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Starting the Season with a Bang

by Meghann on September 12, 2009

What a perfect race to kick off racing season with! πŸ™‚


I practically jumped out of bed this morning at 6:00am ready to roll. I was too excited! Unfortunately Derek didn’t share the same enthusiasm. I practically dragged him out of bed 20 minutes later.

As I got ready I nibbled on 1/2 of a Clif Bar for some pre-race fuel.


After fueling and prepping Derek and I made the quick minute drive to the race site.



We met up with Caitlin, Kelly , Megan, and Megan’s boyfriend Jason at the starting line.


Kelly’s boyfriend Anthony was there as well to show some his support and be our official photographer.


We ran into our friend Katy as well and I threatened to steal her headband!


Derek was super nervous about running his first 5k, but he was a trooper and never once threatened to back out. I was so proud πŸ™‚


I have to admit after all of the friendly competitive bantering leading up to the race, I was a little nervous to race all of these very talented ladies.


In an effort to not lose focus in the race, the four of us made a pact to all start in staggered positions. I knew if I saw any one of them taking off like a bat out of hell in the beginning, I knew I would be encouraged to do the same thing. So I made my way to the center of the crowd on my own and tried my hardest to zone everything out.

I have a history of starting to fast in 5k and burning out before they’re over. My goal was to not do that this race. I was *hoping* to start off at a decent pace and gradually increase that pace to produce negative split.

As always my plan failed.

Once the gun went off I took off with the crowd. My legs felt great, I was breathing normally and I felt I was holding a great pace. That is until I looked down and saw my pace was hovering around 6:30! Oopps… too fast.

I tried to talk myself into slowing down but one side of my head was telling me “You can do it. You can keep it up”

Gradually my pace decreased on its own as I grew tired and worn out. My goal for negative splits deteriated and I just focused on finishing strong.

After mile 2.5 I felt my head wanting to give up. It officially became a mental game. I turned around and saw Megan close behind me and knew I could not let her beat me. I pushed through and kept repeating “I am a Machine! I am a Machine!”

Even though I saw my pace nearing the 8:00 minute mark I knew I could still beat my PR. I saw the final turn and sprinted when I passed the 3 mile marker.


I crossed the finish line with a big ole smile.



The smile got even bigger when I looked down on my Garmin and saw this…



WOOO HOOO!!!! New PR!!!

And I was the first one of our group to cross the finish line!! πŸ™‚

Soon after everyone else started crossing one after another. Let’s play “Where’s Waldo”





The minutes started to pass by and I got a little worried when I still had not seen Derek cross the finish line.


I waited and waited, until finally I saw my sexy, sweaty man make his way through.


He immediately chugged a whole bottle of water and took a seat. Poor baby was in pain!


I could not have been prouder though, his official time was 37:57! Way to go!!!


My Dad was awesome and made the drive up this morning to watch my sister and I race. He stood by the finish line and took all he above pictures for us.


Thanks for showing your support Daddy!!

After the race we walked around a little bit to check our times and I snagged a couple of Orange Slices.


The a group of us headed to First Watch for a great post-race breakfast.


We had a great crowd including Katy and her husband, Lucas.


Side note: The whole time Lucas was claiming he was not a runner and didn’t seem to happy about running the race. You can imagine my surprise when I saw him before the race lined up with the 7:00 minute milers. Turns out he crossed the finish line around 21:00! That’s some natural running talent there!

As well as local reader, Mary Beth.


And blogger Sarah whom I thought I had a picture of, but I guess not. πŸ™

I ordered the Floridian French Toast that was topped with fresh Strawberries, Kiwis, and Blueberries.


I was still in my sweaty running clothes and started to feel a bit chilly so I warmed up with a nice cup of hot tea.  


Breakfast was great. I love meeting so many other Orlando residents who love running and being active as much as I do. The 5 of us girls already have plans to try a trampoline gym on Wednesday!


Group Shot: Anthony, Kelly, Sarah, Derek, Me, Mary Beth, Katy, and Lucas.

I am still grinning from ear to ear over my new PR. I am so excited racing season has officially begun!!! It’s going to be a great one! πŸ™‚

1 sarah (ghost world) September 12, 2009 at 12:07 pm

CONGRATS MEGHANN! i was on my long run this AM with another blog reader and we were thinking about all of you!! i’m so psyched to see it went so well!

2 greensandjeans September 12, 2009 at 12:10 pm

Yay for you and your new PR! What a great start to race season! Also major congrats to Derek and his first race! Here’s to a great season!

3 Holly September 12, 2009 at 12:15 pm

You rock! My money was totally on you, speedy!! I also love your race outfit, you look amazing – so fit and strong!

4 Carolyn September 12, 2009 at 12:20 pm

GO MEGHANN! Congrats on setting a new PR – what an awesome feeling! Congrats to all of the runners today, the expierenced and the newbies. Thank you for being such an inspiration every day Meghan.

5 Nicci@NiftyEats September 12, 2009 at 12:27 pm

You Kicked butt today! Way to go Meghann, great job on your PR!!

6 Leianna September 12, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Great job on a new PR, love your running skirt too. I want to get one they are so cute!
Great post breakfast of french toast and fruits!

7 Sarah R September 12, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Wahoo! Congrats!

8 Susan September 12, 2009 at 12:56 pm

YAY!! Congrats!!! Wow, there is no better high than finishing a race, especially when you set a new PR πŸ˜‰ Congrats to Derek too! πŸ˜€ I’m doing a 5k tomorrow, so reading your guys’ recaps is getting me pumped!

9 Run Sarah September 12, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Congrats!! What an awesome PR and congrats to Derek too!

10 stefe1202 September 12, 2009 at 1:02 pm

Congratulations on your run and new PR!!! That is so AWESOME. I was reading this post and smiling, so happy for you. Unlike you jumping out of bed I over slept for the race I was debating about doing. Next time. So happy for you!!

11 Wendy September 12, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Great job on the PR! Sounds like a great day!

12 Lindsey (Mrs. LC) September 12, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Congrats on your new PR! πŸ™‚

13 Meg September 12, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Congrats πŸ™‚

14 Sarah September 12, 2009 at 1:16 pm

great prace! thats race and pace together.
i love all your cute pictures and LOVE the running skirt!

15 Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) September 12, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Way to go!!! Sounds like you did awesome!

16 Chelsea September 12, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Congrats on your PR!! Like I said on Kellys comments try the yogurt crepes and blueberry muffin menu items next time so delicious!!

17 Amelia September 12, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Great job on the PR!!! I always have the same problem with pacing at the beginning of the race. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the excitement at the start. Sounds like you did a great job of recovering your pace! πŸ™‚

18 Lizzy September 12, 2009 at 1:41 pm

YAY! Congrats Meghann! πŸ™‚ a new PR is something to be grinning ear to ear about! I’m so happy that running season is off to a great start! yay!

19 foodieinthecity September 12, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Lady, you fricken rock!!! Congrats on the new PR. You should be so proud of yourself. You were seriously covering ground like a mad woman πŸ™‚

Tell Derek congrats too!

Have a great day!

20 Tay September 12, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Waahooooo congrats girl!! That is an awesome time, and you must be so proud πŸ™‚ Now to beat it in another race, right? πŸ™‚

21 Melissa September 12, 2009 at 2:00 pm

rock on girl!

22 Jenna September 12, 2009 at 2:02 pm

awesome job on the race today!!

23 Evan Thomas September 12, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Congrats on your PR! Way to go!
Lol I want the phrase on that headband for a t-shirt or something

24 Matt September 12, 2009 at 2:06 pm

Congrats on the PR!

25 Alison September 12, 2009 at 2:07 pm

Congrats on a PR!! That’s such a cute running skirt too, I love it!

26 caffeinerd September 12, 2009 at 2:18 pm

Congratulations! Very exciting πŸ™‚

I’m still debating trying my first one in a couple of weeks. I know I would be very slow, if I could even run the whole time…but it would definitely feel like an accomplishment. I can do a 5K easily on the treadmill, but it just doesn’t seem to translate to real life yet…

27 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) September 12, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Congratulations on your PR – all of you look like you had a great time!

28 Emily Malone September 12, 2009 at 2:29 pm

That’s awesome – what a great race time! You should be really proud of yourself:)

Almost makes me want to go run a 5k tomorrow myself, haha! πŸ™‚

29 Niki September 12, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Great job girl! That’s awesome!!

30 Sara September 12, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Wow, congratulations, Meghann! And congratulations to Derek, too. You should both be proud of your finish times!

31 jenngirl September 12, 2009 at 2:49 pm

Congrats Meghann! That’s such an accomplishment, and what a great way to kick off race season πŸ™‚

Congrats to Derek too!!

32 foodcents September 12, 2009 at 3:05 pm

Congrats on your PR, most definetly be proud of yourself.

First Watch – Many Florida memories of that place:)

33 Julie September 12, 2009 at 3:08 pm


34 Fallon September 12, 2009 at 3:14 pm

Congrats!!! Makes me want to start running more to build up my resistance/ endurance for long runs!

35 MarathonVal September 12, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Congrats on such an awesome run!! πŸ™‚

36 Kate September 12, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Nice work!!

37 Deirdre September 12, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Congrats on the PR! So glad Derek ran the race too!

38 Julie @savvyeats September 12, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Congratulations on your new PR! Reading all the recaps is getting me pumped up for my very first 5K next Sunday! Congrats!

39 Stephanie September 12, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Congrats!!! and you looked the cutest too, in your aqua running skirt! πŸ™‚ and that french toast looks beyond scrumptious!!!

40 Riss September 12, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Hey Meghann! I just started reading your blog a couple of days ago, and I don’t usually have the guts to comment on blogs, but I just couldn’t help myself when saw this post! Congratulations! I just took up running a few months ago, and I’m getting ready for my first 5K in October. Your post totally has me revved and excited about my run tonight. And 23:54…. I’m green with envy! =)

41 Sara September 12, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Great job, Meghann! I love reading all the different recaps on everyones blogs.

42 Courtney September 12, 2009 at 4:41 pm

your excitement is making me so excited!!!!!

43 Erica September 12, 2009 at 4:51 pm

congrats on the PR. That is a super cute running outfit. πŸ™‚

44 rhodeygirltests September 12, 2009 at 5:08 pm

great job Meghann!!!! so awesome.

45 Whit September 12, 2009 at 5:17 pm

WAHOOO! Way to go! You rock!

46 Katie R September 12, 2009 at 5:29 pm


What is a trampoline gym?

47 BethAnn September 12, 2009 at 5:48 pm

Meghann…your enthusiasm is seriously contagious! Congrats on your new PR…you deserve it! πŸ™‚

48 megzzwinsatlife September 12, 2009 at 5:59 pm

You all dig soo great!! WHen I saw you tweet your time I was like ooo that was fast!!! WAY TO GO!!!!

49 MegaNerd September 12, 2009 at 6:01 pm

when you turned around and looked at me i was peeing myself!!

Great thing to look back at huh? LOL

Good job on the PR!

50 Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now September 12, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Congratulations on your new PR! That is great!!!

51 Erica September 12, 2009 at 6:36 pm

Congrats!!!!!!!!! What a great first race. You and D are SO cute. Love that he got out there and ran with you. You are one speedy chica!

52 christina September 12, 2009 at 6:39 pm

Congrats on the PR!!! I have a problem with starting out too quickly, but I’m working on it! Post race breakfasts looks great, and I like all the fruit they used. Great job to Derek!

53 Lisa September 12, 2009 at 7:05 pm

Congratulations! I’m long time reader, who has never posted. I mostly live races vicariously through you and others because I am a naturally weak runner. I’m trying to improve, but despite a regular running plan, I rarely see myself get better. πŸ™ I’m really excited to see pictures of the trampoline gym! (I used to be a gymnast!) Definitely keep us updated!

54 Pam (Highway to Health) September 12, 2009 at 7:43 pm

Congrats on the fabulous race!! Congrats to Derek too! The first 5k is always the hardest!

55 biz319 September 12, 2009 at 7:54 pm

I knew you could do it!!!!!!!!

And poor Derek – he looked pooped!

56 wnk505 September 12, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Goood choice for the breakfast! I love love french toast I dont understand why its so tasty.

Congrats on the new PR I know it prob feels great. That is an awesome way to start the 5k season can’t wait to see your next time!

57 Steph September 12, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Congrats on the PR!

58 Gab* September 12, 2009 at 8:03 pm

Well done on your PR!!! Like you said, it’s a fantastic start to the season!

59 Emily September 12, 2009 at 8:43 pm

Congrats on a great race, Meghann! So exciting that you have a new PR!!!

60 Brandi September 12, 2009 at 9:09 pm

congrats to you two!!!! Glad you had a good race πŸ™‚

61 Morgan (lifeafterbagels) September 12, 2009 at 10:19 pm

So awesome that Derek did it with you! Also, I think I vote you best dressed of the day, but do not tell the other girls.

62 wholesomefoodie September 12, 2009 at 10:58 pm

YAYAYAY! Congrats on the new PR! You rock! Also go Derek for doing a 5K!

63 angieinatlanta September 12, 2009 at 11:29 pm

Awesome race! Great job with the PR!

And I think it’s so cute that Derek ran it as well! I can tell that your healthy habits are rubbing off on him!

64 Sheri September 12, 2009 at 11:53 pm

CONGRATS!! on the PR! Great Job! I wish I could run a 5K that ROCK!

Way to go for Derek too..he did awesome!

65 Tasha September 13, 2009 at 1:01 am

Congrats on the new PR!!!

66 Courtney September 13, 2009 at 1:35 am

Meghann, you’re in hella good shape!! DAYUM!

67 Angharad (Eating for England) September 13, 2009 at 2:27 am

Awesome!! Well done. That is totally rad – you must be so pumped!!

68 fittipexchange September 13, 2009 at 8:21 am

CONGRATS on your PR!

I was looking at the trampoline place’s website, and they have an actual class on Wednesday night at 7pm. I think it could be entertaining!

69 Paige September 13, 2009 at 12:11 pm

Congrats on the PR! That is AWESOME, Meghann!!!

70 Chloe (Naturally Frugal) September 13, 2009 at 7:01 pm

Congrats on the new PR and congrats to Derek on finishing his first race!!! What a fun weekend, and such a cute couple-y thing to do.

Love your skirt, it’s super cute and a great color on you!

71 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 13, 2009 at 7:56 pm

Just getting caught up on the weekend and I wanted to say a huge congrats on your new PR!!!! Loved reading your recap. You rocked that girl! πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see the other races.

72 Hangry Pants September 14, 2009 at 7:06 am

Amazing job Meghann!!!!

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