Don’t be afraid to join a run group!

Guys! Last week I ran with a local running group! This group meets once a week at our local running store and heads out for 3-5 miles with different paces and goals.

Even though I had run with this group in the past (like two years ago) I was still nervous to jump back out there and do it again. I’m so glad I ignored the nerves though because it was so much fun!

I ran four miles at a 10:!5 pace which is the furthest and fastest I’ve run in a long time. I was so thankful to have running buddies beside me. We even ended the run with the most magical snow falling from the sky. It was a perfect night.

I can’t wait to go back this week!

(I’m on the far right in orange!)

Also — safety first when running at night!

So long story short — don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. You never know what good can come from it!

Feel free to ask me any questions about running with a group or how to get involved!

Discount codes for RNR Vegas!

There is still time to register for RnR Vegas! While I don’t have the money or the vacation days to travel across the country, this race is definitely a bucket list item for me!

If you have the chance to run Vegas I would highly encourage it. The Rock N Blog even has a discount code for the marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5k to help you out a little.

Neon lights, light-up mile markers, fireworks, glowing signage, a volcano…this race has it all!

As the only domestic nighttime race in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, this event truly sparkles. Signage will light the way as you navigate the Start and Finish lines. You’ll flash across the Start Line while fireworks set you off on your tour of Las Vegas. Everyone will experience the electricity of Las Vegas as the course runs along the Strip and through Freemont Street. Brand-new mile markers will be literally “lit” from within for this nighttime race so you know how many miles you have left to shine. And finally, your energy will ignite as you cross the Finish Line at the Mirage volcano.

Join us in November so you can see just how LIT it gets on the #StripAtNight.

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!

Run Rock N Roll improvements

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. 

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is 82 days away! I am so excited to not only about the race, but also to run my first Rock N Roll event! Lots of my friends (in real-life and online) have run in RnR events and I knew I had to join in on the fun this year!

For over 20 years, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series has made running fun by infusing each course with live bands, cheer teams, entertainment, and more.

Check out the new and improved racing experience.

Here are some of the changes I am looking forward to in Nashville!

MORE MUSIC
Rock ‘n’ Roll Curated Playlists: Search Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series on Spotify or click here for playlists customized by BPM. You can train all year long and get excited for what you’ll hear on race day!

I love finding new music and this was a fun way to find some new songs to add to my playlists. Have a favorite running song?! Share it with me in the comments!

MORE PORTAPOTTIES
At the start line and throughout the course. This is obviously a huge plus since having to wait in super long lines to go pee is the worst. Also. I have the bladder of a pregnant lady and have to pee 672 times a day.

MORE GELL STATIONS
One of my favorite handouts during races are the gels! Half marathon and marathon participants will have more chance for free fuel throughout the course to help them make it their best race yet!

Although, I do suggest not trying a new flavor on race day — I’ve had some disgusting gels and it really messes with your mind and your stomach. Stick to flavors you know!
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OTHER CHANGES
• New, illuminated starting corral markers
• Improved visibility pacer signs
• More community & spectator engagement
• New bib-tag timing technology

MARATHON ZONE
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Are you planning on running a RnR race this year? If so, comment on this post or email me at mileswithmeghann@gmail.com! I might have some good news for you 😉