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Another Race… Another PR :)

by Meghann on September 19, 2009

Wow! What a day. πŸ™‚


My nerves finally kicked in when I tried to go to sleep last night. All of a sudden I could feel the butterflies and I tossed and turned all night. I kept waking up and thinking it was time, but it was only 4:00, 4:30 or 5:00.

Finally it was time to get up and I jumped out of bed. I never have problems waking up early on race days. πŸ™‚

For some pre-race fuel I had a Montana Whopper.


I had seen a show on the Food Network that featured two ladies who were tired of the traditional energy bars for fueling during their Iron Man training. So, they baked their own cookies and used that as fuel instead. It really makes perfect sense as Clif bars really are cookies in a healthy wrapper disguise. The Montana Whopper was just what I needed for my 5k today. πŸ™‚

We headed to the race site a tad early to beat any traffic due to road closures. As we do live in a small town it was fun to run into a lot of people I haven’t seen in years who were running the race. I saw my college roommate’s Dad, a few old family friends, my old dance teacher and even a couple of girls I went to high school with.


The great thing about running in my hometown is that both of my parents were able to come out and support me.


I love you Mom and Dad!!!

Since it was such a small race, everything was done the old fashion way. There were no time chips and everyone starts at the same time. I didn’t want to ruin my time by being stuck in the back, so when it came time to start I pushed my way to the front.



When the whistle blew, I took off at a great pace. I held my own with the boys and easily broke off into my own running zone. I could see a very speedy girl ahead of me and then I was the next female. I was happy with this. I knew I couldn’t keep up with her so I decided my goal would be for second female overall.


The first mile went by really fast. Almost too fast, I passed the first mile marker and there was a girl with a stop watch yelling out times ” 6:43, 6:45, 6:46″ Umm… Ooppss. I did it again. Too fast!! BUT I felt great!!

Either way I knew I couldn’t hold that pace so I slowed it down. We hit a turn around point and out of no where another girl came up beside me and passed me. Damn it! There went number 2…. but there’s still number 3 and I was ok with that. I just focused on chugging along.


I hit mile 2 and I started to really feel it. We had been running the entire race in full sun and my body was wearing down. Then another female passed me. Where did she come from?!?!?! Ahhh…. I fought, but I couldn’t save my 3rd place standing. My body was done with speed and ready to just finish.


We entered the park and I saw the girl who was in the lead start her final lap of the park as I started my first. That was when I realized she wasn’t just the first female… she was the first overall!!! The nearest male was still at least a quarter of a mile behind her! You go girl!!!


I did my final two laps of the park pacing with a little kid and an older man. The kid was amazing, he saw me faulter and yelled “Don’t give up, You can do this!” I couldn’t let this kid down!!!!

I saw the mile 3 marker and started to sprint. This was it! I could see the clock! This was all me! I AM A MACHINE!!



I couldn’t believe it 23:18!!!! 23:18?!?!?! I just PRed!!!!

You can imagine the bouts of excitement occuring in my head at that moment. πŸ™‚

I crossed the finish line and all of a sudden I felt very, very weak. I almost wanted to faint. The race officials handed me a paper to fill out, but when I leaned over to do it my head started to spin. I gave it to my Mom and she did it on my behalf and I guzzled water.


We waited patiently as they organized the board to discover I was the 4th Overall Female to cross the line and the 1st female in the 19-24 age group. WOOO HOOO!!!!


Which meant I got a nifty prize. πŸ™‚




While we were waiting for them to distribute the prizes I grazed the snack table for breakfast.




That race was fun! It was great to run in such a familiar area with familiar faces. There’s something about small hometown races that just feel homey. I home to run more of the series in the future. πŸ™‚

Now, I must spend the rest of the day reveling in my runners high. πŸ™‚

{ 78 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kristen September 19, 2009 at 11:10 am

You just PR’d and I’m still sitting here in my pajamas. I’m on the West Coast, but still!

Awesome job!


2 angieinatlanta September 19, 2009 at 11:12 am

Great job!

And eating cookies for breakfast sounds like great motivation for me to start running more!


3 Kat September 19, 2009 at 11:14 am

Wow, you are awesome! Congrats- you are such an inspiration! And you look great- so healthy and fit!


4 Leianna September 19, 2009 at 11:16 am

Great job on the PR and 1st place, what an amazing way to start the weekend!
Love that feeling of great accomplishment!


5 Meg September 19, 2009 at 11:18 am

Great job Meghann!! You never fail to inspire and motivate all of us πŸ™‚



6 Molly September 19, 2009 at 11:18 am

oh my gosh- CONGRATS!!! That is! I bet you are on cloud nine πŸ™‚ I wish my neighborhood would do 5ks. It would give me motivation to get off my butt on saturday mornings and really push myself.
Glad you had a great start to your weekend πŸ™‚ Enjoy the rest of it!


7 Susan September 19, 2009 at 11:23 am

CONGRATS!! You are indeed a machine πŸ˜‰ First place in your age group is fantastic – but best of all you PR-ed, meaning you won the most important race (the one against yourself πŸ™‚ )

Oh, and on the cookie thing. It reminded me of how they always eat pastries during the Tour de France for fuel. Just as good as any of the fancy sports bars out there!


8 Deb September 19, 2009 at 11:25 am

Congrats on your finish! We all knew you could do it!!!


9 tami September 19, 2009 at 11:26 am

i am with you on the homemade bars, search allrecipes for granola bars, i have made two batches and we loved both. dried blueberries and cranberries in one!

i just got back from a great 20 mile run, glad you got another pr!


10 CJ September 19, 2009 at 11:26 am

Congrats on the PR! You are such an inspiration {especially as I am really struggling with my own running right now}.

I love the idea of a cookie as running fuel. I think I might try this in the next few weeks. Like you said, they are just like clif bars without the healthy wrapper disguise.


11 caitlin September 19, 2009 at 11:30 am

yay way to go!!!!


12 Jenna September 19, 2009 at 11:33 am

congrats on the race meghann and your PR πŸ™‚


13 [email protected] September 19, 2009 at 11:34 am

Awesome job Meghann, great job. have a lovely Saturday. Cookies before a run sounds like a treat, I could get use too.


14 Shannon September 19, 2009 at 11:35 am

Hey girl—CONGRATS on another amazing race πŸ™‚


15 inmytummy September 19, 2009 at 11:35 am

Way to go speedy!


16 sarah (ghost world) September 19, 2009 at 11:35 am

CONGRATS MEGHANN!! what an awesome time — great job!!


17 Mica September 19, 2009 at 11:36 am

Congratulations, Meghann! Enjoy your PR-Saturday!


18 Holly September 19, 2009 at 11:38 am

awesome job, Meghann!!! you are super speedy!


19 Matt September 19, 2009 at 11:42 am

Congrats on the PR!


20 Bec September 19, 2009 at 11:44 am

congrats on the PR!


21 Lizzy September 19, 2009 at 11:46 am

congrats on the PR Meghann! πŸ™‚ thats so exciting! make sure to celebrate!


22 Jenna September 19, 2009 at 11:49 am

Congrats girl!! I don’t know a better way to start your weekend than what you just did. You are fabulous πŸ™‚

Cookies are a great pre race fuel: fat, carbs, protein and suga, muwhaha!

Have a great day!


23 greensandjeans September 19, 2009 at 11:50 am

Another PR?! You’re a 5K machine! Sometimes running those little local races pays off! Congratulations!


24 Julie September 19, 2009 at 11:55 am

WOW!!! Congrats!!!


25 Morgan (lifeafterbagels) September 19, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Yay! Congratulations Meghann.


26 Ryan @ Greens for Good September 19, 2009 at 12:05 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are amazing πŸ™‚


27 Emily September 19, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Congrats! On the pr and the 1st place! You make it look so fun!


28 Jess September 19, 2009 at 12:20 pm

Congrats! You’re awesome πŸ™‚


29 Maggie September 19, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Congrats Meghann!! That is so exciting πŸ™‚


30 M September 19, 2009 at 12:23 pm

And you looked GREAT doing it — i love that you’re rocking the sports bra.


31 VeggieGirl September 19, 2009 at 12:25 pm



32 Amanda September 19, 2009 at 12:33 pm

Wow!! You’re on a roll! AWESOME job!!


33 Gina G September 19, 2009 at 12:46 pm

congrats meghann! you did amazing! =)


34 Kristen @ Simply Savor September 19, 2009 at 12:56 pm

congrats on the new PR! you ARE a machine!! πŸ™‚


35 Mellissa September 19, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Congrats on the 5k PR and being 1st in your age group!!


36 Erin September 19, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Congrats, you did an amazing job!!


37 Evan Thomas September 19, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Congrats! That’s awesome. Drink out of that prize cup proudly!
Oh and I loved that episode of Throwdown With Bobby Flay with the cookie triathaletes


38 Andrea September 19, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Congrats!!! That is a fabulous time!


39 carolinebee September 19, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Rock on Meghann!!!!!! Congrats, and that little kid is SO cool- what a great pump up during the race!


40 Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) September 19, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Way to go Meghann!!!


41 Reenie September 19, 2009 at 1:50 pm

WOW! That’s great ~ congrats!!!


42 gina (fitnessista) September 19, 2009 at 1:58 pm

AMAZING job! you rocked it πŸ˜€ so proud of you!


43 Nicole September 19, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Good job!!! I love PRing! You deserve it with all of your hard work!!!


44 Emily September 19, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Congrats Meghann! That is an amazing time…great race!


45 Jaci September 19, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Great job on your PR! What an awesome time!


46 ksgoodeats September 19, 2009 at 2:17 pm

Congrats, Meghann!! Your new PR is amazing!


47 Kath September 19, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Congrats Meghann!!


48 Julia September 19, 2009 at 2:33 pm

Congratulations! 23:18 is such an amazing time! You go girl!


49 Danielle September 19, 2009 at 2:36 pm

You ARE a machine! Great job πŸ™‚


50 Tammy Eros September 19, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Congrats! and don’t lean over at the end! Ha! This is why the volunteers don’t want to be “catchers”….people faint and throw up all over them!


51 Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) September 19, 2009 at 2:45 pm


This make me want to go for a run right now πŸ™‚


52 Jojo September 19, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Congrats! You are such an inspiration!

I hope one day I can place first in my age group!


53 oz runner September 19, 2009 at 3:15 pm

great job on the PR and age group place…that is a nice time…how cool that a girl was first overall too…


54 Kate September 19, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Nice work!


55 Lauren September 19, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Woot Woot!!!!! I am so proud of you girly! Way to go on the crazy awesome PR!


56 biz319 September 19, 2009 at 3:50 pm

I told you you would KICK ASS! Nice!


57 Morgan September 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm

Congrats, you are so inspiring!


58 Meg C. September 19, 2009 at 4:37 pm

nice job!! way to go. i love small hometown races, too! i ran one and won my age group, too… and i’m not nearly as fast as you!


59 Erin September 19, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Awesome job! Congrats on the PR!


60 Steph September 19, 2009 at 5:08 pm

Congrats! You are a machine πŸ™‚


61 Karen whitlock September 19, 2009 at 5:13 pm

YAY you! Congratultions on your PR and 1st place prize!

I just discovered how to make my own energy bars/cookies too. It really is a great idea and saves cash too.


62 Kristin September 19, 2009 at 6:12 pm

Wow!!!! Congratulations, speedy lady!


63 hopefulrunner September 19, 2009 at 7:27 pm

Good job on the PR chick!! It sounds like you had a great race!


64 Christina September 19, 2009 at 7:50 pm



65 Niki September 19, 2009 at 8:03 pm

Great job girl!! Very impressive!!


66 Kristen September 19, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Great run and pics! The documentation of it was so fun to read!


67 Melissa September 19, 2009 at 9:17 pm

revel, revel! you are amazing. what a time!


68 Kiersten September 19, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Congrats! You should be so proud of yourself!


69 jodie September 19, 2009 at 9:50 pm

Congrats!!! Great PR.


70 Nikita September 19, 2009 at 11:50 pm

WOWOW!!! CONGRATS! You are such an inspiration! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


71 Whit September 20, 2009 at 1:05 am

Ok, you are offish my idol! You rock! πŸ˜€


72 Sammie September 20, 2009 at 9:04 am

Congrats on your win, Meghann. You did AMAZING!!! So wonderful that you had your mom & dad with you for support.


73 christina September 20, 2009 at 10:39 am

CONGRATS! I love reading RRs, especially when there’s a PR!


74 Lauren September 20, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Congrautlations!!!! Thats awesome girl


75 Paige September 20, 2009 at 2:24 pm

You really inspired me with this post! I ran a 10K this morning, and during the race I got pretty tired and sore. I kept thinking about how hard you pushed yesterday, and I kept plugging away. I ended up with a PR for the 10K distance. My previous PR was from 2005! Thanks for the encouragement!


76 Erica September 20, 2009 at 8:55 pm

ahhhhhhhhhh! Congrats!!!!!!! That is so exciting


77 bobbi September 21, 2009 at 11:55 am

Catching up on your blog!!!! Way to rock it girl!!!!! So proud of you!


78 Mimi September 19, 2011 at 11:40 am

Love the flashback! I just got a new 5K PR yesterday and I was definitely flying high the rest of the day! (:
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