36 responses

  1. Leah
    January 18, 2010

    I really like this 1st post and can’t wait to read the rest of your thoughts. What time must you have to qualify for Boston?

    • Meghann
      January 18, 2010

      For my age I need to get under 3:40 to qualify 🙂

      • Leah
        January 18, 2010

        wow!!! have you read skinnyrunner’s blog? She just ran a marathon in 3:29 – maybe she’d have some tips for you, but I think with the amount of training that you do and the mindset that you have you’ll be able to do it!

  2. Gracie
    January 18, 2010

    I love reading posts like this and following your blog in general because I can really see the passion you have for running. I’ve been wanting to become a runner for years, and I’d dabble in it from time to time but then give up because I told myself I just “wasn’t cut out to be a runner.” I decided to make it one of my new year’s goals to run *3 miles,* and I just started that goal today (with 1/4 mile, hehe!). I actually started a challenge for myself called “I Dream of Running” 😛 And I’m really excited about it. I’m hoping that I love it and am as passionate about running as you are. I’ve also realized, though, that I might not be. I’m going to start running to prove to myself that *I can do it,* but if I get to my goal and realize that I just don’t enjoy running, I’m going to stop! If that’s the case, I hope I can find another fitness regime that I can be passionate about like you are with running. It really is so inspiring!! 🙂

    • kristen
      January 18, 2010

      I love your goal- good luck! That’s sort of how i started running too and I’ve ended up loving it. I hope you have a great time with starting to run.

  3. Jaimie
    January 18, 2010

    I think you should check out Run Less Run Faster. I just started using it for my upcoming half because I’m trying to beat 2 hours. Matt over at No Meat Athlete used it to qualify for Boston. It’s tough but you can definitely tell it’s working.

  4. Pam (Pamcakes and Eggs)
    January 18, 2010

    Yeah this was a great post! I’m always interested in hearing details of training schedules and results. Congratulations on the marathon time! It’s great!

  5. Casey
    January 18, 2010

    Wow good luck Meghann! I have no doubt that you’ll qualify for Boston, probably sooner than you think, with your determination! YAY for goals 🙂

  6. kristen
    January 18, 2010

    Meghann- I love your attitude and I know you will qualify for Boston. Good luck with your next training cycle.

  7. Deva (Voracious Vorilee)
    January 18, 2010

    I love how you took initiative to get faster for this marathon, and I’m sure with perseverence, you will BQ!

  8. fromatopink
    January 18, 2010

    I can’t imagine even finishing a marathon, let alone at that pace. Congrats!

  9. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat)
    January 18, 2010

    I have faith in you! You will definitely do it!

  10. foodfitnessandfreya
    January 18, 2010

    That’s such an incredible improvement! I’m doing my first marathon later in the year – do you think it’s better to go for the ‘just cross the line’ approach like in your first, or do more temp, intervals etc etc and go a bit faster? Personally I’m very competitive with myself….!

  11. Megan (The Runner’s Kitchen)
    January 18, 2010

    Intervals and tempo runs help SO much – have you thought about doing speed workouts with a local running club/team? I train with the Central Park Track Club and having other goal-oriented runners to do workouts and long runs with really pushes me to get faster and stronger.

  12. eaternotarunner
    January 18, 2010

    That is so awesome, I bet you will definitely qualify for Boston! Good luck!

  13. Melissa
    January 18, 2010

    I’m attempting to qualify for Boston this year, too! I’ve taken a decade off from marathon running but am starting again this year and it’s my New Year’s Resolution to give it my best shot! Of course being older now (41), I have to qualify in 3:50:59 or under and it’s going to be hard but I think I can do it finally and I’m certain that you can, too!
    I also started a blog about my training to keep me motivated and it’s really helping–not sure why.
    Anyway, best of luck!

  14. Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen
    January 18, 2010

    so cool! honestly, i don’t know if i will ever want to run a marathon, but i have a HUGE amount of respect for those who do! i’ve loved reading your accounts and training posts regardless, it’s so cool to see that progress 🙂

  15. Chelsea
    January 18, 2010

    Great post and great points. When I trained for the Ironman I worked with a coach and his goal was for us to have the best race we could. It was that and more. I finished with a respectable time and I wasn’t that sore when all was said and done. There were many other people who couldn’t say the same thing. A race is about the training 🙂

  16. Anna
    January 18, 2010

    Thanks for sharing your training schedule/plan! I really admire your ability to work hard to improve– obviously it paid off majorly!

  17. Heather
    January 18, 2010

    What an inspirational post. I would love to shave some time of my half marathon time and hope to run another one this spring and shave a few minutes off of it. My goal is to one day run a sub – 2 hour 1/2 marathon.

    I love reading your blog for some tips – and how did you make that amazing calendar? I wish I had your excel skills!

  18. Sarah
    January 18, 2010

    You should start looking for plans that have you running more than just one 20 miler, especially if you are seriously thinking that you want to BQ someday.

  19. fitandfortysomething
    January 18, 2010

    you will definitely qualify. you seem to be quite a gifted runner!

  20. megan
    January 18, 2010

    great goals! I’m sure with your determination you’ll get them. I don’t think I’ve ever trained for speed in my life, but it’s fun reading about your journey!

  21. RhodeyGirlTests
    January 18, 2010

    Great post. I can’t wait for part 2. I think a lot of people make the mistake of not planning exercise. You take the extreme opposite approach (as do I) and I love that! I have all my workouts planned too (although more loosely than you…)

  22. Jenna
    January 18, 2010

    Yay for the Boston marathon 🙂

  23. weightwatchersforone
    January 18, 2010

    That’s such an awesome time! I can’t believe you shaved 17 whole minutes off from your first marathon. You def will qualify for Boston!!

  24. Britt
    January 18, 2010

    I responded to your tweet last week, but I am positive you can qualify for Boston (aka BQ). I did my first marathon back in 2004 and was over 4 hours, did a couple more also 4 hours. But then I got serious with my speed training and something just clicked. I have qualified for Boston ever since. I’ll be running my 5th Boston Marathon this April and it will be the 4th time I have run it as a qualified runner. 🙂 You just have to commit yourself and you can do it!!

  25. Karla
    January 18, 2010

    I think you can definitely qualify for the Boston Marathon if you set your mind to it! I’m sure you will!

  26. AprilBRuns
    January 18, 2010

    Hey Meghann,
    I’ve enjoyed following your journey to your second marathon, particularly because I was doing the same thing. I ran my first marathon in 12/08 in 4:50. I was okay with it for a first but knew I could do better. I finished my second in 12/09 at the Dallas White Rock in 4:20. I’m now shooting for a third marathon in the fall of this year and hope to get close to or under 4:00 and then eventually also BQ. It’s fun to read about others who are working on similar goals. Good luck!

  27. Lauren
    January 18, 2010

    Wow Meghann-that is incredible. Very inspiring. I was hoping to do the San Diego Marathon in June but got 2 stress fractures in my ankle. Reading this makes me upset that I can’t run but excited to be able to run in a few months. I can’t wait for your post on weight because I have been curious about that and nervous about weight gain when I train for the marathon.

  28. Melissa
    January 18, 2010

    have you read run less, run faster? It’s a book published by runner’s world that is soley focused on training plans that will qualify anyone for boston. I will loan you my copy when you visit nyc if you want.

  29. Heather
    January 18, 2010

    I love dedicated you were to your plan, and the confidence it gave you! You sure worked hard and it paid off!

  30. Sarah
    January 18, 2010

    Hmmmm…..I’m training for the Vermont City Marathon (and tracking my trainingon http://www.fitography.wordpress.com). I ran it two years ago in 4:15 and was going to do the same training. Hal Higdon’s Novice I plan. Maybe I should reconsider and do a different plan, since you had such awesome results!

  31. jenngirl
    January 18, 2010

    This is so awesome to read Meghann! You are very inspiring, and a wonderful example that with a good plan and determined mind-set, we can achieve anything we set our mind to! 🙂

  32. Lily @ Lily’s Health Pad
    January 18, 2010

    I followed the intermediate plan from runnersworld.com when i trained for my marathon too. it served me well!

  33. Megan
    January 19, 2010

    I definitely reccommend setting a goal in the beginning of your training and sticking to it. It also is super helpful in figuring out what pace to do your tempo runs/speed runs. I decided I was going to qualify for Boston in Disney back in August, and having htat goal in mind was SUPER helpful in my training. I ended up PR’ing by over 30 minutes!!

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