Thinking About The Tar Heel 10-Miler Race…

25 Oct

I’ve been wanting to participate in the Tar Heel 10 Miler Race for a couple of years now, but it has never quite fit into my schedule.


I just got a message in my email inbox about next years race with a coupon code for it. (Who doesn’t like coupons??) I’m debating weather to go ahead and sign up for this 10-mile run now or wait until I am sure I want to do it. There are a couple of reasons that I have gone back and forth these past couple years about doing this run.

1. The price for this run is more than I expected the first time I glanced at it. It starts at $45, which I guess after thinking about it isn’t bad for a 10-mile race. This isn’t a 5k run so it makes sense that it would cost more than $25. If I sign up before December first I can save $10… $35 isn’t bad!


2. The first time I looked at the race, a few years ago, I remember it saying something about running the race in a certain amount of time. This was probably one of the main reasons that I didn’t sign up… I wanted to make sure that I signed up when I was ready for this run and I knew I could finish it in a good time. While looking at the website this morning I found that it says, “Participants in both the 10 miler and the 4 mile run must maintain a minimum pace of 15:00/mile to participate in this event.” I’m not sure what I saw at first but this eases my nerves a lot! I can definitely do a 15:00 minute mile… I’m not sure why I was so worried before!

3. This race fills up extremely fast! I would say this is one of the most popular races in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area!! I think that’s another thing that keep me from signing up… I always decide too late and than all the spots are full. :/ If I sign up in the next month I’ll get a spot and than I’ll have to start running to beat my goal time for this April race. I’ve never done a 10-miler before, but I have done 6.2 and 13.1 runs so this will be a good in between!


Has anyone ever run this race? Any advice on running a ten miler?


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