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. 

My first marathon
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 😉

Rock N Roll marathon series – 24 hour sale!

Happy Thursday! Today started off super early (like 4 a.m. early) due to having a sick husband. Not the best way to start my day, but thankfully he is off work today, so he can stay home and get lots of rest.

Before I dig into some work, I wanted to remind you all of a super awesome sale RnR is having.

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the Rock ‘n Roll Nashville 2018 race as part of being a member of the Rock N Blog team. All opinions are my own.

Guys if you are thinking about signing up for a Rock N Roll Race for 2018, TODAY IS THE DAY. They are having a 24-hour sale for TODAY ONLY and these prices are crazy!

*Like $40-off-the-Nashville-marathon crazy* Come run with me!

I’m definitely running Nashville and since the STL race is canceled, I might try and make it to Chicago.

What RnR races are you running? Let me know in the comments below or on Instagram @mileswithmeghann.

Rock N Blog 2018

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GUYS GUYS GUYS. I am a part of the 2018 Rock N Blog team! For me and this little-blog-that-could this is a huge deal.

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This space has been a way for me to vent about running, keep up with my progress and a way for me to connect with others runners. I am so hyped to be a part of this team. Getting the email announcement this morning made my week.

I’m hoping this means RnR Nashville will be my first marathon?! Fingers crossed!

Stay tuned here and on Instagram (@mileswithmeghann) for discounts, Run Rock and Roll news and more!

About the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series
With more than 600,000 runners taking part in 29 destination events around the world every year, more runners choose the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series than any other running series. Established in 1998, Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series’ simple idea of making running fun has transformed the U.S. running landscape by infusing the course with live bands, cheer teams
and entertaining water stations, creating a block-party atmosphere for participants and spectators alike.

4 running stories from this week

One of the great things about the internet is the ability to connect with some many different people. I love being able to read stories from and about other runners. Here are five of my favorite running stories from around the web this week.

1. Now that it’s almost a week after the MYC Marathon, I read Allie Kieffer’s story and it left me SO inspired! It’s crazy to think that she took 26 minutes off her marathon time and placed 5th in the marathon and IS NOT SPONSORED!
I especially enjoyed reading her story in Runner’s World along with some of her great advice – “If there’s anything I could pass along to younger runners: Love yourself, eat healthy through your college years, and you’ll be stronger on the other side.”

2. This 40,000-member Facebook group is connecting runners to people with special needs.

3. I am fascinated with trail running. While I don’t get to do a lot of it, I love following trail runners and all of the crazy races they do. Trail Runner Magazine always has great profiles of runners who go above and beyond.
French ultrarunner Francois D’Haene, 31, spent more than a year conceptualizing and outlining his recent attempt of the 222-mile John Muir Trail (JMT) speed record, which he successfully accomplished on October 17. His speed record arrived less than two months after he set the course record at the 106-mile Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc—his third time winning the race.

4. Another NYC Marathon story. Not only are runners like Shalane an inspiration, but so are the runners who finished in the final hour of the race. These amazing photos of the TCS NYC Marathon runners who wouldn’t give up are so motivating. I am so proud of them for finishing!

 

Advice for summer training

Hi guys! Happy first day of summer!

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I am eyeing a fall half marathon, which means I am training all summer. In the heat and in the humidity.
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While I know what doesn’t kill me makes me stronger, I want to be smart about training and running lots of miles in the heat.

So I went to The Loop for some advice on summer training. I got a lot of great responses on this post, so if you need some help I did, check it out!

While it sucks, running the heat only makes you stronger for the fall. Drink lots of water, wear plenty of sunscreen and take breaks when needed! If you put in the work, the results will come.

Eyeing a fall half marathon

Hi guys! How is it already Tuesday?! I feel like yesterday flew by in such a flash.

To quickly recap my weekend – Buffalo Wild Wings, running, Wonder Woman, Father’s Day meals and shenanigans and two Redbox movies.

I’m also starting a new training plan with the hopes of running a half marathon in either October or November (I’ve been eyeing several local races for this fall!)

Murphy always pretends to be scared of the treadmill, but after a few minutes of me running, he goes back to normal and starts going crazy and shifting through everything in the garage.

So hopefully in the next few weeks I will be able to ramp up my milage and get started with a set running schedule/training plan.

Are you eyeing any fall races? I’d love to hear your tips on summer training!

I’m getting fast! 

Happy Tuesday, friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and start to another work week. This weekend was productive and relaxing, which is just the way I like it!

Guys. I’ve ran splits this week and last that I haven’t seen in years!!! (Yes, !!! are needed) I finally decided even thought I don’t have any upcoming races, that I am going to loosely train like I am prepping for a half marathon.

Sunday – Rest or a shakeout run. I honestly do better if I can get my legs moving every day.
Monday – Easy 3 miles. Conversation pace.
Tuesday – Short run and workout dvd (this is includes lots of squat jumps, pushups and ab work)
Wednesday – 6×400 @ 9 minute/mile pace.
Thursday – 3-5 miles. Moderate pace.
Friday – Shakeout run.
Saturday – Long run.

Newbie half marathon and marathon training plans

I remember signing up for my first half marathon in college. I thought I had officially lost my mind. The most I had ever run was 7ish miles and running 6 more just seemed insane.

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But I signed up in December for an April race.
After that I was hooked.
Now, my plan is to eventually run a marathon. You know…”one of these days…”

But even with no race plans for the immediate future, I have been trying to keep in somewhat distance shape. (ha. always a work in progress) Thankfully I have a treadmill at home and I can bust out 3-4 miles runs through the week and I always try to do a long run on Saturdays.

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Maybe some of you all are getting ready to commit to a distance race like a half or full marathon. I’ve linked some of my favorite distance race resources below. Enjoy!

Half Marathon and Marathon Resources

Marathon Rookie
The Dos and Don’ts Of Running Your First Marathon <– this is hilarious.

Halfway to a Half Marathon

Holy cow, you guys. How is it already August? I can’t believe school will be starting soon, fall is inching closer and Ryan and I have almost been married for two years. The days are long, but the years are short.

Now that I’ve gotten sentimental with y’all, let’s talk about running and half marathon training!

I am officially halfway through half marathon training. Every week I feel stronger and faster. I still have the goal of breaking 2 hours, but realistically, I’d be happy with anything under 2:10. This heat and humidity have been a killer and my runs have all been on the slower side, but every week I slowly see my time start to creep lower and lower, so I’m hoping by the time race day comes I’ll be in good shape and closer to running 9 minute miles.

I have been following Hal Higdon’s Intermediate 1 training plan (you can see it at the end of this post) for most of my training. I also used two of his novice plans during my previous half marathons. You can Google his plans of find them here.

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He also has lots of other plans from everything to a 5k to a marathon.
From Hal Higdon’s website:

Long runs: The key to the program is the long run, which builds from 4 miles in Week 1 to 12 miles in the climactic Week 11. (After that, you taper a week to arrive at the half marathon well rested.) Do not cheat on the long runs. Although the schedule suggests long runs on Sundays, you can switch to Saturdays or even other days of the week to suit your schedule.

Run slow: For experienced runners, I recommend that they do their long runs anywhere from 30 to 90 or more seconds per mile slower than their planned half marathon pace. Run at a comfortable pace, one that allows you to converse with your training partners,. The important point is that you cover the prescribed distance; how fast you cover it doesn’t matter.

Walking breaks: Walking is a perfectly acceptable strategy in trying to finish a half marathon. It works during training runs too. While some coaches recommend walking at prescribed points, I suggest that runners walk when they come to an aid station. This serves a double function: 1) you can drink more easily while walking as opposed to running, and 2) since many other runners slow or walk through aid stations, you’ll be less likely to collide with someone. It’s a good idea to follow this strategy in training as well.

Cross-training: Mondays in this training program are devoted to cross-training, building from 30 to 60 minutes.  What is cross-training? It is any other form of aerobic exercise that allows you to use slightly different muscles the day after your long run. The best cross-training exercises are swimming, cycling or even walking. One tip: You don’t have to cross-train the same each weekend. And you could even combine two or more exercises: walking and easy jogging or swimming and riding an exercise bike in a health club. Cross-training for an hour on Monday will help you recover after your Sunday long runs.

Midweek training: As the weekend mileage builds, the Tuesday and Thursday mileage also go from 3 to 5 miles. Wednesday runs increase from 4 to 8 miles. Run these miles at a comfortable, pace. Don’t get trapped by numbers. Listen to your body signals as much as the signals coming from your GPS watch. If you strength train, Tuesdays and Thursdays would be the best days to combine lifting with running. Usually it’s a good idea to run before you lift rather than the reverse.

Pace: Saturdays, run pace, the pace you hope to run in your goal half marathon. If you’re training for a 2:00 half marathon, your average pace per mile is 9:09. So you would run that same pace when asked to run race pace. If you were training for a 5-K or 10-K, “race pace” would be the pace you planned to run in those races.

Races: I suggest running a 5-K in Week 6 and a 10-K in Week 9. Consider races as an “option.” Doing at least some racing in a training program can be a valuable experience, because you can to determine your level of fitness and predict how fast you might run in your goal race (using various prediction charts on the Internet). But too much racing can wear you out and distract from your training, so embrace this option cautiously. Finally, there is nothing magic about 5-K or 10-K as distances or Week 6 or Week 9 for when to race. Seek races in your area convenient to your schedule.

Rest: Scientists say that it is during the rest period (the 24 to 72 hours between hard bouts of exercise) that the muscles actually regenerate and get stronger. You can’t run hard unless you are well rested. If you’re constantly fatigued, you will fail to reach your potential. This is why I prescribe rest on Fridays to get ready for the hard weekend—and (easy) cross-training on Sundays to recover. If you need to take more rest days–because of a cold or a late night at the office or a sick child–do so. The secret to success in any training program is consistency.

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This is post is not sponsored. I just love Hal Higdon’s training plans and hope they can be a resource for you!