Friday Favorites v.85

We finally made it to the end of this snowy week! It’s supposed to be in the 50s this weekend and I am stocked. The snow was pretty, but I’m ready for it to be gone.

1. Oiselle released their Spring 2018 collection! These shorts, this bra, and these shorts are currently sitting in my cart waiting for me to purchase.

2. The headliner for the RnR Nashville concert was announced on Tuesday!

3. I know I’ve said this before, but I am so thankful for my jobs and the fact that I get to share my passion for journalism and communications with others. Even when the days are long, I go to bed satisfied that I shared my knowledge and stories with others.
*Buy a newspaper, save a journalist.

4. Oiselle’s All The Women collection. I seriously just love this brand and everything they stand for. Go check them out if you haven’t already!

5. My post from Wednesday with a quick and easy chocolate chip cookies.
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6. I’m eyeing these Nike Power Women’s Training Tights — I’m just debating on the color (and for them go on sale)!

7. Boston Marathon elites to watch this year.

8. Waiting for the snow to disappear like:
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Early wake up calls and self-doubt

This post is a little random, but I like to think of this space as an online journal of sorts, so here go. I’m letting it all out.

Sometimes it’s hard to get out of bed to go run. Especially when it’s dark, freezing cold outside and I’m running on a treadmill by myself. To be honest, waking up this morning knowing I had to run five miles sucked.

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I also realize I’m not the first to have to do these types of things, but this is my blog, so cut my slack.

Wednesday’s are my longest days (please remember this long and tiring FOR ME. I know my tired long and tired is nothing compared to you momma’s and daddy’s out there) as I have a longer run in the morning, work 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the newsroom and then go to campus to teach a three hour night class.

Tuesday night as I was laying in bed, I confessed to Ryan that I didn’t want to wake up early and run. The night before we had to stay the night at my parent’s house in town because our country roads were covered in snow and unsafe to drive on. I hate being out of my routine and I was super tired and waking up at 5:15 a.m. to run in our cold garage (with negative temps outside) did not sound appealing to me.
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I confessed that I wondered if the training was worth it. I know I want to run a marathon, but the fact I was already doubting myself and my abilities three weeks in, was a bummer.

I’m afraid of putting in the work and still failing. I still feel fat and out of shape even though I’m training for a freaking marathon. (If you can’t tell, lots of self-doubt happening over here).

So like I said, I’m not really sure what the point of this post was, but it felt good to get it all off my chest. Thanks for listening, friends ❤

Quick & Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love baking cookies. While I am not a cook, I do like to dabble in baking. I also love chocolate chip cookies — seriously one of my top five favorite foods. I have several cookie recipes that I keep in rotation, and this is one of them!

I plan on making some later today while I enjoy a snow day off from teaching.

Betty Crocker Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Ingredients
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups)

Steps
Heat oven to 375F
Mix sugars, butter, vanilla and egg in large bowl. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt (dough will be stiff). Stir in nuts and chocolate chips.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown (centers will be soft). Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet. Cool on wire rack.

Pour a big glass of milk and eat up! & don’t forget to share 😉

Snow, snow, snow

Happy Tuesday from snowy Kentucky!

It started snowing Friday afternoon and has basically been snowing off and on since then! We have about six inches at the most, but in under-prepared western Kentucky, everything has basically been shut down since the first flake.

Here is a picture of our backyard before Murphy and I decided to go play.

Even though we got to leave work early on Friday, Monday was business as normal (at least for us in the newspaper business). The schools are still out and lots of business have limited hours, so it’s been an interesting week trying to contact people for stories and shooting photos.

This also means ALL of my runs are on the treadmill until further notice. Not only are the streets still covered in snow, but none of the parks or trails have even been touched.

At least someone can run in the snow — Murphy has been loving it. He also has been staying with my parent’s through the week since I can’t home for lunch like normal. This was him on Saturday checking out the snow at my parent’s house.

I hope you all are staying warm (and safe!) this week!

RNR Nashville Marathon Training — Week 2

Week two of marathon training is done! The theme for this week’s training was knee pain and how to remedy that situation FAST (but effectively).

I’ve had some knee pain before after running (what runner hasn’t?!) but the pain after last Saturday’s 8-miler lingered around too long for my liking. It even hurt to go up and down the stairs at work.

So Tuesday’s three-miler on the treadmill was super slow — just trying to see if the pain would go away or how bad it hurt if I pushed through and kept running. 

Wednesday morning I wore my old knee brace for 5 treadmill miles and it seemed to help, but there was still some pain when I rain. That night I made sure to ice my knee, stretch and foam roll really good to try and work out any stiffness and pain I had.

On Thursday I visited our local running store and bought KT tape. I was really wanting to find a solution before my nine-miler on Saturday. Thankfully between icing my knee and wearing my brace + KT tape, I found a solution!

I RAN NINE TREADMILL MILES ON SATURDAY WITH NO PAIN. We got about 4-5 inches of snow on Friday so getting out of the house on Saturday was basically impossible (I live in the country and our roads are still covered).

This was how I felt after running nine miles, staring at my garage wall, with no pain.

I’m excited to have another week under my belt. I’ve slowly been changing my nutrition and adding in some strength workouts as I go along. Here’s to me being my best self in 2018!

Also. Huge shout out to everyone who ran RnR Arizona this weekend.

How was your run this weekend?
Have you ever tried KT tape? Thoughts?

Friday Favorites v.84

Happy cold Friday from Kentucky! We have ice here and snow is expected to come this afternoon. BRRR!

Tomorrow morning is my last run with my little brother before he heads back to college for the spring semester. It’s been so nice to have company during my long runs and I can’t wait for him to be over the summer. He’s planning on training for a spring half marathon! I think my running bug got passed on to him.

Okay. Let’s talk favorites!

1. Did you all see that Allie Kieffer signed with Oiselle?! I am so excited for her.

2. These beauties!
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3. I am all for efficiency. Anne’s make-ahead veggie egg sandwiches are super simple and easy to make. If you need a breakfast idea for next week, I suggest this recipe!

4. Connecting with you all on Instagram! I’ve had so much fun messaging you all and getting feedback from you all on Instagram. If you’re not already following me, do so (@mileswithmeghann)! I share lots of behind the scenes of my life and my real struggles and triumph with marathon training.

5. I’ve been drinking all the soup this week. While we had a couple warm days, it’s back to being freezing cold outside so I’ve treated myself to Great Harvest’s tomato bisque soup twice this week.

6. Target has the most adorable Valentine’s Day decorations in their dollar section! I picked up a few notepads for my desk and I love seeing all the pink and purple — it instantly brightens my mood!

7. BITMOJI. Ryan and I are SO late to this party, but we have been loving sending them back and forth for several weeks now.

8. #NeedASnack Still one of my favorite shirts for Murphy.
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Knee pain and hunger

Hello, hello! Sorry to disappear yesterday, but it was a long and busy and I had no time to blog.

My day started at 5:30 a.m. with five treadmill miles and some stretching + foam rolling. Then work work work from 7:30ish to 5ish and then I had to dart to campus for my first class of the spring semester! This is my second semester teaching an intro to media writing class at a local college and I love it. By the time I got home after 9 p.m., I was exhausted.

I’ve had a little bit of soreness in my left knee since Saturday’s 8-miler, so I’ve brought out the old knee brace for some extra support. Here’s to hoping the pain subsides! Anyone know some good knee strengthening exercises?

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This morning was three easy miles followed by a banana and almond butter sandwich.

Also. This could just be my mind playing tricks on me, but should I be noticeably more hungry in only week two of marathon training? I’m trying to really watch my nutrition (what I eat + how much I eat) but I feel so hungry around 10 a.m. every day. I’ve been keeping some KIND bars and nut butter & honey balls in my desk, but I get tired of eating those all the time.

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Today I will be trying to get as much work done as possible just in case I get stuck at home tomorrow due to some bad weather coming our way (freezing rain AND snow). Happy Thursday!

Running safety for women

I stayed up late watching the CFB National Championship game (Roll Tide til I die), so it was a struggle to get out of bed this morning. But, I did it and ventured out in the cold to knock out three miles on the treadmill and this workout before work.

Anyways, today I wanted to talk about something a little more serious and that’s been on my mind lately. While I like to think of myself as a strong, independent woman, I still get a little spooked running on trails (or even sparsely traveled roads) by myself. I’ve included some tips to remember before heading out on a run. I’ve also added some safety tips for being SEEN when running early in the morning or late at night.

• ALWAYS make sure you tell someone when and where you are running.
• Run in populated and well-lit areas.
• Vary your routes and your schedule — I know this is hard, but it’s easier to be a target if you run the same loop, at the same time, every day.
• While I know it can’t always be avoided, try not to run alone. Run with a friend — or in a group! Safety in numbers.
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• If you can’t run with a group, bring your dog! It’s better than being out on a trail all alone.
• Carry pepper spray. This one and this one are good.
• Ditch the headphones. Stay alert!
• TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS. If someone looks creepy, cross the street, change your route, etc. Just do something to get out of that situation.
• Wear a reflective vest or carry handheld strobes.

Do you have any tips for being safe on a run?! Let me know in the comments below.

RNR Nashville Marathon Training — Week 1

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I SURVIVED MY FIRST WEEK OF MARATHON TRAINING.

For those of you don’t already know, my first crazy goal of 2018 is to run a marathon! I’m registered for Rock N Roll Nashville on April 28 and I am so excited (and a little terrified!)

This has been a bucket list item for a while and I can’t believe it’s actually happening. Training just started and I’m so focused on making this my best running year yet. All the thanks in the world goes to my amazing husband for supporting all of my dreams.

Overall, it was a great week and I’m so excited to improve my times and increase my distance.

Here’s a look at week one of my training — 18.5 miles total.
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I didn’t miss any runs and only had to cut one run a liiiitle short. Wednesday’s run was supposed to be 5 miles, but my legs were not having it. It was so cold and I never seemed to settle into a pace.

My 8-miler on Saturday was my longest run since 2016! It was slow and super cold, but I was so happy to be outside not on the treadmill.

Other than that, there isn’t too much to report for week one. My knees hurt a little after Saturday’s run and I’m more sore than usual, but that’s nothing that a foam roller can’t fix.

One week down, 15 more to go!