2021 Wendell Foster Half Marathon

On Saturday, I ran a half marathon. The Wendell Foster Half Marathon to be exact.

That’s the first time I’ve been able to say that in 7 years. It’s also my first race post-baby. 14ish months ago I had a baby and this weekend I ran 13.1 miles IN UNDER 3 HOURS. I am so dang proud of myself for that.

I went into this race with expectations other than to finish. The time limit was 4 hours and to be honest, in the days leading up to the race I worried if I would finish in time. While I had started training well, the last few weeks I had hardly run due to work and other commitments. The most I ran during this training cycle was 9.5 miles.

My official time was 2:58.09. I was 418/480 and the last one in my age group to finish. And guess what, I’m still so pumped about it. My running goals look a lot different than they used to, but this sport is near and dear to my heart and I’m thankful it keeps welcoming me back year after year.

Race day was COLD with temps in the low 30s. But there is nothing like the energy at the start of a race. Once I got to starting line with hundreds of other runners, I was pumped.

The course was beautiful. We started in downtown Owensboro at Smothers Park and basically ran all around the “north side” of the city. The foliage is breathtaking this time of year and the fact that I got to run all around my hometown and see these views made me so happy.

The best part about this race was I had FUN. Miles 1-4 I just rode the runner’s high and stayed with the 2:45 pack. Once we started to thin out I realized I was going a little fast and should probably let off the gas a bit. Miles 5-10 I just tried to take it all in. I was running a half marathon! I was actually out there doing the dang thing. I took pictures of every pretty tree I saw. I took pictures of lawn statues decorated for Christmas. I gave high fives to spectators and even saw my high school XC coach at a water station.

By mile 11 I had slowed down a little and mile 12 was pretty rough. But that last mile I knew I could do sub-3 if I pushed myself.

Going down the chute I spotted Ryan and Emery and I started to get emotional. They are my support and the reason for everything I do. I could not ask for a better team. Ryan encourages me to chase my goals and Emery was the best little running partner during all those stroller runs. Gosh, I just love them so much.

Not only did we get massive medals, but the swag was also pretty great too. Tech shirt and hat, freebies and coupons from local businesses, a 13.1 sticker and a beer at the finish line.

This was the perfect comeback race. I had so much fun and I believe in my abilities as a mother runner so much more now. Already looking forward to 2022!

Training for my first postpartum race

Half marathon training has begun! Even thought it’s been a year since my daughter was born, I’m just now getting serious about running again. I’m currently training for the Wendell Foster Half Marathon on November 3 in Owensboro, KY (my hometown!).

I’m a month or so into half marathon training and so far, so good? I’ve definitely not been able to follow my training plan to a T, but I’ve moved things around and *almost* have all the miles needed “in the bank.”

Some runs have had to be stroller runs which has been so fun but so hard trying to manage! I love getting to run with my baby but man, does pushing a 20-pound baby (toddler?!) + plus a stroller wear a momma out! I need to a dedicate a whole post to stroller running because there is a lot to say!

If you’re new here (and read this far!) follow along with my running adventures on Instagram @mileswithmeghann.

But in all seriousness, I’m so happy to be back doing *my* thing. I was a runner in high school, throughout college and newlywed life and now I’m back at it as momma. I’m so proud of myself and how far I’ve come.

And to the all the miles I’ll go…

I’ve registered for my first postpartum race!

Six months into parenthood and A LOT has happened/changed since Emery came into this world. It’s a fun and exhausting time and I love being a momma.

Running has been a big part of my life for years and will hopefully continue to be for a long time.

So earlier this week, I registered for my first post partum race — the Wendell Foster Half Marathon. It’s in my hometown (and current town) and supports a great organization (I actually volunteered there when Ryan and I first moved back to Owensboro!). It’s in November so I have a lot of time to prepare (thank goodness!) But I am so excited to have a race on the calendar.

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While I’m just running for my sanity right now, I can’t wait to start training soon!

Do you have any races scheduled for 2021?

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!

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?! 😉

Racecation, anyone?

If you’re thinking about running a Run Rock N Roll race this year, use my discount RNRRNB2018 to save $15 on any half or full marathon (except Vegas).

Also, if you thinking of a spring race, come join me in Nashville on April 28 for RNR Nashville! It’ll be my first marathon and I AM SO EXCITED.
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Getting excited for RnR Nashville

Happy Sunday! Popping in real fast just say I am getting even more excited for my marathon. Over the weekend Run Rock N Roll sent out an email with the medals for RnR Nashville.

They are so pretty! I can’t wait to earn that bad boy in just 12 short weeks!

Check back tomorrow for a recap of week six of my marathon training.

5k treadmill plan

Happy Saturday, friends! I know there is usually radio silence on the blog over the weekend and lately there hasn’t been much talk of running, but today I am changing both!

While my plan is still run a half marathon sometime in the next 3-4 months, I am also wanting to work on my speed, so I am also looking at some 5k training plans. Right now my mindset is to not be too strict or hard on myself and run to have fun and be healthy. For a while I got burnt out on running and felt like I had to constantly be running 5-10 miles a day in order to be a real runner.

WRONG. Obviously.

Anyways. Back to the 5k training plan.

My favorite badass lady Kelly Roberts is currently promoting some 5ks plans and I am loving them! While I am training for a fall half marathon, I love not being super strict and having fun with my runs. Plus, since I am needing to work on speed anyways, this 5k plan should help with that too!

Two #BadassLadyGang5K training plans from Kelly Roberts.

Earlier this week, Kelly tweeted out this week 1 plan and I decided to loosely follow it (not gonna lie, the holiday and rock climbing kind of threw off my typical routine).

But here was the week one plan.
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So if you’re looking for a training plan to switch things up, I recommend giving this a try!

Sidenote: look up Kelly’s blog, RunSelfieRepeat.com Also. Follow her on Twitter. She is inspirational and funny as hell. @KellyKRoberts.