71 responses

  1. Victoria (District Chocoholic)
    October 28, 2012

    Congratulations! That wind sounds awful, way to push through.

    (If you want a friendly 70.3 course, check out TryCharleston. I LOVED it.)
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  2. Caroline
    October 29, 2012

    Congratulations on running a fantastic race. After reading your recap from last year, I started thinking about how great it would be to do a tri with my brothers. I took the first step this summer and did a sprint tri, and we’re looking for a race to do together. I can’t imagine the range of emotions you must feel over so many hours of racing- wow. Great job!!
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  3. Annette @FitnessPerks
    October 29, 2012

    YAY! Congrats, girl! That is awesome!

    I did the Utah Half (70.3) in August & it was tough stuff (the bike was. I almost died. For real.). I loved the course though!
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  4. Camile
    October 29, 2012

    Congrats!!! You, Ben, and Kelly did an amazing job. So glad I got to congratulate you in person today and so sorry it was a little awkward. I was so distracted directing people at the crossing that by the time I realized you were there, I was thrown off guard for some reason. Oh, and my students are in your photos (the ones in the red shirts). We had a blast volunteering (though it was a long day for us too) and cheering all the athletes on! πŸ™‚

    • Meghann
      October 29, 2012

      It was great meeting you yesterday! I remembered reading your comments, so it was nice to put a face with a name. Your students did a great job volunteering! I’m volunteering next week at Ironman Florida as a “catcher” – can’t wait to pass it on!

  5. RunInBoise
    October 29, 2012

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  6. Laura @ Backstage Balance
    October 29, 2012

    Great job, Meghann! Awesome recap, too.
    What was your favorite part of the race?
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    • Meghann
      October 29, 2012

      The swim! I never thought I’d say that, but it was a gorgeous swim and the water was perfect yesterday morning.

      • Laura @ Backstage Balance
        October 29, 2012

        Nice! It goes to show you what hard work and focus can do. All of those swim team workouts paid off!
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  7. Carrie @ The Cook’s Palette
    October 29, 2012

    Wow! I’m so impressed by your mental and physical ability to get through something so challenging. Congratulations! You’ve worked hard for this. Thanks for the recap!
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  8. Sloane @ Life Food and Beer
    October 29, 2012

    The wind is crazy! I can’t imagine how hard that was. Congratulation!! I think it is so awesome your siblings did it too!
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  9. Georgia
    October 29, 2012

    I love reading every race recap you post, Meghann! I’m just getting into running after having a knee reconstruction and though I’m super slow in comparison to you, I totally get why running’s your sport – it’s kinda addictive! Congratulations on this amazing accomplishment! πŸ™‚
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    • Meghann
      October 29, 2012

      Amber had reconstructive surgery on her knee a couple of years ago. The doctors told her she probably would never be able to run, but since that diagnosis she’s run a couple of marathons and just completed a half ironman. She is an inspiration, just as you are. Good luck! πŸ™‚

  10. Debbie B.
    October 29, 2012

    Congrats! Your determination to just keep going even for 5 minutes is inspiring.

  11. Charlie (The Runner Beans)
    October 29, 2012

    Congrats Meghann! You ARE speedy! your half marathon splits are faster than I can run when I just run a half!!! Also thanks for getting the recap up so quickly, such good monday morning reading!
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  12. Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale
    October 29, 2012

    Congratulations Meghann!! So inspiring — from ALL of you!! I’m really, really glad that you stuck it out. (That 5 more min mantra is my absolute FAVOURITE — you’re right, it can be applied to anything!!)
    I have to say, I’ve been considering training for tri’s, and I’ve always said “oh, I’ll put it off until my running goes downhill!”, but your recap is pushing me to want to try it even sooner!!
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  13. Karen @ Runner Girl Eats
    October 29, 2012

    Congrats! Ironman is no joke. I love the 5 min mantra. I do that trick on all of my tough runs and it really does help my mental game.
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  14. Angie
    October 29, 2012

    You are awesome. I can’t FATHOM swimming 1.2 miles, never mind all that other stuff on top of it. 2:01 is close to my normal half time (in fact my last one was 2:03, but I did have stitches in my head and a mild concussion so maybe that slowed me down haha), and I didn’t swim and bike before it.

    Awesome job!!
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  15. Reenie
    October 29, 2012

    Congrats to all of you!!! Great job πŸ™‚

  16. Stacey
    October 29, 2012

    How cute is your proud papa?! So cute…

    Congrats to all four of you on an amazing race!

  17. Lauren
    October 29, 2012

    Wow, seriously girl MAJOR kudos!! I have no idea how you do these things. πŸ™‚ over 6 hours of running, biking and swimming sounds so intense and you crushed it! Awesome girl!
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  18. Courtney
    October 29, 2012

    YOU ARE AWESOME! And what, those times aren’t speedy?! They’re speedy to me! Way to go lady πŸ™‚
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  19. Steph
    October 29, 2012

    FABULOUS!!!! Congrats!!!! πŸ˜€
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  20. Samantha Angela
    October 29, 2012

    Congratulations Meghann! You did amazing πŸ™‚

    You should be so proud of yourself for really sticking it out until the end and not giving up. It must have been a huge mental challenge for you to face that wind eh? But you got through. Way to go!!
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  21. Kaitlyn
    October 29, 2012

    Congrats! I’ve learned over the years that a good base is all you need when you have done races of these lengths before. I’m not sure I could go out and do a marathon tomorrow. But, definitely a half. Like you said, our bodies are stronger than we think or give them credit for.
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  22. Grazia
    October 29, 2012

    Wow! Great job! Your strenght is an inspiration!

  23. NYC Fit Girl
    October 29, 2012

    CONGRATS MEGHANN!! you did and awesome job on the race!
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  24. Rebecca
    October 29, 2012

    Great job!!!

    That course sounds a bit brutal! I’m not a fan of wind at all πŸ™‚ (but who is….)
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  25. Mallory @ Have Your Cake
    October 29, 2012

    congrats Meghann!
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  26. lisa fine
    October 29, 2012

    Congratulations! Sounds like it was definitely worth it to toughen out through the race, and you’re a second time Half Ironwoman. Very inspiring.

    How have you been feeling? I know you had that cold a week or so ago…
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    • Meghann
      October 29, 2012

      I felt fine during the race, but races always tear down my immune system so I woke up with a not-so-happy throat and nose. I’m going to chug my vitamins and hope the cold doesn’t return in full force. πŸ™‚

  27. Heather
    October 29, 2012

    way to go girl yall did great! yay! I totally feel for your poor brother. I have a race recap up today about my half mary experience saturday where I got a killer calf cramp and didn’t know if I could finish. It’s the worst and so disappointing.

  28. Anne P
    October 29, 2012

    SO impressed. Congratulations and good for you for sticking with it on that terrible sounding bike ride!
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  29. Cher @ Weddicted
    October 29, 2012

    What an accomplishment – congrats!
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  30. Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes
    October 29, 2012

    Congratulations, Meghann! You look *so strong* in all of the running pictures! Glad you were able to push through and finish the race strong. Triathloning is all about silencing that voice in your head that says to give up, and you totally overcame that temptation. Hope you’re resting and relaxing! πŸ™‚
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  31. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats
    October 29, 2012

    Congratulations! That really is an amazing accomplishment, I can’t imagine 6.5 hours of such hard work, physically and mentally! You should be so proud!
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  32. Meghan
    October 29, 2012

    So inspiring! Wow. Awesome job!!!
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  33. Emily @ Perfection Isn’t Happy
    October 29, 2012

    Congratulations!! I admire you for doing this — it looks so difficult!!
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  34. Kim @ Living, Laughing & Losing
    October 29, 2012

    Congratulations, Meghann! What an awesome accomplishment!! I can’t even imagine. πŸ™‚
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  35. Ebernst
    October 29, 2012

    I love this race recap! Great job! (and your run time is awesome…I hope to one day run a half that fast without swimming and biking beforehand!) This recap has me so pumped for my HIM in June 2013!

  36. Chuck
    October 29, 2012

    Congratulations Meghann! I can’t wait to hear about this in person
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  37. Jennifer L
    October 29, 2012

    Congrats!!! All of those numbers look pretty great to me! Honestly, I have a ton of respect for you for getting through it… I don’t know if I could!

    Speaking of the full ironman… this is a hilarious clip of some poor athletes struggling to finish…. it gets really good around 40 seconds…. and this is probably what I’d be like if I even finished the half… so congrats again!


    (the title says funny marathon, but the finish line says ironman so I guess the title refers to the marathon portion… but their struggle makes more sense when you know it’s ironman!)
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  38. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    October 29, 2012

    Congrats! You and everyone else did fantastic. πŸ™‚
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  39. amyt
    October 29, 2012

    AWESOME job Meghann!!! Congrats to you and your Bro/Sis!!! That’s SO wonderful that you guys can do this together!

  40. Katie
    October 29, 2012

    WOOHOOO!!!! You are amazing!!!

  41. Alex
    October 29, 2012

    Wow, what an amazing accomplishment! I seriously got chills reading about your finish. I’m planning on competing in my first sprint tri this summer, and if all goes well, I hope to one day finish a half ironman like you! Thanks for being an inspiration!

  42. JennyV
    October 29, 2012

    Impressive! The mind is such a powerful tool – way to dig in and override your doubt on the bike!

  43. Ash Bear
    October 29, 2012

    I love this recap. In fact, it may be one of my favorites. You are honest and open with readers and pushed through. I’m so proud of you!!

  44. Jill E.
    October 29, 2012

    congratulations! amazing accomplishment and time!
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  45. Beverly Aragon
    October 29, 2012

    So inspired by you guys. Amazing job! πŸ™‚

  46. Mary @ food and fun on the run
    October 29, 2012

    So proud of you for kicking this race in the butt! The headwind seems like the most mentally and physically tough aspect of a race, and you got through it! Such an amazing accomplishment!
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  47. Emily N
    October 29, 2012

    Congrats on your 70.3 2x! πŸ™‚

    So… when do we get to hear about 140.6? Is that coming?
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  48. Jenn
    October 29, 2012

    Congrats!! Reading the recap got me all excited to attempt a tri at some point!
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  49. Aimee @ Happy Medium
    October 29, 2012

    I got a little teary at your Dad in the IronDad shirt. Congrats, Meghann! You did great.

  50. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions
    October 29, 2012

    Congratulations on your race, Meghann! Just having the desire to do a triathlon impresses me, never mind the desire to do a half Ironman more than once AND to do so well! You’re definitely an inspiration!
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  51. Melissa
    October 29, 2012

    Slightly delayed, but congratulations! That is such an accomplishment – one that I don’t think I could ever do! The training alone sounds overwhelming!

  52. Kelly
    October 29, 2012

    You are so inspiring and amazing, Meghann! Congratulations!!!
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  53. Brittney
    October 29, 2012

    Great job Meghann! Totally inspiring πŸ™‚
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  54. Rachel
    October 29, 2012

    Thanks for sharing! You’re an inspiration!

  55. Marjolaine
    October 29, 2012

    Hi Meghann ! I am following you for a while but never left a comment. I was so impressed to see you did another half-ironman ! It is really inspiring. You can be proud of yourself. Congratulations to you πŸ™‚

  56. Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut
    October 29, 2012

    You should be so proud of yourself! I like your “small goals” tactic…that way of thinking is key for ANY goal, especially when it comes to health and fitness. πŸ™‚
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  57. erin
    October 29, 2012

    Congrats on an awesome 70.3! Isn’t crossing the finish line incredible?! I will forever tear up when I finish a race πŸ™‚

  58. meghan
    October 29, 2012

    Congratulations Meghann! How amazing to have such an unexpectedly awesome race when you thought it wasn’t going to be that great! And your half marathon time is amazing standing alone, but with the rest of what you went through it’s such an inspiration!! Do you think you all will try other courses? I know you said you and Kelly said Augusta year after year, but I thought maybe that just mean no more Miami.
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    • Meghann
      October 29, 2012

      I would definitely try other courses, just not Miami again. It ended up being a good race, but the bike left a sour taste in my mouth.

  59. Caroline Calcote
    October 30, 2012

    Way to go Meghann! Great recap!
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  60. Amber
    October 30, 2012

    Thanks Meghann!! I am so proud of all you Anderson’s!! You guys kicked butt!!! I am still in shock to be honest (that I finished). I can’t believe my body pushed itself through that course mentally and physically. What a great feeling – I am so glad to have had all of you and your family for support. It meant a lot and really helped having you all there at the finish line. I am tearing up again just thinking about it. Thank you for all the amazing shots too!! Can’t wait for the next one!! πŸ˜‰

  61. Beth
    October 30, 2012

    Congrats Meghann!!! You looked super strong on the run when I saw you. Great job out there in super tough conditions. I def don’t know if I could have made it through that windy ass bike ride. Well done!!!!
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    • Meghann
      October 31, 2012

      It was so great seeing you on the course! Thanks for being there to cheer me on when I needed it. Tell Nick I said congrats as well. πŸ™‚

  62. Jess
    October 30, 2012

    Told you you’d surprise yourself – you underestimate your natural athletic abilities πŸ™‚ Well done!

  63. Becca
    October 11, 2013

    I just recently started reading your blog and I had to go back and see where all this Ironman stuff started. πŸ™‚ You look so muscular in these photos and it’s so cool that you were able to finish with a good time! I am in awe of all Ironman-type people!

  64. DadHTP
    October 24, 2013

    Way to go Meghann!

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