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 ❤

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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?

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!

Running inspiration from around the web

Just in case you need a little motivation (ya know, besides the new year) I’ve rounded up some of the best and most inspiring things I’ve seen on the web this week. Make 2018 YOUR year. I know I am.

• SheCanAndSheDid.com. Kelly Roberts is one my favorite running-vlogging-social media badasses.bit.ly/prfctbdy from her will always be one of my favorites. Check her out if you need some motivation. She’s the real deal, y’all.

Oiselle posted on their blog earlier this week that they were creating a community called Prologue. They encouraged people to tweet their goals, reasons, steps, and mantra for 2018. I also love the idea of picking a word/verse/phrase of the year. Here’s mine:


My weight has nothing to do with how good a runner I am. YAS GURL.
• An oldie, but a goodie. Harriette Thompson sets new record: oldest woman to finish a half marathon.
• FloTrack predictions for 2018.

Runner feet

Fair warning, if talking about feet & toes gross you out, go ahead & skip this post.

I seem to constantly get ingrown toenails. I try to semi-regularly get pedicures, but without fail they keep coming back. And they are painful! I never have anything gross come out of my toes and I’ve had an infection, but my big toe will always turn red and be super sore.

I know running is hard on your feet, but for real?! These ingrown toenails are painful. Anytime I trim my nails at home, I don’t cut them short and I cut straight across (I’ve done my research to try and fix this reoccurring problem).

Any tips or tricks? I try to wear wide and open shoes (but sometimes I have to wear heels to work) and I know my running shoes are properly fitted. While I love getting a pedicure, I can’t keep shelling out money just to get some relief.

Thanks in advance, friends!

Virtual races

Today I want to know what your thoughts are on virtual runs AND the best website to use when registering for them. Have you ever participated in a virtual race?! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

I’ve found a few sites here, here and here with lots of virtual races and varying distances, but I want to make sure they are legit!

I’ve seen them pop up more and more on social media and the idea seems intriguing. I like that you can run when and where you want + still get swag! A virtual race also sounds like a good way to stay motivated while training or if you don’t have a lot of races nearby (looking at you, small-town runners!)

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WHAT IS A VIRTUAL RACE? A virtual race is a race that can be run or walked from any location you choose. You can run on the road, on the trail, on the treadmill, at the gym or on the track. You get to run your own race, at your own pace, and time it yourself. You often get a medal + other swag and can complete any number of distances.

I’m looking to sign up for one or two virtual races later in the year, (especially a 10k since that a distance we don’t really have near where I live) but wanted some opinions from runners who have done them. Thanks in advance, friends!

MARATHON TRAINING BEGINS TODAY

I AM SO EXCITED. I bounced out of bed this morning knowing that I was going to mark off day one of my training.

I am trying to take it day-by-day (because let’s be real, the thought of running 26 miles IN A ROW scares the shit out of me).

I’ve mentioned it before, but I am following Hal Higdon’s 18-week novice two training plan.

The plan is designed for people with some background as runners, (whether or not they have run a marathon before).

The plan encourages you to have been running for about a year — and be able to comfortably run distances between 3 and 6 miles. It also says that you should have run an occasional 5-K or half marathon race. Obviously, the higher your fitness level, the easier this 18-week program will be.

Here is what week one looks like:
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Anyone else start training soon? Let’s do this together! Email me at mileswithmeghann@gmail.com for accountability and motivation. You don’t have to conquer your dreams alone.

As Shalane Flanagan said after winning New York“I like working with other women. I find that I enjoy what I do more when I work with other people. The solo pursuit of excellence, it’s hard to do it alone. It wasn’t a conscious decision to be a leader. It just naturally happened. I want to keep including more and more women because I thoroughly enjoy it.”

I AM REGISTERED FOR RNR NASHVILLE

Yes, all caps was necessary. I AM REGISTERED FOR MY FIRST MARATHON.
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GUYS IT’S REAL! I am registered for Rock N Roll Nashville.
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Training officially starts next week! Follow along on here (and Instagram!) for my training, what I’m eating and everything that comes with training for a marathon. I can’t wait for this journey. Running a marathon has been a bucket list item for years now, and I can’t believe it’s finally happening.

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