177 responses

  1. Mara @ What’s For Dinner?
    October 11, 2010

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Wow amazing job well done- great race report= makes it seem like an amazing marathon to run.
    πŸ™‚
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  18. Heather
    October 11, 2010

    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

    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

    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™‚

    xxx
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  21. Hope
    October 11, 2010

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

  36. Alison (Ali on the Run)
    October 11, 2010

    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

    I loved reading your recap. You did great.
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  38. Kristyn
    October 11, 2010

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

  45. Katie @ Healthy Heddleston
    October 11, 2010

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Congratulations!!! So proud of you all for finishing!
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  52. Heather
    October 11, 2010

    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

    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

    You are awesome. SO inspiring!

  55. Jenny
    October 11, 2010

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

  56. AshleyCarole
    October 11, 2010

    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

    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

    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!
    Alison
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  59. Amanda
    October 11, 2010

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

    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

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

  62. Carly (Swim, Run, Om)
    October 11, 2010

    Congratulations, girl. πŸ™‚
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  63. Carolyn @ lovinlosing
    October 11, 2010

    Congrats! Sorry the conditions weren’t what you’d hoped, but you did fantastic!
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  64. marie
    October 11, 2010

    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

    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

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

  67. Whitney
    October 11, 2010

    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

    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

    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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    • Erin
      October 11, 2010

      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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  70. MaryBe
    October 11, 2010

    With marathons it seems you’re either freezing (Disney) or roasting (Chicago) yikes! Congrats on another great finish!
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  71. Amanda Davis
    October 11, 2010

    Congrats on completing the marathon, you definitely inspire me!
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  72. Kiran
    October 11, 2010

    Way to go! Congratulations every one πŸ™‚
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  73. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe
    October 11, 2010

    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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  74. Marg
    October 11, 2010

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

  75. Jen
    October 11, 2010

    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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  76. Michele @ Healthy Cultivations
    October 11, 2010

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

  77. Shannon, Tropical Eats
    October 11, 2010

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

    Congratulations!!!!!
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  78. Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather
    October 11, 2010

    Way to go, looks like you had an awesome time in such a fun place!
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  79. Suzanne
    October 11, 2010

    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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  80. emily
    October 11, 2010

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

  81. Kathryn @ Foodies Not Fatties
    October 11, 2010

    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!

  82. Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches
    October 11, 2010

    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™‚

  83. Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life
    October 11, 2010

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

  84. Exercise and Eat
    October 11, 2010

    Congrats!!

  85. Irina
    October 11, 2010

    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!

  86. Sarah
    October 11, 2010

    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!

  87. Bria
    October 11, 2010

    Congrats Meghann and Kelly!!! Great recap πŸ™‚
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  88. Kirsten
    October 11, 2010

    CONGRATS MEGHANN! LOVE U!

  89. Susan
    October 11, 2010

    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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    • Whitney
      October 11, 2010

      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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  90. Claire
    October 11, 2010

    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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  91. Heather
    October 11, 2010

    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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  92. Reenie
    October 11, 2010

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

  93. Jen
    October 11, 2010

    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.

  94. Jackie
    October 11, 2010

    Congratulations Meghann!

  95. Shanna, like Banana
    October 11, 2010

    Congrats! Thanks for the play by play for us non-marathoner runners…it makes me actually want to RUN!
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  96. Whitney
    October 11, 2010

    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.

  97. Sierra
    October 11, 2010

    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™‚

  98. Jill E.
    October 11, 2010

    Congrats! So inspiring. thanks so much for sharing.

  99. Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    October 11, 2010

    Congratulations Meghann!
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  100. Marina
    October 11, 2010

    Congratulations! You girls are so amazing, unbelievable πŸ™‚
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  101. Erin
    October 11, 2010

    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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  102. gina (fitnessista)
    October 11, 2010

    CONGRATULATIONS!
    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™‚
    xoxo

  103. Fallon
    October 11, 2010

    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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  104. angie
    October 11, 2010

    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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  105. Ashley
    October 11, 2010

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

  106. Smash
    October 11, 2010

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

  107. breakingsilence @ Freshman -15
    October 11, 2010

    Congrats Meghann!! Great job!
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  108. Marci
    October 11, 2010

    Soo soo awesome! Congrats and I hope you get to rest your legs! Great recap!
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  109. Gina G
    October 11, 2010

    WAY TO GO, you all are AMAZING! πŸ˜€

  110. Alicia at Poise in Parma
    October 11, 2010

    I live streamed the coverage on NBCChicago.com yesterday, thinking of you all the entire time! What a fabulous race. Congrats on an awesome job!
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  111. Megan (The Runner’s Kitchen)
    October 11, 2010

    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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  112. Erin
    October 11, 2010

    Congratulations, Meghann! You are an inspiration!

  113. aron
    October 11, 2010

    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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  114. Jessica@tastyandtrim
    October 11, 2010

    Loved reading your recap! I seriously laughed out loud when you mentioned people doing lunges and squats before the race..no 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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  115. Alyssa
    October 11, 2010

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

  116. rachael
    October 11, 2010

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

  117. Sarah
    October 11, 2010

    AMAZING.
    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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  118. Hangry Pants
    October 11, 2010

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

  119. Elizabeth
    October 11, 2010

    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™‚

  120. Mama Pea
    October 11, 2010

    Congratulations. Truly amazing. Be proud of your accomplishments!!!!!!
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  121. Tiffany (Stuffed with Fluff)
    October 11, 2010

    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

  122. Lizzy
    October 11, 2010

    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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  123. Amy K. @ Onehealthypeanut
    October 11, 2010

    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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  124. Dione
    October 11, 2010

    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!

  125. RunningOnCoffee
    October 11, 2010

    Congratulations!!

    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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  126. Jenny
    October 11, 2010

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

  127. Lisa
    October 11, 2010

    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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  128. Ash Bear
    October 11, 2010

    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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  129. shorty
    October 11, 2010

    You inspire me:)

  130. Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers
    October 11, 2010

    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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  131. caronae
    October 11, 2010

    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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  132. Dana
    October 11, 2010

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

  133. Jasmine @ Eat Move Write
    October 11, 2010

    That was one of the best race recaps I’ve ever read. Congrats to all of you!!!
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  134. Summer
    October 11, 2010

    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!

  135. melissa
    October 11, 2010

    I was thinking of you as I was running a half. You really have to do NYC! Pretty please?
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  136. Whitney
    October 11, 2010

    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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  137. Paige @ Running Around Normal
    October 11, 2010

    This recap was captivating!!! And totally has me wanting to run a marathon now πŸ™‚
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  138. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat)
    October 11, 2010

    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™‚

  139. Sarah (A Runner’s Heart)
    October 11, 2010

    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™‚

  140. brandi
    October 11, 2010

    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!

  141. rebecca lustig
    October 11, 2010

    great pics! so glad the race went well and you kicked some major butt πŸ™‚
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  142. Clare @ Fitting It All In
    October 11, 2010

    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:)

    YOU DID IT!!

  143. Clare @ Fitting It All In
    October 11, 2010

    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?

  144. Kristin
    October 11, 2010

    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!

  145. Samantha Mason
    October 11, 2010

    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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  146. LoLo
    October 11, 2010

    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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  147. Julie @ Wearing Mascara
    October 11, 2010

    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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  148. Jae
    October 11, 2010

    CONGRATULATIONS! πŸ˜€

    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™‚

  149. Nichole
    October 11, 2010

    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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  150. Mica
    October 11, 2010

    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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  151. SaraRM
    October 11, 2010

    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.

  152. Cailin @ Stir Crazy
    October 11, 2010

    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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  153. Heather
    October 11, 2010

    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

  154. Emily
    October 11, 2010

    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˜‰

  155. cara
    October 11, 2010

    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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  156. Kate@andwhenshesays
    October 11, 2010

    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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  157. skinnyrunner
    October 11, 2010

    congratulations on rocking it even in sucky conditions. i couldnt make it in that hot of weather!
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  158. Kate
    October 11, 2010

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

    • RunningOnCoffee
      October 11, 2010

      and a panini!
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  159. Kim @ Kim Lives Healthy
    October 11, 2010

    You girls rock! So proud of you for finishing together – enjoy the mega-refueling and rest time πŸ™‚
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  160. margo
    October 11, 2010

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

  161. Cate
    October 11, 2010

    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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  162. runnin4fun
    October 11, 2010

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

  163. Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    October 11, 2010

    Wow that is AMAZING!!! A huge congratulations!
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  164. Natalie
    October 11, 2010

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

  165. Anne P
    October 12, 2010

    YAY! Loved reading your recap and seeing all the happy photos of you girls after finishing – congrats!! πŸ™‚
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  166. Nikka B
    October 12, 2010

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! YOU ARE SO AWESOME!

    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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  167. Emily [Emilyeatsclean]
    October 12, 2010

    How awesome to finish a marathon with your sis…..CONGRATS to you both!!
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  168. Pure2raw twins
    October 12, 2010

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

  169. Heather Eats Almond Butter
    October 12, 2010

    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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  170. April B
    October 19, 2010

    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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  171. Katherina @ Zephyr Runs
    May 26, 2011

    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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  172. Connie Lawson
    June 16, 2011

    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!

    • Meghann
      June 16, 2011

      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.

  173. Britt @ Run with Britt
    September 16, 2011

    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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