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  1. Ellie@fitforthesoul
    November 17, 2011

    Wow, you are a running machine for reals! haha, just looking at all these marathon infos and pics, I’m getting tired….:P The flying pig sounds really challenging.
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  2. janene
    November 17, 2011

    I’ll be running the Pig, too! It’s my redemption race after I blew up in my first marathon – plus, it’s in my hometown, and I ran my first half marathon there last year… it really is all it’s cracked up to be, I had a BLAST!! :)
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  3. Sara@RunningInPinkProject
    November 17, 2011

    I just signed up for the Princess 1/2. Im really excited!
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    • Meghann
      November 17, 2011

      I loved the Princess 1/2. That’s a good race :)

  4. Madison
    November 17, 2011

    Yes! The Pig is AWESOME! And the hills are not THAT bad…they come early in the race when the crowds are heavy. Plus, I wouldn’t even say “hills”. It’s just one, long, 2.5 mile climb!

  5. Heather
    November 17, 2011

    I’m doing a 10 miler on Thanksgiving morning, the Vegas Half (!) on December 4, Rock n Roll Half Relay in Arizona in January and then the Ragnar in AZ in February. After that I think I’m taking some time off from races. They are so darn expensive!

  6. Cheryl
    November 17, 2011

    I’m training to first increase my 5k time and then work towards the broad street run (10M).
    The flying pig sounds like such an awesome race!
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  7. Holly
    November 17, 2011

    Currently training for the Chevron Houston Marathon on 1/15 with a goal of sub 3:40 (ideally 3:30)- Dream Big (to quote Dorothy)! :)

    The Olympic Trials are here the day before so I’m hoping to channel some of their speed vibes in my race :)
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  8. Victoria (District Chocoholic)
    November 17, 2011

    Another way you might be able to address the hill challenge is by taking on aggressive strength training for the muscles you use more for hills (calves? I think? Probably worth some research). Nothing replicates real hilly terrain, but targeted strength training can be done on a regular basis without going too far from home.

    I have a goal for a massive half marathon time drop, too. Target date: March 4. We’ll see how it goes.
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  9. Christina @ Just Running
    November 17, 2011

    I am totally going to make a sign and cheer for you along the course somewhere!!!

    My big spring race, the 50s for Yo Momma 50-miler, is the weekend after the Pig.

  10. Michelle
    November 17, 2011

    My plans include a sub 4:15 in either Rotterdam or Prague and continue on with a PR at the Berlin Marathon. Good luck with your training!
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  11. Mary @ food and fun on the run
    November 17, 2011

    I am planning to do a similar training plan for my spring marathon! I am gunning for a 3:30-3:35 finish time. I am definitely looking to do more speed/less junk miles (aka no 3 mile runs). I posted about my (lack of) training plan yesterday :)
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  12. whitney
    November 17, 2011

    You will love The Pig. The crowd support is like nothing you have ever heard or seen (in a non NYC or Boston race). The medal is always adorable. And, considering how many hills there are in Cincinnati, the marathon lets you off easy. Dont worry about the hills – train for the hill(s) because it is certainly not a flat course, but don’t worry about them.

  13. Laura
    November 17, 2011

    I have a half marathon in a couple weeks, but after that I’m backing off the distance and focusing on SPEED. I want to do a sub 30 min 5-k before my birthday (March 23) but I want to go as “sub” as possible. After that I have 4 half marathons from the end of April to the end of June. My sub 2 will happen somewhere in there. I’m also doing my first tri in July so I will be starting to get in shape for that. 2012 is going be a big effing year for me.
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  14. Amy
    November 17, 2011

    The Pig is one of my favorite marathons! The crowds are amazing (and the year I ran it, it rained!) and the organization is perfect. You will not be disappointed…

    I didn’t find it that hilly… but then again, I live in Nashville.

    Good luck with the goals!
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    • Christina @ Just Running
      November 18, 2011

      Yea, there’s really just one big hill.
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  15. Ryane
    November 17, 2011

    Nice! I just created a training plan to hit my own goal for a 1:45 half marathon!!
    I’m doing the ING Miami half – I checked out your recap from last year about it. I’m really hoping the weather is similar!
    I’ve run 2 halfs at 2:07 and then 2:04 and that was without…any training… so I think if I actually do some speedwork this time, I can make it work!

  16. Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    November 17, 2011

    That’s awesome! And you can TOTALLY do it :)

  17. kathleen @ the daily crumb
    November 17, 2011

    this is quite the race calendar, meghann!! good for you :)

    las vegas is on my race bucket list.
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  18. Ann@anntics
    November 17, 2011

    I just signed up for my first EVER full marathon and it’s happening April 21. I am hoping that I can squeeze in at least one half marathon this summer since I will still be in good shape. And along the way I plan on running some little races (10Ks and 10 milers) here and there.
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  19. Lynda @ Hit The Road Jane
    November 17, 2011

    New goals are so exciting!! They feel like Christmas when you’re a kid :) Researching and making a list of what you want, being really good (training), and then waking up Christmas morning hoping you get what you asked for/worked for (PR).

    So excited for you!!!
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  20. Erin
    November 17, 2011

    It seems like the entire world will be in Vegas on December 4th! I’m signed up to run the full and freaking out about the 4:30 course limit.

    I bet you will love Ragnar! I did Madison to Chicago this year and noticed that they ranked the legs as “Moderate, Hard, and Very Hard” depending on how long they were, not on any other criteria! Anything over 8 miles was “Very Hard”!

    And I was surprised that you signed up for the Flying Pig since it’s know to be super hilly. At least you know that going in and won’t be surprised.
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    • Christina @ Just Running
      November 18, 2011

      Actually the Pig just has one big hill. :)
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  21. Laura S
    November 17, 2011

    I love the Flying Pig Marathon! It was my first marathon I have ever done! Its a tough hilly course but that atmosphere is awesome :) Good Luck

  22. Corey @ Learning Patience
    November 17, 2011

    Wow…this is funny that you posted about this today….I recently signed up my friends for their 1st 11k..on 11/11/11 and for no previous training…they finished w/11 min miles. I was so proud of them that I thought I would sign all 3 of us up for our 1st 1/2…..scary but doable. Now all I need is a very flat course….

    xoxo from Trinidad
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  23. Tami
    November 17, 2011

    how hilly is the marathon? i hope it’s not too overwhelming since you don’t really have hills where you are, it might be hard to train but I think you can do it. You have accomplished so much and we put our minds to something, nothing can get in the way other than ourselves. I saw a quote the other day, it went something like “it might not always be fun but it will be worth it”

  24. Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife
    November 17, 2011

    I did a sub 4 hour marathon and a sub 1:50 half marathon, so maybe I should try to go less for a future race??! :) All I know is that neither of those I necessarily trained for a time, so I guess if I really trained, who knows?!

    I am doing a half ironman next year–in July!! WOOT :)
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  25. Courtney
    November 17, 2011

    So glad you used the pace bands to display your goal times! I raced the Daytona Half with one and loved it. I just used that with a simple sports watch and PRed; it was a LOT less stressful than the Garmin stuff. I’m currently training for my first marathon in Feb. in Jacksonville. Here’s to successful training for both of us!! :)
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  26. Cait’s Plate
    November 17, 2011

    You never cease to amaze me by how motivated you are! I love that you’re always challenging yourself. And I think you goal for Las Vegas is perfectly acceptable :)
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  27. Michelle
    November 17, 2011

    I’m such a nerd – I love running “goal” posts! You know you can do this!

    I’m trying to add a 4th day of running back into my schedule. While I think 3 days worked when I was focusing on endurance, 4 days at a minimum is necessary for speed. Anyways… I am aiming for a sub 1:58 half marathon (my PR). Ideally I’ll like to aim for a 1:55 or lower. I’m SO ridiculously far away from that right now though (at least, that’s how I feel). Argh marathon training! I have at least 4 halfs in the next 5 months, I just have to keep thinking it’s going to happen.
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    • Meghann
      November 17, 2011

      4 halfs? Which ones are you doing?

  28. Anne P
    November 17, 2011

    For a second there, I was scared thinking you wanted to try to get a 1:45 in Vegas. I was like… oh shit. I’m not trained very well this time around, ha. Whew! :)

    See you in 2 weeks!!!!!!
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    • Meghann
      November 17, 2011

      haha – NO, not Vegas. Run in a straight line. That is our goal. ;)

  29. Steph @321delish
    November 17, 2011

    I registered for a rock n roll half and full marathon this spring! My full goal is the same as yours, so I’m looking forward to seeing your full plan! I’m still formulating mine. Good luck! Rock those races!!
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  30. Jason
    November 17, 2011

    I’m running the Flying Pig as well. From my understanding the Hills are early and the last 10k is basically downhill. I know nearly 20 people who have ran this marathon and loved it.
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  31. joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    November 17, 2011

    Whoa, look at you go! Very exciting stuff coming up!
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  32. MaryBe@Accidentally-Vegan
    November 17, 2011

    That’s a pretty impressive (and aggressive!) training plan but truthfully, that’s one of the reasons I love your blog. I don’t really care about what you eat for breakfast or dinner but I love to read about you running. So this is pretty exciting news :D
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  33. Alaina
    November 17, 2011

    Way to go on the goals!! From what I’ve seen with your trainings and races, I’m confident that you can kick butt on both races!

    I’m starting my training for a half marathon in February. My time to beat is 2:12. I’m going for 2:00 to 2:05!
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  34. Christy
    November 17, 2011

    I’m running Vegas too! It’s my first half and I have a lofty goal of 2:15. Everyone tells me just to try and finish, then work on a PR next race. I think every blogger that I follow is going to be there! If I see any of you, it will be like seeing a celebrity. lol

    • Meghann
      November 17, 2011

      Ha! We should plan a big meet up :)

  35. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    November 17, 2011

    Awesome training plan! You amaze me how motivated you are to constantly run and beat your PR’s. Inspiring :) I’ve got nothing planned for this spring yet. Waiting to see how Philly goes this weekend and then I’ll see what goals to set next :)
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  36. Hillary
    November 17, 2011

    I’m training for the Rock N Roll DC Half Marathon in March (formerly the National Half). It’s my second half, and my only goal is to PR by at two minutes (I ran my first in 2:17, so I’ll be thrilled with anything under 2:15!) I definitely need to get myself back into “running shape,” though. Since I ran my last race (in Oct 2010), I’ve become all sorts of slow!
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  37. Bri
    November 17, 2011

    Training plans look great. Good luck!

    This spring I plan to bust out a 1:35 – 1:38 half. I can run low-1:40’s on a hilly course right now, so I think it’s just a matter of finding a PR course.

  38. Katie
    November 17, 2011

    I did Ragnar Florida Keys this past Jan and it was THE BEST EXPERIENCE EVERRRR!
    I’ve also ALWAYS been interested in Flying Pig…I’m just so scareddddd! Good luck with all your new goals!!

  39. Krissy
    November 17, 2011

    Looks like an awesome plan and line-up! Yep, you did it again….you have inspired me to make more goals and more future race plans. Thank you (I think….)
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  40. mary
    November 17, 2011

    Squeal!!!!!! I’m pretty sure we’re set on flying pig too!!!! That’s SO exciting!!! We’ll have to meet up again in Cinci! I’d Love to see you and Kelly again! :)

    ps. don’t worry about the hills, Even though i’m further north, they’re the bain of my existance, and i’ll be putting in just as much work ;) plus, the elevation chart doesn’t look THAT bad!
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    • Meghann
      November 17, 2011

      I’m counting on you girl! We’ll definitely be hanging out that weekend :)

  41. Kathleen
    November 17, 2011

    I can’t say enough goof things about the flying pig. My husband and I have done it several times and mist likely will be doing it again in 2012. It is so much fun and the Cincy people are so enthusiastic about the event. Everything is so well organized it is unbelievable. One year there were rumors about George Clooney coming to join in on the fun but he was a no show. These people really know how to put on a race. Maybe I’ll see you then. Word of advice- train on some hills. The first half is pretty much uphill.

  42. RunToTheFinish
    November 17, 2011

    ohh the ragnar is SUPER fun! I loved where we got to run and those legs will be a piece of cake for you
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  43. Caitlin
    November 17, 2011

    How/where did you make that chart? I could use that for ny things! Just excel?

    • Meghann
      November 17, 2011

      It’s excel. I actually stole the template from Emily at Daily Garnish. :)

  44. Sara
    November 17, 2011

    The Flying Pig was my first marathon last May… the hills really aren’t too bad. They’re early in the race. Just don’t go too fast on them because it will come back to get ya. Just hope it doesn’t pour down rain like it did last year!
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  45. Jessica
    November 17, 2011

    Yay for Cincinnati and the Pig, my home town! I will be running the half pig and it will be my first half marathon. Dont’ know that I’ll ever run a full, but who knows. You’ll love Cincy and the pig. The energy level is high in our small town that weekend!
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  46. Elizabeth
    November 17, 2011

    Flying pig is amazing! I am from Ohio and this is the one race that I do every year!! I would also suggest in October is the Columbus Marathon. It is really cool over 100 bands and you run through some really really nice neighborhoods in Columbus!

  47. Ida
    November 17, 2011

    Your ragnar legs look tough! I think you should try and find a 5k or 10k to do during your 1/2 marathon training to see how well you’re progressing.

    • Meghann
      November 17, 2011

      That a great idea! I’ll look for one in January!

  48. Alexandria
    November 18, 2011

    I wish I could attack time goals for races. I’ve always been such a slow runner & I dread speedwork, but I know I need to suck it up if I want to get faster. I’m planning on running the Flying Pig as my second full marathon. I know this is super early, but I propose a blogger meet-up! Btw, I wish Kelly hadn’t stopped blogging. If she reads this, know that teaching after becomes much easier after your first year (I’m in my fifth year)!

  49. Chrissy (The New Me)
    November 18, 2011

    I just posted my plan to run a 3:59:59 marathon this March. Started training this week. It will be tough (my PR is 4:20) but I love a challenge!
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    • Monica C.
      November 18, 2011

      Oh – those are my goals/stats! I have a 4:20 PR and my secret dream is a 4 hour marathon. I’m about halfway through the Pfitz 18/55 program and will run the Houston full on January 15.
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      • Chrissy (The New Me)
        November 18, 2011

        I ran the Houston Marathon last year – that was my 4:20 race! It’s a great event – very well organized, mostly flat, nice support, beautiful city. The only downside was that it rained almost the whole race, which wasn’t the marathon’s fault but still sucked. Hopefully you’ll have nicer weather. :) Best of luck to you!
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  50. Emily
    November 18, 2011

    I had a bunch of stuff to say, and then I saw PIG! YES! That’s where I live and it will be my first marathon. I know the hills are going to be rough, but at least I live here, so every time I run outside I get some of them.

    Ok – now that I have gone back through your entry, I have a question – did you create your plan in excel? If yes, was there a good template you used? I am trying to create my PIG plan, and am struggling to make it look nice. :)
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    • Meghann
      November 18, 2011

      Woo hoo for PIG! Yes, I created the plan in excel. I actually used a template that Emily from Daily Garnish had sent me forever ago. It was easy to change everything about.

  51. pantsleflint
    November 18, 2011

    I’m hoping to a PR on Feb 12, 2012 as well… but I will be running a race called the hypothermic Half in Canada, last year it was -6 F and very hilly…. I will dream of running in the warmth of Florida and flat…. I’m a little jealous…. Good luck with all your races.

  52. Tania @ The Health Macadamia
    November 18, 2011

    I’ve lived in Cincinnati the last 4 years of my life and here’s the thing: the hills aren’t “normal” hills. I have a 30 minute 5K time right now. My 5K at Flying Pig last year? Over an hour. I HIGHLY recommend against Flying Pig less you want a REAL HARD challenge. If you do, we’ll see ya here ;).

  53. Heather @ Better With Veggies
    November 18, 2011

    I have a full race list for next year, but my next two big races are a 50K in Charlotte (my first – eek!) and the RNR New Orleans marathon. I’d love to run a 3:55 in New Orleans, but anything under 4:00 would be fine with me too! Good luck with your training – I think we both have a lot of running ahead of us. :)
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  54. Karen
    November 18, 2011

    Loved the Flying Pig. I remember it being kind of hilly but nothing too out of control. The support during the race is fantastic. That race is my current marathon PR so it can’t be all that bad… :)
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  55. Brooke
    November 18, 2011

    I think you are selling yourself short! :) I pr’d after 6 half marathons at 1:44 and went on to do a 3:34 marathon..I think ,you should really challenge yourself if that is what you want! :)

  56. Anne
    November 19, 2011

    YAY CINCINNATI!! (my hometown) My friends ran the Pig last year. It is hilly. Like really hilly. Cincinnati is known for it’s seven hills! But it’s also a great race with people dressed up like pigs! I hope you run it! And enjoy Cincinnati!! Let me know if you need suggestions for food. I’d start with Graeter’s ice cream the minute you get into town.
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  57. Michele @ Within Reach
    November 19, 2011

    You will love Cincinnati! I did the Flying Pig 10K this year and have registered for the half for 2012. It is a LOT of fun in a great atmosphere, and yes, there are HILLS!!! Seriously. See you there.
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  58. maria
    June 16, 2012

    would love to follow your blog!

  59. Tracy
    December 21, 2014

    I know this post is super old, but I just had to tell you thank you for sharing your training plan! I’m looking to run a 1:45 half in the fall but was having trouble coming up with a training plan I felt good about, and after some searching I came across yours. All the paces and mileage are exactly where I need to be, and funny enough, I’m even currently working through NROLFW , so this training plan is pretty perfect for me!
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