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!)

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Friday Favorites v.97

Can all of my favorites from this week be things from the Boston Marathon?! But seriously how awesome was that race? Every day since the race I’ve found a new article or podcast about the crazy outcomes of Monday.

1. It’s taper week! While my legs are itching for race day, it is nice not running for hours and hours.

2. Running outside! This weather has been absolutely crazy. It snowed on Monday was in the 80s on Wednesday. I’m really hoping Spring will come to stay for a while.

3. This Patagonia I got for 40% off at my local running store.

4. Here’s the bad-weather gear that top finishers wore at the Boston Marathon.
*I love the jacket Des wore. Seriously considering buying it now.

5. My little brother is coming home from college for the weekend. I haven’t seen him in months, so it’ll be good to have him home for a few days.

6. This is precious.
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7. Nurse places FIFTH in Boston Marathon — works 10-hour shift the next day.

8. #RestDayBrags

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!

RNR Nashville Marathon Training — Week 14

Happy Wednesday afternoon! Sorry, this recap is coming so much later than usual. It’s been a crazy, sick-filled week.

The stomach bug hit Sunday and finally left this morning. So this recap will be short and sweet because there isn’t much to say. I’m just putting in the work and trusting the process. 

Some mid-week inspiration. Thanks, Oiselle

17 days until race day!

Some great running reads from this week

Women’s distance running is at an all-time high right now. I feel like there are so many amazing women in the sport currently and they are all crushing it. Even though I am an average runner, the pros inspire me and make me want to push harder. With my marathon less than one month away, I’ve been trying to get into this positive mindset and visualize only good things about my running.

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These articles from around the web are certainly helping. They are all so helpful and motivating!

A champion’s new chase: Gwen Jorgensen on her move to marathoning.
With Boston being less than two weeks away, I thought this was appropriate — Shalane Flanagan has some unfinished business to attend to on April 16.
The woman who crashed the Boston Marathon.
How this 34-time marathoner—and mom of 3—fits it all in.
An interesting read on the “equality” in cross country.

RNR Nashville Marathon Training — Week 13

CRUSHED IT. Even with traveling this week, I had such a good week of training. Saturday’s run was such a confidence builder. After two weeks of not great long runs, it was nice to feel great about my 18-miler. 

Here’s a look at my training for the week — 33 miles total.
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All my runs except one were outside! And I got to wear shorts on Saturday. Thank goodness for warmer weather! Also, I tried to Cran-Razz Gus and they were great!

Less than four weeks til race day!

RNR Nashville Marathon Training — Week 12

This week of training involved victory, lots of new music and a few tears. So pretty normal for marathon training, right?!

Here’s a look at my training for the week — 38 miles total.
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While I want to be running three times during the week, it’s basically impossible in this season of my life. Every step of my Tuesday/Thursday runs count and I’ve been crushing the 10-mile distance. Maybe a new favorite?!

I wanted to get my long run in on Saturday, but it was freezing rain, so I decided to move it to Sunday. I went shopping and out for a sushi lunch with my mom instead.

On Sunday, Ryan drove me to the park for my run. He sat in the car and read a book while I ran, offering support, water, and Gu whenever I needed it. About nine miles in my knees were hurting. I tried to do a run/walk method, but I was in so much pain I decided to call it quits and the park. I shed a few tears because I felt defeated, but Ryan helped me work through all of my crazy options.

So, I took a break, ate some lunch and then did my last nine miles around my parent’s neighborhood. Better than nothing, right?!

I’m in Miami for work most of the week so I’m not sure how running is going to go. We’re pretty busy from sun-up to sun-down, but I’m hoping to get on a treadmill for a little bit.

33 days until race day!