My Official Walt Disney World Marathon Recap

by Meghann on January 10, 2010

This morning I set out and conquered some of the coldest 26.2 miles I have ever ran.

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Despite the below freezing temps, I rocked it!

26.2 miles in 4:12:26!

BOO-Yah! I kicked that marathon’s booty!!

My marathon morning began early when Anthony woke us up before the alarm at 3:00 am. The 5 of us staying in the hotel room quickly got motivated and ready to move.

I forced down the bagel with almond butter and had the apple once we made it to the marathon site.

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As predicted it was freezing outside. When we checked the current temp it was showing 30, but feels like 20. It was also predicted to drop a few more degrees before the sun rose.

I layered up in capris, tech tee, lululemon jacket, purple fleece (that could be tossed), gloves, headband, and hat.

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We made the freezing trek outside in order to board the buses by 3:45. Luckily the area to wait for the buses was inside in the wonderful warmth.

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All I can say is THANK GOD we stayed on property! The bus to the starting line worked out perfectly. We even drove right past the parking lot of cars that had formed while waiting to enter the Epcot parking lot. The bus did its job of alleviating unnessecary stress – just what I needed it to do.

We made it to the start with around an hour and half to spare and I believe we needed every minute of. Kelly, Monica, and I immediately hopped in a 20 minute line for the porta pottys and continued to go on about how cold it was! I believe it had dropped to 28 degrees at this point?

Getting to the corrals was very confusing. It was at least a 15 minute hike from where the bus dropped us off and we had to go through the bag drop off tents to get there.

Luckily, we found Megan and Deb who were just as lost and confused as we were.

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Don’t we look cold? Cause we were! :)

We had to say good bye to our spectators at this point as they had a different entrance to go through. The 5 of us girls made it through the other side of the 20 minute bag line where more porta potties were waiting. All the other girls stopped to use the potty, but since I was planning on running on my own anyways I said my good byes and made my way to the corral.

There were sooo many people waiting!

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I was starting to get very nervous!

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I made it to the corral just in time to see the wheel chair send off. The official start of the race started a few minutes later and came complete with Disney characters and fireworks!

I was in the 3rd corral back and had no problem running right from the start. I felt like everyone around me had the same goal and though it started out very packed, it didn’t take long thin out so I could form a comfortable pace.

There were so many spectators right past the start line. I stayed on the left searching for any sign of my family. I knew Derek had on the hoodie from his ski jacket and that’s what I looked for. I couldn’t believe when I was able to spot them in the sea of madness.

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For the first 4 miles the marathon the runners were split in two waves. I was in the first wave that ran around the backstage area of Epcot and circled back to the start. I was expecting to see some really cool things, but the backstage stuff was honestly a little boring. At one point we did enter the countries, which was a pretty site to run through in the dark.

Right from the start I noticed people all around me starting to shed layers from their person. The plan had been to shed my purple fleece in the first mile or so, but I never got warm enough. It was soo cold! My fingers felt like ice and my nose was burning.

I did ditch my hat with my parents when I saw them again during mile 4. I would have happily kept it, but the darn thing kept falling off my head.

It was so cold all the water and powerade at all the water stations were icy. In fact, the water that had spilled from people tossing their cups was freezing on the ground; creating dangerous ice patches as you ran through the station. At mile 6 I slipped on a patch of ice and landed right on my ass. Three great volunteers immediately came to my rescue and I immediately rebounded. Though I am pretty sure I am going to have a bruised ass tomorrow though.

I went back and forth on taking water or powerade from each station. I probably grabbed a powerade three times the whole race and the rest were water.

I was supposed to see Derek at mile 9, but they were delayed. However, I was happily surprised too see my little brother and his girlfriend cheering me on. Seeing your family in the crowd really boosts your speed and confidence. I felt like a million bucks!

After I saw Ben we started making our way into the Magic Kingdom. I reluctantly ditched my jacket, not because I was too warm, but because I didn’t want to be wearing the jacket in any of my Cinderella castle photos!

I instantly regretted it as soon as I tossed it! It was still freezing and the wind that the fleece had been blocking suddenly took me over. Brrrrr….

Running through Magic Kingdom was AMAZING!!

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My absolute favorite part was running through the castle. There were two men all decked out on the top of the entrance playing the horns with the flag attached - I felt like royalty!

I also thought it was cool how they had all the rides in fantasyland up and running. I ran by Dumbo flying, the tea cups spinning, and the carosal horses prancing. :)

The whole course was lined with Disney characters and scenes that people were stopping to take photos with. Most of the characters actually had people waiting to take photos with them!

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I debated getting a photo, but didn’t want to ruin my time. I wish I would have taken more photos in passing, but any time I took my gloves off my hands instantly froze. I decided it wasn’t worth freezing fingers to take photos. I kind of regret it now, but at the time I was just too cold to care. :)

After leaving the Magic Kingdom I was ecstatic to see Melissa and Derek waiting for me!!

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Seriously all the spectators were amazing to brave the cold and wind to come watch us. If I was freezing while running 26.2 miles, I’m sure they were frost bitten watching us run the 26.2 miles. :)

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After I saw Derek and Melissa, I knew I was on my own for the rest of the race. I had a bag of Sports Beans at the halfway point and just kept on trekking.

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What a lot of people fail to mention is the long stretches of service roads that make up the Disney marathon. There were miles and miles of nothingness. However, Disney does a great job of providing extra entertainment along the way to make those stretches fly by.

During one mile I read sign after sign of interesting thoughts and facts left by the sharpie people. I also ran by a few high school bands, cheerleaders, and some fun characters. I saw parts of Disney I didn’t know existed like the sewage plant, random hot air balloons, and a random railroad. And of course all the volunteers cheering us along the way were amazing. After being in their same position last year, I made sure to thank as many as I could as I passed.

I entered Animal Kingdom in the teens and it sadly flew by. I somehow missed the tree of life and expedition everest, but I did see the dinosaur area.

Miles 20 -22 were really tough. There is a huge bridge you cross in the early 20s and it is complete torture. This is also the portion of the race where my pace plummeted! I was averaging 9:00 – 9:15 miles, but then dropped to 9:30 to 9:45 and all of a sudden I was struggling to maintain near a 10:00 minute pace. I just gritted my teeth and continued on.

I took a mocha cliff goo around mile 20, hoping it would give me some energy to add the miles I needed.

Around mile 23 we entered Hollywood Studios and I knew we were almost finished. I tried to take everything in as I ran through. They were handing our mini chocolate bars as we entered the studios and I grabbed two and happily demolished them. Chocolate had never tasted so good.

After leaving Hollywood Studios we took the same path to Epcot as the 10k I ran at Disney back in October. I knew the route and knew we were almost finished.

I was very thankful Disney had chosen that particular route to end the race on. It was very scenic and a lovely way to end the marathon.

We entered Epcot with a mile and a half to go. I ran around the countries and right down the middle to the ball. As I turned the second to last corner a huge choir was singing! I ran right up to them and gave them high fives while thanking each of them for inspiring me on my last .2.

Then the time came. I turned the corner and I saw the finish line!!!

Again, there were a million spectators and I was afraid I was going to miss seeing my family. I kept my eyes glued on the crowds and just hoped against all odds i would reconize someone – anyone.

Firstn I saw Sammi who I had just met yesterday at the blogger meet up and was taking photos with Ryan.

Then I saw my family!!!!

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I was sooo happy to see them right before I crossed the finish line. Seeing them gave me that little push I needed to finish strong.

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My official finish time was 4:12:26. That’s an average pace of 9:37 per mile. Right on goal! :)

The finish line was a sea of malar.

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I was really, really, really happy to be done!

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After finishing I grabbed my medal and walked the very far distance to grab food and pick up my bag. It was then that the pain and cold started to set in. I was so cold and in so much pain that I started to cry. It was awful.

I finally made it to the family reunion area and immediately plopped down.  Melissa and Derek were the first the first to find me shivering on the bench.

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Once the hugs, tears, and congrats were out of the way, I happily enjoyed a muffin from my goodie bag.

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And then my little brother, his girlfriend and Derek proceeded to dress me in warmer clothes.

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I was in so much pain I couldn’t reach down to put my own pants on. lol

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All warm now! Million thanks to Derek for loaning me his jacket. :)

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We headed over to where my parents were stilll waiting on the sidelines and watched my sister finish her marathon. She came in a little over 4:52 and we were so proud!!!

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I loaned her my flip camera for the race. As soon as I upload and edit the video I’ll post it for everyone to watch!

Post-marathoners all layered up!

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We didn’t take many post-race shots due to the freezing temps and everyone’s yearning for the heater in the car.

I did get one with my brother and his girlfriend before they left us.

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And one with my Mom and Aunt as they helped me walk back to the car. I was really, really slow.

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We all piled up and headed down the road to Bahama Breeze for lunch.

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Kelly and I decided to go all out and get a nice juicy burger to celebrate our marathon victory.

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I ATE IT ALL!!! It was AMAZING!

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Group shot of the two marathoners and our fantastic supporters.

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and finally just My Sister and I! :) I <3 her!

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I am finally back at my toasty apartment, vegging on the couch and watching trashy tv. I had a few bites of chocolate, but was too lazy to photograph it.

I see HOT soup and fro-yo in my immediate future.

Congrats to all the other wonderful Disney world marathoners who ran today!! Everyone is so inspiring and amazing! It was a race for the ages and now we have the medal and the stories to prove it!

{ 163 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anne P January 10, 2010 at 6:26 pm

CONGRATS girl!!! Awesome job :)

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2 Erin January 10, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Congratulations! You and Kelly should be *so* proud — what an inspiration! Enjoy the rest of the day! :D

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3 Leah January 10, 2010 at 6:30 pm

So inspiring!! I hope to do this someday :D

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4 Tami January 10, 2010 at 6:30 pm

great job. I am so proud of all of you battling the cold. I live in New Hampshire and ran only 4 miles this morning but it was 12*

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5 chandra January 10, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Congrats, Meghann!! This was so great to read – reminded me of my marathon and about made me cry. :-) You totally rocked it, I’m so happy for you!

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6 Carly January 10, 2010 at 6:32 pm

I was really excited to read this update! Congratulations – what an awesome achievement.

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7 Emily January 10, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Congrats Meghann! You did awesome!!

And congrats to Kelly, too!

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8 Lisa January 10, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Congratulations!!! Your pictures are wonderful and it looks like it was such an amazing experience!

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9 Marissa & Mackenzie January 10, 2010 at 6:33 pm

AWESOME JOB, GIRL! :) Now I want to run one, especially since there are apparent chocolate bar incentives?

Interesting, very interesting :)

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10 universitycooking January 10, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Wow! Just wow. I still couldn’t imagine doing something like that. But hopefully one day i can work up to it.

You did so well. And the Disney scenery looked so fun. Definitely the best type of place to run through.

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11 Shannon January 10, 2010 at 6:34 pm

congrats!!! so amazing, i teared up ;) and now am braving 7degree temps to go for a run outside…

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12 KatieMoo January 10, 2010 at 6:35 pm

CONGRATS! I am so proud of you and I hope that you feel super accomplished! I loved your “novel,” and I felt like I was really there! Thanks! =)

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13 Evan Thomas January 10, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Congratulations! And you’re awesome :-) I couldn’t imagine a better place to do it, too

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14 Courtney January 10, 2010 at 6:36 pm

AWESOME JOB!! It’s my dream to run a marathon someday, particularily either Disney or Chicago Do you think you are going to train to qualify for the Boston Marathon? =)

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15 Melissa January 10, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Congrats to you and kelly! You’re both so inspiring. Thank you for the amazing recap!

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16 amanda @ fake ginger January 10, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Congratulations! You totally rocked it! I know you would though since, you know, you are the MACHINE!! =)

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17 Haleigh January 10, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Congratulations! I am so proud of you and Kelly! It looks like you had such an amazing day :)

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18 Meg January 10, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Congrats Meghann! I really enjoyed reading your recap, and you definitely had me laughing out loud quite a few times, and I’m so glad you had such a great time! Hope you aren’t in TOO much pain, and I hope you’re toasty warm now :)

Congrats again!!!!

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19 Niki January 10, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Congrats girl!! Way to go! Awesome job and new PR!!

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20 Lily @ Lily's Health Pad January 10, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Great recap and awesome time!

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21 blueberrymuffins January 10, 2010 at 6:39 pm

ahhhhh! I lo e your recap :) You had sucha AMAZING time!! I am glad you enjoyed the burger ;)

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22 Jasmine (Sweet and Fit) January 10, 2010 at 6:41 pm

CONGRATS MEGHANN and KELLY on roughing it in the cold and still finishing with amazing times! hope you get to re-fuel tonight again!

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23 inmytummy January 10, 2010 at 6:41 pm

This sounds completely cheeseball, but you really are such an inspiration! That is an amazing time!!

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24 starsinthecity January 10, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Congratulations!!! You ran an amazing race!!

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25 fromatopink January 10, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Congratulations! What a phenomenal accomplishment – and to have all your family and friends there cheering on must have been an amazing feeling! Enjoy your rest – it’s much deserved :)

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26 Katy @ These Beautiful Feet January 10, 2010 at 6:42 pm

I was actually standing with Ryan at the top of the bleachers! :) It was so fun to see you finish!! You were booking it, I was seriously impressed. We were at the 9 and 12.5 but you had passed by so quickly that we missed you!! Congratulations Megan!! :)

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27 jessicaamc January 10, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Wow Meghann! Congrats! What an amazing race!! Great recap…. I shed a few tears from it. You are truly an inspiration! If I could run half as well as you I would be unbelievably proud! Keep up the amazing speed!! :)

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28 Rachel @ Shedding It January 10, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Congrats!! I also started to cry as soon as I got to the family waiting spot…it was so cold and I was in so much pain…my mom and grandma had to put on my Uggs for me!

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29 Sammi January 10, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Congratulations! You rocked it :)

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30 Gab* January 10, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Congrats!!! What a huge achievement!

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31 foodfitnessandfreya January 10, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Oh mygosh, I don’t know you, but I am SO PROUD OF YOU!! I’m amazed! You are so so incredibly inspiring and just gosh – WELL DONE!
you’ve inspired me so much, I want to enter this marathon next year , and I live in England! You are utterly amazing :) Have a fantastic evening, whatever you do!!

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32 Liz January 10, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Great job! You are such an inspiration. I love that you and your sis ran it together. I’m trying to get my little sis to start running with me so maybe we can race together too.

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33 Rachael January 10, 2010 at 6:46 pm

CONGRATS!! OMG- I can’t believe you fell on the frozen water! Thank goodness you didn’t get hurt…what a champ! I’m so glad your family was able to capture you and that you saw them during the race. You girls totally deserved burgers :)

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34 Olivia January 10, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Congrats Meghann!!!!!!! You are such an inspiration!!!!

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35 Kath January 10, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Go Meghann!!!! You make the marathon look so SHORT!! I think that’s me right in front of you during the service road section – stocky legs and a blonde pony tail!

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36 foodfitnessandfreya January 10, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Haha, I just read everyone else’s comments, and now I don’t feel embarressed in admitting you made me tear up too lol!!

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37 Katie O. @ Fit to Wed January 10, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Congratulations- you seriously rocked it! That is an amazing time, and even moreso that you were able to acheive it in below freezing temps! Awesome!

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38 allisonisactive January 10, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Go Meghann! I’ve been back and forth on making Disney my first marathon (it’s between Disney and the Grand Rapids Martahon, my “hometown” race) and your pics really make me want to do Disney!

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39 tropicaleats January 10, 2010 at 6:59 pm

great recap!!!!!!!! You are so amazing and i am SO proud. This cold florida weather is so horrible and cold i really have major props for all of you. Congrats again!!!! :)

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40 Sammi January 10, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Congratulations!! You kicked that marathon’s butt! Hopefully yours will be okay tomorrow! lol. Unfortunately, every time I saw someone I knew, I got too excited to think about taking pictures :( I wasn’t standing with Ryan but hopefully she got some pictures!

Tell Kelly I said Congratulations to her as well!

Hopefully one day I’ll be out there running it too! Your recap of it makes me really want to run at least the 1/2 next year!

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41 Alison January 10, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Congratulations, Meghann. You are a true inspiration. Enjoy this recovery time; you earned it!

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42 Morgan January 10, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Congrats! You and Kelly should be so proud of yourselves and each other! I can’t believe the cold you had to deal with this morning, yikes! Now, I feel motivated to run here in the frozen northwest PA tundra (not really, too much black ice). But really, congrats, and I’m glad you had such an amazing experience. I hope your butt feels OK after that fall, and you had a nice relaxing afternoon!

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43 diana January 10, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Girl you did rock it!! Congratulations and well done.

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44 Jamie January 10, 2010 at 7:05 pm

ahh!! congratulations!! sounds like an extremely tough morning but i’m so impressed that you charged through all of the elements!! sleep well tonight, you deserve it ;)

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45 intheskinny January 10, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Congrats on finishing!! Your time was awesome! I can’t believe the weather was that cold – it must have been torture!

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46 Maria January 10, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Congratulations! What an achievement! Your recap made me set a goal of running this marathon one day!

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47 Laura Georgina January 10, 2010 at 7:10 pm

You blow me away, I’m so happy for you! What an awesome finish and an amazing end to the months of training and hard work. I’m one of those weird people that cry at amazing sporting feats (I cry like a baby at the World Series!) and your amazing marathon recap definitely brings a tear to my eye. Get some warm soup and yogurt and bask in it–you’ve earned it :-)

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48 Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 10, 2010 at 7:10 pm

CONGRATULATIONS! I am so so excited for you. What a wonderful effort and an AMAZING time :) You must be so pleased :)

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49 caronae January 10, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Congrats on the PR and the amazing race! Sounds like you had an awesome time, and you worked hard for it.

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50 Sara K. January 10, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Congratulations, Meghann! I really hope to run my first half marathon soon, and I really enjoyed your recap. I am really impressed.

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51 rhodeygirl January 10, 2010 at 7:13 pm

I teared up reading this. Congratulations Meghann! You are amazing.

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52 Jessica Zara January 10, 2010 at 7:19 pm

That’s a fantastic time! And after you fell over at mile 6 as well!? You’re such a trooper to carry on and not let it phase you. Words fail me but I really enjoyed reading this recap and all I can say is YOU ARE A MACHINE!

You rock my running socks.

~Jess~

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53 Gina G January 10, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Congrats to both of you!!! you did amazing! =)

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54 lessonstolearn January 10, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Congratulations! What an accomplishment! Thanks for the recap. I am living vicariously through you today :)

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55 Danielle January 10, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Congrats!! This is really inspirational :)

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56 Running Betty January 10, 2010 at 7:24 pm

My husband ran the HM the day before. He had flurries and sleet, but at least the temp went up. You guys just got bitter cold. You’re braver than I am! Good for you!

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57 Karen whitlock January 10, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Congratulations Meghann! Disney is definitely my favorite marathon. The last one I did I took 1 million pictures. I think the next one I will just run it and soak it all up wihtout stopping for photos. You should at least do one where you stop for all the pics. I had the exact same finish time at my last marathon (4:12:26) how random… Great race :)

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58 kandkfood January 10, 2010 at 7:26 pm

What a wonderful accomplishment!! Go you!! Great post about the race, makes me consider doing a marathon somedayyyyy… Hope you recover fast and well!
Katie

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59 Kristin January 10, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Congrats! You did an amazing job.

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60 Jess (Fit Chick in the City) January 10, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Congratulations! Way to rock that marathon! Thank you for the race re-cap and all the lovely photos! Enjoy you’re recovery.

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61 Jen O January 10, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Congratulations Meghann! You did amazing and I really loved hearing about it. I tracked you online and was so excited to see you kick butt!

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62 Leanne January 10, 2010 at 7:32 pm

I just love reading these recaps!!! It’s seriously the most inspiring thing to me. Can’t wait to say that I ran a marathon some day. Congrats!

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63 Sarah R January 10, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Way to go Meghann!! It was so fun tracking you girls online, seeing how you were doing. You have lots to be proud of missy! Congratulations!

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64 Duchess of Fork January 10, 2010 at 7:33 pm

You are awesome, Meghann!! I hope you’re very proud of yourself- you should be!!! I can’t even fathom running a marathon, let alone in icy conditions. Hope your body feels better soon!!! Congrats, again.

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65 Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) January 10, 2010 at 7:34 pm

omg sucks that you fell! I hope you don’t bruise too badly from it.

I bet it would be so much fun to run through the Magic Kingdom!

The pictures of your family and Derek putting warmer clothes on you made me smile. I bet it was freezing!

Congrats on completing the marathon! You are awesome :)

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66 Danielle January 10, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Awww, yea! You totally rocked the marathon and you should be so proud of yourself!

Your description of the course sounds similar to the Nike Women’s Marathon out in San Francisco, right up to the chocolate mile at #23! I think it’s awesome that volunteers come out and spend their time to try and brighten everyone’s spirits, though.

Congrats to Kelly, too!

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67 Lacey January 10, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Great job Meghann! You are truly an inspiration- especially for people like myself who use cold weather as an excuse. You really are a machine! :-)

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68 Erica January 10, 2010 at 7:41 pm

CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!! How exciting. I hope you have spent the whole day celebrating. Sorry it was so chilly!! Amazing time.

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69 strawberrysuitcase January 10, 2010 at 7:46 pm

woo hoo! great job staying at a pace you wanted to achieve. that’s great that you had your fam’s support. that must’ve been such a fun run because of all the great park scenery, like you mentioned! enjoy resting you deserve it!

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70 sarah (ghost world) January 10, 2010 at 7:47 pm

CONGRATS MEGHANN!!! bask in it :) you deserve it! YAY!

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71 Jayce January 10, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Congrats!! You have inspired this former runner to take it back up again and go for a full marathon (only done a half so far)! What an amazing time – you should be so proud!

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72 MissGee January 10, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Congratulations! Your dedication and preserverence has inspired me to pursue more races and race training. Congrats again!

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73 Anna January 10, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Congrats lady!! You should be VERY proud. Running in the cold is difficult (I live in WI, so i know). You must feel amazing. I can’t wait to see the videos.
Again, Congratulations on your great race. Seeing your photos is very inspiring…You’ve motivated me to sign up for another marathon myself!

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74 Amy January 10, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Awesome recap – you had me tearing up! What a great family and boyfriend you have! Great job!

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75 Maggie January 10, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Congratulations! What a great job! So inspiring!

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76 postcollegecook January 10, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Congrats Meghann! Great job setting a new PR and having a blast training and running!

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77 jennylikestorun January 10, 2010 at 8:11 pm

CONGRATULATIONS GIRL! You ARE a machine :D I’m so proud of you and you’re so inspiring.
You finished in an EXCELLENT time, you’re a huge role model of mine.

WELL DONE!! :D

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78 Becky January 10, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Congrats, congrats, congrats!! I couldn’t wait to read your recap today. I can’t believe how cold it was! I’m so happy for you–I teared up a little too! I look forward to feeling that accomplished one day. I hope that you can get some well deserved rest tonight.

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79 Tracey @ tropicalhappiness January 10, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Wow!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!! Congrats on all of your training, congrats on finishing, congrats on your amazing time!!!! YOU ROCK!

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80 meyergirl January 10, 2010 at 8:19 pm

You are amazing!!! :) SO inspiring. :)

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81 Britt January 10, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Great job!!! Congrats!!
Yes, there are some very boring sections to the race. Lots of behind the scenes not so pretty parts, but it is exciting to look forward to running through the parks.
Yum! Post marathon burger!!! That is usually my post race meal of choice.

Awesome run!

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82 Tina January 10, 2010 at 8:21 pm

CONGRATS!!! You definitely rocked it! What an awesome time!

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83 Heather January 10, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Congratulations!! I hope you’re not too bruised up from your spill- I bet they didn’t even think of the water freezing. Such an amazing accomplishment!

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84 Saima January 10, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Congratulations!! what an awesome update…Loved it!!

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85 Hangry Pants January 10, 2010 at 8:41 pm

I think it’s so cool that now whenever you go there you can say, I ran this whole place! Awesome and congratulations to Kelly too!!!!

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86 melissa January 10, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Congrats! Thank you for sharing your recap and journey with us! Congrats to Kelly too!

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87 Heather January 10, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Congratulations!!!! You kicked butt!

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88 kirsten January 10, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Congrats Meghann! You and Kelly both did so great :)

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89 Dawn January 10, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Congratulations on a great race! I was tracking you and was completely impressed by how consistent your pace was overall. Nice work!

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90 Kelly January 10, 2010 at 8:50 pm

CONGRATS, I am so happy for you and Kelly and all the other amazing girls who did this. I can’t believe how cold it was, what a mean trick for you Florida girls!

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91 Tay January 10, 2010 at 8:56 pm

First off – CONGRATS. It’s an amazing accomplishment. Second, your recap gave me chills and literally brought tears to my eyes. Disney is one of my dream marathons – I think it’s awesome to run through the parks and take pictures with the characters. It holds such a special place in my heart from childhood, that I just think it’d be amazing to run though it. Suffering through my injury now, it’s hard to think I may never run it. But your recap gave me hope. And I really hope I can one day run through the magic like you :-)

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92 Ashley January 10, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Congratulations! I’m really enjoying reading the recaps–all you gals who ran the marathon are such an inspiration! This is getting me excited about working my way up to training for my city’s half marathon this November!

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93 J. January 10, 2010 at 8:57 pm

This was such an inspirational post! I seriously almost have tears because I’m so proud of you and I don’t even know you!!!
I’m on week three of the Couch to 5K program and I dream of doing what you just accomplished one day! Congrats!

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94 Claudia @ ... and so I ran January 10, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Congrats! you rocked it!! Loved your recap.

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95 Erica January 10, 2010 at 9:04 pm

I am teary-eyed reading your recap! I remember my half-mary and the emotions I felt as I was so close to finishing, then crossing the finish line, and when I found my family. It was like all the time, tears, effort, pain, MILES had paid off and was SO WORTH IT! So I’m feelin ya, and gettin teary right with ya!

I am so proud of you!! Such an awesome accomplishment and what an amazing time! I can’t say it enough…AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!

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96 Karla January 10, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Congratulations on an amazing run!!

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97 Louise January 10, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Yeah!! Perfect post, I needed a tissue at the end! You and Kelly are so lucky to have such a supportive family/boyfriends. C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S ! ! !

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98 nutritionbyeve January 10, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Congratulations!! You should be so proud of yourself. I can’t believe it was that cold – this morning on the news I saw the temperature for Orlando and felt so bad for all the marathoners. You really did a fabulous job despite the conditions. Thanks for the detailed recap.

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99 Danielle January 10, 2010 at 9:25 pm

I love race recaps! Congratulations!!!!

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100 kandkfood January 10, 2010 at 9:32 pm

COngrats!!! Looks like you did an awesome job! I heart bahama breeze!!!

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101 Lauren(athleat) January 10, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Congrats! You did awesome and shld be so proud. Rest up and enjoy it!

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102 Rosey Rebecca January 10, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Congratulations!! I really enjoyed reading your recap! You’re an inspiration!!

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103 Heather (The Single Dish) January 10, 2010 at 9:50 pm

CONGRATS. Awesome job.

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104 Rachel January 10, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Wow! Congratulations!!!!

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105 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) January 10, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Congrats Meghann–what an accomplishment! I may or may not have shed a few tears reading your recap! Enjoy the endorphins!! I’m sure they’ll be around for awhile :)

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106 Angie (Losing It and Loving It) January 10, 2010 at 10:04 pm

WOW what an inspiration! You did an awesome job. I can’t believe it’s so cold there in FL. So glad to see you have such a supportive family and boyfriend. That is wonderful.

Congrats Meghann!

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107 allijag January 10, 2010 at 10:06 pm

congrats my darling! i am so proud of you – you kicked ass just like i knew you would (and its so nice you and kelly got to run a marathon together!) i hope your behind is okay! :(

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108 Lyn January 10, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Congrats on finishing and meeting your goal! So awesome!

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109 Jenna January 10, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Congratulations Meghann!!
What a great post! It seems like the marathon was tons of fun running through disney!
You should be do proud of yourself!!
Jenna

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110 Heather Eats Almond Butter January 10, 2010 at 10:21 pm

I got chills reading this, and I LOVED the picture of you at the end when you saw your family. You are well loved Meghann…what a cold day to be a spectator! How wonderful to have your whole family and Derek there. :)

Congrats my friend (to your sister as well). Take it easy this week. You’ve earned it!

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111 stacey (runwithhappiness) January 10, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Congrats Meghann!

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112 TorontoGirloutWest January 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Meghann,

Yaaaaaaay congrats! :) You did an awesome job!!!

And your recap was so good, I felt like I was there! Thank-you for writing such a comprehensive and honest account of the marathon. Even including pics where you look like you were in pain!

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113 busygradgirl January 10, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Awesome job! Awesome training :) So glad that today was another PR for you!! Congratulations!

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114 Jill January 10, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Congratulations! Wow! I’ve been reading along with your training and I’m so excited for you! You’re inspiring those of us who have been thinking of graduating from 5 and 10ks.

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115 biz319 January 10, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Congrats on such an awesome time!!! And congrats to Kelly too!

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116 weightwatchersforone January 10, 2010 at 10:52 pm

congrats!! you are amazing!

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117 Erica January 10, 2010 at 10:55 pm

i wanted to stop by and give you my congratulations you did such an amazing job. :)

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118 jenngirl January 10, 2010 at 10:59 pm

Wow CONGRATS Meghann! Both you and Kelly did amazing! I was so excited for you while reading this! :)

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119 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) January 10, 2010 at 11:00 pm

AWESOME JOB!!! You did great girl – awesome time, and the emotion in all of your photos is touching :-)

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120 beckm82 January 10, 2010 at 11:01 pm

Congrats! You did a fantastic job!

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121 Kelly H. (the running phoodie) January 10, 2010 at 11:03 pm

I can not believe you ran in those temps wearing CAPRIS!! You are CUH-RAZY!!! Congrats on conquering the cold and on your awesome time :)

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122 slowmiles January 10, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Congrats!!! such an inspiring post!@

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123 psychoj1 January 10, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Congrats girl! SO exciting! I hope you are enjoying a HUGE bowl of FROYO!
<3 jess

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124 Lisa January 10, 2010 at 11:26 pm

Congratulations! From a blog lurker, I am so inspired by your accomplishments! :) And it makes me even more excited for the half marathon I signed up for.

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125 Katie January 10, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Congrats! You deserved every bite of that yummy burger!

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126 Gina January 10, 2010 at 11:41 pm

Yay! Way to go! So glad all went well for you and your sister! You guys are amazing!

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127 Anne January 10, 2010 at 11:48 pm

I’m delurking! This post was incredible and really moving. You’re incredible!

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128 Meg C. January 10, 2010 at 11:48 pm

congrats on your fab finish! how awesome of your fam to come out and support you – they seem great!

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129 Naomi January 10, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Good on you Meghann, not only did you run a marathon and run it in a great time, you’ve inspired more people than you know to give it a go too – (eeeek
scary!)

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130 Chelsea January 11, 2010 at 12:04 am

You gave me tears reading this. AWESOME JOB!!!

Look at it this way-maybe you don’t need to do an ice bath because of the cold ?!?!?

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131 Whole Body Love January 11, 2010 at 12:33 am

CONGRATS!!! I run in 20 degree weather often here but A WHOLE MARATHON IN SUBFREEZING TEMPERATURES!!! You girls are amazing!

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132 Lizzy January 11, 2010 at 1:03 am

I got chills reading this! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! i’m so proud of you! you did amazing considering the temps out there! you should be so proud of yourself! I hope your legs start to recover asap, and your butt is ok from falling!

http://saladdiva.wordpress.com

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133 Jessica @ Jessica Balances January 11, 2010 at 1:05 am

Congrats!!! I have been following your training and thought of you, Caitlin, Kelly and Megan all morning – hoping it wouldn’t be too cold, but I guess it was awfully frigid! Congrats on such a fantastic marathon time!!! Girl, you are FAST!

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134 gina (fitnessista) January 11, 2010 at 1:59 am

congratulations! in the freezing cold, even! you are a ROCKSTAR :D

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135 Amy January 11, 2010 at 8:14 am

So exciting! I love having your blog as a motivator! :)

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136 zestycook January 11, 2010 at 8:35 am

Great Job Meghann!

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137 Emily January 11, 2010 at 8:39 am

You are amazing!!!

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138 fitandfortysomething January 11, 2010 at 9:44 am

What a great recap! You looked great and it also looked like you had fun!

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139 Julie @ Wearing Mascara January 11, 2010 at 9:56 am

LOVE IT! This is so inspiring! I haven’t ran a marathon (yet) but I think I may soon :-) Thank you for posting this and CONGRATS!!!!!!

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140 Jordan @ Salt Sweat Sugar January 11, 2010 at 10:19 am

Congrats! I’m so proud of all of my ladies =]

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141 rachael January 11, 2010 at 10:37 am

Congrats on your amazing accomplishment!

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142 joy January 11, 2010 at 10:49 am

i have tears – great job

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143 Jenn January 11, 2010 at 11:19 am

Congratulations! You are such an inspiration. You have inspired me to sign up and start training for my next race. It might be a half marathon or a full, but I am going to finally find one and sign up and train! Thank you!

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144 Whit January 11, 2010 at 11:28 am

Congrats to you and Kelly both! You did AMAZING! Do you think it helped knowing what to expect…it being your second marathon?

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145 Meghann January 11, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Yes! I think that helped alot!

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146 Mariah January 11, 2010 at 11:33 am

Congratulations on your marathon! You are so inspiring!

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147 Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen January 11, 2010 at 11:41 am

what a great time! i’m super impressed :) such an inspiring blogger you are!

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148 Mary January 11, 2010 at 11:52 am

What a great recap! It sounded beautiful and like it was an amazing race for you, I am trying to be more of a regular reader and commenter, the blog is great and I am inspired by you! Congrats on a great race and great time!

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149 Amy January 11, 2010 at 11:57 am

You are fast like a cobra Meghann! AMAZING time!

Way to go… way to FRIGGIN go! :)

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150 Casey January 11, 2010 at 12:10 pm

CONGRATS Meghann!!! Sounds like you had a wonderful time and had an experience to remember!!

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151 RunToTheFinish January 11, 2010 at 12:29 pm

yeah sister sister love! way to go meghann! i hope we get to race together again soon now that I am all healed. any luck with the relay team?

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152 Monica C. January 11, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Wow!! Great, great job!!! Congratulations to you and Kelly (my 1st marathon time was also 4:52). Meghann, I couldn’t wait to read about your marathon and you really rocked that race!! I know you must feel on top of the world (although in pain!). :)

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153 Steel Springs January 11, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Congratulations! I loved reading your race report!

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154 Katie January 11, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Congratulations, Megan + Kelly!!!

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155 Ali January 11, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Congrats!!!! Awesome job! GREAT recap too, I love reading all the details of your experience!

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156 Sarah (from See Sarah Eat) January 11, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Great job Meghann! I really enjoyed reading your recap :)

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157 Elina January 11, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Congratulations, Meghann!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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158 Susan January 11, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Meghann!!! I’ve been MIA but I HAD to stop by to give you a big congrats and virtual hug for finishing the marathon!!! I started reading your blog about a year ago, and I remember you saying you wanted to do the Disney marathon when you volunteered. It must have felt a-mazing finally doing it!! And you’re time is stellar. Off to read your next post. Hope you’re mobile today :P

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159 katajess January 12, 2010 at 2:38 am

This recap is amazing. :D I’m so proud of how well you did, those conditions sound brutal. Hope you can bask in your marathon high for a while to come. :)

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160 skinny latte January 12, 2010 at 11:03 am

What an inspiring read. Congratulations on getting over the finishing line in such a rockin’ time!! Well done!!! :)

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161 aron January 14, 2010 at 4:03 pm

meghann!!!! i am late but CONGRATS girl! you did awesome! best part about the second marathon? you can now say “i run marathons” instead of “i’ve ran a marathon” :) congratsssss! <3

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162 Mike M August 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm

It was very cool to read your summary of the WDW marathon. I am running the Half Marathon this upcoming January 2012, and I’m very excited. If you don’t mind me asking, what camera did you use during the race (I see you took a few pictures of yourself and some other stuff).

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163 Jimmy September 4, 2012 at 10:23 am

Looks like you had a ton of fun I’m happy for you.

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