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It’s race day!

by Meghann on January 10, 2010

I have this set to publish at precisely 5:40am EST which – god willing – should be when I start slowly making my way from my corral to the starting line.

Yikes!

Hopefully, I am keeping warm under all the layers I plan to toss as soon as the race begins and, hopefully, my shoes are tied tight and all my electronics are in working order.

The journey to this particular starting line has been a long one. Once I cross that start line I will officially be running my second full marathon. My second marathon? Who am I?!?! I was the girl who hated to run to the end of the street. I was the girl who was 20 pounds over weight and so unsure of who she was.

Now, I am running my second marathon. Now, I have goals. Now, I know who I am. I am Meghann and I am awesome!

You can read about my running journey leading up to my first marathon here.

My journey to running the Disney marathon actually began before I even considered running the San Diego Marathon. You can trace back exactly a year ago when I volunteered at the 2009 Disney Marathon and that desire developed.

Volunteering at that race inspired me. I immediately knew right then and there that I could run a marathon, more so that I could run THIS marathon. However, I got impatient and signed up to run the San Diego marathon a couple of weeks later. But Disney was still in my hear and just days after finishing San Diego I registered for Disney.

I took the summer off from training and when September came I hit it full force with a 16 week plan I developed and showcased here.

Along the way I learned to love tempo runs, strides, and other various forms of speed work. The additional training not only made me a stronger runner, but a faster one too.

While training I earned personal records in my 5k, 10k, 15k, and half marathon times. I also slowly built my weekend mileage up until the 17, 18, and 20 miles were just like any other runs.

The great part about this marathon is the friends I have out there to share it with. Its as if the Disney Marathon has taken on a life of its own. Not only do I have all my friends at home to run it with, but so many other bloggers and readers whose journeys I have been following along the way.

My Sister has joined me on the journey this time around. This will be her first marathon and I know I am rooting hard for her. Unfortunately we won’t be running it side by side as originally planned, but I know she will succeed and I know she will dominate this race!

Marathon Training by the numbers:

In the 16 weeks I have been training for the Disney Marathon I have:

  • Ran a total of 525.88 miles
  • Competed in 6 races
  • Earned 4 PRs
  • Celebrated 3 major holidays
  • Traveled 3 times

I also drank lots of beer, ate lots of food, and enjoyed life!

I am READY for this marathon. I Will do this. I am a MACHINE.

Walt Disney World Marathon 2010 – Here I come!

1 Leah January 10, 2010 at 6:43 am

Good luck Meghann!!
You and all the other girls are going to do AMAZING. Can’t wait to see a recap!

The great thing about me being in the UK is i’m 5 hours ahead and I can track you ladies without having to be up at 5:50am EST hehe! 🙂

2 katajess January 10, 2010 at 6:54 am

So thrilled for you. 🙂 You’re going to rock it! Looking forward to recaps from all of you.

Wish I could stay up and track you all but I have to be at work in 9 hours. 🙁

3 foodfitnessandfreya January 10, 2010 at 8:34 am

Oh my gosh Meghann – YOU are my INSPIRATION! Seriously, your post hit a note with me; you are awesome!! I SO want to run a marathon, and your amazing attitude has inspired me so much 😀
girl, GOOD LUCK! I hope you’re having an AMAZING time and I can’t wait to hear about it!! All the best 😀

4 karla January 10, 2010 at 8:43 am

good luck!! you are going to rock this marathon!!

5 allie January 10, 2010 at 8:49 am

can’t wait to hear about it!!

6 Angel January 10, 2010 at 8:50 am

She has reached the half way point! You can do it Meghann!

7 Rosey Rebecca January 10, 2010 at 9:05 am

You’re going to be great!!

8 mm January 10, 2010 at 9:08 am

anyone have a link to a site where we can track them? 🙂

9 Fallon January 10, 2010 at 9:13 am

Good luck!

10 Megan @ Megzz Wins At Life January 10, 2010 at 9:15 am

WHat a nice post.. I am tracking your updates.. You are doing great girl!!

11 joy January 10, 2010 at 9:27 am

Good luck today machine Meghann – have a GREAT time!

12 K January 10, 2010 at 9:28 am

Wow you think really highly of yourself!!!

13 runningd0wnadream January 10, 2010 at 9:31 am

good luck! you are going to kick ass today! you have come so far, and you are an inspiration to so many people here! GO MEGHANN! 🙂

14 Niki (Running In Pink) January 10, 2010 at 9:32 am

Good luck, Meghann! Wish I could track your progress, but I didn’t sign up in time. 🙁 Can’t wait to read the recap, though! 🙂

15 Gina G January 10, 2010 at 9:36 am

ignore what k said, you have every right to be proud! you are a machine and are gonna rock this marathon! =)

16 amica82 January 10, 2010 at 9:47 am

Wooohoooo! You’re probably rocking that marathon right now. 😀 Congratulations!!!

17 Gina January 10, 2010 at 9:51 am

I’m sure you’re doing great out there! I actually woke up this morning around 5:30 and made sure to think of everyone about to the start the race. Hope you’re having a blast!

18 Louise January 10, 2010 at 9:58 am

Yeah!!! Thinking of you rockin it right now!!!

19 eaternotarunner January 10, 2010 at 10:00 am

GOOD LUCK!

20 Stephanie January 10, 2010 at 10:00 am

Tracking your race updates and you are doing awesome in this cold! Great job Meghann keep it up!!!

21 Duchess of Fork January 10, 2010 at 10:05 am

Best of luck, Meghann!!! I think as I write this you may actually be nearing the finish line. Congrats, girl!

22 Brea January 10, 2010 at 10:06 am

GOOD LUCK! You’ll do great 🙂

23 Claudia @ the beginning runner's journey January 10, 2010 at 10:07 am

I’m sure you will do great! can’t wait to read all about it.

24 Katie January 10, 2010 at 10:18 am

Good luck today! Or I guess by the time you read this you will have completed the marathon so…CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are really an inspiration and I love your blog.

25 caitsplate January 10, 2010 at 10:20 am

Ahhhhh! Good luck! Good luck! Good luck!! I have that excited/nervous feeling in the pit of my stomach for you but I know you’re going to ROCK IT!

Can’t wait to hear all about it!!

26 Erin January 10, 2010 at 10:22 am

Good luck today! You are going to kick ass after all that training. I’m thinking you’re going to finish in sub-4:00 today 🙂 Go Meghann!!

27 Heather January 10, 2010 at 10:23 am

Run Meghann run!!! You have worked SO hard for this and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading about it. I love how you fit training into LIFE! You are going to ROCK this marathon and do fantastic!!

28 Elina January 10, 2010 at 10:28 am

I KNOW you are going to rock it. Congratulations!!!!!

29 Jenna January 10, 2010 at 10:28 am

GOOD LUCK MEGHANN!!

30 Danielle January 10, 2010 at 10:40 am

What a wonderful post! I hope you are having a great time at the race today and I can’t wait to read how it all went 🙂

31 Bridget January 10, 2010 at 10:43 am

Hope this morning went Amazingly!!! It’s 9:42 right now so I’m guessing your all done :)!!! Its so inspirational reading about all your races…I just wish it was a smidge warmer here so I could get out running again!!

32 Katie O. @ Fit to Wed January 10, 2010 at 10:43 am

Awesome post! I can’t wait to read your results! Yay!

33 jenngirl January 10, 2010 at 10:47 am

You are so inspiring and awesome Meghann! Thank you for sharing your story with us daily, and I’m so glad I’ve been able to follow along!

I’ll be sending good vibes your way this morning! Good LUCK! 🙂

34 Danielle January 10, 2010 at 10:52 am

I’m so excited for you!! You’re going to do great 😀

35 Nicci@NiftyEats January 10, 2010 at 10:55 am

Good Luck Meghann, your going to rock this race girl.

36 Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen January 10, 2010 at 11:00 am

good luck! you’re going to do great, and i can’t wait to see your next post when you’re done 🙂

37 maren January 10, 2010 at 11:00 am

was tracking you, and saw you just finished!!! congratulations!!!!!!!

38 inmytummy January 10, 2010 at 11:30 am

Cant wait to read about it! You’re probably finished or close to finished right now!

39 Rachel January 10, 2010 at 11:57 am

GOOD LUCK! I hope you aren’t freezing your butt off.

40 Claire January 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm

yay!!congrats!!:-) cc

41 Laura January 10, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Good luck today! I hope you have a great time!

42 Mara @ What's For Dinner? January 10, 2010 at 12:39 pm

I’m so proud of you!!!! COngratulations (seeing as how i’ve read this AFTER your tweet w/finishing time :))

43 Melissa January 10, 2010 at 12:41 pm

GOOD LUCK! You’re going to do AMAZING. Can’t wait to read about it!

44 Erika January 10, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Way to go Meghann!!! Often a lurker, always a reader and a silent cheerleader, figured today was a great day to come out from hiding to say congrats and thank you for sharing the adventure 🙂 Enjoy the day – you deserve it 🙂

45 fitandfortysomething January 10, 2010 at 12:53 pm

You are gonna do great!

46 Sammi January 10, 2010 at 1:04 pm

I can’t wait to read about your morning!! From the way you were smiling when I saw you, I’m guessing it went really well!

Congratulations Meghann!!!!

47 Sam January 10, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Just saw you time…well done, you totally rocked!!

48 Erin January 10, 2010 at 1:35 pm

MEGHANN YOU ROCKED IT!!! CONGRATS 😀

49 Carly January 10, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Congratulations! I can’t wait to read your recap – you’re a major inspiration!

50 Ash @ Good Taste. Healthy Me January 10, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Awesome job!!! Congrats!!

51 Brittany January 10, 2010 at 2:24 pm

I agree, you are AWESOME!! Best of luck lady.

52 universitycooking January 10, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Wow that’s so awesome. I couldn’t imagine running a marathon…but i think one day i might worth up to that. Right now i’m getting my sister to sign up for a 5k, and the thought of that scares me. So i can’t imagine what you’re going through.

53 universitycooking January 10, 2010 at 2:37 pm

getting her to “sign up with me” is what i meant

54 One Healthy Apple January 10, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Good luck with your race! You are a machine! I am excited for the recap and I think you are quite the inspiration 🙂

55 strawberrysuitcase January 10, 2010 at 2:41 pm

it’s crazy how much can change with our approaches to running. you can start out a runner-hater and turn into a marthoner. congrats!

56 She-Fit January 10, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Yay! Good luck. Can’t wait to hear how it goes.

57 Karla January 10, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Good luck!!

58 thedelishdish January 10, 2010 at 3:20 pm

good luck meghann! what a motivational post!

59 Kristin January 10, 2010 at 3:32 pm

You did amazing! Congratulations!

60 Angie (Losing It and Loving It) January 10, 2010 at 9:45 pm

I am just now trying to catch up on your marathon blog posts but wanted to say that between you and Caitlin, I have been really inspired. On the flight to Jamaica last month hubs came across a page in a magazine about the Reggae Marathon that happens every Dec. in Jamaica and told me that we were going to do it. Imagine that…I don’t run, never have run and he wants me to do this race with him. We have decided on the 1/2 marathon and I will do a 5k locally and possibly more before that. I am very scared! I do workout on a consistent basis (spin 3x a week, in-home workouts, cardio at the gym, etc.) so it’s not like I’m going into this with no experience in working out but running as I have read about is a whole different ball of wax. LOL

Off to read your marathon recap!

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