Holiday gift guide for the runner in your life

Struggling to find gifts for the runner in your life? This gift guide has you covered with gift ideas ranging from $ – $$$.

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Books — 26 Marathons: What I Learned About Faith, Identity, Running, and Life from My Marathon Career by Meb Keflezghi, Stronger by Kara Goucher or a number of other running books. 
Oiselle mug — I mean someone can never have too many coffee mugs, right?!
Trigger point foam roller — hurts so good.
Winc wine subscription — Uhm, yes please. Different wines hand-picked and delivered to your doorstep? Sign me up too.
Run stickers
House shoes — These from LL Bean have been on my wish list for weeks!
Yeti — coffee mugs, bottles, coolers, etc. You can’t go wrong. 

What did I forget? Leave your favorite gifts as/for a runner in the comments below!

Sometimes you have to toot your own horn

At work the other day we had a meeting to talk about mid-year review. We discussed what’s worked, what hasn’t and what changes we want to make.

But before the meeting even started, my boss went around the room and said something positive he has noticed in each employee since the start of 2019. It was such a boost of confidence and really set the tone for the meeting.

I’m lucky to work for a place that encourages growth and goals.

He also said how great of a job, as a team, we had done over the last few years. He said sometimes we need to toot our own horn. 

It was like a lightbulb had gone off.

We should be damn proud of the work we do. Not only am I proud of what I do professionally, but I am proud of the work I am doing with running, in my marriage and with all my jobs.

So friends, don’t be afraid to toot your own horn. Be proud of the work you do. Don’t wait for someone else to recognize your work — RECOGNIZE WHAT YOU DO FOR YOUR SELF.

Thanks for coming to my TedTalk. Ha!

Other random tidbits from life lately.

I saw this on Instagram the other day and loved it –

Happy Global Running Day

Happy #GlobalRunningDay! Here I am after my first marathon! (#RnRNashville) One of my proudest running accomplishments and something I never thought would happen.

Running teaches me more about myself with every mile. I’ve been running for more than 10 years and I can say it’s honestly changed my life. #runhappy 💕

Getting in shape is hard

I saw this on Twitter from Steve Magness (@stevemagness) at it really hit home.

I thought I would share and maybe it will help you too.

“Getting in shape is hard. And expectations can kill the motivation to do so.

It’s easy to compare yourself to some prior fitter you, but all that does is set you up for disappointment & frustration. Be kind to yourself. Try to get a little bit better from where you are right now.”

Even when a run sucks at least I get to spend time outside

Today’s run wasn’t the best — but I got outside and did something. It felt great to knock out some miles before 7 a.m.! And honestly, who cares if I didn’t run as fast as I wanted? I’m not training for anything right now, life is crazy and the fact that I got out the door with my running shoes on is an accomplishment in itself.

So if you got outside today — be proud!

Scenes from today’s run:

Owensboro’s International Bar-B-Q Festival 5k and food recap

On Saturday, I ran my first race of 2019! Every year my hometown has an International Bar-B-q Festival and it’s two days of food, live music, mutton eating contests and so much fun! This is my second time running the 5k race (my first was back in 2010!) and it was so much fun to be around the local running community. So many people come out for the race and the energy was off the charts (even on a chilly Saturday morning!)

The course is super simple and just makes a big loop through downtown Owensboro. While there is basically no crowd support, there are so many runners that you are never alone.

I’m actually pretty happy with my time. Lately, I’ve been running around 11-11:30 pace but I knew being around people and being outside would be a little faster. The first quarter mile was a lot of weaving in and out of the crowds and I had to walk once for 15-20 seconds to adjust my ponytail.

After the race, I came home to finish up some work and shower before heading back down to the festival with my brother to get some lunch. We had lots of samples, but finally decided on a mutton sandwich, lemonade shakeup and some fried cookie dough (so rich, but so good!)

The only crazy thing my brother wanted to try was the deep fried cookie dough. We have all of these insane fried festival food booths every year and I never give in (mainly because most of it sounds disgusting) but decided what the heck and we split the dish. Best choice ever! It was so good! 10/10 will get next year.

Does your town have any crazy festivals/celebrations?! I would love to hear about them in the comments below.

My first (and second!) pair of Oiselle rogas

If you’ve been reading Miles with Meghann for a while, you know there are several brands that I live and die by — Oiselle is one of them.

I’ve heard so many good things about their roga shorts for years and just recently pulled the trigger on purchasing some. I didn’t really want to buy them unless I can try them on first (I’m anywhere from 8-12 in shorts, and Oiselle only goes up to size 12 so I wanted to make sure the fit was right before spending the money). When I flew into Nashville a few weeks ago I stopped by their REI store and found rogas in store! I had no idea REI carried the Oiselle and so pumped to find the long rogas on the rack.

The 12s fit perfect, so I purchased the plain black pair and have now worn them for treadmill and outdoor runs, yoga and everything in between!

Since buying my first pair, I’ve now bought a pair in navy and snagged their Ballard bra on sale during their Nee Day event.

If you’re looking for comfortable shorts that don’t rid up — I highly encourage you to get a pair of rogas! The Ballard bra was also wonderful. Lots of support and didn’t rub me in any weird places. I plan on wearing both of these for the 5k race I am running tomorrow.

Have a great weekend, everyone! I’ll be back on Monday with a recap of tomorrow’s BBQ Fest 5k.

I just want to spend all my time outside

Does anyone else feel that way after a long winter? I love having so much daylight when I get home from work and I’ve been trying to spend as much time as possible outside. I’ve been reading, planting flowers, running and taking Murphy for 400 walks a day.

What’s your favorite way to spend time outside?

Look at this fun sidewalk chalk art on my run yesterday! I looped back around to snap a picture and I’m happy I did. So fun.

I also tried a new-to-me flavor of Nuun and it was pretty good! It’s been getting up in the 80s and I’m trying to increase my distance and speed on my runs, so I figured an extra boost wouldn’t hurt anything.

By now yall know I am obsessed with Murphy. But for real, isn’t he the cutest?! This is actually a live picture on my iPhone and it’s so cute because he starts off with my mouth closed and once he sees me with the phone he smiles. MY HEART. SO PRECIOUS.

Dusty treadmill miles

Spring is almost here and I desperately need to clean my garage. Since we moved into our new house last fall, the inside of the house is picture perfect, but the garage is a disaster zone.

Out of sight, out of mind, right? We have mowers, weights, my treadmill, power tools and all kinds of gadgets laying around that need to be organized — hopefully a project that can be completed sometime this month.

As seen in the picture below, I also need to wipe down my treadmill — so dusty! 

Also, how does one service their treadmill? Are you supposed to get it looked at like once a year? Just keep it clean? Like this is a big piece of equipment that I use daily. I feel like it should be serviced regularly?

Model pup (insert heart eyes emoji) This is his favorite place to sit after our afternoon walk. (Peep the new pillows!)

This candy wall is from last week’s trip to Florida and I wish I had one of these in my house.  What’s your favorite candy? Chocolate is Reese’s, but sweet is Sour Patch Kids.

Happy Thursday!

Deciding on my next race

So this winter has been filled with lots of hot yoga, spin classes and some treadmill miles.  After getting some spark back, I have decided on my next race — the International BBQ Fest 5k!

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*I’m in the white t-shirt on the right — I ran the race with my high school xc teammate Lauren, who pushed her bestie Karlie during the race*

I’ve run this race in the past and it’s always so fun. Lots of community support and great food afterward! I’m excited to work toward a faster pace — such a change from last year’s marathon training.

If you’re local and want to run sign up here!