Added: Rock โ€˜nโ€™ Roll Half Marathon, Raleigh NC

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I just signed up for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Raleigh, NC on April 8th. It’ll be my second ever Half Marathon and my first time running a Rock ‘n’ Roll series race.

(I’m very excited about how my race schedule is shaping up. It’s only January and I already have more races on my 2018 calendar than I raced last year).

I love the buzz of BIG races, and running through city streets with thousands of other runners. Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh hosted 9000 runners last year! How could I pass up this opportunity to run the streets of Raleigh, when I only live down the road?!

I’ve known about the Rock ‘n’ Roll series races for a number of years, but was not running at the level needed to sign up for a half or full marathon. This year that is changing. I’m running my first half in March this year, and then the Rock ‘n’ Roll half in April.

Goal Time

For my first half marathon in March, I’m aiming for 1h50m. That’ll be a 10min PR for me. I’m considering making use of a pacing group to help me attain the correct pace throughout.

However, after looking over the Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh course, it’s going to be considerably more HILLY.

I mapped the official half marathon course out in Strava and it has an elevation gain of 763ft, which is around 2-3 times the elevation gain of my average training run.

So based on that, I’ll be happy to finish it in just under 2 hours. Of course, I may change this goal based on the results of my first half. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hills Hills Hills

When I’ve heard people talk of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh race, they would usually mention how hilly it was in the same sentence — and it is — the organizers know it as well.

On the website they have a great mile-by-mile breakdown of the route so runner’s know what hills to expect throughout.

While my running crew will tell you I’m not shy of the odd hill, it’s always good to be prepared and know what to expect in a race. This lets you know when you can let go and give it all you’ve got! Crucial information!

Race Prep

So aside from training on some more hilly terrain, and becoming familiar with the course, what else should I be doing to get ready?

I have already gone over to Athlinks and added my name to the start line for Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh. That way I can see who the competition is, not that I’m competitive or anything! I notice there’s a few of my BibRave peeps running it as well. Looking forward to meeting them!

After the race I can go back there and claim my results. It’s cool to have all my results in one place.


I alsoย carefully checked out the race rules, and there is no mention of a earphone ban, so I will work on a playlist and run with my AfterShokz Trekz Airs!ย These earphones don’t even sit in your ears, so you can listen to your music and not zone out of your surroundings. Amazing!


Thinking of signing up for this race? I have a discount code for you. Use code RNRBRP2018 to take $15 off the half marathon!



Review: Raleigh – Night Nation Run

To be honest, if you sign up to this race to run, you’ll be very disappointed. Fortunately I was with the love of my life and I’m also partial to a little dance music now and again…


And this is the BEFORE party. #nightnationrun

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Review: Cupcake Race 5k Photos

We completed the Cupcake Race at Brier Creek back on October 14th. I was hoping to have the whole family involved, but our oldest had a band competition and was unable to take part.

The race itself is very good value. We paid $15 each and that covered the race, time-chips, t-shirt, medal, water bottles, and of course a cupcake at the end. The course starts in the Brier Creek shopping center area and runs out and down the road at the back, toward Lumley Rd and then back.

I pushed Xander in the stroller for the duration. He was very well behaved and loved watching all the people running around him.

It was a nice family day out. I never imagined us running races together as a family. How things change! Our next family race (with Nathan included) is the Krispy Kreme Challenge in February. We’re all signed up and ready to eat some doughnuts!