nice enough to send me a few free t-shirts to giveaway on my blog. If you would like one drop me a line at TriangleExplorer at gmail dot com and I will try and coordinate a way to get one to you (possibly by catching up at one of the local run clubs!). Supplies are limited and shirts will be given away in the order I receive requests. If I get any additional shirts or swag items to giveaway I will announce it in future updates.

About the Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon & 1/2
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
Reminder: If you don’t take adavantage of the October 13th discount, you can continue to use the unique discount code I’ve been given 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.

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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