The fear of racing again

It’s been almost four years since my last race.img_0807

WOAH. Doing the math made me realize it’s been a long time since I’ve toed the starting line.

Am I ready for this? Am I ready to race again?

It’s not that I meant to let so much time pass in between races, but life happens. Weeks after my last half marathon in 2014, I graduated college, moved to a new state with my then-fiance and we started new jobs. Three months after we started those jobs, a better opportunity arose and we moved again.

At that point, we were one month away from our wedding, starting new jobs and enjoying life as soon-to-be newlyweds. After our honeymoon, winter came and I only ran every now and then. Plus there aren’t many races in small-town living and definitely none in the winter. By spring, we were moving again (to my hometown — which is where we still live).

Once we settled into life in Owensboro, I wanted to start racing again. Owensboro has a pretty good running community and I knew I would have more opportunities for races. In the spring of 2016, I signed up for the Owensboro Half Marathon that fall. 10 weeks into training, the race got canceled due to lack of interest.  I was pissed and honestly just took a break from running for a bit. I had busted my butt all summer for nothing (yes, I know it was good for me, but my sole purpose of the training was for this specific race).

For Christmas 2017, my husband (who really is the absolute best) surprised me with a treadmill. I still didn’t have a race in mind, but at least now I was motivated to run more.

When I got the opportunity to join the Rock N Blog team in December of 2017, I jumped at the chance and signed up for my first marathon. Go big or go home, right?!
Disclosure: I am on the 2018 Rock n Blog crew and was given a Rock n Roll Tour Pass 10-pack. The opinions expressed in this post are my own. 

Now I’m 40-something days away from race day and I am so excited (!!!) but also starting to freak out a little.

Can I really run a marathon? Ohmygosh, I am going to be so slow. Is all this pain worth it? What if I fail? What if I DNF? (<– nightmare) This might be only chance to run a marathon (let’s be honest — they are expensive!) I don’t want to mess this up. What should I wear?

I’m trying to not the fear of racing again overwhelm me. I run for me and no one else. So no matter what happens on race day I know I will be proud of what I’ve accomplished so far (like running 15 freaking miles on Saturday!)

So thank you, Run Rock N Roll for helping me (hopefully!) accomplish a dream. (Thanks for the tourpass, too!)


RNR Nashville Marathon Training — Week 11

This was an interesting week. We listed our house and had two offers in less than 36 hours. So I while it was crazy, I still fit in two 10-milers and one 15-mile run. I technically missed a run but got in the same about of mileage Monday-Friday.

Here’s a look at my training for the week — 35 miles total.
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This is how my long run on Saturday went:

I had a headwind almost the entire time (at one point I swear I was pumping my arms so hard and it felt like I was standing still). If you saw my Instastories (@mileswithmeghann) you know that I basically felt like I was dying at mile 14.

The good thing that did come out of this run was my fueling was on point. My dad biked with me while I ran and he had my water bottle, my mix of Gatorade and water and my Gu Chews. I had no stomach problems and felt like I had plenty of energy until the very end. My legs, knees, and back were the cause of my stopping early — not my lack of energy.

I’m excited about the week ahead and ready to run! Here’s to hoping I can get in all my miles next Saturday.

If you’re in training how did your week go?

What is the next race on your calendar?

Friday Favorites v.93

I know I say this every week — but this is such a busy season of my life. We officially listed our house on Monday and in 36 hours we had two offers! I’m also wrapping up week three at my new job, so it has been busy, busy, busy.

But let’s talk favorites —

1. I got to run outside not once, but TWICE this week! I swear the miles go by so much faster when I’m not on the treadmill.

2. Sarah’s post of her recap to becoming the third-place finisher at the Snowshoe National Championships is crazy and inspiring!

3. Carrie Underwood – The Champion ft. Ludacris. SUCH a good song and a great video. You’ll catch a glimpse of Shalane Flanagan’s win in NY.

4. I snagged these black canvas Coach loafers at TJ Maxx a couple weeks ago and they have been my go-to shoe for work. So cute and comfortable!

5. Is it weird to put cheese sticks and crackers on here as a favorite?! I’ve been bringing them to work every day as part of my lunch. Aldi has a great selection of cheese sticks (cheddar, pepper jack, mozzarella, etc) so it’s been fun switching up my choices.

6. Become an RnR Vegas Insider! Sign up to become a #StripAtNight insider and receive exclusive access to register before the general public. #RockNBlog (follow me on Instagram @mileswithmeghann for all things Run Rock N Roll. you might even get a sweet discount code)


8. How I feel about it being cold again after it was 60 yesterday.

You can’t cheat marathon training

Disclosure: I am on the 2018 Rock n Blog crew and was given a Rock n Roll Tour Pass 10-pack. The opinions expressed in this post are my own. 

I can’t believe I am more than halfway done with marathon training! I registered for this race in December and now I am a little more than a month away from toeing the starting line!

It’s long and hard work. During this cycle I’ve had to miss a run or two or even just cut one short, while I hate it, I know I have to flexible. BUT I try to hit every run and workout. It’s only 18 weeks of training and cutting short your runs hurts no one but yourself. I keep thinking, “put the work and now and you can rest when it’s over.”

I’m training smart because I want to be my best self on race day.

I’m training hard because I want to give this my all. I want to feel proud and strong when I cross the finish line on April 28.

Also, side note. I’M HUNGRY ALL THE TIME. So I know I’ve gained a pound or two (or maybe five?!) since I started training in January. 

So here’s to finishing these last seven weeks strong! Anyone else out there running RnR Nashville (or a last April race?!) Let me know how your training is going!

For those who have run a marathon before, how did training for your first race go?

RNR Nashville Marathon Training — Week 10

I can’t believe another week has come and gone! With starting a new job, renovating our house to sell and training for RnR Nashville, my days seem to fly by.

Week 10 of training included squeezing in runs between painting and renovating the house.

Here’s a look at week seven of my training — 33 miles total. Tomorrow I start my final stretch of high mileage! Then in three or four weeks, I taper.
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Tuesday, I got to run outside and it was GLORIOUS. I am so excited for warmer temps and more sunshine in the afternoons after work. 

My 8-mile run was on the treadmill (boo) but it honestly wasn’t as bad as I was expecting.

With 48 days until race day, I am feeling nervous but excited. Can I really do this?! Can I really run a marathon?! AHHH. I’m trying to trust the process (and my training) but it’s still scary to do something I’ve never done before.

Friday Favorites v.92

YALL. This is how tired I am:
I can feel my body exuding tired-ness. This week has been one for the books!

But even though it was a crazy week — there were lots of favorites!

1. I loved reading everyone’s RnR NOLA recaps! Here were some of my favorites — Jenna Runs, DRRUNNER, and Just Me and My Running Shoes (her story sounds a lot like something that would happen to me).

2. Running with dogs as a full-time job? Uhm yes, please! Two of my favorite things combined.

3. We are in the final stretch (I think?) on renovating our house. We crammed so much into this week, it was crazy. Painting, replacing paneling, deep cleaning our basement, ten thousand trips to Goodwill and so much more.

4. International Women’s Day. “Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”

5. My new job! Week two went great and I’m excited about the work to come. We also have a work trip at the end of the month I am excited about!

6. Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman are “making” a new tv show! Get it?! Making 😉

7. Seeing everyone’s posts about RnR DC this weekend! Good luck to everyone running!

8. My favorite pup “helping” me with laundry. 

Life lately – home edition

I mentioned earlier in the week that my husband and I were getting ready to sell our home and eventually (after living with my parents for a bit) build a new one.

In order for us to build, we have to sell first. So we’ve basically spent every night at the hardware store or deep cleaning and repairing things around the house.

Also. All of this is in the middle of me starting a new job and training for a marathon. Life comes at you fast, right?!

I can literally feel the dark circles under my eyes.

Fingers crossed everything goes well at the bank, with selling our home and with building our new one! I am so excited for everything to come together!

Did you buy or build your home?! Let me know your thoughts!

We’re selling! And moving! And building!

GUYS. Things have been crazy in the Richardson household lately.

Not only did I start a new job in the middle of marathon training, but now we’re listing our house next week, moving in with my parents once it sells and building a new house!

This week has been diving head first into cleaning the house and making some last minute repairs before we officially list.

So if things are a little quiet on the blog for the next week or so, now you know why. IT. HAS. BEEN. A. MADHOUSE. At least I still have running to keep me sane 😉

RNR Nashville Marathon Training — Week 9


Nine weeks down, nine more to go. I celebrated being 50% done with training by running a half marathon on my treadmill on Saturday.

Here’s a look at week seven of my training — 29 miles total.
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Thankfully, this week was 10x than last week. I hit all my runs, good nutrition and ran pretty good paces. On Wednesday, I got to run outside which really helped improve my mood, confidence, and pace. On Friday, I got to run with my wing woman, so we chatted the entire time and the miles flew by.
**Also, I KNOW my watch said 7 miles when I hit stop.**

While the rest of my runs are still on the treadmill, my husband has been so supportive through this training cycle and his encouragement is what has kept me going through the highs and lows. I really am trying to keep my eye on the prize and think about how PROUD I am going to be when I finish 26.2 miles on April 28.

Any advice for the second half of marathon training?