This or That: Spring Running Edition

Spring is here and I am so ready for it. While our weather in Kentucky keeps going back and forth between winter and spring, I know warmer temps are close! Pick a few of your favorite this or that questions from the list below and let me know your answers!

Indoors / Outdoors
Shorts / Leggings
Tank or Tee / Sweatshirt
Dark colors / Bright colors
Park run / hit the roads
Allergies / No Allergies <– let’s be honest, I have allergies YEAR ROUND.
Run in the April showers / Stay dry
Headwind / tailwind
Beer mile / Color run
Small race / big race
Sports Bra Squad / Shirt on
Jelly beans / Reese’s eggs

Plantar fasciitis – help a girl out

So last year I had a pretty bad round of plantar fasciitis. I went to a podiatrist, did all the stretches, got an ultrasound for my foot (who knew that was a thing?!) and still ended up needing to get several shots in my foot.

So I’ve been good for about a year but after a work event where I wasn’t wearing the best shoes and was on my feet for 16+ hours a day, it’s come back with a vengeance.

I’ve been doing all the rolling on a frozen water bottle, stretching all hours of the day and wearing supportive shoes 24/7. I really don’t want to have to get another shot in my foot – here I am crowdsourcing on the internet. Blog reader friends – give me all the tips and tricks to get better! Because if this continues this is what I’m going to look like:

A Day in the Life – Morning Workout Edition

Balancing a full-time job outside the home, a side gig, being a mother and wife – all while trying to workout is a lot. We all (mothers, parents, people in general) are all trying to balance.

I enjoy reading other people’s day in the life posts – so here’s mine.

5:19 a.m. Alarm goes off!

Every Tuesday and Thursday I work out a small group and a personal trainer. It’s 45 minutes strength training and leaves me feeling exhausted and recharged all at the same time. I love it. I can definitely see improvements in my strength since I’ve been going to these sessions. Plus, I can leave everyone at home sleeping.

6:35 a.m. Get back home and get ready for work

Owensboro is the perfect sized city and it takes me about 10 minutes to get home from the gym. Once I get home, I do my Write the Word and then start getting ready for work. Since I don’t wear makeup and keep my hair pretty simple, I can usually get ready in about 15 minutes or less. Emery has been sleeping until 7-7:15 a.m. so I can get myself ready before I get her up. Once she’s up, she get changes and dressed and then it’s a kiss to Ryan and Murphy and out the door!

7:30 a.m. Drop off Emery, head to work

We’ve been blessed with my dad being retired and willing to watch Emery while Ryan and I work. Whenever I drop her off with him, he usually is making breakfast for the two of them. I chat for a few minutes and then head to work.

7:45ish a.m. Get to work

Sometimes I eat breakfast at home, sometimes I stop at Chick-fil-A for a chicken biscuit. I’m usually the first one from my team to get to the office, so I start checking emails and figuring out my game plan for the day. I work a traditional 8-5 in the office and my role involves event planning, gift-giving, digital marketing and content creation. Every day is different and I truly love my job and the people I get to work with.

1 p.m. Lunchtime!

I am lucky that I am able to go home on my lunch break. I usually grab something to eat, walk Murphy and tidy up the house (because something always needs to be cleaned, right?!)

2-5 p.m. Work work work

`At 5 p.m. I head to my parent’s house to pick up Emery and head home!

5:30-7ish p.m. play time, bath

When the weather is nice, we all (me, Ryan, Emery and Murphy) go for walks around the neighborhood or to a park near our house. Then we play with ALL THE TOYS and our house looks like a disaster. Then it’s bath time, story time and bed for Emery. Ryan and I usually catch up on some work or stuff around the house and then eat supper around 7:30-8 p.m.

8-10 p.m. tv and chores

We’ve been watching Grey’s Anatomy lately (we started it last year and are finally on Season 16) and usually watch an episode or two a night. Then we split dishes and laundry + whatever else needs to be done around the house. I take a shower, lay out my clothes for the next and then usually pass out around 10:30 p.m.

So there you have it! A typical day in the life for the days I wake up early to work out. Things shift a little when I workout after work and then weekend are all over the place depending on what we have going on.

What do your days look like?

My ever-growing running wishlist

I love seeing other people’s wish lists and getting ideas on new things for myself (lol). So here is my own!

I am loving this tank from Amazon. Super flattering, lots of colors and only $16. I have the charcoal gray but would love one in every color.

Obsessed with the colors on these Rincon 3 Hokas.

A sports bra that I love. The girls have gone through a lot of changes in the last two years (pregnancy, postpartum, breastfeeding and then losing weight while getting back to my new normal). Any suggestions?

A rain cover for the running stroller! While I haven’t been running outside at all lately, when Spring hits I know I will want to be back out there running with Emery. But a rain cover would be great for when the weather is less than ideal or even when we are out and about during the winter to block the wind.

Any race registration. Races can be expensive! Especially a Disney race (which is a total bucket list item)

What’s on your running wishlist?

Running with a baby in a jogging stroller

This will probably be the first of several posts about running with a baby in a jogging stroller.

First things first — it is hard. Like obviously I knew pushing a stroller + a 20-pound baby would be harder than just running but even a short run with the stroller gets my heart rate pumping.

I’ve been a runner for 10+ years. So I knew that even though my life was changing ALOT with a baby, I knew I wanted to get back at it. While I’d been running some (both on the pavement and the treadmill) as Emery was getting older and life was getting busy I knew I needed a way for her to join me on my runs.

A friend at work sold me his running stroller for a steal and I love it! I *think* it’s 2016 BumbleRide Indie Stroller (linking their latest version of the Indie). It’s easy to maneuver, has lots of different seat positions and I can raise/lower the handle. With lots of storage and pockets it’s perfect for running or other outdoor outings!

It took a few runs to get used how I wanted to push it, but I mainly push with my left hand and swing my right arm. I switch back and forth some times and use both hands any sharp turns or big bumps (which Emery loves). I usually stick to running 2-3 miles with the stroller (someone gets cranky if she is in there for a long time).

Stay tuned for a whole post on some tips for running with a stroller! While we’re not perfect, we have both learned a few things along our journey (like bringing snacks is a must).

Training for my first postpartum race

Half marathon training has begun! Even thought it’s been a year since my daughter was born, I’m just now getting serious about running again. I’m currently training for the Wendell Foster Half Marathon on November 3 in Owensboro, KY (my hometown!).

I’m a month or so into half marathon training and so far, so good? I’ve definitely not been able to follow my training plan to a T, but I’ve moved things around and *almost* have all the miles needed “in the bank.”

Some runs have had to be stroller runs which has been so fun but so hard trying to manage! I love getting to run with my baby but man, does pushing a 20-pound baby (toddler?!) + plus a stroller wear a momma out! I need to a dedicate a whole post to stroller running because there is a lot to say!

If you’re new here (and read this far!) follow along with my running adventures on Instagram @mileswithmeghann.

But in all seriousness, I’m so happy to be back doing *my* thing. I was a runner in high school, throughout college and newlywed life and now I’m back at it as momma. I’m so proud of myself and how far I’ve come.

And to the all the miles I’ll go…

I’ve registered for my first postpartum race!

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.

Half Marathon - November 13, 2021

While I’m just running for my sanity right now, I can’t wait to start training soon!

Do you have any races scheduled for 2021?

Looking forward to postpartum running

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.

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!