RNR Nashville Marathon Training — Week 16

NEXT WEEK I WILL BE RECAPPING THE RACE.

I seriously cannot believe my 16 weeks of training has come to an end. This last week has been so crazy — the least amount of miles I’ve run since this program started.

My legs are restless and I am ready to run. All of my training is in the bank and now it’s time to see what I can do!

Ryan and I are driving down to Nashville on Friday to enjoy the expo, some food and get lots of rest before the race! Can’t wait to recap the race for you all! Follow along on Instagram @mileswithmeghann for all of my adventures from the weekend (expo, race, concert, etc!)

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RNR Nashville Marathon Training — Week 15

Happy Tuesday, friends! I hope you all had a great Monday. I had a blast watching the Boston Marathon. DES IS A BADASS. I have so much respect for her and really all the runners that were on the course yesterday. I’m glad yesterday was her time to shine.

As for me, I am SO SO close to being done with training for my first marathon. I can officially say my race is next weekend. CRAZY.

I wrapped up my last week of long runs 28 miles total. Toward the end of training, I’ve kind of been doing my own thing. I did an 8-miler early in the week and then switched things around because of some crazy weather and did 20 miles Thursday night after work. img_4386

The 20-mile run was a huge confidence booster. All of my runs lately have been great and I’m really trying to trust the process and get to the starting line healthy and excited to race.

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Now I’m counting down the days until my marathon! I hope you all have a great week. I know I’m going to be riding the high from Des’s win yesterday all week.

RNR Nashville Marathon Training — Week 13

CRUSHED IT. Even with traveling this week, I had such a good week of training. Saturday’s run was such a confidence builder. After two weeks of not great long runs, it was nice to feel great about my 18-miler. 

Here’s a look at my training for the week — 33 miles total.
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All my runs except one were outside! And I got to wear shorts on Saturday. Thank goodness for warmer weather! Also, I tried to Cran-Razz Gus and they were great!

Less than four weeks til race day!

RNR Nashville Marathon Training — Week 12

This week of training involved victory, lots of new music and a few tears. So pretty normal for marathon training, right?!

Here’s a look at my training for the week — 38 miles total.
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While I want to be running three times during the week, it’s basically impossible in this season of my life. Every step of my Tuesday/Thursday runs count and I’ve been crushing the 10-mile distance. Maybe a new favorite?!

I wanted to get my long run in on Saturday, but it was freezing rain, so I decided to move it to Sunday. I went shopping and out for a sushi lunch with my mom instead.

On Sunday, Ryan drove me to the park for my run. He sat in the car and read a book while I ran, offering support, water, and Gu whenever I needed it. About nine miles in my knees were hurting. I tried to do a run/walk method, but I was in so much pain I decided to call it quits and the park. I shed a few tears because I felt defeated, but Ryan helped me work through all of my crazy options.

So, I took a break, ate some lunch and then did my last nine miles around my parent’s neighborhood. Better than nothing, right?!

I’m in Miami for work most of the week so I’m not sure how running is going to go. We’re pretty busy from sun-up to sun-down, but I’m hoping to get on a treadmill for a little bit.

33 days until race day!

The fear of racing again

It’s been almost four years since my last race.img_0807

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!)

You can’t cheat marathon training

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. 

I can’t believe I am more than halfway done with marathon training! I registered for this race in December and now I am a little more than a month away from toeing the starting line!

It’s long and hard work. During this cycle I’ve had to miss a run or two or even just cut one short, while I hate it, I know I have to flexible. BUT I try to hit every run and workout. It’s only 18 weeks of training and cutting short your runs hurts no one but yourself. I keep thinking, “put the work and now and you can rest when it’s over.”

I’m training smart because I want to be my best self on race day.

I’m training hard because I want to give this my all. I want to feel proud and strong when I cross the finish line on April 28.

Also, side note. I’M HUNGRY ALL THE TIME. So I know I’ve gained a pound or two (or maybe five?!) since I started training in January. 

So here’s to finishing these last seven weeks strong! Anyone else out there running RnR Nashville (or a last April race?!) Let me know how your training is going!

For those who have run a marathon before, how did training for your first race go?

RNR Nashville Marathon Training — Week 6

The theme of this week was flexibility. Long hours at work and sickness made training difficult this week. So lets recap!

Here’s a look at week six of my training — 10.5 miles total.
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I didn’t plan my wake-up call early enough and had to cut my run short in order to get ready for work. At least I know better for this week!

Even though I was sick on Saturday, my run wasn’t terrible. I knocked out 3 miles in 33 minutes, so while it’s nowhere near my best, for being sick and taking a few days off, I was happy. I also got to test out my new ProCompression socks. Full review coming later this week!

So while this week was pretty crappy running-wise, this week can only be better, right?!

12 more weeks of training!

How was your week in running? 

I am so over winter

I woke up to ice yesterday morning. Like the trees, my sidewalk, the ROADS were covered in slick, slick ice. It was not fun. Considering I almost fell on my butt during the 10-second walk from my house to garage, I was not a happy camper for my 5 a.m. run.

But I got it done! Kind of. Honestly, I was supposed to run six miles and I only made it to 4.5. I felt bad that I didn’t finish all my miles, but I had to get to work and I knew I was going to have to leave early to deal with all the ice on the roads.

Wednesdays are long and hard for me, but I don’t feel like I can move my long through-the-week run to any other day. Does anyone else feel like it’s difficult to fit in their long runs through the week? Marathon training is no joke. 

Thanks for listening, friends. The countdown to spring is on!