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.
While I’m just running for my sanity right now, I can’t wait to start training soon!
Let me start off this post with the most important (at least to me!) news — I RAN HALF A MILE.
While I don’t officially get cleared to workout until next week, I couldn’t help but hop on the treadmill to see work up a quick sweat. It was a sloooow half mile (13:57 pace I think?) but I am so dang proud!
I cannot wait to get back to running and to share with you all everything I learn about postpartum fitness/running along the way.
Struggling to find gifts for the runner in your life? This gift guide has you covered with gift ideas ranging from $ – $$$.
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!
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 –
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.