20 miles!!!

I just ran 20 miles.

20. Freaking. Miles.

Ahhhh! I’m in pain, but so so happy. Now it’s time to taper!

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The fear of racing again

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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!)

Rock N Blog 2018

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GUYS GUYS GUYS. I am a part of the 2018 Rock N Blog team! For me and this little-blog-that-could this is a huge deal.

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This space has been a way for me to vent about running, keep up with my progress and a way for me to connect with others runners. I am so hyped to be a part of this team. Getting the email announcement this morning made my week.

I’m hoping this means RnR Nashville will be my first marathon?! Fingers crossed!

Stay tuned here and on Instagram (@mileswithmeghann) for discounts, Run Rock and Roll news and more!

About the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series
With more than 600,000 runners taking part in 29 destination events around the world every year, more runners choose the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series than any other running series. Established in 1998, Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series’ simple idea of making running fun has transformed the U.S. running landscape by infusing the course with live bands, cheer teams
and entertaining water stations, creating a block-party atmosphere for participants and spectators alike.

Running Check-In

Hiiii! I know it’s been a hot minute since I actually discusses how my running was going, so I thought I would fill you in.

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For a while, the treadmill and I were having a moment. I didn’t want to see it, think about it and I definitely didn’t want to run on it. Actually, I think that was my relationship with running for a while.
But now, I am back! Isn’t it weird how we can have such a hot and cold relationship with something we love? I think since the temps have dropped and fall is officially here I am more into running. It’s not miserable, my endurance is still there and only getting better and I’ve pulled out my pretty running tights.

I’ve done a few trail runs and a couple runs around my parent’s subdivision, but for the most part I am running on our treadmill. It’s convenient and Murphy can play in the garage while I run. (It’s basically dark when I get off work now, so running outside, alone in the dark is a no-go.)

I’ve been running about 4-5 days a week 2-4 miles at a time. I’m staying right below a 10 minute/mile pace and for now, I’m happy with that. I’ve been incorporating speed workouts at least once a week and still lifting some weights + doing some abs.

Like I mentioned in my Friday Favorites post two weeks ago, I’m planning on running a 5 miler the weekend before Thanksgiving and I’m looking forward to racing again! I haven’t done a 5 mile race in a looong time, so I don’t really have time expectations, just out there, finish and have fun.

How often do you run on a treadmill? Which season do you use it the most? Have any tips for not hating it all winter?

Global Running Day

Happy Global Running Day!
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For those who have not read it before, here is my running journey — the good, the bad and the sweaty.

What better way to celebrate a day of running than with ALL the things running related.

Favorite socks.
Favorite shoes.
Favorite shorts.

WHAT IS GLOBAL RUNNING DAY?

Global Running Day is a day for people around the world to celebrate the joys of running. Participation is easy—just pledge to take part in some type of running activity on June 7, 2017. It can be a solo lap around the block, a long run with friends, or even a game of tag with your kids. The key is to share your passion for the sport and inspire others to get moving.

At globalrunningday.org you can create you own free, personalized bib or create a badge to post on social media to show your support and pledge to run on GRD.
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Today, I plan on running three miles when I get off work. No watch, no worries, just me and the streets.

But today, I will be a little more thankful for the tough times, the pain in my legs and all the sweat and pain I will endure to finish. Running has given me so much and I hope to keep running for many many years.

If you’re looking for some ways to celebrate global running day, I suggest getting outside and going for a run! (duh.) No technology, just you and your thoughts and your feet on the pavement.

OTHER IDEAS:
Join the Oiselle Relay Around the World.
Ways to celebrate global running day.
Take that post-run selfie and post in on social media. Who knows, maybe your post will inspire someone else to run.
The Strava Mile.

Whether it’s one mile or 10 miles, on the treadmill or on the trail — happy running!
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#RWRunStreak

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So I’m sure many of you have heard of run streak before, but those who haven’t, it’s basically where you commit to running at least one mile every day for X amount of days.

The current run streak being promoted by Runner’s World started on Monday. Here is a list of FAQs if you’re interested in learning more. (This post is NOT sponsored by RW, I just really like what they are promoting and hope you will join me in streaking!)

From RW: “The run streak is designed to keep you running through the summer, and to bridge the gap between spring races and training for the fall. It can be difficult this time of the year to keep your running on track—but it’s much easier if you have a goal.”

Post your successes online (or even comment on this post!) and use the hashtag #RWRunStreak. I love looking at other people’s accomplishments — it pushes me toward my own goals.

They also have this neat shirt for sale if you want to display that you’re a streaker 😉
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The idea is to run one mile every day from Memorial Day to the Fourth of July.That’s 37 consecutive days of running.

I’m two days in, but so far so good! Murphy and I ran on Monday and yesterday was a quick 9:48 mile on the treadmill.

I love the idea of the streak because it keeps me accountable and it makes me run every day.

So even if you missed the last two days, get out there and start running. It’s never too late to start a run streak.

Run happy, friends!

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Comparing myself as a runner

As a runner, I tend to follow other runners on social media. Whether it is old cross country teammates, friends I ran with college, professional athletes or other run bloggers, running dominates my social media (especially Instagram).

I’ve never been a fast runner and I’ve had to work like hell in order to finish my two half marathons. But when I get on Insta and see women who just had babies 4-5 months ago run 11 miles at a pace that I can’t even dream of right now, the insecurities start to creep in.

If she can do it, then why can’t I?

That’s is not healthy. Sure it’s nice to have competition, but the only competition you need should be with yourself.
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Be better than yesterday (or last week, or last month)

Be faster than you were.

Please tell me I am not the only one who feels this way?!

I am so proud of these women (some I know personally and other I just follow their blogs) but then I get down on myself for not being as fast or running as much milage as them.

Why should it matter?!

I want to be proud of myself and my accomplishments. Even if that means my long run for the week was 3 miles and I took some walking breaks.

I guess it just really sucks to know that I could once run 13 miles without stopping (and at under a 10 minute pace) and now I’m just happy to finish a 5k in 30ish minutes.

Thanks for listening to me ramble, friends.

Keep the faith, trust the process. It has to pay off in time. Right?
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Friday Favorites v.48

It’s birthday month! I am someone who loves birthdays, so birthday month is a big deal to me! Plus Ryan and I take our yearly trip to STL in May. Go Cards!

This week was my first full work week in more than two weeks, so it felt super long — but also super productive! This time of year is super busy with my job, but I love feeling accomplished after a long day at work.

Before the weekend can begin let’s talk Friday Favorites and get through another work day.

1. I get to meet one of my best friend’s baby! My very first best friend had her first child a little more than a month and I get to meet him for the first time tomorrow. I am so excited for some baby snuggles and quality time with my friend.

2. This drink looks like perfect addition to any outside party! Sparkly and refreshing! Raspberry Lemonade Fizz recipe.

3. Is there really such a thing as too many shoes?! Even with running shoes, I like to have several pairs to rotate (plus I like to match my outfits) Currently eyeing these bad boys.

4. This was from @pbfingers insta story several days ago. These snack balls look delicious. Check out her blog if you haven’t already. 

5. Breaking 2. (which has a neat hashtag emoji on Twitter) The world attempt at breaking 2 hours in the marathon is taking place tomorrow morning in Italy (or roughly 10:45 p.m. Friday where I’m at in Kentucky)

Runner’s World has an entire page on their site dedicated to all the info you need to know for the sub-2 attempt. It’s pretty interesting stuff. Check it out here.

6. 2016 Road Race Trends. I love looking at all the nuts and bolts of running. Like how in 2016, there were 16,957,100 finishers of 30,400 running events in the U.S. So neat! How many did you finish?

7. YES YES YES. I am in love with these sandals from Draper James + Jack Rogers.

8. I love afternoons with Murphy. He still sucks at fetch, so I usually just end up chasing him around the yard while he holds a ball in his mouth. #dogmom