103 responses

  1. swimsutra
    April 3, 2010

    Wow, congratulations on such an awesome, fun race! Ultra-marathon… so crazy, in a good way! 🙂

    • Will Wiebe
      August 7, 2012

      Congratulations! Loved your story… a couple of questions for you??

      How long was your prep training time prior to your 50k? What sort of nutrition program did you integrate as part of your training. I will be running
      my first 50k, October 13th, 2012. I’m a triathlete, yet, I know training for a 50k is alot different. How many miles did you run weekly prior to your 50k?

      Look forward to hearing from you



  2. Christie
    April 3, 2010

    Way to go on the ultra — totally badass!

  3. thefitbride
    April 3, 2010

    Yaay for you! That sounds like such a fun race.

    Also, 6-19 is my birthday, so it’s clearly an awesome finish time, too.

    For the next week, you should just tack on “ultra” to every adjective you use. Like “I am ULTRA hungry,” or “this report I’m reading is ULTRA sucky.”

  4. Mara @ What’s For Dinner?
    April 3, 2010

    UNBELIEVABLE!!! I’m so incredibly impressed that you did that race! Congrats!

  5. Jenna
    April 3, 2010

    Great day!!!

  6. Jenny
    April 3, 2010

    Congrats!!! Again, this proves your level of badass-ness! Sorry about the rude cracker barrel employee!

  7. caronae
    April 3, 2010

    You are a BEAST girl! Congrats and welcome to the ultra club; one that very few runners will ever join! Make sure you continue eating lots of protein carbs and calories tomorrow. Those pancakes look awesome; great post-race fuel. Warning: you may not be able to walk tomorrow…or the day after that….

  8. BethT
    April 3, 2010

    Girl, you are a machine! Way to go.

  9. Emily
    April 3, 2010

    Holy shit! 31 miles! You fucking rocked that race!!!!! Very impressive!!!

  10. Mish
    April 3, 2010

    It’s amazing what you can do. WOOT!

  11. valerie
    April 3, 2010

    you are soooo awesome! congrats. i’m very impressed.

  12. inmytummy
    April 3, 2010

    That’s awesome. Congrats!

  13. Whitney
    April 3, 2010

    That is amazing! How do you find out about all these cool races??

    Interesting fact: The screenplay for The Last Song was written for Miley Cyrus and before the novel was written. Miley actually chose the name Roni for the character. I haven’t seen it yet but I’m assuming that is why she did a good job and why it follows the book so well – the process went backwards 🙂

    • Kendall @ Whisk Her Away
      April 6, 2010

      This is why Nicholas Sparks loses all respect from me! Boo.

  14. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat)
    April 3, 2010

    I’m so impressed Meghann! Way to go! I hope you aren’t feeling too sore tomorrow, that trail looks way intense.

  15. Kayla
    April 3, 2010

    Congrats, that is so awesome. Did you just kind of look down at your legs and outfit when the manager made that comment? Sounds like an idiot. Hope you get some well deserved rest tomorrow!

  16. Ash Bear
    April 3, 2010

    Great job pretty lady! I’m so proud of you. I hope Ashley made it through in one piece. I can’t wait to hear more about it. I hope your package is there when you get home! 🙂 I met Kath today and we enjoyed lunch in Chelsea Market. I steered her clear of Amy’s 🙂 haha

  17. nancyrunswild
    April 3, 2010

    wow you are superwoman! this is incredible!

  18. morgan
    April 3, 2010

    While a 50K is hard and awesome, that distance is not an ultra marathon. Fifty plus miles is an ultra. Congrats on the finish!

    • Meghann
      April 4, 2010

      Actually the official definition of an ultra-marathon is :

      An ultramarathon (also called ultra distance) is any sporting event involving running longer than the traditional marathon length of 42.195 kilometres (26.2188 mi). There are two types of ultramarathon events: those that cover a specified distance, and events that take place during specified time (with the winner covering the most distance in that time). The most common distances are 50 and 100 miles, or 50 and 100 kilometers.

      Thank you very much 🙂

  19. Katy ( The Balanced Foodie )
    April 3, 2010

    Awesome recap!! You and Ashley are amazing, super proud of you!!

  20. Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    April 3, 2010

    Congrats Meghann!!! You really are a machine now. Mind sharing the hill running tips? There’s a trail here that is a roller coaster and I would love to be able to tackle them with good form.

    Also, glad you liked The Last Song, I wanna see it 🙂

  21. Teachermama
    April 4, 2010

    Wow! So proud! I’ve been looking forward to the recap all day! You are awesome! Cheers to a relaxing day tomorrow!

  22. Lauren
    April 4, 2010

    That sounds amazing! Congratulations

  23. Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    April 4, 2010

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! That’s a LOT of miles…you should be so proud of yourself!!! I hope you get to relax & recover the rest of the weekend…and drink out of your mug!! 🙂

  24. Kara (@ Kara’s Marathon)
    April 4, 2010

    Congrats congrats congrats!! 😀 You are so freaking hardcore! Also? I can’t imagine spending 90 minutes in the car after ANY race, much less a 50k!!

  25. Hillary
    April 4, 2010

    I could never imagine…never ever imagine. I think I would fall on my butt a dozen times. What an adventure. Congrats!

  26. luckytastebuds
    April 4, 2010

    You should be sooo proud of yourself!! Just reading your re-cap is getting me so excited!! Thanks to your inspiration, I started on a running plan a week ago and I went from running only 1 mile to being able to do 6! Thank you for continuing to inspire me and showing us all that you a marathon is just a step along the way! 🙂 I’m so excited to see what challenge you’ll be embarking on next! Go Meghann!

  27. justjac
    April 4, 2010

    Congrats Meghann!!
    This is so amazing and cool, what an accomplishment. I love the ‘dominated’ bfast…what a great reward for all that hard running. 😉 Did you go with Kelly and Caitlin or was that the only restaurant in town? lol 😉

  28. jo
    April 4, 2010

    An ultramarathon (also called ultra distance) is any sporting event involving running longer than the traditional marathon length of 42.195 kilometres (26.2188 mi).~

  29. Lin
    April 4, 2010

    holy sh*%! you ran amazingly!!!! you look like you are wearing brown leggings in the pic where you have your shoes off lol. maybe you can brand it marathon couture 😛

  30. Run Sarah
    April 4, 2010

    Congrats! What an awesome experience, and kudos to finishing on your own…I can def see how the trail would be a bit creepy in parts!

  31. Lauren
    April 4, 2010

    @Morgan: Actually, an ultra marathon is anything above a marathon —


    “An ultramarathon (also called ultra distance) is any sporting event involving running longer than the traditional marathon length of 42.195 kilometres (26.2188 mi).

    There are two types of ultramarathon events: those that cover a specified distance, and events that take place during specified time (with the winner covering the most distance in that time). The most common distances are 50 and 100 miles, or 50 and 100 kilometers.”

  32. Taysa (Water, Butter and Wine)
    April 4, 2010

    Congratulations!! What you did is incredible. I’m training right now for my first 5k–I can’t even imagine what it must of been like to run as long as you did today. But maybe someday I’ll get there! 🙂

  33. janetha
    April 4, 2010

    WOW meghann. congratulations. you are seriously SO amazing!

  34. britchickruns
    April 4, 2010

    Wow!! BRILLIANT re-cap – girl, you are INCREDIBLE!!
    You make me want to do one 😛
    You must have such amazing mental strength to have done all that..and gosh I so would have rubbed it in the server breakfast man’s face – if he thought I’d slept in til 11 when I’d run 30miles!? Hahalol
    Have a well earned break today!

  35. jentrinque
    April 4, 2010

    Congratulations Meghann, I’m so glad you did it and are DONE now! I hope tomorrow you can relax and recover, and I know you’re ready to take a break from super long runs for a couple of months. Enjoy!

  36. Kelly
    April 4, 2010

    A million congratulations on this! I have no idea how you do things like this, but you impress me!

  37. Nica
    April 4, 2010

    Congrats Meghann on finishing the Crooms. I know it’s tough. I too saw the Last Song…it was pretty good, but as another reader already commented this particular book was created to be a screenplay so it should be a better adaptation. Again, good job! Relax…you’ve earned it!

  38. Louise
    April 4, 2010

    C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S!

  39. Rachel
    April 4, 2010

    Congratulations! You are so amazing, strong, and courageous. It sounds like it was a tough but very rewarding race. I hope you relish the feeling of success for many days to come.
    Happy Easter! Hope today is a relaxing one for you.

  40. Gena
    April 4, 2010

    Way to go, Meghann!!!!

  41. Fit Chick in the City
    April 4, 2010

    You are amazing! Way to rock it out!

  42. Meg
    April 4, 2010

    You’re amazing!! Congratulations 😀

  43. Juil D.
    April 4, 2010

    Congrats – you did awesome!!

  44. Evan Thomas
    April 4, 2010

    Congratulations, ultramarathoner Meghann! Trail running is hard core!

  45. Anne P
    April 4, 2010

    Good for you, that’s awesome!!! 🙂

  46. shelly
    April 4, 2010

    Congrats on the run!! What an accomplishment!!

  47. Kath
    April 4, 2010

    Wow, congrats Meghann!! It’s so hard to express into words HOW LONG a 50K is!!!! That’s like running across a state!! Hope you have a restful Easter!

  48. Gina G
    April 4, 2010

    way to go girl!!! you dd amazing, your such an inspiration!=)

  49. dianacheung
    April 4, 2010

    my legs hurt just from reading this post. Great/amazing/etc run!! Hilarious that the manager was so oblivious to what you’ve been doing..HELLO you had on running gear and look dirty! I wonder if he thought you were homeless…tee hee. Enjoy a relaxing day!!! Rest your legs and eat up!

  50. Kathleen
    April 4, 2010

    ~*CONGRATULATIONS*~ You are amazing and fierce and dedicated and inspirational! 31 miles is a huge accomplishment! Hope the legs feel better now! Enjoy your Easter!!!

  51. runeatdatesleep
    April 4, 2010

    Congratulations! You are one incredibly inspiring woman! Great recap! 🙂

  52. Lauren @ A Fit Foodie
    April 4, 2010

    That’s awesome! I know you are feeling so proud of yourself! Now enjoy at wonderful Easter Sunday and relax!!!

  53. Lizzie
    April 4, 2010

    Dude, I’ve read your blog for a while and never commented, but I just have to say– congratulations. I can’t believe you ran 31 miles! So inspirational.

  54. feetinmotion
    April 4, 2010

    Congrats on the ultra! Do you plan on doing more in the future?

  55. amica82
    April 4, 2010

    Meghann, you rock! I ran cross country and have done trail runs but never anything longer than 3 miles. The fact that you ran on that type of terrain for over 6 hours is amazing! You should be so proud of yourself! 😀 Congrats!!!

  56. Morgan @ Life After Bagels
    April 4, 2010

    wow you never stop! This makes me feel like going for a run this morning 😉

  57. Matt
    April 4, 2010

    Congrats on the race! That is a major accomplishment!

  58. midgetkeeper
    April 4, 2010

    Congrats! What an accomplishment.

  59. Danielle
    April 4, 2010

    Congrats Meghann!! You know…I’ve never even dreamed of running a marathon, let alone an ultra marathon. But you’re inspiring me 😀

  60. Allison
    April 4, 2010

    I hope your legs are ok today. I walked a 50k a few years ago to support my mother. She trained. I did not. While the walk was bearable, the next day I was seriously feeling it and my feet were gross. I ended up losing a toe nail.

  61. Ashley
    April 4, 2010

    Wow, what an awesome time! I know I don’t have a 50K in me but these trail-run posts really, really make me want to do a trail run! 🙂

  62. Lauren
    April 4, 2010

    Good for you, Meghann! Awesome race and awesome finish. Congratulations on placing 2nd in your division…what a great achievement! Your collective body of readers is very proud of you! 🙂

    I’ve run a few marathons, but have not yet considered an ultra…we’ll see if that is in the cards for me one day! You make it look easy!

  63. Jes (Self Motivation)
    April 4, 2010

    Congratulations on your first Ultra! That is amazing!!

    P.S. I love your tattoo!

  64. Liz
    April 4, 2010

    31 miles?! You are AMAZING. Way to go Meghann!

  65. adrienmelaine
    April 4, 2010

    You are my hero!

    This is the most amazing post- I can’t believe you were still smiling even when you had another 3 hours left! Love it!


  66. Marina
    April 4, 2010

    Congratulations! You are a real fighter, and amazing!
    I admire you with all my heart! I hope you won’t feel too much pain, and that you’ll recover soon 😉

  67. maren
    April 4, 2010

    wow i cant even imagine running 31 miles! congrats that is a major accomplishment!

  68. Martha
    April 4, 2010

    Meghann — I don’t know how you run these marathons and ultra-marathons and still look AMAZING in your finish photo! I mean sure, in this one your legs are dirty, but you don’t even look tired or sweaty! Do you have some sort of secret?

    Congrats on your new accomplishment!

  69. epicourtusf
    April 4, 2010

    Wow, Meghann! Awesome job!! Happy Easter 🙂

  70. runnerforever
    April 4, 2010

    Congrats on being an official ultra marathoner!!

  71. sophicita
    April 4, 2010

    Congratulations! What a fantastic achievement! I am super jealous!! Hope you are proud of yourself – not many people will accomplish what you have just achieved!

    Do you have any tips for beginner trailrunners? I always get so jealous when I see people running along beautiful trails (which are a bit hard to come by if you live in Central London, but they do exist) and am a bit nervous about starting out!


    • Meghann
      April 4, 2010

      This was only second trail race, so I would consider myself an expert! I would say just to take the run slower than normal and to watch your step. Don’t shuffle your feet! that’s how I fell a couple of times 🙂

  72. hundredtenpounds
    April 4, 2010

    I love the picture of your muddy legs!!! Too funny!

  73. Gwen
    April 4, 2010

    You totally are ahhhmazing! WTG! Is that a snowflake on your foot? I have a snowflake tattoo and got really excited 🙂

    • Meghann
      April 4, 2010

      Really? Its so rare to find someone else who has a snowflake tattoo! I love mine 🙂

      • Gwen
        April 4, 2010

        Mine is on the inside of my right calf – I grew up in Vermont and it’s my way of always keeping a little bit of home with me! HEART

  74. jennifer
    April 4, 2010

    Congrats, Meghann! You are AWESOME!!

  75. amanda
    April 4, 2010

    you’re totally inspirational. it seriously blows my mind. my legs hurt just from reading about this.

    that mug makes it all worth it. :o)

  76. Karen w
    April 4, 2010

    Congratulations! So impressive – probably even moreso that you did it on a trail versus paved road. I can’t believe you went road tripping all over Florida after running!

  77. Karissa @ CardioFoodie
    April 4, 2010

    In case you haven’t heard it enough: Congratulations! Very impressive. I might have to start browsing the state of Texas to find a trail run.

  78. Sarah R
    April 4, 2010

    So many accomplishments this year, and it’s only April! You rock girl!

  79. Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    April 4, 2010

    congrats girl!! you are seriously awesome!!!

  80. theprocessofhealing
    April 4, 2010

    Congratulations!!!! That is absolutely amazing. Girl, you are just… wow. You are SUCH an inspiration to me, I can’t even tell you. I can’t run right now due to a stress fracture and I miss it like crazy. It’s been 4 months… 4 months too long. And will probably be another 4 months before I will be back to running. But things like this, the fact that you just went out and ran a 50k, gives me SO much hope. I know that no matter how long it takes me, one day, I am GOING to run a marathon. And an ultra-marathon? Who knows…

  81. Devon
    April 4, 2010

    Congrats on your first 50k! I imagine its the first of many? The trails and ultras have a way of drawing you in: the running, the trails, the people, the volunteers, the aid stations :). Aid stations never cease to entertain me, I have seen EVERYTHING at aid stations, even Crepes at a remote aid station in the mountains. Burgers, pizza, bacon… pretty hilarious. I can’t say I’ve ever eaten any of those things but I have been known to dip into the potatoes with salt.

    Enjoy your recovery! And it is pretty awesome you aren’t even so. I think that is one of my favorite parts of ultra trail races, the trails are so forgiving!

  82. Britt @ Runnerbelle
    April 4, 2010

    Congrats!!!! I love how you went to breakfast with your muddy legs! Ugh, I’m sure you were dying for that shower!!

  83. runningwithsass
    April 4, 2010

    congrats! what a great accomplishment!

  84. Hangry Pants
    April 4, 2010

    Congratulations Meghann!

  85. ginavan
    April 4, 2010

    Congratulations! You rock! What an accomplishment!

  86. Emilyeatsclean
    April 4, 2010

    CONGRATS!!! That’s about all I can say……what an amazing accomplishment!!!!!


  87. kirsten
    April 5, 2010

    congrats Meghann!! You’re amazing! 🙂

  88. lauren (athlEAT)
    April 5, 2010

    Amazing accomplishment!

  89. Whit
    April 5, 2010

    AWESOME! You totally rocked it!

  90. missyrayn
    April 5, 2010

    WOW!! I’ll say it again WOW!!! I think this is great and I’m so inspired by your running. Reading your stories pushes me to run the races I do.

    Congrats Meghann!

  91. Olivia
    April 5, 2010

    Amazing! You are a rock star! I can only hope to have a similar accomplishment someday!

  92. Danica
    April 6, 2010

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I LOVED reading your play by play recap – way to push through to the end. Seriously that mug makes it all worth it, I think 😉

  93. LeeLee
    September 14, 2010

    Anything over 26.2 is an ultramarathon. Morgan needs to be schooled. Good job! Congrats, ultra runner girl. I have my first 50 mile in February, 2011. My favorite saying is, “26.2, because 26.3 is too freaking long”.

  94. Joy
    November 19, 2010

    Found your blog through Marie Clare. Sorry for the negativity they associated with your blog. So far I see nothing , but postive.
    I just did my first marathon a month ago and looking at your race log got me thinking I’m not such a slag afterall. My times are very close to yours and I’m a 35 year old mom of two. I have my sights set for an ultra marathon in the future, but thought they were only 50 miles. Do you know where in the country they offer these 50k races? Looks like so much fun and a good intermediate race before tackeling the big one.
    Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  95. bluskyz
    December 7, 2010

    What a great review of what looks like an amazing race and a great experience! I’m doing my first 50K next weekend. Your writing inspired me and gave me confidence that I can do this. Thank you! Now off to look up this race…may be on my list of “runs to do”.

  96. mike
    February 6, 2011

    Go girl

    Just about to do my first 50km race in NZ and can’t wait

    Kia kaha


  97. Steven Romer
    March 25, 2013

    Doing my first 50k in 4 weeks — the “Earth Day 50k” in Crystal Lake… but I have never even run a marathon before, just a half-marathon. Great to read yet another successful 50k experience! Inspiring! (I want to make one of those smoothies too — with chia seeds, like in “Born to Run” 😉 Thanks for the report — it was really interesting and fun, and it really helps.

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