Early wake up calls and self-doubt

This post is a little random, but I like to think of this space as an online journal of sorts, so here go. I’m letting it all out.

Sometimes it’s hard to get out of bed to go run. Especially when it’s dark, freezing cold outside and I’m running on a treadmill by myself. To be honest, waking up this morning knowing I had to run five miles sucked.

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I also realize I’m not the first to have to do these types of things, but this is my blog, so cut my slack.

Wednesday’s are my longest days (please remember this long and tiring FOR ME. I know my tired long and tired is nothing compared to you momma’s and daddy’s out there) as I have a longer run in the morning, work 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the newsroom and then go to campus to teach a three hour night class.

Tuesday night as I was laying in bed, I confessed to Ryan that I didn’t want to wake up early and run. The night before we had to stay the night at my parent’s house in town because our country roads were covered in snow and unsafe to drive on. I hate being out of my routine and I was super tired and waking up at 5:15 a.m. to run in our cold garage (with negative temps outside) did not sound appealing to me.
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I confessed that I wondered if the training was worth it. I know I want to run a marathon, but the fact I was already doubting myself and my abilities three weeks in, was a bummer.

I’m afraid of putting in the work and still failing. I still feel fat and out of shape even though I’m training for a freaking marathon. (If you can’t tell, lots of self-doubt happening over here).

So like I said, I’m not really sure what the point of this post was, but it felt good to get it all off my chest. Thanks for listening, friends ❤

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RNR Nashville Marathon Training — Week 1

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I SURVIVED MY FIRST WEEK OF MARATHON TRAINING.

For those of you don’t already know, my first crazy goal of 2018 is to run a marathon! I’m registered for Rock N Roll Nashville on April 28 and I am so excited (and a little terrified!)

This has been a bucket list item for a while and I can’t believe it’s actually happening. Training just started and I’m so focused on making this my best running year yet. All the thanks in the world goes to my amazing husband for supporting all of my dreams.

Overall, it was a great week and I’m so excited to improve my times and increase my distance.

Here’s a look at week one of my training — 18.5 miles total.
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I didn’t miss any runs and only had to cut one run a liiiitle short. Wednesday’s run was supposed to be 5 miles, but my legs were not having it. It was so cold and I never seemed to settle into a pace.

My 8-miler on Saturday was my longest run since 2016! It was slow and super cold, but I was so happy to be outside not on the treadmill.

Other than that, there isn’t too much to report for week one. My knees hurt a little after Saturday’s run and I’m more sore than usual, but that’s nothing that a foam roller can’t fix.

One week down, 15 more to go!

I AM REGISTERED FOR RNR NASHVILLE

Yes, all caps was necessary. I AM REGISTERED FOR MY FIRST MARATHON.
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GUYS IT’S REAL! I am registered for Rock N Roll Nashville.
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Training officially starts next week! Follow along on here (and Instagram!) for my training, what I’m eating and everything that comes with training for a marathon. I can’t wait for this journey. Running a marathon has been a bucket list item for years now, and I can’t believe it’s finally happening.

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

My approach on running through the holidays

Do you know how much more motivated I am to run now that I have a race on my calendar? While I know the “honeymoon” phase will (probably) wear off, right now I am happily jumping on the treadmill and cranking out the miles.

But with Christmas quickly approaching, I know I won’t be running every day — and that’s okay! My in-laws are coming to Kentucky for almost a full week and I am so excited for all the holiday events we have planned (looking at Christmas lights, watching Christmas movies, etc)

I am taking a relaxed approach to running through the Christmas season. While my health is a priority, so is my family. So I encourage you all to not stress about missing a run or eating an extra slice of Christmas dessert in the next few weeks.

I am so thankful I get to run and that I have enough food on my table to have second helpings. Just remember others aren’t so lucky.

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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.

4 running stories from this week

One of the great things about the internet is the ability to connect with some many different people. I love being able to read stories from and about other runners. Here are five of my favorite running stories from around the web this week.

1. Now that it’s almost a week after the MYC Marathon, I read Allie Kieffer’s story and it left me SO inspired! It’s crazy to think that she took 26 minutes off her marathon time and placed 5th in the marathon and IS NOT SPONSORED!
I especially enjoyed reading her story in Runner’s World along with some of her great advice – “If there’s anything I could pass along to younger runners: Love yourself, eat healthy through your college years, and you’ll be stronger on the other side.”

2. This 40,000-member Facebook group is connecting runners to people with special needs.

3. I am fascinated with trail running. While I don’t get to do a lot of it, I love following trail runners and all of the crazy races they do. Trail Runner Magazine always has great profiles of runners who go above and beyond.
French ultrarunner Francois D’Haene, 31, spent more than a year conceptualizing and outlining his recent attempt of the 222-mile John Muir Trail (JMT) speed record, which he successfully accomplished on October 17. His speed record arrived less than two months after he set the course record at the 106-mile Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc—his third time winning the race.

4. Another NYC Marathon story. Not only are runners like Shalane an inspiration, but so are the runners who finished in the final hour of the race. These amazing photos of the TCS NYC Marathon runners who wouldn’t give up are so motivating. I am so proud of them for finishing!

 

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?

A little something to remember

When I first got interested in running, (like for fun, not because I had to at soccer practice) I started learning about the key players in the world of running and racing.

Steve Prefontaine was one of the first I remember reading about and becoming obsessed with. His drive, his passion, his life — was all so mesmerizing.

Also. He had the best quotes. I saw this one on social media this week and it brought me back to when I was in high school and just learning about the sport of cross country. Every week I gave it my all even though I was slowest on my team. But I knew I was emptying my bucket and giving it everything I had.

To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.

I want to encourage you all to not sacrifice your gift. Today, give it your all.

Working out and traveling

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I always do my best workouts on the weekends. I don’t have as many time constraints, I can focus on my workout and I have plenty of time to stretch, warmup and cool down. 

But when I travel on the weekends, I feel like I can’t get workout as well as I want.

 

* I had to include this hilarious picture I took of Murphy while we were traveling. 

That was the case this weekend. We visited my in-laws in Tennessee and had a great time, but my workouts suffered. 

Is that a bad thing? Not necessarily. My family is more important than any workout, but getting in one sweat sesh a day makes me feel better and helps me be the best version of myself. 

So while I didn’t get to run and have a killer total body workout, I did get it some solid movements and walks with Murph that worked up some endorphins.

So don’t beat yourself if you chose to spend time with family rather than working out. While I missed my workouts, I know they will be waiting for me Monday afternoon after work.