Wishing I was going to RnR San Diego next weekend…

For those of you running RnR San Diego next weekend … I AM SO JEALOUS. What a great opportunity to meet and run with some of the best in our sport!

For those who haven’t registered, there is still time! Registration closes Sunday night.

Friday
1 p.m. – Meet & Greet with Des Linden at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Booth
2 p.m. – Featured athletes, race officials and government representatives will take part in a public press conference inside the Expo
3 p.m. – Meet & Greet with Meb Keflezighi at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Booth

Saturday
7 a.m. – Synchrony Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K presented by Brooks with appearances by both athletes
1 p.m. – Meet & Greet with Des Linden at the Brooks Merchandise Area

Sunday – RACE DAY
6:15 a.m. – Meb Kelflezighi will start with the 1:30 half marathoners
6:15 a.m. – Des Linden will start with the 2:00 half marathoners

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Track ladder workout

In high school, one of my favorite track workouts was the ladder. We would run:

100m (basically an all-out sprint)
200m
400m
800m (half-mile)
1600m (mile)
800m
400m
200m
100m

Throughout the workout, I varied my break time to be anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute.

So since I’m not training for anything specific right now, this is the exact workout I did yesterday! It’s so fun and honestly goes by so fast. Ladders are a great way to mix things up and they really get your legs moving — which is great if want to work on speed!

I warmed up by talking Murphy for a walk around the neighborhood and then did some strides down the street.
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Since we’re in the process of moving, my beloved (and sometimes dreaded) treadmill is in storage. So I’m doing this workout down the streets in my parent’s subdivision. Each street is .25 miles so it’s pretty easy to gauge how far I’m running. I really wish I had a track to run, but this will do for now.

It’s so fun to run freely without a training plan. I think for now I’m going to take a few weeks to do random workouts and runs of varying distances before starting a new training plan. I might be flirting with the idea of a fall half marathon?! 😉

I ran a marathon…now what?

So it’s been five days since RnR Nashville and I am still riding my runner’s high. I did my first run since the race last night and it wasn’t terrible.

But now that I’ve accomplished such a big dream, now what?

For now, I want to work on speed at short distances. I’m not sure if that means trying to break my high school PR in the 5k or trying to break 2 in the half.

But I love running. I love the feeling of accomplishment when I’m done and I love how I can always get better — there is always a new goal to strive for.

Will I run another marathon?

Never say never. While for the longest time I thought I might be one and done with the marathon, now I’m having seconds thoughts. What could I do on a flat course with more training? Could I break 5? Could I come back next year and crush those hills?

While for now, I don’t see another 26.2 in the books, I’m not completely ruling it out. Honestly, marathons take a lot of time to train for (duh), are exhausting emotionally, physically and mentally and they are usually pretty pricey (not including travel, hotel, etc). I don’t have a lot of big races (or long distance races) near me, so deciding to run a marathon requires a lot of thought and planning.

Whatever comes next, I’m excited about the journey!

RnR Nashville expo

I have so much I want to say about this weekend, so I’m going to break it down into two posts — expo and race day.

I mentioned last week that the days leading up to the race were crazy. I had to travel for work, so I had lots of driving, flights, workshops in Florida, more driving, more flights and then got home at 2 a.m. Friday morning, only to return to Nashville 12 hours for the expo.

Let me also say, that the biggest race I’ve ever run in had about 250 runners. RnR Nashville had about 30,000 participants. I’ve also only been to two race expos before and they were both rinky-dink. So this was all amazing (and new!) to me.

The first thing I did when we got to the expo was pick up my bib and change my corral since training had gone better than I expected. There were basically no lines and everything went really smoothly. I was so impressed with the organization!

I made sure to get lots of pictures and lots of free samples! I also bought a pullover, long sleeve technical tee and a tank to commemorate my first marathon! *Also, now I was even more determined than before to finish the race. I was not going to wear a finisher shirt unless I did the whole thing!*

One of the coolest things we did at the expo was trying the Rapid Reboot recovery system. It felt great on my legs (especially since they were a little wonky from traveling and being a plane for the two days prior to the expo.)

All in all, we spent about two hours at the expo. We walked around Broadway for a bit before deciding on Margaritaville for supper. Then it was off to the hotel for a quick shakeout run and stretching sesh before going to bed!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a full recap of the race! Check back, you won’t want to miss it!

RNR Nashville Marathon Training — Week 16

NEXT WEEK I WILL BE RECAPPING THE RACE.

I seriously cannot believe my 16 weeks of training has come to an end. This last week has been so crazy — the least amount of miles I’ve run since this program started.

My legs are restless and I am ready to run. All of my training is in the bank and now it’s time to see what I can do!

Ryan and I are driving down to Nashville on Friday to enjoy the expo, some food and get lots of rest before the race! Can’t wait to recap the race for you all! Follow along on Instagram @mileswithmeghann for all of my adventures from the weekend (expo, race, concert, etc!)

RNR Nashville Marathon Training — Week 15

Happy Tuesday, friends! I hope you all had a great Monday. I had a blast watching the Boston Marathon. DES IS A BADASS. I have so much respect for her and really all the runners that were on the course yesterday. I’m glad yesterday was her time to shine.

As for me, I am SO SO close to being done with training for my first marathon. I can officially say my race is next weekend. CRAZY.

I wrapped up my last week of long runs 28 miles total. Toward the end of training, I’ve kind of been doing my own thing. I did an 8-miler early in the week and then switched things around because of some crazy weather and did 20 miles Thursday night after work. img_4386

The 20-mile run was a huge confidence booster. All of my runs lately have been great and I’m really trying to trust the process and get to the starting line healthy and excited to race.

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Now I’m counting down the days until my marathon! I hope you all have a great week. I know I’m going to be riding the high from Des’s win yesterday all week.

Happy Patriots Day!

It’s Marathon Monday! Good luck to all the runners today! I hope to one day run this iconic race. I’m also praying you all have better conditions than what they are calling for right now (Sunday night).

This race has so much history and I’ve enjoyed reading all about it in the weeks leading up to today. The Boston Marathon goes back to 1897 when it was called “The American Marathon,” and it’s still the marathon.
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I am so pumped for this year’s race and all the American women who are contenders for the win. Shalane, Desi, Jordan, Molly, Deena, and Kellyn are all badasses and I can’t wait to see how they finish. While I think it would be awesome for an American woman to win, I’m secretly hoping can get the win and end her career in such an awesome way.

So good luck to you all — all 30,000 of you!