RNR Nashville Marathon Training — Week 2

Week two of marathon training is done! The theme for this week’s training was knee pain and how to remedy that situation FAST (but effectively).

I’ve had some knee pain before after running (what runner hasn’t?!) but the pain after last Saturday’s 8-miler lingered around too long for my liking. It even hurt to go up and down the stairs at work.

So Tuesday’s three-miler on the treadmill was super slow — just trying to see if the pain would go away or how bad it hurt if I pushed through and kept running. 

Wednesday morning I wore my old knee brace for 5 treadmill miles and it seemed to help, but there was still some pain when I rain. That night I made sure to ice my knee, stretch and foam roll really good to try and work out any stiffness and pain I had.

On Thursday I visited our local running store and bought KT tape. I was really wanting to find a solution before my nine-miler on Saturday. Thankfully between icing my knee and wearing my brace + KT tape, I found a solution!

I RAN NINE TREADMILL MILES ON SATURDAY WITH NO PAIN. We got about 4-5 inches of snow on Friday so getting out of the house on Saturday was basically impossible (I live in the country and our roads are still covered).

This was how I felt after running nine miles, staring at my garage wall, with no pain.

I’m excited to have another week under my belt. I’ve slowly been changing my nutrition and adding in some strength workouts as I go along. Here’s to me being my best self in 2018!

Also. Huge shout out to everyone who ran RnR Arizona this weekend.

How was your run this weekend?
Have you ever tried KT tape? Thoughts?

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Friday Favorites v.84

Happy cold Friday from Kentucky! We have ice here and snow is expected to come this afternoon. BRRR!

Tomorrow morning is my last run with my little brother before he heads back to college for the spring semester. It’s been so nice to have company during my long runs and I can’t wait for him to be over the summer. He’s planning on training for a spring half marathon! I think my running bug got passed on to him.

Okay. Let’s talk favorites!

1. Did you all see that Allie Kieffer signed with Oiselle?! I am so excited for her.

2. These beauties!
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3. I am all for efficiency. Anne’s make-ahead veggie egg sandwiches are super simple and easy to make. If you need a breakfast idea for next week, I suggest this recipe!

4. Connecting with you all on Instagram! I’ve had so much fun messaging you all and getting feedback from you all on Instagram. If you’re not already following me, do so (@mileswithmeghann)! I share lots of behind the scenes of my life and my real struggles and triumph with marathon training.

5. I’ve been drinking all the soup this week. While we had a couple warm days, it’s back to being freezing cold outside so I’ve treated myself to Great Harvest’s tomato bisque soup twice this week.

6. Target has the most adorable Valentine’s Day decorations in their dollar section! I picked up a few notepads for my desk and I love seeing all the pink and purple — it instantly brightens my mood!

7. BITMOJI. Ryan and I are SO late to this party, but we have been loving sending them back and forth for several weeks now.

8. #NeedASnack Still one of my favorite shirts for Murphy.
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Runner feet

Fair warning, if talking about feet & toes gross you out, go ahead & skip this post.

I seem to constantly get ingrown toenails. I try to semi-regularly get pedicures, but without fail they keep coming back. And they are painful! I never have anything gross come out of my toes and I’ve had an infection, but my big toe will always turn red and be super sore.

I know running is hard on your feet, but for real?! These ingrown toenails are painful. Anytime I trim my nails at home, I don’t cut them short and I cut straight across (I’ve done my research to try and fix this reoccurring problem).

Any tips or tricks? I try to wear wide and open shoes (but sometimes I have to wear heels to work) and I know my running shoes are properly fitted. While I love getting a pedicure, I can’t keep shelling out money just to get some relief.

Thanks in advance, friends!

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!)

Treadmill motivation

I’ve talked about this before — treadmill running is not always my favorite thing.

Come hell or high water: treadmill running.
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My mental game on the treadmill is struggling.

But I have goals and times to achieve and I am not going to reach them by not running. So I’ve come up with a few ways to make treadmill running less painful and boring.

SET A GOAL
I don’t care if it’s one mile or one hour, having an end goal makes my time of the treadmill more bearable. The number one thing that puts a spring in my step and gets me on the treadmill is knowing I have a race on the calendar.

CHANGE IT UP
Some days I do a workout where I am constantly hopping on and off the ‘mill. Run an 800//do some arm weights. Run another 800//do some squats. It keeps me (and my mind) active and not constantly thinking about how much further I have to go.

GET OUTSIDE

I know this one is kind of the opposite of motivating you to run on a treadmill, but let’s be real — logging miles day in and day out on a treadmill can get tiring. If you’re able, get outside and enjoy the fresh air every now and then. Your treadmill will still be there waiting when you get done.

I’m thankful to have a treadmill in my garage. My runs almost always happen at night, after work and in the dark. Since I’m a pretty frugal person (and we live out in the country in the middle of nowhere) a gym membership just doesn’t make sense. Without the treadmill, I basically wouldn’t be able to run in the winter except on weekends. So it definitely has its advantages.

AND it’s not always bad. Some of my best runs have been on a treadmill. Crank a killer playlist or watch your favorite show and get to running! YOU have to be the one to make it enjoyable. If you hop on the treadmill with negative thoughts then, of course, it is going to affect your run.

Rant over? HaHa. But seriously, run where you can, when you can. Make it fun and get in those miles.

Happy hump day!

Prepping for marathon training

I am less than three weeks away from the start of marathon training! I’m excited, nervous, ready to get started and a little terrified. I can’t believe I am actually doing this! Have a race date on the calendar makes it seem so much more real!

Looking toward the race right now, I only have two goals in mind. 

Goal 1: TO FINISH! I am not really going into this with any time expectations (except to finish in the required six-hour time limit)
Goal 2: That being said, I would like to finish in less than five hours, but once again, it’s my first marathon! I’m more focused on finishing, having a fun race and running strong.

* I love this handy pace chart I got out of a Runner’s World magazine years ago.

Honestly, thinking about finishing a marathon gives me chills and makes me so emotional. I am ready to put in the work and accomplish something that has been on my bucket list for years now.

If you have any tips or advice I would love to hear from you! I’ve trained for three half marathons, but I know preparing for a full marathon is a whole different beast.

Rock N Roll marathon series – 24 hour sale!

Happy Thursday! Today started off super early (like 4 a.m. early) due to having a sick husband. Not the best way to start my day, but thankfully he is off work today, so he can stay home and get lots of rest.

Before I dig into some work, I wanted to remind you all of a super awesome sale RnR is having.

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the Rock ‘n Roll Nashville 2018 race as part of being a member of the Rock N Blog team. All opinions are my own.

Guys if you are thinking about signing up for a Rock N Roll Race for 2018, TODAY IS THE DAY. They are having a 24-hour sale for TODAY ONLY and these prices are crazy!

*Like $40-off-the-Nashville-marathon crazy* Come run with me!

I’m definitely running Nashville and since the STL race is canceled, I might try and make it to Chicago.

What RnR races are you running? Let me know in the comments below or on Instagram @mileswithmeghann.

Oiselle Surprise Style Tights Package

This post is NOT sponsored by Oiselle. I just really love their brand and everything the company stands for and I hope to share their message and products with you.

At the end of October Oiselle (yes, I’m a little late getting around to this) had its warehouse sale and deeply discounted lots of apparel. Since at regular price Oislle is a little higher than I tend to spend on running clothes, I jumped at the chance to snag some of my favorite items on sale!

The best deal BY FAR was the surprise style package. It had three pairs of tights in a surprise style (basically whatever they had in their warehouse) for $25. Here is what I received.

Wazzie Wool Jane John Leggings

At first, I wasn’t too sure how well I would like these, but I have been impressed. They are so soft and warm and didn’t sag when I ran! They are a little thin because they are supposed to be a base layer, but they work well under shorts or pants. 073fe62a3febede83406005651018e84--long-johns-wool.jpg

Class Lesley Tights

I received this gorgeous blue color for my Lesley Tights, but I couldn’t find a good picture to show you! The thing that impressed me the most with the pair was the durability of the fabric! It’s tackled lots of sweat, stretching and washing and they still look good as new!
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Window Tights

It’s hard to pick a favorite between the three pairs, but if I had to, I think these would be it! They are so comfy and I find myself wearing them straight from the treadmill to the grocery. If you’re looking for a great, versatile pair of leggings, I really think these are worth the investment.
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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?