Wishing I was going to RnR San Diego next weekend…

For those of you running RnR San Diego next weekend … I AM SO JEALOUS. What a great opportunity to meet and run with some of the best in our sport!

For those who haven’t registered, there is still time! Registration closes Sunday night.

Friday
1 p.m. – Meet & Greet with Des Linden at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Booth
2 p.m. – Featured athletes, race officials and government representatives will take part in a public press conference inside the Expo
3 p.m. – Meet & Greet with Meb Keflezighi at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Booth

Saturday
7 a.m. – Synchrony Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K presented by Brooks with appearances by both athletes
1 p.m. – Meet & Greet with Des Linden at the Brooks Merchandise Area

Sunday – RACE DAY
6:15 a.m. – Meb Kelflezighi will start with the 1:30 half marathoners
6:15 a.m. – Des Linden will start with the 2:00 half marathoners

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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!

The fear of racing again

It’s been almost four years since my last race.img_0807

WOAH. Doing the math made me realize it’s been a long time since I’ve toed the starting line.

Am I ready for this? Am I ready to race again?

It’s not that I meant to let so much time pass in between races, but life happens. Weeks after my last half marathon in 2014, I graduated college, moved to a new state with my then-fiance and we started new jobs. Three months after we started those jobs, a better opportunity arose and we moved again.

At that point, we were one month away from our wedding, starting new jobs and enjoying life as soon-to-be newlyweds. After our honeymoon, winter came and I only ran every now and then. Plus there aren’t many races in small-town living and definitely none in the winter. By spring, we were moving again (to my hometown — which is where we still live).

Once we settled into life in Owensboro, I wanted to start racing again. Owensboro has a pretty good running community and I knew I would have more opportunities for races. In the spring of 2016, I signed up for the Owensboro Half Marathon that fall. 10 weeks into training, the race got canceled due to lack of interest.  I was pissed and honestly just took a break from running for a bit. I had busted my butt all summer for nothing (yes, I know it was good for me, but my sole purpose of the training was for this specific race).
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For Christmas 2017, my husband (who really is the absolute best) surprised me with a treadmill. I still didn’t have a race in mind, but at least now I was motivated to run more.

When I got the opportunity to join the Rock N Blog team in December of 2017, I jumped at the chance and signed up for my first marathon. Go big or go home, right?!
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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Now I’m 40-something days away from race day and I am so excited (!!!) but also starting to freak out a little.

Can I really run a marathon? Ohmygosh, I am going to be so slow. Is all this pain worth it? What if I fail? What if I DNF? (<– nightmare) This might be only chance to run a marathon (let’s be honest — they are expensive!) I don’t want to mess this up. What should I wear?

I’m trying to not the fear of racing again overwhelm me. I run for me and no one else. So no matter what happens on race day I know I will be proud of what I’ve accomplished so far (like running 15 freaking miles on Saturday!)

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

RNR Nashville Marathon Training — Week 11

This was an interesting week. We listed our house and had two offers in less than 36 hours. So I while it was crazy, I still fit in two 10-milers and one 15-mile run. I technically missed a run but got in the same about of mileage Monday-Friday.

Here’s a look at my training for the week — 35 miles total.
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This is how my long run on Saturday went:

I had a headwind almost the entire time (at one point I swear I was pumping my arms so hard and it felt like I was standing still). If you saw my Instastories (@mileswithmeghann) you know that I basically felt like I was dying at mile 14.

The good thing that did come out of this run was my fueling was on point. My dad biked with me while I ran and he had my water bottle, my mix of Gatorade and water and my Gu Chews. I had no stomach problems and felt like I had plenty of energy until the very end. My legs, knees, and back were the cause of my stopping early — not my lack of energy.

I’m excited about the week ahead and ready to run! Here’s to hoping I can get in all my miles next Saturday.

If you’re in training how did your week go?

What is the next race on your calendar?

RNR Nashville Marathon Training — Week 10

I can’t believe another week has come and gone! With starting a new job, renovating our house to sell and training for RnR Nashville, my days seem to fly by.

Week 10 of training included squeezing in runs between painting and renovating the house.

Here’s a look at week seven of my training — 33 miles total. Tomorrow I start my final stretch of high mileage! Then in three or four weeks, I taper.
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Tuesday, I got to run outside and it was GLORIOUS. I am so excited for warmer temps and more sunshine in the afternoons after work. 

My 8-mile run was on the treadmill (boo) but it honestly wasn’t as bad as I was expecting.

With 48 days until race day, I am feeling nervous but excited. Can I really do this?! Can I really run a marathon?! AHHH. I’m trying to trust the process (and my training) but it’s still scary to do something I’ve never done before.

RNR Nashville Marathon Training — Week 9

I AM HALFWAY DONE WITH MARATHON TRAINING.

Nine weeks down, nine more to go. I celebrated being 50% done with training by running a half marathon on my treadmill on Saturday.

Here’s a look at week seven of my training — 29 miles total.
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Thankfully, this week was 10x than last week. I hit all my runs, good nutrition and ran pretty good paces. On Wednesday, I got to run outside which really helped improve my mood, confidence, and pace. On Friday, I got to run with my wing woman, so we chatted the entire time and the miles flew by.
**Also, I KNOW my watch said 7 miles when I hit stop.**

While the rest of my runs are still on the treadmill, my husband has been so supportive through this training cycle and his encouragement is what has kept me going through the highs and lows. I really am trying to keep my eye on the prize and think about how PROUD I am going to be when I finish 26.2 miles on April 28.

Any advice for the second half of marathon training?