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Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Pete Half Marathon Recap

by Meghann on February 12, 2012

Four months ago I decided to do something crazy. I set two major race goals for the upcoming year:

  1. Run a 1:45 half marathon
  2. Run a 3:55 full marathon

The goals were crazy because I took almost all of 2011 off from speed training. My previous 1/2 marathon PR was in November 2009 with a 1:52:51 finish time and I hadn’t run anything near that since then. Could I really shave over 7 minutes off of my previous PR?

The truth is, I wasn’t 100% sure. There were moments during training that I began to question my abilities and I told myself I would be happy with any finish time – new PR or not. I even registered for a back-up race just in case this one didn’t work out.

Even though I had my doubts, I never let them fully take over. I stuck with my plan, stayed positive, and continued to train with my 1:45 goal at the front of my mind.

And you know what? All that hard work paid off.

Official finish time: 1:45:39

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With a little faith and a good training plan, anything is possible. Trust me. :)

This morning was crazy. I’m not sure I truly believe it was all real yet.

The morning started like any other race morning, with a 4:23am wake-up call, large cup of hot tea, and an english muffin with almond butter, blueberries, and walnuts for the road.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll races are no strangers to angering people before or after their races. Just check out any of their Facebook walls and you’ll know what I mean. This was my fourth Rock ‘n’ Roll race and I’m honestly not sure I’ll be doing another one for a long while. There was nothing wrong with the race itself (I thought everything ran very smoothly today), but what they did before race day was what worried me.

A couple of months ago they sent out an email giving all of the St. Pete racers a heads up that they would be charging for parking at the race start. Charging for parking isn’t that big of a deal. I mean, yes, I sorta agree that it should be covered in our $$ race fee, but it wouldn’t be the first race I’ve paid to park for and it wouldn’t be my last.

However, the part that irritated me was not only were they charging $15 per car to park near the start, BUT they were also charging $5 PER PERSON for the shuttle from the finish line back to the start line (where your $15 parked car is waiting). I’ve run several races over the years and I’ve run several races where shuttles were needed to get to and from the start or finish line (even an RNR race) and I’ve never heard of them charging to use the shuttle. That’s the part that irritated me.

Luckily my friend Callie and her husband Nate live in St. Pete and know the area like the back of their hands. Callie was kind enough to invite a few of us over before the race so that Nate could graciously drop us off at the start and pick us up at the finish. We owe him. Big time.

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Katie, Callie, and Lloyd ( Callie’s Dad!) were all running their first 1/2 marathon (and they all rocked it!) While Mary had volunteered to help pace me for my PR attempt. This was a big race for all of us. :)

Of course, after being spoiled with the warmest winter Florida has experienced in years, the temps decided to drop crazy low overnight. Not only were the temps holding strong in the mid-30s, but the wind gusts were reaching 15+ mph. Needless to say we were all a bit chilly when we were dropped off a full hour before the start time. Low temps + high wind = flashbacks to the Disney marathon. Yikes.

It only took 5 to 10 minutes of shivering in the open air before Callie’s Dad discovered barricaded shelter from the wind in a dumpster alcove.

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Yes, we all huddled for warmth next to a dumpster. And it was awesome. ;)

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At 30 minutes ’til start, I said good-bye to my jacket (my biggest mistake was not bringing a proper throw away layer to hold on to until the start- huge mistake!), pulled on a plastic trash bag (many thanks to Callie for that lifesaver), and did a mile warm-up jog around the start area with Mary.

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Mary is currently training for the Nashville full marathon in April and, since she wanted to treat today as a casual paced long run (Mary is SUPER speedy), she offered to pace me towards my 1:45 goal. I was already planning to run with the 1:45 pace group (I ran with a pace group for my full PR and knew they were effective), but knew a friend would work just as well (if not better!).

We did lay out one rule before the start – no talking. When I run with friends, I tend to talk and talk. I knew if I wanted to reach my goal, I had to save my energy and just run. Plain and simple.

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I can’t say enough amazing things about Mary. Without her, there’s no way I would have finished in the time I did. She pushed me when I needed it and backed off when I needed to stay in my own zone. If you need a great pacer – Mary is your girl! :)

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We started in the second corral, which was surprisingly empty and not full at all. In fact, the whole race felt kind of empty – I believe this was the lowest turn out for a Rock ‘n’ Roll race I’ve experienced yet (they’re known for crowded races).

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At exactly 7:30am, all the corrals moved forward and the first corral was released. At exactly 7:31am it was corral 2′s turn.

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Ready or not – here goes nothing!

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We were right at the front when corral 2 was released, so the first mile was nice and wide open. It didn’t take long for our legs to kick into gear and we happily cruised out at a 7:30-ish pace.

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My initial thoughts were ‘this feels great!’ then I thought about how many times I’ve uttered that exact phrase when going out too fast at previous races and how much I always ended up regretting it later. I was not going to let that happen this time. We scaled it back a bit and found a happier pace in the mid 7:40 range.

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The first couple of miles were kind of a blur. There was nothing special about the course, visually, but it was flat and fast. I tried not to look at my pace and instead just focused on Mary’s back. Mary ran a foot or two in front of me the entire race. Her bright yellow shirt was my rabbit and I wasn’t letting it out of my sight.

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I took this race one 5K at a time.

After the first 5k I saw 24:16 pop-up on my watch and I knew my dream of reaching a PR during this race just became possible. It was cold, there was a strong headwind, and my lungs weren’t fans of breathing in the icy air, but my legs felt great and Mary’s yellow shirt was still holding strong in front of me. I could do this – I could finish under 1:52.

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After the 10k mark, I looked down and saw something I wasn’t expecting. I saw a time that was faster than my previous 10k PR of 49:34.

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47:52? Did I really just run that? Did I just accidentally achieve a 10K PR in a middle of a half marathon? Whoa. Maybe that 1:45 isn’t just a pipe dream today. Heck, it could easily be a possibility.

It was that moment when I passed the 10k mark that something clicked with me. It was that moment that this race really became a race to me. If I could just keep this up for another 7 or so miles, than maybe – just maybe – I would reach 1:45. Game on.

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I would love to say there was this huge burst of energy where I took off and finished at goal without any problems, but that would be a lie – a big, big lie. It didn’t get any easier after the 10k mark. I think it got harder. But my determination grew stronger and keeping pace became my main focus. I needed to keep my head in the game, dig down deep, and just push myself.

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I kept a countdown in my head. Only 7 more miles to go… 6 more miles… 5 more miles…

The 1:45 pace group came up from behind us and passed us without much effort. I looked at my Garmin, watched them pass, and thought to myself that there was no way they were holding 8:00 min/miles – they were going way too fast! Thank goodness for Mary, I think I would have killed myself (and given up way sooner!) if I had tried to stay with them.

Just before mile 8 we turned onto the St. Pete pier.

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The sun was shining, the sky was a gorgeous crystal clear blue, and the view out to the ocean was picture perfect. Some people hate running the pier because it’s such a long out and back, but I didn’t mind it. The view was too beautiful to complain.

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However, the wind on the pier was awful. Actually the wind during the whole race was horrible. I wore a pair of pink arm warmers my sister gave me for Christmas and cheap Target gloves thinking I could pull the sleeves down or toss the gloves when I got warm, but that never happened. I saw Mary hand her gloves over to her family at one point and I thought she was crazy. My hands were content in the gloves, but I knew they would turn to ice as soon as I ditched them

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Mile 10 came right after the bridge and I couldn’t believe it when I saw a time that was faster than my previous 15k (a distance that is ,7 shorter) PR of 1:20:31.

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Holy crap! This is it! Just one more 5k and I’m done!

But, of course, it wasn’t that easy.

The last 3.1 stretch was horrible. It was a straight out and back that felt like the longest out and back of my life. I could see the bridge in the distance that we had to go over, I could see the hotel that we had to turn around at, I could see the turn-around loop that went on forever, and I could see the 1:45 pace flag bright and shiny in the distance. So close, yet so far!

I was ready to give up – my body was ready to give up – but Mary wouldn’t let me. After being quiet for almost the entire race, she turned around and told me to keep pushing myself – I was almost there. I tried to say something back, but I couldn’t – all I could do was grunt and nod.

Where was that finish line? I knew it was close. I refused to look at my watch, if I was far off from goal, I didn’t want to know it. I just wanted to be finished and be happy with that.

When the finish line did come into view Mary look at me and said ‘you have 3 minutes – 3 minutes to cross that finish line. You. Can. Do. This.’

I looked at my watch. She was right – the finish line was right there and I had 3 minutes until my watch hit 1:45. I had two choices: I could go at my current pace and be happy with a 1:47 or so finish OR I give it all I had and finish in 1:45.

I chose to give it all I had.

I push, I screamed, and kept my eye on the prize. 1:45 was mine.

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Boom! I DID IT!

As soon as I crossed the finish line, a huge surge of emotions went through me. I wanted to cry, give Mary a huge hug, and catch my breath all at the same time. That feeling of accomplishment was incredible.

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Looks like we ended up catching up with the 1:45 guy after all. ;)

After the shock wore off, the cold began to set in. We collected our mylar blankets, grabbed some food and made out way out the finish chute.

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Mary was my rock the entire race, there’s no way I could have done this without her. Mary – Thank you for never letting me give up and believing I could do this. You are amazing!

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Woo hoo!!!

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We found Mary’s family and made our way back to the finish line to see if we could spot any of our friends rocking their own finish. And, without even meaning to, we accidentally stumbled upon the Flo Rida concert going on at the main stage.

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I’m soooo not a music buff by any means. If you would have asked me yesterday to name a Flo Rida song, I would have struggled to come up with one. So when he started performing – and I recognized song after song – I even surprised myself.

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He basically performed my entire running playlist and it was awesome! Not only were the songs great, but he really knew how to pump the crowd up. It didn’t take us long to start waving our hands in the air and jumping around with the best of them

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At one point he began singing the ‘Apple bottom jeans’ song (which I had no idea was his) and suddenly stopped not even a quarter of the way through it. He claimed the song needed girls and asked the crowd if there were any girls who were willing to ‘drop it low’ on the stage. Without even thinking, I began jumping up and down, waving my hands in the air. He pointed to the groups of girls I was standing in and told us to come on up.

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And THAT is how I ended up on stage with Flo Rida

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And ‘dropped it low’ in front of a crowd of thousands

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So much fun! :)

Shorty after I got off the stage, we found the rest of our group.

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Katie, Lloyd, and Callie all finished their first 1/2 marathons with HUGE grins on their faces. (Check out Callie’s experience on her blog!)

There was no waiting around after that – it was cold and we had brunch reservations to get to!

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My favorite post-race breakfast: blueberry pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon and fresh fruit.

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Consider that plate devoured. :)

I think I’m still high on my runner’s high. Today was a good day for racing. :)

CONGRATS to all of the other racers this morning! Way to stick it out in the cold and wind – that deserves a special medal all on its own. ;)

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1 Tami February 12, 2012 at 5:56 pm

does taking pictures slow you down at all. when i was thinking of your race today, i was wondering if you would be chatting and taking pictures 1 for 1 i guess! congrats. 1:45 is my secret goal too. my current pr is 1:49 on a very very hilly course.

and this wedding dress article has been on the front page of boston.com all weekend and i kept thinking of you

http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/relationships/gallery/wedding_dress_trends_2012/

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2 Meghann February 12, 2012 at 9:50 pm

haha – the photo thing isn’t as complicated as it seems. I only took the camera out twice. And thank you for the article – heading there now.

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3 Heidi Nicole February 12, 2012 at 5:56 pm

They seriously wanted you to pay an extra $5 to get back to your car?! Did they expect runners to have that cash on them or did they charge ahead of time? That is just plain stupid – if they choose to have an out & back course that is something that needs to be taken care of with the crazy RnR race fees!

But, all of that aside – awesome job on your race! You completely rocked it!
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4 Stephanie February 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Great post lady! I am so so proud of you. That is amazing. You make me think I can do this one day. Congrats :) :) At some point would love to talk to you about your “getting your period” back posts too. Hope all is well!! Congrats again.
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5 Meghann February 12, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Feel free to send me an email!

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6 Amber February 12, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Looks like a blast!!! Congrats on your awesome time!! You really rocked that race!! :)

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7 Army Amy* February 12, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Congratulations! Sounds like you fought hard to earn that PR! Hopefully you spent the rest of today relaxing and celebrating!*
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8 Alexandria February 12, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Way to go Meghann! You are a running inspiration. :)

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9 Deva @ Deva by Definition February 12, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Congratulations – especially for putting up with the cold and wind! That wind chill must have been brutal! We’ve had similar temperatures here, and I’m in Cincinnati training for the Flying Pig Half! Brr!
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10 Caroline February 12, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Congratulations on your new PR time!! It sounds like you had a really awesome race today:)
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11 SkinnyRunner February 12, 2012 at 6:29 pm

congrats on the PR! its an amazing sense of accomplishment – own it.

and then shake it like a salt shaker.

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12 Theodora February 12, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Amazing race, lady! Congrats!
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13 Kristy @ KristyRuns February 12, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Congrats!!!
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14 wymberley February 12, 2012 at 6:37 pm

You are my Hero. I want to drop it low on stage, fo realz!! I was so inspired by this post I’m going to search for my next race…maybe Denver. Hello altitude!
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15 Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep February 12, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Congratulations, speedy!!!

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16 Michelle February 12, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Oh man – I can’t believe they were charging for a shuttle!!! I do love Flo Rida though – might have paid for him.

Congrats again – hope you celebrate tonight :)
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17 Lena @Fit on the Rocks February 12, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Ahh that is so freakin amazing! Congratulations on an AWESOME PR!!
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18 Jess-ThatJessGal February 12, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Congrats on accomplishing your time goal. You totally rocked this Rock n’ Roll Race! I’m so glad I got to see you (super briefly) today! Your blog was what introduced me to the whole world of racing runners, so essentially I wouldn’t have been out there today if it wasn’t for you. Crazy. Have a great night…you earned it!
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19 Meghann February 12, 2012 at 9:48 pm

CONGRATS GIRL! I’m glad I got to see you too!! I’m so proud of you for crossing that finish line!

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20 Cait @ Beyond Bananas February 12, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Congrats on the PR!! You must be flyin’ high right now! :)
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21 Hillary February 12, 2012 at 6:54 pm

First off, CONGRATS! What a huge, awesome accomplishment!

Second of all, you are now officially making me nervous for my RNR race in March. It’ll be my first time running a race organized by them, and I haven’t heard many good things. Yikes…
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22 emily February 12, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Congrats! You totally rocked that pr!
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23 Macrae February 12, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Great job!

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24 Victoria (District Chocoholic) February 12, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Awesome all the way. Congrats on 3 PRs in one race!
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25 MrsSwan February 12, 2012 at 7:01 pm

THAT WAS AWESOME! You are a total trip and I love this post and your after celebration. LMAO
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26 Summer T. February 12, 2012 at 7:03 pm

CONGRATULATIONS, this was so fun to read about, felt like I was there :)

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27 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 12, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Congrats on achieving your goal!!!

I think that’s ridiculous that they charged people for a shuttle!!
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28 Julia February 12, 2012 at 7:09 pm

What a fantastic race recap. Well done on smashing your PR…an amazing run :)
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29 Samantha February 12, 2012 at 7:11 pm

You are making me really excited about my upcoming (first) 5k. My training is going so well that I am even considering signing up for another 5k before this one. Congrats on all your new PRS! :) Sounded like a really great race. You should be so proud of yourself.
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30 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama February 12, 2012 at 7:20 pm

You rocked it girl! I have the same goal of 1:45 in my next 1/2. My PR is 1:53 so you are my proof that it can happen if you push and strive for a goal.

You deserved to drop it low on stage!!! :)
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31 Mary February 12, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Awesome, Meghann! You are an inspiration – you make me believe I can set a PR this year, too! I need to start working on my training plan right now.

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32 Rachel February 12, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Great job, Meghann!!

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33 Eric February 12, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Congrats on the 10K and 1/2 marathon PR. I also got new 5mile and 10k PR’s during my last 1/2 marathon. Running fast helps get into the front corrals that are not packed. Crazy parking and shuttle fees.

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34 Caitlin @ Chasing A Mile February 12, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Congratulations Meghann!! Great race recap.
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35 Jenny February 12, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Congratulations on your PR! That is such a huge accomplishment! For my next 1/2, I’d like to get under 2 hours. You are a speed demon! Weeehooo!

PS. Your brunch looks delicious!

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36 meghan February 12, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Congrats Meghan!! I ran a PR by a lot today too! I broke 2 hours for the first time with a 1:57:44. It was a great course, but I agree with you: so so chilly. I left my gloves the entire way too. What an exciting day.
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37 meghan February 12, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Sorry…I spelled your name wrong. Congrats Meghann!
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38 Lori February 12, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Congratulations!! That is so exciting- you PRed and got low on stage with Flo Rida all before most people have even rolled out bed and checked Facebook!
I am so happy for you!

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39 Jessica @ Sushi & Sit-Ups February 12, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Congrats on your awesome time!!
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40 Ida February 12, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Congrats on a 7min PR, that’s huge! I think you are well on track to smash 3:55 in a full.

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41 Jamie February 12, 2012 at 8:44 pm

So incredible! Congrats on your awesome accomplishment!!
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42 Joss February 12, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Congratz girl…that is really something to be proud of!!

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43 Chelsea February 12, 2012 at 8:53 pm
44 Meghann February 12, 2012 at 9:47 pm

I think I’m going to write a post on this – I seem to get this question a lot. :)

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45 Lindy Katherine February 12, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Delurking to say I enjoyed your recap very much. Congratulations!

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46 Cate February 12, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Congrats on an amazing PR!! That is awesome! How great that you had a friend there to pace you too! :)
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47 Ash Bear February 12, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Awesome race! I’m definitely going to be thinking of you in a few weeks when I try to PR. A few questions though:
-Would you consider running sans camera for your next PR attempt?
-what is the #1 thing you think you did right today which helped you PR
-do you want to pace me in DC? :)
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48 Meghann February 12, 2012 at 9:30 pm

1. Why would I run without my camera? :) I really only had it out twice – at the beginning and when I pulled it out on the pier for 15 seconds because it was too beautiful to pass up. I kept it in the pouch of my Gracie Gear sports bra so it was easy to get in and our.
2. I think my training helped and getting in a few longer runs at goal pace leading up to race day. Really, the biggest trick is not letting yourself give up and pushing through.
3. I’m running Gasparilla when you run DC – I can virtually pace you :)

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49 Alaina February 12, 2012 at 9:31 pm

That is amazing Meghann!!! Congratulations on an amazing acheivement!! And that is so cool that you got to dance with Flo Rida. :-)
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50 Heather @ Better With Veggies February 12, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Congratulations!!! I’m so excited for you, so amazing that you were able to meet your goals and end up on the stage with Flo-rida!!

I’m a little worried about my marathon being a RnR race now, I can’t believe how many negative things I read about them and it doesn’t seem like they are getting any better. You’d think they’d respond and make changes to improve each race. Disappointing…
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51 Milton February 12, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Great story
What is even better, I was that 1:45 pace guy;)

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52 Brandy February 12, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Congratulations!! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and I knew you’d hit that goal. Way to go :)

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53 Katy (The Singing Runner) February 12, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Congratulations Meghann! I am so happy you achieved your goal! :D

Do you want to pace me at Gasparilla? ;) Kidding… there is no way I’m going to PR there- not after doing a 15K and 5K the day before!
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54 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife February 12, 2012 at 10:30 pm

CONGRATS!!! SO exciting for you!! That seriously rocks :)
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55 Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon February 12, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Congratulations!! That is something to be so proud of!!
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56 Emily February 12, 2012 at 10:49 pm

CONGRATS!!! I LOVE new PRs!!
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57 Mallory @ Have Your Cake and Eat It February 12, 2012 at 11:00 pm

CONGRATS! that is amazing…my goal this year is to break a 1:50 half! YOU ARE SPEEDY!
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58 Laura @ Backstage Balance February 12, 2012 at 11:07 pm

CONGRATS on your new PR. What a thrill!
That is so awesome that you stumbled upon the Flo Rida concert and got to dance onstage! How fun!
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59 Sierra @ Posh Meets Pavement February 12, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Congrats! Way to pull out a double PR ! Flo Rida is too funny. Anything is possible…even dancing on stage with a rapper post race. Thats a story for the books.
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60 Lee February 12, 2012 at 11:17 pm

Good job, Meghann! Congrats.
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61 Emily @ The Swallow Flies February 12, 2012 at 11:24 pm

That was such an inspiring post! Thank you so much!
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62 Casey @ OatsAndNanners February 12, 2012 at 11:35 pm

This is SO inspiring!! CONGRATS Meghann!! You’re just kicking ass lately :) I’ve never thought about using a pacer before, but it seems like she really got you through the hard times… maybe it’s something to consider in the future. Keep it up!
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63 Reenie February 12, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Congrats Meghann ~ way to go….and Mary too!

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64 Leah February 13, 2012 at 2:54 am

What a great recap! Way to go Meghann!! I was grinning while reading the entire post. So happy for you. Mary sounds like a great friend!
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65 Emily February 13, 2012 at 3:14 am

Ha, the trash bag warm-up picture cracked me up.

Congratulations on your PR!
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66 Andi February 13, 2012 at 7:28 am

Ahhh! This totally brought tears to my eyes!! Congrats on not just breaking, but obliterating your goal!!!! The weather definitely helped – even though we thought it might not when we started.

Love the recap :)
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67 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope February 13, 2012 at 7:51 am

Congrats on the race! So cool that you were on stage with Flo-Rida! :)
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68 Sarah February 13, 2012 at 8:20 am

Congrats on your PR lady!! So Exciting! Best feeling in the world when you push it like you did for those last 3 minutes :)
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69 Bria February 13, 2012 at 9:04 am

Wow Meaghan, great job!!
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70 Shannon February 13, 2012 at 9:08 am

GREAT race report! I heard the weather was extremely rough, I had some friends doing this one. Way to go PRing! Since you are a fellow Floridian, maybe I’ll see you at a race later this year!
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71 Amanda - RunToTheFinish February 13, 2012 at 9:24 am

i just set my own goal to hit 1:45 so this is just the kick I needed!

i keep wondering if maybe the RNR’s just grew faster than they were ready to handle, I mean $20+ to get yourself to the start is a little nutty. shoot even in miami they turned off the parking meters on the beach for our recent races.

major congrats on a fun day and i too would have been in my gloves the whole way!
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72 Carly D. @ CarlyBananas February 13, 2012 at 9:29 am

Congrats, Meghann!! I’m so happy you hit your goal :)
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73 Katy Widrick February 13, 2012 at 9:46 am

This gave me chills and not just because you looked so darn cold!

VERY proud of you, friend. For the run and for dropping it, dropping it low, girl.

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74 Katy Widrick February 13, 2012 at 9:46 am

This gave me chills and not just because you looked so darn cold!

VERY proud of you, friend. For the run and for dropping it, dropping it low, girl.

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75 April @ Marathons N Martinis February 13, 2012 at 10:04 am

Way to go!! So happy for you – I totally teared up reading your recap – way to dig deep to hit your goal!!
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76 Emily February 13, 2012 at 10:06 am

Congrats on your PR. You did AWESOME!

Looking forward to seeing you in less than 3 months at the Pig. My training is well underway, and while I will not be as fast as you (even though I train on hill all the time and you get nice Florida flat), I can’t wait!
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77 Casey @ The Baker Bee February 13, 2012 at 10:18 am

Hey there! We didn’t really get to meet yesterday, but I was at brunch with you guys. Congrats on the 1:45!! That is absolutely amazing! I was super stoked to finish yesterday (my first half!) with a 2:27. Hopefully I’ll see you around soon :)
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78 Carly Thurman February 13, 2012 at 10:20 am

That race looks like so much fun! I miss training for races and need to get it back in my schedule. I’ve always thought the rock n’ roll ones looked like so much fun and will have to sign up for one soon!
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79 Carissa February 13, 2012 at 10:37 am

YOU ARE AWESOME!!!

I’m so proud and inspired by how you pushed through!!! It shows how important pacers are!

I can’t wait to run Gasparilla now! maybe next year I can get someone to pace me to below that magic 2 hour mark!
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80 dee February 13, 2012 at 1:26 pm

I love that you dropped it low with Flo Rida after your race. That’s epic. :) Congrats on your PR!

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81 Mary @ food and fun on the run February 13, 2012 at 1:57 pm

You earned this PR like crazy! Such a great job Meghann! I was thrilled to be a part of it!

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82 Cheryl @ eatplayluvblog February 13, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Congrats! You look so HAPPY in all those pictures, regardless of being cold or whatever! I swear. Maybe the skirt? Such a good job. (PS I want that pizza)
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83 Abby February 13, 2012 at 4:30 pm

I definitely didn’t run a half marathon or anything, but I did run my first 5k! I hear ya on the cold temps though, the windchill was 3 degrees. Yes. THREE DEGREES. On the bright side, I finished at just around 33 minutes. It’s not fast by any means, but it was faster than what I’d been training at so I was really happy :)
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84 Michelle February 13, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Congrats Meghann! Amazing job. I am hoping for a PR this weekend’s 1/2 and sadly my cold cold NH bones will be enduring a HIGH TEMPERATURE of 35 degrees. You are quite and inspiration!

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85 Heather February 13, 2012 at 7:59 pm

congrats girl! You did it! amazing! So awesome about being on stage!
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86 Stacey @starpulp February 13, 2012 at 9:36 pm

It WAS cold! I ran the Breast Cancer Mararhon ine and it was around 24 degrees! brrr

Congrats on your PR! Always feels great!!
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87 Anne P February 14, 2012 at 8:44 am

Congrats, girl!!! Amazing PR. I was starting to feel like maybe I couldn’t get a new PR in my next half but this post is inspiring me to give it a shot :)

Love those beach photos!

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88 Kirsten February 14, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I live in St. Pete (not a runner) and was shocked at how cold it was the morning of the race! I was thinking about all you runners out there, hoping you would run fast enough to stay warm! BTW that’s totally crazy about the parking and bus fees. The city is just as psychotic about parking tickets.

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89 Kath February 14, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Congrats Meghann!!

You make racing look so fun :) Hope I can get back into it some day!
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90 Luz @ Eat.Run.Sleep.Repeat November 21, 2012 at 6:19 pm

What training plans do you use? for the Half and Full Marathon?

My half marathon goal is a 1:45, aiming to reach it in April (current PR 1:49)
and my first marathon is in March, so I’m planning to start training soon. I will probably not hit a sub 4 marathon, but I’m hoping to come close :)

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