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3 Races, 1 Weekend Part 1

by Meghann on February 28, 2009

What an A-MA-ZING first day of races!


After much debate I decided to throw caution to the wind and ran both the 15k and 5k this morning. It was one of the most accomplished raced days I have ever experienced and its only the beginning! ๐Ÿ™‚

With all the race excitement spinning through my head, I ended up sleeping horribly last night. I tossed and turned, waking up every hour to make sure I didn’t sleep to late. After not being able to sleep a wink, I finally crawled out of bed at the 4:30 wake up call.

For my pre-race fuel I stuck with what I knew works best: a Whole Wheat Bagel, Almond Butter and Apple Slice.


Unfortunately my stomach was so nervous and full of butterflies, I only ate about 3/4 of this.

Once we arrived, waiting for the race to start was the serve, I was so excited I just kept jumping up and down with glee. I had no idea what to expect!


Caitlin and I ended up squeezing in close to the start line, which end up being a blessing in disguise.


This allowed us to avoid the bottleneck effect that I’m sure was effecting the thousands of others lined up behind.

Once the whistle blew and we took off the adrenaline never wore off. I took off and felt comfortable at my under 9:00 minute pace. I had no intention of PRing this 15k, but once I started going I couldn’t stop. I ended up getting negative splits on my miles and had to keep glancing at my Garmin to make sure I was really going this speed.

I held off at the beginning with Caitlin at my side, but after mile 4 I told her I was running an 8:30 pace and was going to keep at it. She fell back while I took off.

I kept waiting for an urge to slow down to hit me, but it never came.

After the turn around point I took out two Cliff Shot Blocks and let them melt in my mouth for a burst of mid-race energy.


The course for the race was beautiful. It took us down Bayshore, right along the rive and the early sun hitting the sun was nothing but a spectacular sight. Everything about this race was perfect and I just went with it.

After mile 9 I pushed myself to all of my capabilities and ended up crossing the finish line at 1:21:50!!! That’s 9 minutes faster then my last 15k back in September!! I can’t believe I shaved so much time in a 6 month time span! ๐Ÿ™‚


Here are my split times:

  • Mile 1: 8:58
  • Mile 2: 8:53
  • Mile 3: 8:59
  • Mile 4: 9:06
  • Mile 5: 8:51
  • Mile 6: 8:36
  • Mile 7: 8:42
  • Mile 8: 8:52
  • Mile 9: 8:31
  • Finish: 2:20

And my FInal Stats:

  • Distance: 9.3 miles
  • Time: 1:21:50
  • Avg Pace: 8:48
  • Avg HR: 176
  • Calories Burned: 910

Caitlin and I both relished in out first round of medals and we’re starting to realize how crazy we were knowing we weren’t finished yet.


We had 30 minutes to make it to the start of the 5k and run a mush shorter version of the course all over again. I quickly ate this Odwalla Bar in the transition time.


There was an INSANE amount of people running the 5k and we didn’t even make it across the start line until 6 minutes after the initial whistle had been blown


We ran the race causally with no high expectations and ended up finishing together respectively at a 31:18 finish time.


5k Stats:

  • Distance: 3.1 miles
  • Time: 31:18
  • Avg Pace: 10:05
  • Avg HR: 167
  • Calories Burned: 306

Caitlin and I both proudly adorned our double medal earnings.


After the race we were very lucky to be able to find Jenna or as I referred to her as a ‘needle in a haystack.’


She finished an awesome time at the 5k and we were all so proud.

We were sadly disappointed with the after race fueling stations (I really wanted a bagel) but I did happen to come across this coveted tent.


Unfortunately they were limiting everyone to two bars a piece. ๐Ÿ™


I still managed to sneak six and immediately dug into one.


I also had half of this Gatorade before I gagged at the sweetness and threw it out.


For some reason we were delayed at picking up lunch and by the time we made it to Greenwise to grab something quick to go, I was lighted headed from low blood sugar, luckily Caitlin Saved me with half of her roll in the store (no picture)

From Greenwise I got the Grilled Vegetable and Goat Cheese Sandwich with a Spanish Bean Soup.


Sorry for the pour picture, I was starving and could not wait any longer to eat.

It has already been a LONG and satisfying day, I think I deserve a nap. I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend as well. See you tonight!

1 foodsthatfit February 28, 2009 at 4:11 pm

Great job girl!

2 Maggie February 28, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Congrats!!! You are such an awesome runner ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve really liked watching your running journey ever since I started reading your blog.

3 Mica February 28, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Great job, Meghann! I loved reading your and Caitlin’s race reports back-to-back! This sounds like such a fun weekend, and you did fantastically!

4 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) February 28, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Congrats on a job well done!! Love those mini Larabars, too!

Yummy lunch from Greenwise! So funny bumping into you there. See you tomorrow for lunch!

5 Sweet and Fit February 28, 2009 at 4:20 pm

congrats on such a successful race day! You really do deserve a nap!

6 Brandi February 28, 2009 at 4:24 pm

congrats!!! you girls did great and still look super cute after running 12 miles ๐Ÿ™‚

7 Rose February 28, 2009 at 4:25 pm

You deserve SEVERAL naps, girl!! Good job on the race – your time is awesome! And it looks like you ladies had fun too. I so enjoyed reading both your and Caitlin’s reviews!

8 Bec February 28, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Congratulations on such a great morning of races, good luck tomorrow!

9 Shelby February 28, 2009 at 4:28 pm

FANTASTIC JOB! Congratulations!!!

10 Hallie February 28, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Congrats! What a crazy event. I love that you snuck extra larabars, because that is totally something I would do!

11 raspberryrunner February 28, 2009 at 4:31 pm

wow! great job!!!! y’all are so inspiring! hope you get an amazing nap ๐Ÿ™‚

12 tami February 28, 2009 at 4:32 pm

great runs. sleeping bad before a race is very normal.

13 fitforfree February 28, 2009 at 4:40 pm

AWESOME JOB!! good luck tomorrow!!

14 kilax February 28, 2009 at 4:40 pm

Running two races back to back sounds like so much fun! Congrats on the PR! What a fun day!

15 Kelsey February 28, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Oooooh Meghann!!!! I’m so happy for your accomplishments today!!! You did so well in that 15k and looked like you had a blast at the 5k. You know, after seeing these pictures and hearing your stories, I just now have the sudden urge to start running again. You just look so glowing and happy!!!
Good luck tomorrow! You’re going to do fantastic!!!

16 Sharon February 28, 2009 at 4:50 pm

Wow, look at you go! Great job!

17 Amanda February 28, 2009 at 5:01 pm

You girls did so awesome! You really are an inspiration. Congrats!

18 Nicole February 28, 2009 at 5:11 pm

Congratulations! You two did a fabulous job today!

19 Meg February 28, 2009 at 5:20 pm

You guys are amazing! Great job! Glad you enjoyed it!

20 bobbi February 28, 2009 at 5:23 pm

wow you two look great! I wish I could have been there, this race seriouse sounds amazing! Good luck tomorrow get some rest:)

21 bobbi February 28, 2009 at 5:24 pm

oh way to go on that PR, you could so qualify for Boston at Sandiego;)

22 Becca A February 28, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Awesome job! I wish I could move that fast!

23 inmytummy February 28, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Great job! Good luck tomorrow. You will do great!

24 VeggieGirl February 28, 2009 at 5:32 pm

BEYOND amazing!!!

Rock it out tomorrow!!

25 Julie February 28, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Congrats on the run thats soooo awesome!! Good luck tomorrow! You’ll do great!

26 Joleen February 28, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Congratulations! What a fun recap – I feel like I was there with you instead of being a lazy good for nothing this morning. Great job!

27 jenngirl February 28, 2009 at 5:41 pm

Big congrats!!! I’m so proud of y’all, these races sound amazing!

Rest up! ๐Ÿ™‚

28 Jenny February 28, 2009 at 5:44 pm

AWESOME!!!!! I’m impressed and love reading about your races.

29 Sarah February 28, 2009 at 5:51 pm

Both races sound great, but I am totally impressed with your 15K! I bet you are SOOOO glad you ran it. I can’t wait to hear about the half tomorrow! Get some rest!

30 biz319 February 28, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Wow – what a great time for the 15K!!!!

I hope you are napping now!!

31 hopiek February 28, 2009 at 5:55 pm

amazing!!! you girlies ROCK ๐Ÿ™‚ rest up tonight, you deserve it ~~

32 Matt February 28, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Nice races! Take some time to relax before the half tomorrow! And eat some pasta tonight!

33 Emily February 28, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Congrats on a great race and PR!
You are amazing!

34 alessa February 28, 2009 at 6:35 pm

congrats on finishing both races today! sounds like a blast, can’t wait to hear about tomorrow!

35 Meredith February 28, 2009 at 7:05 pm

Yay! Congrats on the great job!

36 Meaghen February 28, 2009 at 7:31 pm

Congratulations on your race time! That is so amazing! You are one inspiring runner! Good luck tomorrow!

37 Leah February 28, 2009 at 7:45 pm

What an amazing day!! I’m so happy for you guys! You did a wicked job!!!

Make sure you check out my blog… i’m giving away 5 bars from the UK… we all looooove free bars!! ๐Ÿ™‚ hehe.

38 Angel February 28, 2009 at 8:36 pm

What and AWESOME day! I am so proud of you. Good luck tomorrow. I know you will be great!!

39 Melissa S. February 28, 2009 at 9:23 pm

Yay!!! SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO jealous of the run!!!

wish i could be there tomorrow morning! but know i’ll be thinking of you and caty!!!!

40 verbalriot February 28, 2009 at 9:30 pm

yay congrats! I love all the photos, you girls are fantastic!

41 Erica February 28, 2009 at 10:46 pm


42 Sarah February 28, 2009 at 10:56 pm

awesome races, and good girl for swiping SIX larabars!! i’m so proud

43 Caroline March 1, 2009 at 2:07 am

Amazing accomplishments, girl! Bummer on the Larabar limit–I would totally want to dig in by the fistful!

44 Andrea (Off Her Cork) March 1, 2009 at 10:32 am

*squee* Awesome! And I’m so not surprised you decided to do all the races. ๐Ÿ˜€ Congrats, this is such a huge accomplishment!

45 Jenn (eating bender) March 1, 2009 at 6:08 pm

Amazing!! Congratulations to both of you – Meghann, I am so impressed that you pushed yourself and have improved so much in such a short time! It is so inspiring!

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