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Savannah Marathon Recap

by Meghann on November 5, 2011

We did it!

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26.2 miles. Done.

AND Ben managed to set a new PR!

We crossed the finish line hand-in-hand with a chip time of 4:16:16!! Woo hoo!

Race morning started ridiculously early (per usual) with our alarms beeping loudly at 3:30am. Ouch. The race didn’t start until 7:30, but we didn’t want to stress ourselves out with parking or shuttles. The plan was to get up and out the door in time to catch one of the first shuttles at 4:45am.

I pre-fueled for the race with a toasted(!!) cinnamon raisin bagel with almond butter.

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Toasted bagels are ONE MILLION times better than untoasted bagels. :)

We left the hotel a little later then planned and ended up at the Savannah Mall around 5:00am. When we pulled in, we drove by dozens of buses waiting to take runners to the start. There were barely any cars in the parking lot at this time and we had no problem walking right on a bus.

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I was really happy with RNR’s organization with getting people on buses. I discovered via twitter that other runners had problem with later buses, but arriving early really saved us any headaches. We were on a bus and ready to go as soon as we parked.

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Unfortunately the great organization ended there. You could really see some holes in the system when the bus driver made it near the start and had no clue where to drop us off. After circling downtown, she eventually apologized and let us off a couple of blocks away from the start. It wasn’t her fault, I just think there was a little miscommunication with the race organizers and the bus drivers.

We arrived at the start a full hour and a half before the start, but I’d rather be an hour early than 10 minutes late. ;) However, it was FREEZING by the river, so we sought shelter at the Hyatt.

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They had clean bathrooms, clean carpet to sit on, and hot coffee to drink. Worked for us.

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Our friend new friend Shannon joined us.

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We hung out as long a we could, but eventually made our way to gear check and our start corral.

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My little brother and I had decided when we registered for this race that we were going to run it together. After completing Augusta 70.3 at the end of September, we had no idea what to expect for this race. Was 6 weeks enough time to train for a marathon? We decided to just grit our teeth and see what we could do.

Yesterday we came up with the very loose goal of finishing under 4:30. Ben wanted to try and beat his former Nashville PR of 4:31and I just wanted to run with him. I told him that I hadn’t finished a marathon over 4:30 yet and I wasn’t planning to start now. If he wanted me to push him under 4:30, then I was going to deliver.

We entered corral 6 together and patiently waited for the start.

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Roughly 6 minutes after the start, we were off.

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The start was race perfect. There was no bottle necking and we were able to keep a great pace without having to weave in and out of walkers. We were cruising at a 9:00 min/mi pace and – for the first 10 miles – we had to constantly hold ourselves back from going too fast.

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I was warned ahead of time that the first few miles weren’t in the best area of Savannah, but I didn’t see that all. Instead, what I did see, were neighborhoods pouring into the streets and cheering on every marathoner and half marathoner as they ran by. The people were so enthusiastic and so welcoming of the runners that their energy only inspired me to run faster.

Honestly, the whole race course wasn’t very interesting, but the spirit of Savannah and the people that live here really made the race. I just wished that support had been consistent through the whole course and not just bits and pieces of it.

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The spectators weren’t the only friendly faces along the course, Ben and I chatted it up with a lot of our fellow runners as well. Ben wore his Country Music Nashville shirt and we had at least a dozen runners come up and ask if Ben was from Nashville or ask how the race was. We also made similar conversations with people who wore shorts of races we have done (or want to do). Everyone was all smiles and in chatty moods. The experience reminded me why I love runners and races. These people weren’t elitest runners, just ones that enjoy the sport and enjoy chatting with other runners who love it as much as they do.

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At mile 10 we stopped and did something I’ve never done in a race before, we took a porta potty break. Truth was I had to pee when the race started and had been holding it for the last 10 miles. I kept thinking the feeling would go away if I ignored it or that I could go just one more mile when I saw the lines at previous porta potties. Finally Ben said he had to go too and we made the quick pit stop. It really wasn’t that big of a deal, but I felt like I had just ended my porta-potty-free streak. boo.

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It wasn’t much longer after the porta potty break that we approached the half marathon/ marathon split and said good byes to our new half marathon friends. I was still feeling really good at this point and it didn’t even bother me knowing they were almost done and I wasn’t even halfway yet.

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The race got pretty boring after the split. We took an on-ramp onto a highway that took us an exit up the road. It was a little erie being on a big open road on foot without many people or cars around. It was also very quiet and lonely.

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When I packed for my marathon last weekend I left a lot of things out. I forgot a spybelt and ended up carrying my camera in my hands the whole time and I forgot race fuel. Luckily, Ben shared some of his with me. We ended up taking a Clif Shot Block every hour and I had a cup of Cytomax every other water station. The combination worked really well and kept my energy levels high through the race

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It was mile 16 when I realized if we kept a 10:00 min/mi pace for the next 10 miles then we had a good chance of coming in well under 4:15! Whoa! I quickly told Ben this and mentally changed our original goal from 4:30 to 4:15. My legs felt awesome, Ben looked awesome, and we only had 10 miles left. We could totally do this.

However, as soon as I set this new goal our pace started to slow down. The miles were getting to Ben and we had to deal with some pretty nasty headwinds on our return.

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Then, we hit mile 20 and Ben hit a hard wall. I pulled out all of the encouraging words I could come up with, but quickly realized Ben needed to be in his own mind at that moment. I pulled ahead slightly and told him to treat me as his rabbit and not let me out of his sight.

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Miles 21-24 were NOT pretty. It was 3 miles of going up and down a deserted highway with no end in sight and a lovely headwind to boot. Ugh.

I kept casually checking over my shoulder for Ben and could see him just a few feet behind me. I was still set on the goal of 4:15 and knew we could do it even with the slightly slower splits.

Then I hit a water station and realized Ben wasn’t behind me anymore. He had stopped to walk and I had lost sight of him. When some of the volunteers noticed that I stopped to wait they told me I was only 2.8 miles from the finish and I would see him then. I told them I wasn’t leaving my brother behind and we were going to finish this race together. Slowly, but surely, I saw him make his way up and told myself I wasn’t going to let him give up.

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I screamed. I yelled. I said dirty words. I knew Ben could do this and I wasn’t going to let him give up. If this meant that I had to push him across the finish line, then I was going to do it.

Ben threw his water bottle to the side and started saying something about his shirt suffocating him. He quickly shed his shirt and found his second wind. He was hurting, but he pushed through it and began to pick up his pace again.

After what seemed like an eternity we finally made it off of the highway and were on our way back to Savannah. The crowds began to fill in around us and I told Ben that Katy and Danielle were waiting for us at the finish line. He kept up the strong pace and just focused on the finish line.

With half a mile to go we really picked up the speed and at .1 miles we sprinted to the finish line.

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Done!

Official time: 4:16:16

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The finisher’s chute was short and just offered mini bagels, bananas, and fruit cups. I grabbed a mini bagel, but had one bite and quickly tossed it.

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Then the pain sinked in. It was so bad I wanted to cry. At the end of every marathon I always get a rush of pain to my legs that’s intense and awful. We had to walk to gear check a good half a mile away and all I wanted to do is curl up in a ball and sway back and forth. The pain only lasts for 5-10 minutes, but when it’s there it’s awful. However, when it’s gone – it’s gone.

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Thankfully Ben and I easily found Katy and Danielle (which was huge since none of our phones could make calls) and celebrated our accomplishments. (Katy and Danielle ran the half).

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And I FINALLY saw the fountain that is such an icon of Savannah that it’s the main photo on the medal.

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After our legs had time to recover from the race we went in the search of food.

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We found a cute cafe that was filled with runners and smelled delicious almost as soon as you walked in the door.

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We had a 20 minute wait, but it was worth it.

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At this point I felt like I had recovered enough where If I didn’t get enough to eat that I was going to faint. I ordered a soup and sandwich combo, but requested the tomato bisque come out first so I could eat something (anything) before I fainted.

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I polished off the soup, then started on my ham, brie, and apple baguette.

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Just what I needed. I pretty much ate the whole sandwich in one bite. :)

Final Race Thoughts

I was really disappointed that we didn’t run through downtown Savannah more during the race. I’ve always heard that Savannah is this cute old southern town, but most of what I saw was on the outskirts of town and nothing that Savannah is really famous for. I felt like this course could have been Anytown, U.S.A and no one would have known the difference.

It was a fast course with good people, but it was definitely a boring course full of nothing by runners.

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1 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 6, 2011 at 12:00 am

Great job on your race! I’m surprised the course didn’t take you through Savannah! It is my all time favorite southern city and it would have been MUCH more interesting had it been throughout the historic sections!
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2 Devon @ Answering Oliver November 6, 2011 at 12:01 am

LOVE that you waited for your brother and pushed him to the finish line! I almost teared up reading that : ) Great race — it made me REALLY excited for RnR Vegas in just under a month!!
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3 michelle November 6, 2011 at 12:03 am

great job for both of you!
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4 Cynthia November 6, 2011 at 12:20 am

Awesome job! So awesome you ran with your brother. I would have waited and dragged him across the finish line if i had to too.
I know just the pain your talking about. I get the same intense pain right after I run a marathon. It helps when I sit and stretch but pretty much last like 10 min. I always wonder if it’s the lactic acid working its way thru the legs.
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5 Caroline November 6, 2011 at 12:20 am

I love that you ran the race with your brother! I’m hoping to run one with my brother next year, but we’ll see if that happens. Congratulations on a great race, and for keeping such high motivation throughout!
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6 Sana November 6, 2011 at 12:48 am

So proud of you and Ben!
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7 Khushboo November 6, 2011 at 12:55 am

Wow loved this recap! Running is such a mental challenge too! Congrats to you and Ben!
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8 Alaina November 6, 2011 at 12:57 am

Great job on the race!! When I ran my marathon in Maine, the first part of the course had great crowd support, but in the middle, when you’re running on the back roads, that support is few and far between. Pretty course though. :-)
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9 Amy November 6, 2011 at 1:43 am

Yum, that sandwich looks amazing. Congrats to you and Ben!
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10 Amy November 6, 2011 at 1:49 am

You are so inspiring. I am so not a runner but one day I want to try to get out there and at least attempt a second 5K. I walked one once. I guess that’s not true…I ran a few steps. But it was exhilarating none the less. Thank you for sharing your journey with us!

Oh…I have the same Lululemon Spin me tank you ran the race in. How do you find the support for impact cardio (running)? I find I need to double up with another sports bra. I think I should have sized down. You look adorable in it =)

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11 Meghann November 6, 2011 at 7:52 am

I found the top very supportive. I was thinking about doing a post on it because I was pretty impressed with all my new Lulu gear. I didn’t chafe in the running skirt and I could adjust the supportive part of the tank top to be extra supportive in the race. My only complaint with the top (and this is because I have a short torso) is how long their tops are! I’m probably the only person out there that I’ve heard complain about that though.

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12 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) November 6, 2011 at 1:58 am

Congratulations! I’ve only run two marathons, but I’ll be damned if the pain isn’t the worst right after you stop and walk through the finisher’s chute. The whole experience is always worth it, though!
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13 Ash Bear November 6, 2011 at 5:10 am

I’m really sad that I was so right about this race. When I saw the map published a few months ago I had the same feelings you just articulated. It probably left a lot of people with a bad taste in their mouth instead of wanting to come back. It’d be like if the National Half/Full brought people to DC and then didn’t let them see the monuments.

Oh well, I’m so proud of you two and in awe of the way you rocked it. 1 single chew every hour? How in the heck 100 calories keeps you going for a 4 hour race I’ll never know. :)
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14 Meghann November 6, 2011 at 7:50 am

I took a single chomp every 3 miles, so it was every 30 minutes or so. Plus I was drinking Cytomax at every other water station (the only time they offered it!) I’m a big believer in counting those calories towards my total calories since 8 oz is roughly 70 calories.

I would really love to return to Savannah with you sometime! I feel like I didn’t even really get the chance to explore it. We didn’t see any of the cool parts of the city that I wanted to see. Boooo

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15 ~Jessica~ November 6, 2011 at 5:45 am

You shouldn’t feel bad for having to take a potty break – even Skinny Runner needed one, so there’s hope for us all!

Congrats on such a strong marathon finish – any ideas for number 8 ;)

xxx
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16 Meghann November 6, 2011 at 7:54 am

I just felt bad for ending my streak of having never used one in a race. Oh well! Still deciding on #8. Marathons are SO ADDICTING and I immediately wanted to sign up for another one when we finished (and was even thinking about that halfway through the race!)

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17 mary November 6, 2011 at 2:41 pm

ahem. Flying pig. :) I’m pretty much planning on it this spring!
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18 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 6, 2011 at 6:21 am

I’m sorry the course wasn’t great, but I can understand why, the streets in downtown have a lot of squares with roundabouts in them and can get narrow. They were probably not the best places to have crowds of runners going through. I hope you got to explore a bit though, it’s beautiful!
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19 Meghann November 6, 2011 at 7:54 am

I wish I had time to explore! I need to come back and do more exploring. I wish the race had been on Sunday so I could have walked around on Saturday. :(

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20 Lee November 6, 2011 at 7:12 am

Congrats! I think it’s great that you waited for Ben!

If you ever want to do another GA race, the Georgia Marathon (in ATL) is pretty scenic, going through all the different ATL neighborhoods.
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21 Meghann November 6, 2011 at 7:55 am

I heard that’s a hilly race! :)

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22 Brittney November 6, 2011 at 7:20 am

Great job to both you and Ben!! I was psyched when I saw you at the finish! Sorry I missed you guys at dinner last night, we didn’t get back to Hilton Head (my parents’ house) til pretty late, and then didn’t feel like coming all the way back to Savannah. I have a picture of you when I saw you at the finish though, I’ll email it! Hope dinner was fun!
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23 Meghann November 6, 2011 at 7:55 am

I couldn’t believe I saw you too! I’m sad you missed out on dinner, we had fun!

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24 Jen November 6, 2011 at 7:25 am

Congrats Meghann (and Ben)! I absolutely love that you waited for your brother and pushed him to finish! :)

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25 Hillary November 6, 2011 at 7:40 am

HUGE congrats to you guys!

Just one question: Savannah was a Rock N Roll race, right? Where was the RNR part of it?! I’m only asking because I’m running my first RNR in March and thought the whole point of it was the live music, etc. Was that totally absent from this race?
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26 Meghann November 6, 2011 at 7:58 am

It was the Rock N Roll. This was my second Rock N Roll race and both times I haven’t been impressed with the ‘Rock N Roll’ portion of them. The bands are usually subpar and spread out every 2 miles along the course. It takes you 30 seconds to run by them and you forget about them as soon as you pass. If you prefer running with music I would suggest still bringing you ipod for the ride.

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27 Hillary November 6, 2011 at 11:18 am

Ugh, that’s disappointing to hear. I was hoping that the RNR portion of it would make it pretty high energy! Thanks for the heads up; I’ll be sure to bring my iPod on the day of the race.
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28 Lexy @FireLitesFire November 6, 2011 at 7:44 am

Awesome race recap! Congratulations to you and your brother! So fun to read! :) I haven’t done a full marathon since January 2009, but this recap took my mind right back to all of those race day feelings. Good Job!!! :)
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29 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake November 6, 2011 at 7:46 am

Congrats on finishing under your goal… quite an accomplishment!
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30 Sarah November 6, 2011 at 7:47 am

Congrats on your race!! 4:16 is a great time. I’ve thought about running Savannah but after reading your recap I’m pretty disappointed. I would want to see more of downtown too.
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31 Keelie (SweatEqualsSuccess) November 6, 2011 at 7:59 am

AMAZING! Congrats!!!!
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32 Kelly November 6, 2011 at 8:06 am

SO proud of you guys!!!! Way to stick with Ben and encourage him all the way to the end! Love you! :)

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33 Elizabeth November 6, 2011 at 8:33 am

Awesome on the run and time!! I love savannah it is one of my favorite cities! I was disappointed to hear in your recap that you did not run through downtown as much, that was the only reason I was going to run the race!

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34 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 6, 2011 at 8:41 am

Great job Meghann (and Ben!) Congrats!
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35 Amy November 6, 2011 at 8:52 am

What a great result-way to go! Before you even mentioned it i was noticing how blah the course was in your pictures. I would’ve also expected much prettier scenery…At least the one with you and your medal by the fountain was nice.

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36 Evan Thomas November 6, 2011 at 8:57 am

Congratulations to both of you! Love that you waited for Ben. Such a good big sister.
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37 Caitlin November 6, 2011 at 9:12 am

A boring course must have made the mental battle all the more tough – good for you two! So awesome that you can run a marathon with your bro. That post-race bisque looks so good. Tomato bisque is my favorite soup! I’ve said this before but congrats again :)
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38 Carissa November 6, 2011 at 9:14 am

Congrats on a great race….great..boring race. You’re such a good motivator!
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39 Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 6, 2011 at 9:22 am

Congratulations!!! What an accomplishment. :)
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40 Girl on the Run November 6, 2011 at 9:31 am

Nice work!!! Congratulations!!
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41 Amanda @ JustAmandaJ November 6, 2011 at 9:34 am

Haha that last bit with Ben cracked me up, you can’t expect Shirtless Ben to finish a race not shirtless! Big congrats to you both!!!
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42 Cait's Plate November 6, 2011 at 9:40 am

CONGRATS!!!!
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43 Army Amy* November 6, 2011 at 10:00 am

I’m surprised that Ben kept his shirt on that long!*
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44 Amanda November 6, 2011 at 10:02 am

Bummer that it wasn’t a more scenic race, but congrats to you both nonetheless! You’re such a good sister. :)
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45 Jeff November 6, 2011 at 10:19 am

Congrats to you both great recap and pictures!
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46 Emily November 6, 2011 at 11:19 am

Congrats to you both! Love the picture of you 3 walking around in your “capes” :)
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47 Reenie November 6, 2011 at 11:25 am

Woot! Woot! Congrats Meghann & Ben….. you did great!!

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48 Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups November 6, 2011 at 11:26 am

Congrats to both you and Ben! That’s so great that you could encourage each other and finish strong together! It’s a huge accomplishment and I’m so excited and inpired by you!

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49 Emma November 6, 2011 at 11:48 am

I live in Savannah & ran yesterdays race as my first half! We were all disappointed at the race course…being honest it sucked. Definitely a bummer that all the runners that traveled here missed what makes Savannah beautiful. I know there was a lot of controversy picking the course and they are planning to change it next year. Oh well…still had a great race. Congrats & awesome job!!!

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50 Rachel November 6, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Loved reading this! I’m just getting back into running after having a baby 4 months ago. Reading this makes me want to work hard and be able to eventually run a half marathon and then a full. Congrats! I’m sure it’s a relief to be done. Definitely something to be proud of!
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51 Christine @ BookishlyB November 6, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Congrats! Aren’t brothers the best? I’ve never stopped at a porta potty either, but I’ve been told from lots of women that once you have kids it’s pretty much a given. So, one way or the other we’re all destined to take pit stops.
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52 Courtney @ The Petite AthlEAT November 6, 2011 at 12:53 pm

YOU ARE AN AMAZING WOMAN! Seriously, such an inspiration! Brothers are the best, but lucky to have YOU as a sister! Geeze, I hope one day I can run like you.
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53 Lynda@ Hit The Road Jane November 6, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Thanks for being honest about the course. I had been looking at doing this one just because I’ve heard how amazing Savannah’s downtown is. Way to go for sticking with your bro!!! Both of you did a great job!!!!
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54 Robyn (GirlonRaw) November 6, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Loved reading your recap Meghann, such a lovely account and such a terrific sister. Reminds me of my first 10km I did with my uber fit father, and he stayed by my side the entire time. I swear I ran so slow though it was close to walking for him to keep at he same pace. For someone who is training for her first half marathon, your blog is inspiring. So is your weight loss journey. Well done.

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55 kathleen @ the daily crumb November 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm

congrats meghann!! first off, and most importantly, i love your race day outfit :) second of all, way to ROCK it and lead ben to a PR. an all around AMAZING day it sounds like!
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56 My Traveling Troop November 6, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Wow! Well done! You got an awesome time! I hear Savannah is incredibly charming. Did you get to see any of the quaint, historic homes, etc., while you were there or while running?

I’ve only ran one marathon: the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC. Absolutely gorgeous course — especially as you run around all the monuments and Smithsonian museums. Sure, there are some hills on the course. But I highly recommend it.

Cheers,
Kristina

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57 Lisa (bakebikeblog) November 6, 2011 at 4:09 pm

great job guys!!! What an awesome effort!
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58 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife November 6, 2011 at 4:18 pm

WAHOO! Nicely done, girl :)

I did a marathon with my sister, and we finished it hand-in-hand. It was an amazing experience—so I think that is totally fabulous!

I hate races that have boring scenery….uggggghhh
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59 wymberley November 6, 2011 at 4:48 pm

When I looked at the course map, it did take you through town. Did they do some course changes? That is so sad! I would be angry, and am angry for you wastin your Savannah run on the highway! Blah! Way to go on the run. Im second guessing running this one next year now that I know the course. The Soho is a great place. The Griffin Cafe is another fantastic place if you are still around downtown.
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60 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy November 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Congratulations! That is too bad that you didn’t get to go through the center of Savannah. I went two summers ago, and it was really pretty!
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61 emily November 6, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Congrats!! You look perkier after 26 miles than I do after 3 ;)
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62 Kasey November 6, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Congratulations! I can’t believe you were able to do a full marathon 6 weeks after a half-ironman. I pretty much took two full weeks off after my half-ironman, lol. And bummer about the course – but I understand why they did it. I did an 18-mile training run in Savannah once and I basically had to just go up and down every street – it isn’t a very big town!

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63 Macrae November 6, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Great race to you and Ben! I am sooooo glad you ‘stumbled on’ Soho’s! It is one of favorite restaurants there- I grew up there and lived minutes (walking) away. I have to agree about the course, I was so disappointed when I saw the route, especially the marathon. The disorganization was horrendous too- I hated the entire circus that became my 1/ marathon day. I wish Savannah could have been smarter about this- Savannah has so much going for it and RNR really passed up a great opportunity to take advantage of the city. Other races in the city are awesome- including a challenging run over the bridge! You should conquer that!!

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64 Meghan November 6, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Congratulations, Meghann! It is so amazing that you are able to race with your siblings and push each other! I’m sorry the course wasn’t super exciting but at least it was fast :)
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65 Jen November 7, 2011 at 8:58 am

You are such an inspiration. I’m training for my first half right now, and the thought of running 13 miles scares me, much less 26…much less 26 so shortly after a half ironman :) Congrats!

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66 Katy Widrick November 7, 2011 at 9:27 am

Your recaps are always my favorite to read because you’re more excited for everyone else than for yourself! Very, very proud.
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67 Amber November 7, 2011 at 9:37 am

Great recap!! Sometimes just reading about one, makes me grab my Garmin and go for a run. Thanks for that Meaghann!

PS Congratulations!! You guys rocked it and looked good while doing it!! :)
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68 MaryBe@Accidentally-Vegan November 7, 2011 at 10:32 am

Congrats to you and Ben! I admit I was pretty excited when Ben pulled off his shirt. Wait, that sounds really bad! But he’s just not Shirtless Ben with it on!
You are the best sister ever. If I ever do a marathon will you do it with me? Then I know I would finish
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69 Emily November 7, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Way to PUSH your brother to reach his goal. I think that is great!
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70 Emily November 7, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Congrats! Thrilled you had a great race — and that you went to Soho! It’s one of my favorite spots :)

I was also really bummed about the course…it wasn’t at all what I’d showcase. Maybe they’ll rethink it for next year?
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71 Stacy @ Stacy Eats November 8, 2011 at 11:09 am

Congratulations to you and your brother!! I ran the half and at some points was behind the guy “Dan” in the red shirt too! We must have just missed each other.
Congrats again on an awesome time!
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72 Aron November 9, 2011 at 10:46 am

Congrats Meghann!!! Sounds like such a fun day and love your attitude about it all…. sounds like the marathon bug is back ;)
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73 Carolyn November 9, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Wherer did you find that little picture of all your splits with the average pace for ach split????? Can’t find mine anywhere on the web. Thanks! (and congrats!)

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74 Meghann November 9, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I did a screen grab of my splits from the live race day results. I don’t see the link for it anymore on the main page though :(

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75 Carolyn November 9, 2011 at 3:19 pm

pooh!

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76 Kyle November 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Congrats Meghann I really enjoyed your recap and was glad to hear I wasn’t the only one who was disappointed with the course and the blah scenery you guys did very well together. Despite the down fall it was a great first Marathon for me and a wonderful experience and I rather much do that over the Cellcom. I’m so glad it did warm up for us because the morning was absolutely frigid and this is coming from a guy from Green Bay!!! I wish you the best of luck on Marathons to come as well. If I could suggest one Denver’s Marathon is amazing and very beautiful I did that before it became a rock and roll series one in 2009. Do you have any suggestions for marathon’s with a nice flat course that is worth doing??? What other one’s have you done??? Ohh P.S. I heard the Publix Atlanta Marathon is very hilly as well I would be leery on that one myself sounds rather intense!!!

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