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I Did It!!!!!

by Meghann on September 27, 2008

I can not believe I just completed my first 15k and I feel FABULOUS!! There is nothing like that rush you get crossing that finish line after so much hard work. All the training and preperation really paid off, bring on the half marathon!

We had to be at the race before 6:30am this morning! I had a very early start that began with a toasted wheat bagel, almond butter and apple slices.

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I knew this meal would keep me full through all 9.3 miles and it did not disappoint.

We arrived at the race site before the sun even rose! I picked up my packet and race chip and met up with Caitlin and her FH.

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I was so nervous and excited waiting for the race to begin, there were SO MANY people who were racing with us. When the pistol actually went off it took us a whole other minute to cross the start line ourselves. Luckily they began the race right when the sun was beginning to rise. The early morning sun really made for a beautiful race. The early morning sun also kept the race nice and cool, we had PERFECT Florida weather for this race.

Caitlin and I kept a 10 minute pace for the first 6 miles. I was feeling good and could not believe my stats. We hit every water station and kept each other entertained. After mile 6 Caitlin let me know that she was going to up her pace until the finish. I kept up with her until right before mile 7 and then I knew I had to hold back a little otherwise I wouldn’t make. So while she continued on I fell back to my comfortable 10 minute pace until the finish.

My competitive spirit kicked in at the end. When I hit mile 9 I knew I could not let anyone else pass me and gained this huge adrenaline rush to sprint the rest of the race. I just told my legs to take off and they guided me the rest of the way. It’s amazing what our bodies can accomplish when we give them a little nudge. I happily past 5 more runners as I made my way to the finish :)

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My official ChampionChip time was 1hr 30 mins 25 secs….. HELL YEAH!!!

My goal was to finish with 10 minute miles and I manage to squeeze in just below that average! I could not had hoped for a better first time 15k time. Now I have something to improve upon in the future! :)

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As soon as I finished I recieved my beautiful metal and Caitlin and I took this picture.

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Of course once I was done with the race I was suddenly STARVING!! Thankfully there was plent of free goodies for me to feast on. Right away I snack on this orange and some watermelon. I went back for two more oranges.

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Chick-Fil-A was a main sponser for the race so they had plent of chicken sandwiches at the end. I figured I just ran 9.3 miles, I can splurge! This was the bext fried chicken sandwich I have ever had in my life. YUM!

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When I finished the race I saw people walking around with little Larabars. I knew these were things they only give away at special events so I was determined to tract them down and stock up! The lady told me I could have as many as I wanted :) I grabbed as many handfuls as I could carry! I’m so excited to try a couple of flavors I’ve never had before.

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This race was an amazing experience and I am so glad I ran it. After running my 9.3 miles today I have officially set a new PDR! Now I just have to work my way up to double digits! It meant alot to me to have my Dad at the race and to have great new friend to run with. I hope my half marathon will be as great of an experience as this race!!

Now I think I deserve a nap :)

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1 Julz September 27, 2008 at 12:02 pm

SO Absolutely AMAZING, Megs! I’m SO happy that you had an amazing race! It’s amazing to be able to run that many miles! A.MAZING to me! You’ve worked so hard with training and I’m SO proud :) Yayyyyyyy!

ENJOY YOUR SATURDAY TO THE MAX, GF! You totally deserve it :)

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2 Danielle September 27, 2008 at 12:07 pm

You deserve more than a nap darling, that’s incredible! I hope one day I can do half as well as you did in your first 15k! Positively inspiring! You’re great :) have a wonderful weekend!

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3 fitnessista September 27, 2008 at 12:17 pm

CONGRATS!!!! you did an amazing job and you should be so proud!! thanks for giving me motivation to run today :D
have a glorious nap and congrats again on a SUPER SUCCESSFUL 15 k!!!
happy saturday!

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4 Laura September 27, 2008 at 12:25 pm

You did an amazing job! :) You are such an inspiration! I’m glad to see all of your hard work paid off.

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5 Natalie September 27, 2008 at 12:57 pm

Congrats! You did an awesome job! I’m really proud of you, and your stats are great! :)

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6 HangryPants September 27, 2008 at 1:23 pm

Wow! Congratulations. You did a great job and all the pictures and your adreniline rush story are totally inspiring. Yay. :)

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7 Megan September 27, 2008 at 1:56 pm

Awesome job! It sounds like you had fun!

Love all the little lara bars!

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8 caitlin (seebriderun) September 27, 2008 at 2:13 pm

yayyyy you rule!

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9 VeggieGirl September 27, 2008 at 2:38 pm

HELL YES, MEGHANN!!!! You TOTALLY conquered the race; and congratulations for setting a new PDR!!! Whoo hoo!!! :-D

Mmm, your pre-race bagel sandwich looks delish; and…

…OH MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS, MINI LARABARS!!!!!! Um, I definitely would have swiped their entire stock, haha ;-)

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10 Erin September 27, 2008 at 3:58 pm

I totally feel motivated just reading your guys’ posts! GREAT JOB MEGHANN! YAYAYAY

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11 Teacherwoman September 27, 2008 at 4:44 pm

Nice job on the race! You rocked it! :)

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12 Allison September 27, 2008 at 6:05 pm

CONGRATULATIONS! You should be SOOO PROUD OF YOURSELF! That is an awesome time! You and Caitlin look really happy in these pics – as you should be! Just wanted to say AWESOME JOB! :)

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13 magpie September 27, 2008 at 6:08 pm

Awesome, CONGRATS!!!!

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14 chandra September 27, 2008 at 10:51 pm

GREAT JOB!! :-) You did amazing and I’m glad you had a good time as well!!

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15 Biz September 27, 2008 at 11:09 pm

Great job! You should be so proud of yourself!!!

After running a race like that, you should be “allowed” anything to eat!

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16 ttfn300 September 28, 2008 at 10:35 am

Sorry I’m a bit late, but I did want to say AWESOME run!! :)

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17 Bridget September 28, 2008 at 10:54 am

CONGRATULATIONS!!! You did such an amazing race!!! It’s so inspiring and makes me want to run :)!! YAY!!

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18 lauren September 28, 2008 at 12:20 pm

Congrats on the race! and larabar samples with chick fil-a afterwards – WOW – love it!

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