Pre-race jitters

HOLY CRAP I’M RUNNING A MARATHON TOMORROW.

I’m so nervous but excited. Follow along on Instagram (@mileswithmeghann) for all my weekend highlights!

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Favorites from marathon training

So instead of my usual Friday Favorites post, I thought I would post something a little different instead — favorite from marathon training!

This post is NOT sponsored. Just sharing some products I love that have gotten m through training for my first marathon.

I am in the home stretch of marathon training! Since I have lasted through almost 16 weeks of training, I thought I would share some of my favorite things with you all!

Brooks Glycerin 15
These shoes have been my saving grace during all of my runs since January.  They have so much support and I got them properly fitted (a half size up from what I normally wear) and my toes have been singing praises. I recommend Brooks shoes to any runner.

KT Tape
My knees have been a big point of caution for me during this training cycle. To be honest, I was a little skeptical about using KT Tape. I absolutely did not think it would help me — and I was so wrong!
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My NordicTrack Commercial 1750 treadmill
Basically, the first three months of training were almost solely on my treadmill. I even ran a half marathon and one 14-miler on my treadmill during training.
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ProCompression Socks
After seeing ProCompression socks all over Instagram (#keepittight) and finding a coupon code on Facebook, I decided to buy some and see what they were all about.

So when I found a discount to get FIVE pairs for the price of two you best believe I ran to my computer to buy some.
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Gu Chews
While in the past I’ve typically stuck with strawberry-only Gu — this year I changed it up and started taking the cran-razz flavor. It’s definitely a new favorite. After my race, I am thinking about trying some new nutrition (honey stinger waffles, bonk bars, huma gel, etc)

FitBit Blaze
While at first, I was only going to use this watch for day-to-day wear, it’s kind of become my go-to running watch. I reviewed it early on but I love it more every day.
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What are some of your running-related favorites? Let me know in the comments below!

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!)

Sports Bra Squad and a good reminder

Unofficial #SportsBraSquad member. I ran without a shirt for the first time in AGES last night. While I was tucked away in my garage where no one could see me, I felt liberating to shed my shirt and run freely.

I debated on even posting this photo because of my stomach but decided to keep it real over here and show you the good, bad and the ugly. While I’m not where I want to be, I’m getting stronger every day!

I busted out seven miles (11:11 pace) and felt so damn proud of how far I’ve come.

Sometimes I still can’t believe I’m training for a marathon! Three months ago I was barely running 2-3 miles a night and now I’m running seven miles on a weeknight and more than 13 miles on the weekends!

I saw this on social media last week and decided to save it to my phone as a good reminder.

We have more substance than numbers.

Happy Hump Day! As always, Wednesday are jammed-packed for me. I’ll pop back in tomorrow for more running and life talk and then Friday will be my usual favorites post! Have a wonderful day!

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!

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?

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!)