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First half marathon in almost two years!

Monday, June 06, 2011

I needed a break from "training" so for the past couple of years, I have just been running for fun and not really training for anything. This was good for my soul and just what I needed.

I registered for this race before I had decided to run Ragnar but I felt that if I could run 25 miles in 24 hours, this half would be a piece of cake. It was nice never actually training for a race but sort of stressful as well because you kind of count on running those 12 milers to give you the confidence that you need.

On top of that, I hurt my peroneal tendon running with my dog 2 days after the Ragnar and took a full week off from running to help it heal. This was key, when you injure yourself, REST. That's all there is to it. I then ran a 4 miler and a 6 miler on the treadmill to test it out before the half and had no problems, so I decided to go ahead and move forward with the half. (I had decided if the foot still hurt I would drop to the 5k) luckily that didn't happen.

The day of the race we had perfect sunny weather and it was a cool 50 degrees for the 7:45 start. Perfect, I was cold waiting but knew I would feel good out there. I wore my Ragnar race shirt and my fuel belt (which I hadn't worn in a year). I had my Ipod and sport beans in the pouch and 2 canteens of NUUN sport drink. My fuel worked out perfectly.

Waiting in the corral for the race to start, I met a couple people who had also run ragnar began to chat me up (wearing this shirt would prove to be the best decision of the day). I wound up starting way too close to the start and I had people streaming by me for the first half mile. I knew I would pass most of them back later but it was still a bit disheartening to get passed up like this. I felt like I couldn't get my stride right and my head was not in the game. At mile 1 my Ipod fell out of my pocket and I had to stop and go back to get it (as a girl stepped on it, AWE MAN) but thankfully it didn't break and I was able to get it together.

After losing my Ipod I was really starting to think this race wasn't going to go well, I decided to change my own mind and not allow it to wander down this path. I started thinking "what a lucky girl I am to be able to do this, I am so lucky to be here" and I started feeling better.

I ran the next few miles conservatively, I was worried about my foot and about my "lack of training" which I think was silly for me but whatever. At mile 5 I took my sport beans for the first time with no issues. Mile 6 was my "low point". I felt like I was moving slow and felt tired and thinking "I wish I signed up for the 10K" haha, then I again redirected my thoughts and told myself how lucky I am and how happy I should be. I am so glad I did this because the rest of the race I felt good.

At mile 8 yoiu loop by the finish line and there were 2 different groupls of girls wearing Ragnar shirts and they both yelled "GO RAGNAR" at me as I passed, it felt so great to have a little cheering squad even though I didn't know them. It was at this point 2 years ago that I started feeling like crap, so these girls REALLY gave me the boost I needed to get over that mental hurdle.

At mile 10 I started remembering how at this point of the course I was walking alot right now 2 years ago. I was so thrilled to feel good and not miserable like I was the first time, I almost stared crying because I felt so good. lol

At mile 11 I decided to amp it up a bit since there were only 2 miles left and I was smiling and feeling strong. After we hit mile 13, two girls tried to burst and went flying by me, but I knew this course runs a bit long so I saved it... they both fizzled before we even got close to the end and I dropped the hammer and flew by them about .5 from the finish, I have never done that before but it felt great! lol

I wound up finishing with a 25+ minute course PR and an overall PR of 1:51:04

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CUTENHEALTHY 1/17/2012 11:48PM

    Awesome doing another 1/2 marathon!

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SUNCO27 7/5/2011 10:15AM

    NICE!!!!! I am so freakin' proud of you! Sounds like you're doing so well. Glad ot hear it!

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MRS.NG.06 6/15/2011 1:12PM

    what an EXCELLENT BLOG! I LOVED that you flew by those 2 girls that fizzled out...rock on! xoxoox great job hon! Isnt it amazing how much of a mind game it can really be!

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SWEATONCEADAY 6/13/2011 11:08PM

    i missed this!!!! i am so proud of you girl. way to "drop the hammer!" that made me giggle a bit. you smashed your pr with your "hammer." lol
you are so speedy now and i love that cause you have worked your butt off to get there.

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JOYINRUNNING08 6/9/2011 4:12PM

    Dang girl! You're a machine! :)

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RUFFIT 6/9/2011 3:54PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Moni

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_MSAPRIL17_ 6/9/2011 11:19AM

    Way to rock out a new PR!!!

SEE? This is why you are my running idol!!!!

Luv ya girl!!

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CCSDESTINY 6/9/2011 11:09AM

    Nice job girlie!! I knew that the end was going to be good! I am so proud of you :) I do that too, have to cheer myself on, remind myself what matters and what dont, while I am out there. Crazy how your mind has power over the whole physical aspect of your race! Glad you pushed through for such an amazing finish! WhooHoo!!

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MBUSSAN210 6/7/2011 2:07PM

    I am so excited for you and your PR! Nice job!

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NJTEACHER21 6/7/2011 11:28AM

    "I dropped the hammer and flew by them about .5 from the finish, I have never done that before but it felt great!"

DROP THE HAMMER! That's my new phrase to say to myself when the run is getting a little difficult. Thanks for this blog!

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LITTLEWING21 6/7/2011 7:22AM

    Woot woot!!!!!! Way to go hun! Guess "training" isn't so crucial IF you're in great shape :)

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SKHENDRIX 6/6/2011 5:34PM

    That was awesome!

Way to go

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SEEHOLZ 6/6/2011 5:30PM

    Like I said on FB, sooo proud of you girl! You are AMAZING!

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ABSOLUTZER0 6/6/2011 5:06PM

    You RAWKED IT!!! Seems like the break has allowed your body to heal and proved to be a good idea. One day I will get to wear a Ragnar shirt and get a PR like that! You are awesome! Woohoo!

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YOURJONES 6/6/2011 4:45PM

    Great job and congrats on your PR! Impressive!

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NOELLIEMAE 6/6/2011 1:46PM

    WOW!!! AWESOME RUN! and a 25 min PR to boot! Holy SMOKES!!! way to go runnin' chick ;)

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RUNTRILAUGH 6/6/2011 1:34PM

    What a GREAT PR!!!!!!!!! I haven't said it in awhile, but you inspire me!!!!!

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CRYSBROWN1 6/6/2011 1:30PM

    Congratulations on your amazing finish! You are FAST!!

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MBSHAZZER 6/6/2011 1:17PM

    Wow, that is some PR! Nice job, Megan! Sounds like a perfect day and a great race. I love the way you got your head in the right place mid-race.

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SKINNYPANDA2015 6/6/2011 1:04PM

    Woo hoo!! Congrats on getting back into racing and rocking your new PR!! Anything sub-2 hours is pretty darn awesome!

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KKINNEA 6/6/2011 12:01PM

    Great job for not doing to much training - you rocked it!

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CAROLCRC 6/6/2011 11:52AM

    Bravo! Love the competitive streak at the end. If I start too far forward I often feel like I'm going backward as the people go by - but I get them on the first hill, or the last mile (usually...)

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MOMMABETH17 6/6/2011 11:47AM

    Wow! Awesome job and amazing time!


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Ragnar Relay New England, so much fun!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Those of you who read my last blog know I jumped into this thing 4 days before we were to head out on our 200 miles in about 24 hours. I was handed the opportunity to be part of a team of people I had never met, but I jumped at it anyways!

I met Valerie for the first time when she came to pick me up so we could ride down to Hammonassett beach to meet "Van 2" of our team. Van 1 was starting out at Yale in New Haven CT but it would take them about 5 hours to make their way up to us. So, down we drive to meet the other 3 members of our half of the team... BTW 1 person dropped out 2 days before so I took his slot plus kept the first and last legs of my slot.

Val and I were sort of annoyed driving down, we were down a man, people had been dropping out left and right (that's how I joined so last moment). Neither one of us had ever met them but held all of this against them anyways. lol. We get there, and see our teamates. immediately I think "oh no"... they were in jeans and shirts, every ones else was in running gear... on top of that, they inform us that our DRIVER is dropping out too and that they planned to drive us to all the excchanges... so they are running, driving and NONE of us are sleeping. I was ready to drop out... but I didn't.

As we are walking over to get our gear check and safety training I said out loud " we look like the bad news bears walking over here". The name stuck. So 3 guys, 2 girls and one soon to be leaving driver have now connected to create our van 2 team.

Our driver stayed with us for the first leg, she was absolutely miserable, I still don't know what was going on but she was so unhappy it put a damper on everything, No one felt comfortable, on top of the fact that we didnt know each other. Well, the three guys sort of knew each other and Val and I had gotten acquainted on the way down but that was it.

So I was the second runner and the last runner for our van (position 8 and 12). Chris, #7 was geared up to run from Hammonasset to the next exchange. As the time for van 1 to appear got closer, it was good to see the guys change into their running clothes. lol

The other van came, we took a group picture and Chris ran off and we jumped in our van to meet him at the next exchange so I could run. I was so excited to start! ( I am trying to give you guys all the details but I also want a record of it because it was so amazing). I think I saw the people in van 1 twice, maybe 3x... not sure. But we didn't get to know them at all and had no team vibe with them, which is sorta unfortunate.

We get to the next exchange, I hit the porta potty and wait for Chris to arrive, I was sorta nervous but super excited. He came through, slapped the slap bracelet on my wrist (that's the baton) and I was off at about 3:00 pm. I felt fantastic, I started cruising at a 7:45 pace and finally slowed myself down about 1/3 of a mile in because I still had 4 more legs after this 6 miler! lol. I ran through a small town of CT and finished up with an 8:22 pace for my first run. I was pretty happy and my team was really happy with that result (my van).

Now I had about a 2-3 hour break until I run in position 12. So I change my shirt and bra and make the fatal error of forgetting to change my socks. Stupid, rookie mistake that resulted in 2 blisters on my right foot. We cycle through the rest of our runners, and then I am up again. This time for a 5 miler. It's about 7 pm now and I am wearing a reflective vest over my running gear. I thought my legs might feel stiff or tired for this leg but NOPE, I felt great again! I ran this leg at an 8:23 pace, staying right on track, I was thrilled.

We now lost our driver, her mom picked her up at this exchange between me and runner 1. So the guys are now driving us. I have to say though, the mood in the van lighted up immensly now that she had gone and we started having actual FUN with each other. YAY! Now we had some comraderie and serious laughs going on.

Our team had 3 hotel rooms to use while we were between legs1 and 2 so we ate a sub at subway then headed to our rooms around 9:00 pm. we all showered, Val napped ( I couldn't, unfortunately) but at least it was a place to stretch out and lay down. At about 11:30 we got the call that it was time to drive to the next exhcange (an hour away) to meet the other van for our legs. Chris was up to run at about 1:00 am. He came in, ran right by me because you really couldn't tell who was who, I called him back to me and I headed out at 2:00 am for my third leg of about 5.6 miles. This was the coolest run for sure, a little scary but super fun. The first 3 miles were on sort of a main road, so there were some headlights and taillights along the way, that helped, especially to see the hills. There was one point where I thought I had hit the wall then saw the tail lights of a car going up, up and up some more. Once I realized I was on a hill I felt much better and sucked it up. The last 2.6 miles were on windy back country roads, I could see about 2 feet in front of me, I was so scared I was going to fall! lol I didn't though and finished this leg at an 8:59 pace (YAY still sub 9) lol. I was so out of it, I couldn't remember words and I couldn't stop yelling, I had no volume control whatsoever!

Val ran this leg of position 12, she was position 11 so she just tacked the 2.4 miles on to her 3.5 miler and did a 6 mile leg. I am SO glad I didn't have to run again at 5am. I slept in the van as much as I could but every exchange brought slamming doors and loud voices. We were lucky enough to be done by about 5:30 which meant we had more time in the hotel room! YAY. This time I think I got about 1.5-2 hours of solid sleep.

We had to head back out at about 9 am. grrr, I was tired.. I actually, at the next exchange met some girls and I was talking to them about how I was running 2 positions, there for had 2 more runs this day and they tried to talk me into giving at least one of them up, I will be honest, I considered it. But I knew, I would regret giving them up more than I would regret feeling like crap. So I decided to keep them. The weather was amazing and other than being tired my body felt fantastic. Chris ran, and I was up again at noon. I started out feeling really good, my vanmates passed me at mile 1.5 and I yelled "feeling pretty great so far". It hit me around mile 4.5 but I knew I had only a mile and a half to go so I powered through and actully felt good again by mile 5 or so. I finished this leg at an 8:40 pace, slowed down a bit but I was so elated at the end, so glad I ran!

The final leg I ran was the FINAL LEG of the relay started around 3:00 pm. I actually got to run into Harvards track and cross the finish line. I was definitely tired for this leg but it was so short (like 2.2 miles) that I knew I could do it no matter what. I ran through the streets of Boston, it was super flat (thank goodness) and felt pretty good, I got to the final track lap and my team wasn't there... crap... so I kept running through the finish line without them so we could at least get our time recorded and went off looking for them. About 10 min later, I saw them waiting for me at the entrance to the track... I had to break it to them that I had finished early... lol we all headed to the finish line to get our pic taken together and medals etc. This leg I ran at an 8:07 pace.

Overall, this was one of the most exhilerating experiences of my life, I personally ran 25 miles in 24 hours... Ragnar Relay, best 2 days in 1 ever! Actually my van of 5 strangers is hoping to run this next year as an ultra (we need to add one more, Bekka?) We wound up being friends to the end... lol

ETA my goal, rather than having any time goals were not to let anyone pass me during my legs of the relay. So I learned at the time that anyone you passed were called "kills" and anyone who passed you were called "deaths"... it was a good way to take your mind off of the mileage and turned it into a game, ! so i wanted to add my Kills and Deaths tally.

Leg 1 - 1 kill, 0 deaths
Leg 2- 2 kills, 0 deaths
Leg 3 - 1 kill, 0 deaths
Leg 4 - 2 kills, 1 death - the boy passed me at mile 1.5, I passed him back at mile 5 and beat his butt to the exchange YEAH!
Leg 5- 3 kills, 0 deaths

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LIL_EZZY 5/25/2011 7:46AM

    Wow I am so impressed. It sounds like it ended up fantastic apart from cranky pants to start with. What a journey you must be one strong cookie. I am so proud of you. You made me exhausted just reading your story.
Well done you totally ROCK.

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ABSOLUTZER0 5/24/2011 4:51PM

    I enjoyed reading your recap. I so badly want to do a relay like this. It's on the "to-do" list. I may have to wait until next year, but I will be doing it. This relay is probably second only to Hood to Coast in terms of popularity.

Woohoo! They were glad to have you! Good thing you didn't back out. What would they have done without you? You totally RAWKED IT!

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LEFTCIRCLES 5/24/2011 3:26PM

    Sounds totally awesome!!!!

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RAWKNRUN 5/24/2011 2:40PM

  I just need to edit something, I forgot to talk about my challenge not to let anyone pass me during th relay... editing blog.

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GOANOTHERMILE 5/23/2011 10:16PM

    what a wonderful blog to share, thanks for all of the details, you really inspire!! what an experience to be proud of, you deserve it and thanks for sharing!! emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYCHIC 5/23/2011 9:34PM

    omg. I have so many thoughts about your experience..here i go..so sorry that it started out crappy. Why would she drive if she didn't want to be a part of it. Debbie Downer!! Glad you didn't have to have her the whole time (hopefully she isnt reading this). And it irks me when people drop out of things when others are counting on them, not my favorite personality trait. But wow! i'm so glad you posted all of the details. I loved reading this. Sounds exhausting! but an exhilerating experience. Hmmmm...me? wellllllll..i'd have to get faster. I'm tough to get to commit to anything right now, with classes, work, my lack of quality running, i wouldn't want to give my 'all in' and then disappoint you. I always have to juggle Dean's schedule and responsibilities with DS. I don't have much in terms of babysitting options (you know the drill). But, truthfully, i'd be good for a short leg or two! You never know!!!

Jumping High Five to you for taking leap of faith, doing something 'out of the box' and living life! I agree with CC, you run like the darn wind! So proud of you for all of the hard training you've done. Losing those 10lbs helps too!

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SARAH_VW 5/23/2011 8:15PM

    Sounds exhausting, but like it was so much fun! Glad you didn't let your initial reservations about your team ruin it for you. Awesome job on your legs of the race! You have definitely piqued my interest in relays.

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SWEATONCEADAY 5/23/2011 5:59PM

    congrats on your race girl! sounds like fun and such a new experience. i am so jealous of your speediness but in a good way!

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    Wow! This race sounds so awesome!! If bekka doesn't run- I'm totally game. I love relays it's always so much more fun just because you have a team and it can push you even more.
Sounds like you did some good times to- congrats!

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SEEHOLZ 5/23/2011 5:14PM

    It sure sounds like an unforgettable experience! I'm really glad you kept those 2 legs that people wanted- I think you are right on about rather giving it your best shot than sitting out!

You are an AMAZING runner = they are lucky to have such a great new team mate and tons to look forward to next year!

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CCSDESTINY 5/23/2011 3:57PM

    Oh my goodness, what a wonderful story!! I love it!! You are THE WOMAN Meg!!

I can't believe how damn fast you are. Shows what hard work and dedication will do for you! Nice job chica!!

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ETTEZEUS 5/23/2011 3:07PM

    Wow! I'm so happy I stumbled onto your blog! You gave me some great insight!
I was just invited to run the Hood To Coast 200 mile relay in Oregon the end of August!
I'm excited and can't wait.
It's going to be real different for me as it's all hills and I live in flat, flat Florida!!

I'm so happy to hear you had a great time even with the beginning not being so great and not knowing anyone! And wow! Even after lack of sleep and all those other runs, you still finished fast! Woo Hoo!


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TAMTAM64 5/23/2011 2:14PM

    Wow - what an adventure you had! I do admired the way you jumped at the opportunity to do this relay. Spending that much time with people I didn't know would have worried me a little bit (more like major stress out LOL).

You ran so great - just think you just about ran a marathon. :) And you made new friends along with way.

Totally awesome experience - I'm in awe of you!


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MBSHAZZER 5/23/2011 1:46PM

    Megan, what a great race! I think those 2 day relays are much harder than the one day-ers since it's really hard to sleep. You did GREAT! And despite all of the set backs and not knowing your teammates, it sounds like it was a fantastic experience! Nice job on your blazing fast times, too!

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CAROLCRC 5/23/2011 1:41PM

    Bravo! That's an experience you'll treasure for a long, long time. Awesome.

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CRYSBROWN1 5/23/2011 1:26PM

    WOW, what an exciting yet exhausting experience! I was so tired reading about all the times that you had to get out there & run again & again...I'm glad that you didn't quit & in the end you made some friends with your unlikely team! You had incredible paces...congratulations!!

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MY FIRST RELAY!! Ragnar Relay of New England

Monday, May 16, 2011

Ok, I am silly and excited. Let me tell the story of how this came about, as it's less than a week away and I just joined a team TODAY! haha

Saturday night, my DH went up to our home town to watch the Bruins game at our friend Jon's and I took our DD to my friends house so we could both have a playdate, her dd is my dd's bff... got all that?

Sunday morning DH says "I met a girl last night"... lol, I asked "oh yeah? what's her name?" He replied "Valerie, I want you to call her" (we've been together forever and I trust him 100%, so I was totally intrigued at this point) Anyways, he continues on "she's a runner and she lives in Hartford, she is always looking for someone to run with". "Oh she is on a team for some relay and they need one more member" I asked "what relay, RAGNAR????" and he says "YES, I never would have remembered but that's it!" So even though I felt like a HUGE WIERDO I called some girl named Valerie for a blind run-date.

I have wanted to run a relay FOREVER but had no idea HOW to start!!! So, I contacted her, she contacted the team captain and I am now their 12th runner in this 194.1 mile relay from New Haven CT to Boston MA. HOLY CRAP! I am so excited. I am a little bummed because I have the easiest legs (12, 24, 36) , I really want some miles but, I was reading the rules and there are 2 legs where ANY RUNNER can fill in and if someone is injured (hopefully this wont happen) any runner can fill in, so there is some opportunity to get more mileage in.

BUt the really cool thing is, I get to run across the finish line as I am the final runner for our team!

Anyways, you guys know this is not like me AT ALL, to just jump into a race, especially since I have my first half marathon in 2 years just 2 weeks away... I figure it's now or never though, what a BLAST! I am more excited for this than I have been for anything in a long time!

PLUS my semester ends TODAY!!!! YEAHH!!!! Then 3 weeks off until summer semester begins! It was just the most perfect timing ever!

So team LIFEcycle, here I come!

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LSELL1183 5/19/2011 8:16PM

    I think it is awesome that your husband hooked up with a running date. Good luck in the race.

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IMARUNR 5/18/2011 11:03AM

    WOW....yeah, you!! Have a great time!
BTW - what's wrong with a 'blind run-date?' emoticon What a great DH!

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RAWKNRUN 5/18/2011 9:43AM

  We had 1 runner drop out so now I get to run at least an extra leg!

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    Oooh! One of my co-workers is doing this - also as the 12th runner for his team!! :) I'm envious of both of you - have fun!! :)

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MOXIE-IN-MOTION 5/18/2011 8:39AM

    This is too cool, and I'm sure you'll have a blast! My first relay (in fact, first race ever) involved signing up for a team with people I had never met. I ran with them a few weeks before, did the relay (tons of fun), and still run with them every week, almost a year later!

I'm really excited to hear how Ragnar is though, I'm running the Florida Keys one in January!

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SKINNYPANDA2015 5/18/2011 8:31AM

    That is awesome!!! You will have an amazing time for sure. I've been wanting to do one since I saw the HTC documentary. Good luck, and look forward to reading the recap!!

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HEALTHYCHIC 5/17/2011 8:28PM

    Round of applause!!!!!! Can't wait to talk about it! You are ready, you run so much...AND you get to run anchor???? what a TREAT! So lucky. You're going to have a blast.

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ABSOLUTZER0 5/17/2011 1:46PM

    I can feel the energy through the post! I'm pumped just from reading it! You are going to enjoy it! I can't wait to hear about your experience! GO GET IT!!!

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SEEHOLZ 5/17/2011 1:45PM

    Sounds like your hubby is a keeper-LOL!

WOW! Timing is everything sometimes and yours seems to be perfect!

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SWEATONCEADAY 5/16/2011 5:47PM

    i love that your husband "set you Up" with another runner. you are going to have so much fun. there are a couple of relay's around here and i kinda want to do them but kinda not since i am sometimes antisocial ya know!

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CUPCAKE2CARROTS 5/16/2011 5:38PM


Have a blast..

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LIL_EZZY 5/16/2011 5:24PM

    Well have a great time with it won't you. emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 5/16/2011 5:19PM

    Meg, you are going to LOVE IT!!! Relays are so much fun!! I have run 2, but they were a little different b/c they were only 6-person 100 milers, and there were no set legs. Regardless, I know people who have done the Ragnars and they have had a total blast!

I also love that you went on a running blind date, LOL! That reminds me of how I met my one and only running partner... I picked her up at the gym, hehe!

Enjoy it! can't wait to hear all about it....

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CCSDESTINY 5/16/2011 4:39PM

    HOLY CRAP - you weirdo - you made me laugh out loud! *Congrats* on entering your very first relay! Ah, I see the beginning of something beautiful here :P Can't wait to hear all about your blind date(s).

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CAROLCRC 5/16/2011 4:03PM

    Should be awesome! I look forward to the blog. I've been interested in one of these ever since seeing the Hood To Coast documentary.

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CRYSBROWN1 5/16/2011 3:05PM

    WOW - what fun & how adventurous of you to try something new! I bet the comraderie is going to be great & overall a positive experience. I think you have the best part because you get to run in to the finish!

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JOYINRUNNING08 5/16/2011 2:55PM

    YAY. I ran ragnar last year in MN/WI and it will be experience you will NEVER forget, and in a good way. Enjoy it!

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ELISEL 5/16/2011 2:51PM

    Cool!! I was looking at that but I don't think I'd feel comfortable doing a relay unless everyone else was slow like me. I'd feel like I was the weakest link. :)

Oh, and too bad you had to watch such a bad game. They better do better tomorrow night!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 5/16/2011 2:29PM

    Sounds like you'll have an amazing time!!

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RHONDALYN10 5/16/2011 2:18PM

    How AWESOME!!
I was just looking at the RAGNAR Relay for Penn.....it looks like so much fun (if you are a running geek)!
Have a blast! Please post about it when you are done.

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Why I Love Spark

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Wow, I haven't blogged in ages. I still remember my first blog here on Spark, I never in a million years would have guessed that I would have the success I have had on this site. While I did "the work" it was the tools, support and motivation that I received here that helped me on this journey. I want to say thank you to all of my friends and others who have supported me along the way. Especially thanks to this Site for bringing me together with some lifelong friends.

Although I knew nutrition was an important part of weight loss, it took a Sparkmember reading though my food logs and saying, "yeah, you are in calorie range but you may want to cut out the poptarts and other processed crap" that really opened my eyes and jumpstarted my first few pounds lost. (i still eat some processed crap but way less than I used to).

Even though I started running about a month or so before I found Spark, I never would have gotten through those first few injuries without the support of my Sparkfriends, I had to give up my first half marathon due to a stress fracture and I was devastated but my Sparkfriends never faltered, they carried me though and waited through all of my complaining and self pity until I was able to get back on my feet and complete three half marathons as well as several other distance races.

I never would have even considerd completing a triathlon if my Sparkfriends hadn't held my hand through the process. It was a Sparkfriend who called me the morning of my first tri to talk me off the ledge, I was never so scared in my life! But I got in the water and swam, then got on my bike and rode and finally hit the road and ran across the finish line.

I have tried Zumba, I have tried Making the Cut, I have tried New Rules of Lifting for Women all because of the inspiration I received here on Spark, New Rules of Lifting absolutely changed my body and my mindset. I am forever grateful for the information I have received here.

Spark has changed my life, my Sparkfriends have changed my life, I am a new and improved version of me thanks to all of you.

While others have motivated me along the way, I found something even more powerful, my inner strength and self motivation. I run because I love to, I run because I know if I don't, I am not as happy. I run because it brings me peace. I never would have gotten here without Sparkpeople and the best Sparkfriends ever.

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JUDIL62 5/23/2011 3:32PM

    Awesome blog! I live in MA too and have a new found love of running. You look FANTASTIC. Very inspiring!

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HOPERY 5/18/2011 11:13AM

    Awesome!! I have a question for you about the NROL. Is this manageable to do along with running or did you have to cut your running back a lot? I am training for a half, and after it want to rev up the lifting, but don't want to lose too much endurance. Thanks!

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SWEATONCEADAY 5/16/2011 5:49PM

    great blog megan! i am so happy for spark to because it has brought great people like you into my life.

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GRSMITH80 5/16/2011 12:53PM

    Great blog. You look amazing! Congrats!

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CRYSBROWN1 5/16/2011 10:02AM

    You've come a long way & you are such an inspiration! Glad you found Spark it that it has contributed to your success!

BTW - holy abs in that pic!

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PAULAMARIEF 5/16/2011 9:30AM

    Great blog. Spark is a wonderful place!

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MRS.NG.06 5/16/2011 8:39AM

    that was beautifully written and YOU have come a long way with alot of hard work done by YOU..so congratulations hon..you just keep rocking it! xoxo

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RUNNINGPFUHL 5/16/2011 7:18AM

    Awesome!! Great blog!! Great work!!

And you have done the same for me, for sure! You got me thru an injury! Thank you!!

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ETTEZEUS 5/15/2011 10:26PM

    Way to go!
Great Blog!
And kudo's to you! You look great!

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HEALTHYCHIC 5/15/2011 9:58PM

    Meg, You are amazing. I'm glad you blogged! I can remember way back, the 130s that you kept cycling up and down in. You are amazing, strong, and inspiring. We probably became runners at about the same time...2005/2006ish. Love you bud.

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CAROLCRC 5/15/2011 8:38PM

    We find you inspiring too! Bravo Megan!

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SEEHOLZ 5/15/2011 8:02PM

    You are one of those Sparkfriends that you talk about in that blog! You have inspired and motivated me more than you know and I'm so lucky that you have been part of Spark and that I can call you my Sparkfriend.

You are AMAZING and I am so proud of you!!!

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MBSHAZZER 5/15/2011 11:34AM

    Hey Megan, I hope finals and everything are going GREAT for you and that we hear more from you over the summer! :D

You are so inspiring - all of the great support you get from Spark, you give right back!

Hope you're having a fab weekend!

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TAMTAM64 5/15/2011 11:31AM

    You are an inspiration to me!


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LIL_EZZY 5/14/2011 7:46PM

    You are truly amazing.....

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LITTLEWING21 5/14/2011 4:43PM

    Love ya girl! You rock, it's been so great to see your progress on here you motivator!!!

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CCSDESTINY 5/14/2011 2:25PM

    You're amazing! I am so proud of you and everything that you've accomplished!

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JENNY888 5/14/2011 12:10PM

    emoticon emoticon!

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Motivation to Strength Train

Friday, April 01, 2011

Ok with my mileage challenge behind me, I am looking to ramp up strength training once again. I pretty much just ran through the winter with very little (1-2 st days a week about 30 minutes) muscle building activity. For the last month, because I was so involved in the mileage challenge, I didn't do much of anything besides core work. I suffer from low back pain so the core work is necessity to be able to run pain free. lol

SO now I am trying to get back into strength training, hardcore. I really need help though. I will ALWAYS choose running over strength training if I have limited time. Don't try to talk me out of it because it wont change a thing.

I am going to cut mileage back to about 90 this month, that's the best I can do. Now, to get a program in place to start strength training once again. Help me find the time and motivation!!

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WE_PA_FIT 5/6/2011 7:56AM

    i struggle to find a balance bewtween runs and ST too... granted I don't run half as much as you so I really have no excuse....
So let's do this!!Strong and sexyyyyyy!!!!!

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GONABFIT 5/5/2011 10:32PM

    I just said the same thing! I ALWAYS choose running. but I did have better results when I made time for strength training too. :-) Maybe we can encourage each other?

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IRNGIRL 4/19/2011 10:39PM

    Plot our your runs and fill in the ST around them NO sacrificing but you will prob want to schedule some napping too. emoticon emoticon


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ELFITZPA 4/4/2011 8:55PM

    I'm with you - I have a hard time sacrificing the extra mile or two for more time with the weights. 30 minutes 3-4 times a week is about all I can muster but it's better than nothing. At least you kept up with the core work, that should help you physically but also mentally, since you're at least still accustomed to that. Maybe doing some body weight work outdoors will help keep you interested, now that the weather is getting better? Best of luck!

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CCSDESTINY 4/3/2011 9:18PM

    I am going to pick something and just go with it! Soon...very soon... Sorry I'm not more help -- I'll probably pick out whatever is in Oxygen. :P

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BUCKEYEGAL 4/2/2011 12:51PM

    I'm right there with you. I'm just worried about over-working my legs and getting injured...I guess it's a fine balance!

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CRYSBROWN1 4/2/2011 7:14AM

    Awesome monthly totals for March! Eh, I would help ya but I have the same goals for April to *try* to put in strength training 2x per week, I would always prefer to blow it off so I can run! I think you've just motivated me to get my chicken arms working! I'm attempting to do strength training at home that way I have no excuses.

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    Way to go on all your miles!! You are going to have an amazing April of ST!!!

Well done!

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SEEHOLZ 4/1/2011 3:50PM

    Make the time to do both- get up 30 min earlier or just do it while you cook dinner-- ala multitasking. And YES, you CAN do that. I'm super tight on time these days and I feel like I've been slacking myself- so guess who's going to the gym on a Friday night? Sometimes it sucks, but once you are there, you are so glad you did! Just make sure you build in time to stretch- even if that means cutting it back to less time- it's more about building consistency now. You can do it!!!

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CCBULLDOG 4/1/2011 2:28PM

    I'm the same as you...I'd rather run than strength train. I hope you can find the same motivation and dedication to strength train as you have for running. If you find a motivating arm workout let me know...I'd love to get rid of these "bat wings" of mine emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 4/1/2011 2:12PM

    Yeah, I find it easier to motivate to run than to strength train. I do upper body 2-3x per week and core / glutes 1-2x per week. Sometimes it helps to do the strength training first - get it out of the way and then you can't blow it off. Good luck!

I'm not one for programs, but maybe taking progress pics would be motivating?

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    i find having a program helps me get motivated. instead of being all willy nilly like i am now. i personally like doing push/pull split type workouts like making the cut. diet.com also has a ton of exercises with demos. most you can do at home as they all use free weights or a ball.

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CAROLCRC 4/1/2011 1:01PM

    Check out Body For Life! I really like the workouts and the way they alternate upper/lower body.

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