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Chicago Marathon 10-10-10

by Meghann on October 11, 2010

I have a new favorite marathon. πŸ˜‰


Words can not describe how amazing running the Chicago Marathon was. It’s definitely an event that needs to be on the top of everyone’s life lists. From the amazing course, to the wall-to-wall spectators at every mile, it has to be one of the most emotional, encouraging marathons I have ever ran.

Thank you to the City of Chicago for making my day, my week, my month, my year. This marathon rocked!

Oh, except for the extreme heat and sun, but we’ll get to that. πŸ˜‰

Want to know what made it even more special? I was able to start AND finish with my sister by my side!


Surprise! We had actually been planning this a while, but didn’t want to jinx it in case things didn’t work out. It was a roller coaster of emotion the entire race, but nothing can’t beat finishing the Chicago Marathon with my sister’s hand in mine. I get teary eyed just thinking about it.

But, please read my full recap to get the whole story. It’s a good one! πŸ˜‰


I slept like a baby last night. Usually the night before big races I’m up tossing and turning all night, but that was not the case last night. There were no nightmares of sleeping in and missing the start or of having to drop out for one reason or another. Instead I was out like a rock until the alarm went off at 5:00am.

Once we were all up, the nerves definitely began to kick in.



All training season I’ve had a bagel or toast with almond butter before any long run. I have to be honest, after so much bread and nut butter over the last few months, the thought of anymore makes me gag. I had to literally choke down this bagel, almond butter, and peach this morning.


I’m sooo over bagels and nut butter, if it wasn’t for the fact that I knew this was the best way to fuel my runs I would be happy never to have the combination for breakfast again. Ever. But, it is good for my runs, so even though it was tough to get down, my body was happy for the optimal fuel.

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Having Bobbi, Kelly, and Theodora to get read for the marathon was amazing. We were all able to give each other great running advice, we were able to bounce good ideas off of each, and basically our room was just overflowing with pre-marathon energy. It was simply the best. πŸ™‚


Kelly and I had picked up 4:00 pace tats from the expo. These ended up being great reference points during the marathon. The numbers were big and easy to read. Wayyyy better than the pace bracelets I had on for DIsney last January.



This may be TMI, but I think it’s important from a marathoner perspective to get it out there that I was having a bit of stomach issues this morning. I just couldn’t, ummm, ‘go.’ I tried like 5 times before we left. I chugged some gatorade (which Bobbi told me later isn’t a good idea BEFORE the race – oops) and I tried a few sips of coffee (I don’t even drink coffee.) Nothing worked!

I was beginning to feel discouraged, but besides not being able to ‘go’ my stomach felt great. We began the 1 mile walk to the start line (yeah, that sucked) and luckily I was able to let it out at a porta potty at the starting line. I definitely let out a huge sigh of relief over that one.

Speaking of porta potties, the ones at the starts were great! There have to be at least a thousand and the lines were not bad all, we literally walked right into them. Way to go Chicago!


Since, Bobbi and I were in Open corrals (only the first 4 are seeded in Chicago) we tried to arrive early to make our way as bar to the front as possible. I kept hearing horror stories of people saying how CROWDED the open corrals get since you’re basically squished with 30,000 other runners. I was scared, but getting their early worked out great. We were able to walk to the front and had plenty of time to sit, relax, and chill before the start.




The people next to us were doing squats and lunges. I did NOT think that looked like a good idea. No thank you.


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The time went by too quickly and before we knew it they gates to the corral were closed and they were singing the national anthem.


As soon as the race started Sara turned to me and goes “Where are the fireworks?” Umm… it’s a 7:30 start in broad daylight – sorry, no fireworks. πŸ™


I think it took us about 7 minutes to make it to the start line, not bad considering there were 45,000 people running the race. πŸ™‚


It’s GO time!!


As soon as I crossed the finish line there was this huge RUSH of emotion. Spectators as far as the eyes could see and they were all cheering with so much enthusiasm and love. They were every too. Above us on the bridge, three rows deep on each side of the course, and just about anywhere else a spectator could possibly be. It was awesome and right then and there I fell in love with the Chicago Marathon.

The spectators continued like that the ENTIRE course. Love. πŸ™‚


The first 6 miles I felt like I was on a total high. The adrenaline of the race was pushing me through and Kelly, Bobbi, and myself were all pacing right on track for a sub- 4 hour marathon. In fact, we were almost right on spot with our splits!

The first miles of the race involves going into a tunnel for a good half of a mile and that had really funked up my Garmin. From then on the Garmin was pretty useless the rest of the race. The mileage was off and it kept giving me funky paces. One minute it said I was running 15 min/mile and the next 6:38 min/mile. Both too extreme and both were just plain not right.

Luckily, the time was always right. I used the Garmin as a stop watch and compared the time on my Garmin at each mile marker to the suggested goal time on my pace tat. It worked out perfectly.


At mile 7 I had some Sports Beans. I wasn’t hungry, but have learned you need to take your fuel before you feel hungry, or weak because by then it’s too late.

The first 10k was rockin’ and even the first 15k! It was the Half where things started to go down hill. Instead of improving our pace was dropping. At first we were 10 seconds off from our goal pace…then 30 seconds… then a full minute… etc.

Mentally, I kept telling myself we could make this time up at the end, but in the back of my mind I knew this wasn’t possible. Not only were we getting slower, but now it was getting hotter. Like really hot. And sunny! Lots and lots of run! The race had started with 65 degree temps and I could slowly feel that rising higher and higher.


Around mile 16, Bobbi had begun pulling ahead and Kelly was falling behind. We had all made a pact at the beginning: if oner person tells you to go ahead you listen, don’t feel like you have to stick it out the entire time. I stayed with Kelly for a little bit, but when she told me to go ahead and I felt my legs wanting to, I decided to take the chance and push through it.

I told Kelly she had this and pushed ahead.

Leaving Kelly was tough, but I also knew we both probably needed some alone time to concentrate and not feel like we were being pushed one way or another. I picked it up for a little bit, but the heat began to take it’s toll on me and I felt week.

For the first half of the marathon I held onto a water bottle that was filled with half gatorade and half water. As soon as I finished it, I ditched it and grabbed another water bottle from a spectator in the stands. After that I began alternating gatorade and water at each station, then I would take both gatorade AND water form each station. As the temps rose I began to drink more and more.

I also took orange slices from various spectators along the course. I was getting worried that bananas were the official snack of the Chicago Marathon and even the smell of bananas makes me nauseous. Thank goodness for spectators and their orange slices!


When I was beginning to feel my lowest at mile 18 a reader named Marina grabbed me and introduced herself to me. She had been running the race with the 4:00 pace group and couldn’t believe out of all the people running the race that she had been able to spot my shirt. She asked if she could run a couple of miles with me and I said sure.

I was beginning to feel like crap, but Marina looked great. She was so peppy and still full of energy, it was a great distraction to the task at hand. I actually felt bad because I wasn’t my usual peppy self and she really was a sweet girl that I would LOVE to have had a long conversation with under normal circumstances, but instead it turned into a one sided conversation where she spoke and I grunted.

After a couple of miles I began to feel like I was really holding Marina back, so I encouraged her to go on (by the way Marina, how did you do?!?!? πŸ™‚ and for the first time during the race I walked.

I walked for 20 seconds and began to pick it up again.

I was alone, I was hurting, and I was reaching deep inside for inspiration to go on. All I can say is thank goodness I had ironed my name on the front of my shirt! Everyone along the way was SOOOO encouraging, it was amazing. They all told me I had this race and that I could do it. I could have run over and hugged some of those spectators for cheering me on. They really were a blessing the entire race to keep my motivated and moving.

Also, the random signs along the course kept me entertained as well. I believe my favorites were “Why are you reading this? You should be running!” or the small yellow sign on top of a long stick that said “Tony, I’m here” with an arrow pointing down. I kept getting ideas for what Derek should hold next race. I decided right then and there I will not be relying on him for signage and instead will make my own and instruct him to hold it up so I know where he is along the way.

The best part was seeing the runners spot their family along the course. I know it’s only for for 2 or 3 seconds every hour or 2 hours in the marathon, but those 2 or 3 seconds are the best of any race. One guy I saw was shouting ‘Mom, Mom, Mom, MOTHER!’ at a lady in the crowd who was oblivious to the fact her son was passing her. It was actually pretty hilarious when she finally realized he was running by and had just about passed. All that waiting just to miss him in the last second. We all made sure to cheer though. πŸ™‚

By mile 22 I had adopted a run/walk/run/walk philosophy into my marathon running. The weather alert level yellow at the point and I was just plain hot.

I was running under the platform photographers snapping photos when I ran into this lovely lady.


Turns out Bobbi wasn’t having the greatest race either. When I found her she was on the phone with her husband instructing him to talk to her and keep her mind off of running. She was hot and in pain too. We decided to be hot and in pain together for the rest of the race.

We began to slow and decided to run 5 minutes and walk 30 seconds. Our first go I told her that was the longest 5 minutes of my life!

At that point I was on the look out for Kelly. She couldn’t be too far behind us and the original plan of finishing together seemed within reach.

Finally I heard a familiar voice from behind shout “MEGHANN!!” It was Kelly and she was ready to run to the finish line.

She kept shouting out random Running Mantras and was almost in tears she was so happy to see us. She was the burst of energy that Bobbi and I needed. She shouted ‘There’s no walking in marathons’ and forced us to kick it in high gear. This was it. We were going to finish just as we started – in a group, holding hands.


I will give Chicago some credit – they know to finish a race with a BANG. The last mile and a half was jam packed with enthusiastic spectators. It was amazing! Just what we needed to keep us motivated to push it through to the end.

All of a sudden I saw mile 25, then sign informing us we had a mile left. A speaker on the loud system was shouting “This race is almost over. You are about to finish the 31st Chicago Marathon. There is no turning back now, you are going to finish.” It hit me right then and there – hell yeah I’m going to finish! I’m going to finish with my sister by my side!

The marathon throws you off on the end by giving you two or three turns before the finish line. I saw one turn and thought it was the end. Nope. Another turn. Still no. THEN, the final turn had me looking at mile 26 and just beyond that the finish line.

Just one problem – why didn’t anyone warn me mile 26 was on a hill?!?!?! I think the three of us all had the same WTF looks on our faces when we saw that hill. There was nothing we could do, but push through it. After this one piece of torture we were home free!

I grabbed Kelly’s hand and together we crossed the finish line holding our hands up high.


We were about 15 minutes short of our 4:00 hour goal when we crossed that finish line, but with the awful heat, I’ll take it! Sometimes races aren’t about the times, sometimes they are about the experience and this race was definitely an experience! πŸ™‚

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Official Finish Time: 04:15:43


The pain started immediately as in all marathon finishes and unfortunately the pain was only the beginning, we still had to walk through the exit shoot and the 1 mile back to our hotel!

First things first though, there was a medal I had earned after all. πŸ˜‰





We went down the shoot grabbing waters, gatorades, cookies, and what ever else people would hand us to carry. We also spotted the 312 Beer Truck.



It seemed like a good idea at the time?


Unfortunately not so much. We had a photo opt, a couple of sips and into the trash they went. A large beer minutes after finishing a marathon isn’t such a good idea after all.

However, sitting with bags of ice and stretching is a FANTASTIC idea. πŸ™‚




Right before we changed, the race official changed the weather alert level to red. Thank goodness we finished when we did! I couldn’t believe people were still running in that heat!






On our 1 mile walk back to the hotel, we decided to stop at Jamba Juice to fill our empty tanks.


I had a medium Pumpkin Smash with some added Peanut Butter. it tasted liked a candy milkshake. It had to have been the best thing that has ever passed through my lips in my lifetime.


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We made it (slowly) back to our hotel and immediately spread out on the beds. It. was. glorious. πŸ™‚

From the comfort of our hotel we were able to catch up with all the other ladies we knew were running (Sara, Leslie, Theodora, and Brie totally rocked it! ) and showered the stink away. We all smelled. We smelled bad. Like really, really bad. :/

For some reason when we were booking our trip to Chicago a few months ago we all thought it would be a brilliant idea to fly back to Orlando the night of the marathon. Today? Not so much. Having to pack as soon as the marathon was over and not really getting a good rest before heading to the airport was a nightmare. Luckily, Theodora was staying another night, otherwise who knows what we would have done!

Kelly and I only had enough time for a quick lunch before our flight, so we went to the Corner Bakery down the street for some grub.



I ordered the Chicken Chille Panini and devoured every bite.


I was craving meat like WHOA! My body was CRAVING protein to repair the muscles!




Instead of messing with our luggage on the L train, Kelly and I took a cab to the airport. Best $35 we’ve ever spent if you ask me. πŸ˜‰ We got there in plenty of time for our flight – even more so when we discovered our flight was delayed 45 minutes… ughhh…

Luckily, our friend Sara and her boyfriend, Adam, were on the flight so we were able to tell horror stories from the race. It was fun to relive the moments when all the memories were so fresh in my mind.

The airport was limited on food choices, but I did manage to grab a custom salad to eat on the flight.


I had a big bowl of mixed greens, smoked turkey, corn, blue cheese, tomato, olives, mushrooms, and a side of balsamic vinaigrette.


They went heavy on the turkey to make it a little substantial. I know a salad seems like an odd dinner choice after a marathon, but the options really were limited and it’s what sounded good in the airport.

I paired it with an Oatmeal Raisin cookie the size of my head to balance it out a little.


I also had large handfuls of cereal straight from the box when I got home + LOTS & LOTS of water! πŸ™‚

Marathon appetites are usually stronger the next day. I fully plan to take advantage of that in the morning. πŸ˜‰

Speaking of morning, it’s probably time I get to bed. It’s been a long day and I haven’t even had as much as a nap today. Not cool.

Must. Sleep. Now.

Good Night!

1 Mara @ What's For Dinner? October 11, 2010 at 1:08 am

You rocked it just like I knew you would!!! Congrats to you and Kelly! You did our city proud πŸ™‚
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2 Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat October 11, 2010 at 1:09 am

Wow!! I spent all morning watching the Chicago Marathon coverage and thinking of you girls! With all this heat, I was only hoping that you all would be OK and finish. And you really did more than that!! Your time is fantastic, especially with this heat wave!

Great job!!
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3 Amy* October 11, 2010 at 1:09 am

Great job! I’ve been checking your twitter all day to see how you did. I’m glad that it was such a great experience!*

4 Lizz @ Leading the Good Life October 11, 2010 at 1:12 am

Congrats! And great recap. Sounds like you had an awesome time in Chicago! I’m definitely adding this race to the ‘must do’ list!
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5 postcollegecook October 11, 2010 at 1:16 am

Congrats Meghann!! Today was a brutal day for a marathon. That hill in mile 26 is cruel… but by then you’re so close to the end it’s hard not to push. Chicago Marathon is the only marathon I’ve run, but I can’t imagine a better one!

6 Sarah October 11, 2010 at 1:17 am

Way to go Meghann! I am running the Nike Women’s Marathon next Sunday (my first marathon) and LOVED reading your recap! πŸ™‚

7 Melissa October 11, 2010 at 1:19 am

Congratulations! Sounds like the race was a blast! You rocked it girl! How awesome to finish holding you sisters hand too! πŸ™‚ awww! You really make me want to run a marathon! – and I think it might have to be Chicago!

8 Phoebe October 11, 2010 at 1:26 am

What an amazing experience – congratulations! I just moved out of Chicago in July and I wish I had still been there to cheer you on. Great write-up too! Your describing finishing with Kelly was very moving. πŸ˜€ Congrats again!

9 Nikky October 11, 2010 at 1:26 am

You did awesome!!! I’m so happy for you and I’m not gonna lie I broke into tears reading this…so inspiring!!!

10 Pam October 11, 2010 at 1:27 am

Awesome job!!! Loved reading your recap – such an accomplishment, love that you could do it with your sis! You guys are amazing.

11 Lin October 11, 2010 at 1:32 am

Great job on the marathon Meghann!!!! I loved reading your post! I’m so impressed that you managed to finish with such a great time despite the heat!
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12 maria @ Chasing the Now October 11, 2010 at 1:46 am

Awesome recap. I’m sorry it was a rough race, but I’m so glad it was a good experience for you all. That’s what really matters and what you will remember in the end! πŸ™‚

I almost teared up a few times reading this. So emotional, for sure.
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13 Runeatrepeat October 11, 2010 at 1:50 am

Love love love! Great job! Heat is a killer and you did an amazing job on the race!
So proud of you πŸ™‚
I’ve been waiting to read your recap all day…now I can go meemees.
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14 Midwestern Magnolia October 11, 2010 at 2:00 am

I’m officially ignited to attempt running a half as a result of all your marathon posts. You are so inspirational!
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15 Kathryn October 11, 2010 at 2:03 am

It might be because I have a crush on Chicago or maybe I’m a sucker for a good holding-hands-while-crossing-the-finish story, but this might be one of my favorite race recaps I have ever read. Go you!
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16 Freya October 11, 2010 at 2:27 am

Amazing recap!! I can’ t believe you got 4hr15, that’s incredible! And to run it with your sister(at least parts) in all that heat…wow!!
Yo have give me so much confidence for mine in 3weeks. You rock Meghann!
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17 Maria @ runningcupcake October 11, 2010 at 2:31 am

Wow amazing job well done- great race report= makes it seem like an amazing marathon to run.
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18 Heather October 11, 2010 at 2:33 am

Congratulations! Great race recap, I felt like I was there with you and felt the butterfiles you must have been feeling before the race. Great job πŸ™‚
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19 Lisa @ bakebikeblog October 11, 2010 at 2:36 am

I am so very very happy, proud and excited for all of you! What a wonderful race!!!
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20 Katy October 11, 2010 at 2:41 am

That was such an awesome recap!!! It made it especially awesome as I was listening to Born To Try by Delta Goodrem. *tear*

CONGRATS!! You make me want to run a marathon more and more (despite the pain.) What an inspiration πŸ™‚

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21 Hope October 11, 2010 at 2:50 am

Meghann, I loved this race recap! Well done to you and your sister! Must have been an awesome feeling to cross the line together!
Enjoy refueling tomorrow πŸ™‚
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22 Erica October 11, 2010 at 4:54 am

awwwwwwwwwww so cool that you got to run with your sister! Way to push through and finish that bad boy up. Beautiful medal, well deserved! I hope to day is a VERY relaxing day for you
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23 Jessica October 11, 2010 at 5:59 am

Congtats!!!! I teared up while reading that so I can’t even imagine the feeling of crossing the finish line with your sister! Anyone who can run a whole marathon is incredible, and a 4:15 finish is just outstanding! πŸ™‚

24 ida October 11, 2010 at 6:12 am

What a great recap! I love that you and your sister ran together. Congrats on a great race in bad conditions. Hope you recover quickly.

25 Tina October 11, 2010 at 6:42 am

Congrats!!! I couldn’t believe how much warmer it was this weekend. It must have been tough, but you pushed through (but of course) and should be proud.
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26 jocelyn @ enthusiastic runner October 11, 2010 at 6:54 am

Congratulations! It looks like you had so much fun! It has been great to see you go from the beginning of training to the actual marathon!! So, what marathon are you running next?? HAHA. Enjoy finishing Chicago!!
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27 Dori October 11, 2010 at 6:57 am

Congratulations!!! This is such a great recap, and Chicago sounds like the most incredible marathon to run! I am so happy you were able to find your sister and finish with her. I like her hat! AWESOME race medal, best I have ever seen. Although having the Bank of America logo (even fake) tattooed on my arm sounds like a hell I would not want to endure πŸ˜‰

Your times stopped coming to my cell phone after the halfway mark, but my other friend’s were still coming to me, so I was really worried that something happened. Happy that is not the case. Your time is amazing despite the challenges! Mazel tov!!!
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28 Natalie October 11, 2010 at 7:00 am

Congrats! Chicago was my first marathon back in ’03 and I have not yet run a race that compares to the energy and enthusiasm. How priceless to get to finish hand-in-hand with your sister!

29 Jen October 11, 2010 at 7:12 am

I am so, so, so happy for you! You must have been thrilled when Kelly found you! I think it’s amazingly impressive you were able to go from run/walk to completely running again at the end of a marathon. The whole recap was seriously inspirational Meghann. You should be so proud! I hope you’re rocking that medal to work today πŸ˜‰

Why is it bad to drink gatorade before the race? I do it all the time, uh oh!
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30 Lauren October 11, 2010 at 7:20 am

Meghann, I have tears in my eyes as I read this! This is by far, your best race recap I have ever followed you through. I am so proud of you and this incredible accomplishment! πŸ™‚ You are such an inspiration lady! Congrats on a wonderful race.
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31 Christie October 11, 2010 at 7:20 am

I tracked you online all morning. I added your sister in as well and watched on the map as you finished together. I cried for you. For people that I have never met, I was so very proud of you guys. You are amazing. Congratulations!!!! πŸ™‚

I wanna run Chicago now.

32 Marika October 11, 2010 at 7:24 am

Well done! It’s so fun to read your race recaps and so inspiring too… makes me want to run one next year! πŸ™‚
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33 alison October 11, 2010 at 7:26 am

I’m so happy you were able to finish hand-in-hand with your sister. Despite the heat (ugh), I’m happy you had such a satisfying marathon experience.
Congratulations! (to Kelly and Bobbie, too!)

Rest up!
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34 Krystina October 11, 2010 at 7:35 am

Congrats! But it doesn’t seem like you ate enough to refuel after a marathon, if that’s all you ate. I hope you eat more at home. :\
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35 ellie October 11, 2010 at 7:46 am

Congratulations! Wow, what a great story. πŸ™‚

36 Alison (Ali on the Run) October 11, 2010 at 7:49 am

Yay!!! Awesome recap, Meghann, and CONGRATULATIONS on a killer race! You totally inspired me and I definitely want to do Chicago next year! Hope you get lots of rest today. Congrats!
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37 Lee October 11, 2010 at 7:57 am

I loved reading your recap. You did great.
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38 Kristyn October 11, 2010 at 7:58 am

HUGE CONGRATS, Meghann! What a wonderful experience and feeling it must have been to cross the line with Kelly. Family is everything and that must have put the icing on top of your marathon cake. =) Awesome!!

39 Lily's Health Pad October 11, 2010 at 8:01 am

This was so much fun to read! What an awesome marathon, and kudos to you for sticking with it despite the intense heat. This is a memory you and Kelly will share forever.

40 Jamie @ Food in Real Life October 11, 2010 at 8:05 am

Great recap! That’s crazy about the heat. Have you ever run Philly? I heard it’s a great race, I’m running the 1/2 in November and my sisters are running the full. I’m getting butterflies just looking at all your pics!
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41 Tabitha (From Single to Married) October 11, 2010 at 8:07 am

wow – what an amazing journey! And btw, I’ve always wondered what you do about going to the bathroom so I appreciate that extra tidbit. πŸ™‚ Congrats on running such a great race – you’re amazing!
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42 Kelly October 11, 2010 at 8:11 am

Sorry about the heat and rough race, major congrats on finishing!! I was trying to track you guys, but my texts were all off, and some never came. Annoying.
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43 Becky October 11, 2010 at 8:12 am

Congratulations to you and your sister! What an amazing way to experience Chicago! This post made me so emotional for my first marathon next week. I’m all teary…and very happy for you!
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44 Food & Other Things October 11, 2010 at 8:16 am

Congrats on your marathon! That’s so cool you got to run it with your sister!!

45 Katie @ Healthy Heddleston October 11, 2010 at 8:17 am

Great job Meghann! I’m so happy you and Kelly got to start and end together–how memorable!!!
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46 MarathonVal October 11, 2010 at 8:21 am

So glad you had a great time at my hometown race! It’s unbelievable that it was so hot becuase the past month it has been PERFECT, fall running temps…. totally out of the blue.

What a speedy finish time!!! Congrats!!

47 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine October 11, 2010 at 8:24 am

Wow- AMAZING job!! Congrats on a job well done- you must be so proud of yourself!!
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48 Michelle October 11, 2010 at 8:26 am

A huge congrats to you & Kelly! Absolutely loved reading the recap! So detailed! The pictures are great!!! GO YOU!!! <333
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49 amanda @ fake ginger October 11, 2010 at 8:27 am

Way to go! You did awesome! πŸ™‚ Hope you’re not too sore today!
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50 Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa October 11, 2010 at 8:28 am

CONGRATULATIONS! I kept telling my husband yesterday that I was jealous of everyone running Chicago! I still have 1.5 months to go until my marathon!
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51 Mindy @ just a one girl revolution. October 11, 2010 at 8:34 am

Congratulations!!! So proud of you all for finishing!
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52 Heather October 11, 2010 at 8:35 am

Congrats Meghann!!!! Your recap is so upbeat and inspiring even though you had a rough run. I can’t believe how hot it got. I love that you got to finish with your sister- what an amazing mention that must have been. πŸ™‚

53 karla October 11, 2010 at 8:35 am

congrats!!! that’s so great that you and kelly were able to finish together! my sister and i ran the nike women’s marathon together last year and it was an experience i’ll never forget…we finished hand in hand also!

thanks for the great recap of the chicago marathon….i think you’ve inspired me to sign up for next year’s race.

54 Shah'ada October 11, 2010 at 8:37 am

You are awesome. SO inspiring!

55 Jenny October 11, 2010 at 8:38 am

Congrats! Such an inspiring post. Makes me want to run a marathon as well πŸ™‚

56 AshleyCarole October 11, 2010 at 8:39 am

Amazing! This is such great inspiration! I loved every small detail. I am running my first 1/2 in a month and this is such great motivation!!

57 Katy October 11, 2010 at 8:51 am

Oh my gosh…reading your recap is dangerous. It makes me want to go sign up for a marathon.

I LOVED hearing about your tough moments, especially. I think people assume that well-trained marathon runners just glide through events like this. It speaks to the character of all finishers that this is an ELITE event and incredibly difficult to finish. I hope you remember this feeling every time you look at your medal!
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58 Alison (Fueling for Fitness) October 11, 2010 at 8:51 am

Congrats on having such a great experience! Mine was not so great, but it was my first and I definitely learned a lot of things. My finish time was off by almost 40 minutes from my goal. I’m kind of heartbroken, but I’m trying to take everything into stride! I think I was at around mile 20 when I saw them change the heat warning to red.. ahhhh!

I agree that the crowds were amazing though!

Congrats again!
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59 Amanda October 11, 2010 at 8:55 am

Awesome job! I’m glad my city hosted such a great marathon!
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60 Jillian @ Reshape Your Life October 11, 2010 at 9:03 am

Reading this makes me want to run a marathon one day!

Congratulations you absolutely ROCKED it!
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61 Kath October 11, 2010 at 9:07 am

CONGRATS again Meghann!! You make marathons look so easy πŸ™‚

62 Carly (Swim, Run, Om) October 11, 2010 at 9:08 am

Congratulations, girl. πŸ™‚
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63 Carolyn @ lovinlosing October 11, 2010 at 9:19 am

Congrats! Sorry the conditions weren’t what you’d hoped, but you did fantastic!
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64 marie October 11, 2010 at 9:22 am

Congratulations!! That is such an AWESOME accomplishment!!!

And, just so you know, you and a couple of my other favorite bloggers inspired me to try the couch to 5k program. I had my second wog (walk/jog) session this morning, and my DH wogged with me. So, as you bask in the accomplishment of running Chicago, please know that, by sharing your running adventures, you’ve inspired at least one other person (2 if you count DH) to get a bit healthier, too. Bravo, Meghann!!!

65 Corey @ The Runner's Cookie October 11, 2010 at 9:26 am

Congratulations!! Finishing a marathon is the best feeling. I totally know what you mean about the amazing feeling of finishing with your sister – I finished the Boston marathon holding my mom’s hand twice and it was incredible. Enjoy the post-marathon bliss!

66 Lizzy October 11, 2010 at 9:30 am

i’m so happy for you Meghann! You rocked it! πŸ™‚ CONGRATS

67 Whitney October 11, 2010 at 9:30 am

Congrats on the marathon!!! I wish I could have stayed in Chicago longer to cheer everyone on. And it was great to meet you on Saturday!

68 Erin October 11, 2010 at 9:32 am

First, Congrats!!!
My Monday (and every other morning) ritual is to read your blog when I get to work. This morning it brought a tear to my eye…I loved it! I tried to answer the phone and was to choked up to say hello. Your recap is such an inspiration and makes me strive to finish more and more races. I am running the 5k at the Baltimore Running Festival this weekend and after reading this, I will be cheering those 1/2 and full marathoners to the finish! Have fun refueling this morning…you totally deserve it!!

69 Lauren @ Running Examiner October 11, 2010 at 9:33 am

Congratulations, Meghann! You did wonderfully, as did Kelly! I must admit that I got a little teary-eyed reading your recap…I can’t think of a better way to run a marathon than with your sister at your side. I’m hoping my sister and I can share this experience one day, once she recovers from her (running) injury.

Regardless…I think you may have convinced me to run Chicago next year πŸ˜‰ I think it would make for a good 3rd marathon. I just hope that heat was an anomaly!

Again, yay for your accomplishment! You’re a fantastic runner.
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70 Erin October 11, 2010 at 11:03 am

The heat seems to becoming the norm. For the past 4 years it’s been hot 3 out of 4. Boo!
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71 MaryBe October 11, 2010 at 9:33 am

With marathons it seems you’re either freezing (Disney) or roasting (Chicago) yikes! Congrats on another great finish!
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72 Amanda Davis October 11, 2010 at 9:36 am

Congrats on completing the marathon, you definitely inspire me!
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73 Kiran October 11, 2010 at 9:38 am

Way to go! Congratulations every one πŸ™‚
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74 Alayna @ Thyme Bombe October 11, 2010 at 9:40 am

Congratulations Meghann! How inspiring, maybe someday I’ll feel like I can do that. For now, it’s awesome to get to experience your joy (and pain) on race day. Thanks for an awesome recap!
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75 Marg October 11, 2010 at 9:41 am

Wow! Congrats on running the marathon!!!! What a great story.

76 Jen October 11, 2010 at 9:43 am

Congratulations Meghann!!! Way to finish strong despite the heat – and with your sister. What a special memory! Totally got chills and tears in my eyes reading this – I’m running MCM in 3 weeks and SO READY!

Thank you so much for the great race recap – you are so inspiring!
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77 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations October 11, 2010 at 9:43 am

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Looks and sounds like Chicago is an amazing big city race!! πŸ™‚

78 Shannon, Tropical Eats October 11, 2010 at 9:43 am

Meghann, you are AMAZING!!! It made me cheezy smile that you and Kelly got to finish together πŸ™‚ Sisters are the best!

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79 Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather October 11, 2010 at 9:47 am

Way to go, looks like you had an awesome time in such a fun place!
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80 Suzanne October 11, 2010 at 9:52 am

I normally don’t cry on monday mornings but I’ll make an exception this time. Amazing recap. Absolutely inspired by you. I hope you wear your medal for the entire week.
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81 emily October 11, 2010 at 9:54 am

You are awesome! Reading this was so much fun – I think you ought to make a book out of your race recaps!

82 Kathryn @ Foodies Not Fatties October 11, 2010 at 9:54 am

Wow! What a great recap! I am not much for running yet, first real 5K since I was a teen in December, but reading about your experience has opened my mind to the possibility of running a marathon….someday!

83 Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches October 11, 2010 at 9:57 am

As someone whose very first marathon is going down next week, I absolutely loved reading this! What an experience….makes me both incredibly excited and incredibly anxious for my marathon on Sunday. πŸ™‚

84 Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life October 11, 2010 at 9:58 am

Congrats on finishing the race! I loved your recap-it makes me want to run the Chicago marathon next year!

85 Exercise and Eat October 11, 2010 at 9:58 am


86 Irina October 11, 2010 at 10:00 am

Hey Meghann! It’s “Marina”! It’s actually Irina but you misheard my name. No worries, this happens quite a bit. My sister’s name is Marina actually! Haha. Anyway, it was really great running into you! Sorry to hear that it wasn’t the best timing – I could tell you were struggling and I definitely was too. Way too hot for 26.2 miles! I wasn’t able to make it under 4 hrs but I did break my PR and came in at 4:08:01. Considering the conditions, I am very pleased!

Congrats to you and Kelly on finishing strong. Glad you were able to do it together!

87 Sarah October 11, 2010 at 10:01 am

congrats meghann! great recap:). i was watching the race and it was such a cool thing to watch! the heat was crazy though! don’t know how you did it:). hope you are feeling ok today!

88 Bria October 11, 2010 at 10:01 am

Congrats Meghann and Kelly!!! Great recap πŸ™‚
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89 Kirsten October 11, 2010 at 10:09 am


90 Susan October 11, 2010 at 10:12 am

What are the chances that it would be that hot during an October race in Chicago?? Crazy!!! You and Kelly did amazing! Congrats on another marathon Meghann – you really are an inspiration to lil’ ole runners like me πŸ˜‰
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91 Whitney October 11, 2010 at 10:47 am

Crazy enough it has been hot 3 out of the past 4 years! Last year it was nice and cold. Sadly we didn’t luck out with that this year.
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92 Claire October 11, 2010 at 10:15 am

YAY! CONGRATS LADY! You are so inspiring and I bet it was so exciting to finish with your sister…I would love to do that one day too! Rest up!
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93 Heather October 11, 2010 at 10:19 am

sounds like an awesome experience! When I heard yall were flying back right after the race I def. didn’t think that was a good idea haha! I dont even like driving anywhere after a race. we did a half last year and drove 3 hours home right after and it was miserable!
Love all the pictures, sounds like you had a great time, and congrats!
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94 Reenie October 11, 2010 at 10:28 am

Whooo hoooo!!! You girls rocked it!! πŸ™‚

95 Jen October 11, 2010 at 10:34 am

I totally want to run a marathon now!
I’m wondering if you have had that problem with your garmin before? Mine is doing that now (telling me I’m running 6-11 min miles) and I know that isn’t accurate. It use to be very consistent and accurate.

96 Jackie October 11, 2010 at 10:34 am

Congratulations Meghann!

97 Shanna, like Banana October 11, 2010 at 10:40 am

Congrats! Thanks for the play by play for us non-marathoner runners…it makes me actually want to RUN!
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98 Whitney October 11, 2010 at 10:47 am

Congrats on a great finish!

It took me MUCH longer than I hoped (I wanted 5:00 and ended up with 6:01) but I’m so happy I finished my first marathon.

The Red Alert hit for me at mile 15. When I saw that, it made it pretty hard. I’m glad you managed to get through before the heat.

99 Sierra October 11, 2010 at 10:47 am

I’ve been reading several blogs for months now, and came across yours after the ridiculous MC article. I just wanted to say that your journey to becoming healthy is so inspiring. I have been looking for that “nudge” towards healthier eating and more consistent workouts, and I feel so motivated reading your blog. I am sure you get this all the time, but I wanted to make sure you knew how inspirational you are- I even signed up for a half and I know I can do it!

Congrats on the marathon! And thanks πŸ™‚

100 Jill E. October 11, 2010 at 10:52 am

Congrats! So inspiring. thanks so much for sharing.

101 Beth @ DiningAndDishing October 11, 2010 at 10:53 am

Congratulations Meghann!
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102 Marina October 11, 2010 at 10:57 am

Congratulations! You girls are so amazing, unbelievable πŸ™‚
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103 Erin October 11, 2010 at 11:00 am

Congrats on finishing! I finished almost exactly an hour after you and sadly, by the time I got to where they had been handing out orange slices they were all out and when I finished there was no more ice at the finish line. I was 15 minutes off my original goal time, too. Darn that heat! I’m glad you had a good time anyway.
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104 gina (fitnessista) October 11, 2010 at 11:02 am

i have major goosebumps right now- loved reading your re-cap! let me know if i can take you out for celebratory vino this week πŸ™‚

105 Fallon October 11, 2010 at 11:08 am

WOW!! Amazing. I give your major props for running marathons. Can’t wait to see what you have under your belt next πŸ˜‰
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106 angie October 11, 2010 at 11:08 am

congrats! there will always be those races that test you! congrats for not giving up and finishing! “running is a mental sport….and we are all crazy!”
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107 Ashley October 11, 2010 at 11:11 am

Aww, what a great recap!! Congrats to you + your sister!! πŸ™‚

108 Smash October 11, 2010 at 11:18 am

CRAZY PROUD OF YOU, and EVERYONE for running the Chicago Marathon. Great recap — got teary-eyed at my desk reading it.

109 breakingsilence @ Freshman -15 October 11, 2010 at 11:20 am

Congrats Meghann!! Great job!
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110 Marci October 11, 2010 at 11:44 am

Soo soo awesome! Congrats and I hope you get to rest your legs! Great recap!
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111 Gina G October 11, 2010 at 12:04 pm

WAY TO GO, you all are AMAZING! πŸ˜€

112 Alicia at Poise in Parma October 11, 2010 at 12:13 pm

I live streamed the coverage on yesterday, thinking of you all the entire time! What a fabulous race. Congrats on an awesome job!
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113 Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) October 11, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Congrats!! I knew a lot of people running yesterday and I figured the heat would be a factor. That’s so awesome that you and Kelly finished side-by-side. I would love to run a race with my sis someday (even a 5k!)
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114 Erin October 11, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Congratulations, Meghann! You are an inspiration!

115 aron October 11, 2010 at 12:24 pm

such a great report meghann! congrats on a great race and toughing it out in that heat – gah i cant even imagine. so fun you guys all got to finish together. i completely agree, sometimes races are not about the time, its about the experience and this is definitely one you will never forget.
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116 Jessica@tastyandtrim October 11, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Loved reading your recap! I seriously laughed out loud when you mentioned people doing lunges and squats before the thank you! I think the 26 miles is enough of a leg workout πŸ˜‰ You absolutely rocked it! Congrats you seriously are amazing and such an inspiration. I hope to know what it feels like to cross that finish line one day too πŸ™‚
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117 Alyssa October 11, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Congratulations!!! You guys rocked it, even with the heat πŸ™‚

118 rachael October 11, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Congrats!!! I started tearing up reading this. What an amazing experience to start and finish with your sister!

119 Sarah October 11, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Also, I feel really inspired to sign up for next year’s Chicago Marathon. Do you think you’d do the same one again?
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120 Hangry Pants October 11, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Love that you did it with Kelly! Congrats to you both.

121 Elizabeth October 11, 2010 at 12:39 pm

You are so inspiring to me. Even though I’m far away from running a marathon, I am training for my first half marathon ever. For me running is always about the experience since I have a bad knee, my doctor says it’s awesome I even continue to try to run.

Anyways, I love your recap! A million congratulations to you! You deserve to eat whatever it is you want after that whether it’s a salad or a giant cookie πŸ™‚

So when’s the enxt race? πŸ™‚

122 Mama Pea October 11, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Congratulations. Truly amazing. Be proud of your accomplishments!!!!!!
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123 Tiffany (Stuffed with Fluff) October 11, 2010 at 12:42 pm

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t tearing up a little bit when I read that you crossed the finish line holding Kelly’s hand!

Congrats on battling the elements and finishing! And thank you for the great recap. It’s probably one of the best I’ve read

124 Lizzy October 11, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Amazing job! And 4:15 in that heat is an AWESOME time. I hope to do the same in NY in a couple weeks. So happy you got to finish with your sister!!!
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125 Amy K. @ Onehealthypeanut October 11, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Congrats on finishing the race πŸ™‚ I loved the recap, brought back such good memories of when I ran Chicago, it really is the BEST! Enjoy today, hope you get some relax time, you DESERVE IT!!
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126 Dione October 11, 2010 at 12:52 pm

I’m sitting at work while our system is down reading your recap and trying not to cry. So inspirational! Congrats to you and your sis for starting and finishing together. You did awesome!

127 RunningOnCoffee October 11, 2010 at 12:59 pm


Those pace tattoos are pretty cool!! I had a tunnel somewhere around mile 2-3 of my Philly half, and it screwed up my Garmin FR405 with splits too. Once I realized it was off, I tried hitting the lap button at the next mile marker, hoping it would at least be semi-accurate mile-by-mile from that point on.

I was in no mood for a beer after my half either. (Not to mention I was going to have to drive home very soon after!)

I would love to know what kind of packs you and your sister have, and what your thoughts are on them! (i.e. spibelt, ifitness, yours looks like something else though). I just received my ifitness double pouch in the mail, haven’t had a chance to use it yet though.

I’m amazed that you wore crops when it was so warm out! I wore shorts and a tank for my half that started in the mid 60s and got up to mid 70s before I finished. I hate being warm when I run!!
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128 Jenny October 11, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Wow, looks awesome! I want to do a half marathon so bad! Eventually a marathon of course : )

129 Lisa October 11, 2010 at 1:16 pm

I LOVE the recap and photos! What a cool experience. I love Chicago and some day I hope I can race it!
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130 Ash Bear October 11, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Congratulations! It was wonderful hearing your voice yesterday after the race. I’m glad you and Kelly were able to finish together. πŸ™‚ I thought of y’all during my 20 miler and it was the inspiration I needed!
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131 shorty October 11, 2010 at 1:40 pm

You inspire me:)

132 Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers October 11, 2010 at 1:41 pm

loved reading every word of this post! i could just feel your excitement! πŸ™‚ congrats on such a wonderful accomplishment, meghann!
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133 caronae October 11, 2010 at 1:52 pm

What a wonderful recap of a race! You clearly pushed through and worked hard for that finish! 4:15 is an amazing time, especially in the heat. You should be very proud of your body (and mind) for getting you there girl! Congrats!

xoxo Caronae
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134 Dana October 11, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Congratulations Meghann!! I’ll be looking forward to hearing about what’s next for you!

135 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write October 11, 2010 at 2:33 pm

That was one of the best race recaps I’ve ever read. Congrats to all of you!!!
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136 Summer October 11, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Way to go, girl! I’ve been following your blog for a while now, and I’ll could think this weekend was, “I can’t wait to get to my computer after Meghann finishes the marathon!” I felt so invested….congratulations again!

137 melissa October 11, 2010 at 2:47 pm

I was thinking of you as I was running a half. You really have to do NYC! Pretty please?
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138 Whitney October 11, 2010 at 3:26 pm

congrats!!! Reading that gave me the chills and brought back memories from Disney Marathon.

I’m sure you were happier in the heat then the freezing cold!! You guys did awesome.
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139 Paige @ Running Around Normal October 11, 2010 at 3:27 pm

This recap was captivating!!! And totally has me wanting to run a marathon now πŸ™‚
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140 Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) October 11, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Awesome recap! I’ve been wanting to train for a marathon with my little sister (The San Diego Rock n Roll) but I needed a little more motivation. Reading this recap did the trick! πŸ™‚

141 Sarah (A Runner's Heart) October 11, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Congratulations!!! This was an amazing recap! I felt like I was there with you! I almost cried when you started talking about the finish! πŸ™‚ I could feel of the excitement! 4:15 is an awesome time! You did great! You should feel so proud of yourself!! πŸ™‚ And it’s great you got to share it all with your sister! πŸ™‚

142 brandi October 11, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Wow! The best race recap I have ever read. You make me want to sign up for next year…I have family in the area, so why not? You had a great support team. Thanks for sharing this experience with us!

143 rebecca lustig October 11, 2010 at 4:39 pm

great pics! so glad the race went well and you kicked some major butt πŸ™‚
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144 Clare @ Fitting It All In October 11, 2010 at 4:50 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I was going to drive to Chicago to watch but was warned that was an AWFUL idea! I wish I could have been there to cheer you on.

On a side note – I had a beer after my first half marathon. It tasted amazing. But a half is just a wee bit different than a full:)


145 Clare @ Fitting It All In October 11, 2010 at 4:51 pm

AH I almost forgot – I couldn’t “go” before my half either! And I NEVER DID. I was so freaking nervous and upset, but I ended up being fine. Totally weird?

146 Kristin October 11, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Meghann, I have a question — have you ever considered getting a marathon-related tattoo? I’m running my first on Sunday and I’m seriously considering one. I’d probably go for a simple 26.2 and maybe a stick figure running on the inside of my ankle. Just curious if anyone else has considered it!

147 Samantha Mason October 11, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Wow. That sounds so intense. You almost make me want to run a marathon. Almost. Maybe someday I’ll do a 5k to start. πŸ™‚

Congrats! That is a great time!
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148 LoLo October 11, 2010 at 5:12 pm

How AWESOME!! What an amazing time and race! So proud of you and your sister and how cool to have been able to finish it together!! I hope you got some rest today and that you will be able to get some more tomorrow!! Congrats!!
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149 Julie @ Wearing Mascara October 11, 2010 at 5:15 pm

How fun! CONGRATS! πŸ™‚ It does look like a very fun marathon! I ran the Pittsburgh Half (which was also a full) and it seems very similar to Chicago with the crowd support. We were never alone and there were always tons of people!
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150 Jae October 11, 2010 at 5:28 pm


This post made me tear up. The way you described it, and the way that you guys looked after finishing it together made me so emotional. Im so glad that you and your sister were able to finish it together πŸ™‚

151 Nichole October 11, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Absolutely elated for you. What an amazing race. Glad I felt like I was there after your PERFECT recap!

Love the Nike 4 hour arm tats, brilliant. Kudos for all your hard work and training!
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152 Mica October 11, 2010 at 5:48 pm

I really enjoyed reading your Chicago recap. That heat sounds so intense, so props for getting through it with a smile on your face and friends by your side! Your recap almost (almost!) made me want to be out on the course too…except I actually would have died.

I remember that I was really touched by your comment when I ran CHI last year, so I’m hoping to return some of the love this year. Congratulations, Meghann!
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153 SaraRM October 11, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Congratulations! I love that you were able to finish with your sister.
I always get emotional during races when there are a lot of spectators, such an awesome experience.

154 Cailin @ Stir Crazy October 11, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Congratulations!! What an amazing recap! I was there cheering on my husband and all of the runners, and with that heat you should be so proud of your time!! He was also aiming for a 4 hour finish (so you guys were probably running very close to each other), and finished in 4:23. He said it was very difficult with the heat, but agrees with you that it’s an amazing course and an awesome marathon. I’m now considering running it someday. Chicago is a beautiful city!

Also, I loved your signs on the back of your shirts. Great motivation! Congrats again!
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155 Heather October 11, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Congrats on another great marathon! I loved reading your recap. I think I want to run Chicago next year now!! So sweet that you got to finish with your sister. Very touching

156 Emily October 11, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Sounds like the marathon was amazing!! I live in Chicago (well… did, but now im a freshman in college) and did my first race downtown in August- the Rock ‘N Roll Half Marathon. It. Was. A. Mazing. When you write about how amazing the spectators were and how they pushed you through the race, I know exactly what you’re saying. Clearly its a Chicago thing, and not just your specific race. I only turned on my ipod for 30 seconds at mile ten and promptly turned it off because hearing the crowd cheering was even better than any upbeat music. And I know exactly about that Garmin issue- I must have followed the same course (but you obviously ran twice as far) because I ran under that same bridge and for the rest of the race my Garmin was so messed up.

I’m so glad you enjoyed the race. Healthy Living Summit in Chicago again and plan it the same weekend as the Rock ‘n Roll Half on August 21st πŸ˜‰

157 cara October 11, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Yay super excited for you. Congratulations. I have enjoyed watching you train for this, and seeing the results is great! Good job!
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158 Kate@andwhenshesays October 11, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Congratulations girl! Not at all surprised that you finished, but absolutely amazed you have the energy to put together such a fabulous summary of the journey. So much fun to read!
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159 skinnyrunner October 11, 2010 at 7:04 pm

congratulations on rocking it even in sucky conditions. i couldnt make it in that hot of weather!
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160 Kate October 11, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Way to show Marie Claire wrong….a salad AND a cookie after a marathon. Sure showed them!

161 RunningOnCoffee October 11, 2010 at 8:21 pm

and a panini!
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162 Kim @ Kim Lives Healthy October 11, 2010 at 7:38 pm

You girls rock! So proud of you for finishing together – enjoy the mega-refueling and rest time πŸ™‚
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163 margo October 11, 2010 at 7:51 pm

i looked and looked for you gals, but didnt spot you… AWESOME JOB!

164 Cate October 11, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Congrats! I love reading race recaps and this one was great.
I am definitely adding this Marathon to my “Someday I Hope to Run this Race” list. I love Chicago (I am actually moving there next year) and, besides the heat, the race and energy sounded great.
How amazing that you got to finish with your sister too?!?! Awesome job! πŸ™‚
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165 runnin4fun October 11, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Wow!!! I am in awe. You are such a motivation. I loved this post!!

166 Jessica @ The Process of Healing October 11, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Wow that is AMAZING!!! A huge congratulations!
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167 Natalie October 11, 2010 at 10:27 pm

CONGRATS! Awesome post by the way, definitely inspired me to want to try Chicago next year (hopefully they have a half?…) GREAT JOBBBB : )

168 Anne P October 12, 2010 at 8:54 am

YAY! Loved reading your recap and seeing all the happy photos of you girls after finishing – congrats!! πŸ™‚
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169 Nikka B October 12, 2010 at 3:58 pm


When I read, ‘It hit me right then and there – hell yeah I’m going to finish! I’m going to finish with my sister by my side!’

I started tearing up. What a fantastic memory to have in your life!
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170 Emily [Emilyeatsclean] October 12, 2010 at 6:34 pm

How awesome to finish a marathon with your sis…..CONGRATS to you both!!
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171 Pure2raw twins October 12, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Congrats!! I have heard great things about the Chicago marathon, glad you had a great experience!!

172 Heather Eats Almond Butter October 12, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Amazing Meghann. You and Kelly look so happy in all of the photos, and I think it’s so cool the two of you ran together…definitely a memory you will never forget. πŸ™‚

P.S. I think the Pumpkin Smash with peanut butter was a much better choice over the beer. πŸ˜‰
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173 April B October 19, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Congrats on a great race!!! I finally posted my recap of the race as well if you want to check it out.
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174 Katherina @ Zephyr Runs May 26, 2011 at 3:44 pm

What a great recap… I’ve NEVER felt a marathon was in my cards but this post makes me really want to train for one!
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175 Connie Lawson June 16, 2011 at 1:25 pm

OMG I accidently came across your web page and read your Chicago 2010 marathon story!!! I am 44yo and Chicago 2011 will be my first marathon. I ran a 1/2 in May (2:05) and am scheduled to run another 1/2 in August. But my goal is to complete the Chicago Marathon in 4:30. I was crying by the end of your blog…. it was such an inspiration to me!!!!! Thank you sooooo much for sharing; it has help me to know what to expect when I run there. I don’t know you or your sister but I am sooooo proud of you BOTH!!!! YOU GO GALS!

176 Meghann June 16, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Thanks Connie!! You’re going to love running the Chicago Marathon! It’s still my favorite and if I didin’t have so many other races on my wish list, I would run it again in a heartbeat.

177 Britt @ Run with Britt September 16, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I just finished a half marathon in Chicago about a month ago and it was a great experience. I love the city!
I’m so happy I found your blog today. I’m training for a marathon right now, with 8 weeks until race day. Your recap really inspired me and has me pumped for my 17 mile run tomorrow morning and for race day! πŸ™‚
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