Run The Quay


A popular local event that traditionally draws close to 600 participants is quickly approaching.  June 7th will be the 10th Anniversary of the event which has typically offers the ever popular 5k, and a fun run.  New this year, to mark the 10 year anniversary, will be the first running of the 10k distance event.

I have only run the 5k event once before because race day has typically overlapped with other popular local events.  This year, however, because of the Anniversary, I will be running for sure.  Unfortunately there is still not a course map for the 10k posted on the event website, as they are still getting final approvals from law enforcement.  I am waiting to see the course map before I sign up.

The last time I ran this event was in 2011.  Hard to believe it has been three years already.  Even harder to believe to me is that this race is my PR at a 5k distance.  I ran that race in 20:44, for a pace of 6:40.  I must have eaten some spinach before that race because my next best time is 21:26, that same year.  In 2011 I placed 22 overall out of 563 runners, and 3rd in my age group out of 40.  Yep, must have been the spinach.

An interesting spin this year, as well, is the fact that they have a 15 Quay Challenge.  Running the 10k first, and then jumping in and running the 5k right after.  Not sure how this works, or if there is a special award for completing both, but I am going to look into it.

If you live in the Triangle area, come out and support this local event.  Registration is currently at $30 for the 5k, $35 for the 10k, and $45 for the Challenge until 5/27/14.  Don’t miss out.

Tarheel 10 Miler


An extremely popular local event is almost here.  The Tarheel 10 Miler, and 4 Mile Run are this weekend in Chapel Hill, NC.  An event I have never run before, almost every runner I know has run this event at least once.  This is my year.  I am a bit stressed about getting there, parking, etc., as Chapel Hill is about an hours drive, and with numerous road closures will be a real adventure just getting to the starting line.  I feel a night of little sleep coming up.

Spring is a popular time for racing, and this area is loaded up with local events.  Running for our Heroes 5k is also taking place the same day in Raleigh.  We have plenty of runners to make each race successful here don’t we?  The Tarheel event just sold out at 6,000 runners.  This is a BIG local race.  I am looking forward to it.


I have never run a ten mile race, so no matter how I finish this will be a PR for me.  This race will also be my first non-marathon distance race this year.  Actually my last six races have all been marathons.  I have to go back to October of last year, when I ran my last Half, to find a race when I spent less than three hours on a race course.  It will be interesting to see what kind of effort I will be able to give considering I won’t be running 26.2.  My body is used to going out at a certain speed, knowing I am in it for the distance.  This weekend, I have to switch gears.  I can go out faster if I want to, or I can save it for the finish.  The possibilities are endless really.  It will just be interesting to see how my body and mind react to a change in distance.  This is a local artists rendering of the race course.  The finish is most challenging, uphill on Laurel Hill.


This race will be my one and only “long run” before the All American Marathon on May 4th.  Having just run Rock ‘n’ Roll on the 13th, I have had to recover, and build slowly.  That was only 10 days ago, so I am feeling pretty good considering.  The Tarheel Ten Miler will be fun.  I am not going to go all out, or try to set any speed records for myself.  I just want to enjoy another local event, and continue to let my hamstrings recover.