42 responses

  1. Katie @ Peace Love and Oats
    February 2, 2013

    $35 is a steal!! Glad you enjoyed it. I love finding local races that are so much cheaper
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  2. Elyse
    February 2, 2013

    Awesome race recap! Seriously inspiring and so full of joy. Great reminder of why we all love running so much. Thanks for posting!

  3. Debbie B.
    February 2, 2013

    I can second your thoughts but with the 5k. It was a great race.

  4. Megan
    February 2, 2013

    Great recap! I agree, it was a great race & we could not have gotten any luckier with that weather! I actually found out about the race through your blog and it was absolutely perfect for my first half. So thank you 🙂
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  5. sara @ fitcupcaker
    February 2, 2013

    What a name! Thats awesome… Races are so fun! Especially the eating and drinking after!
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  6. Kat
    February 2, 2013

    What an awesome pacer you are! Beka and I both hate mile 9 but I know she’s a speedy one and that PR was prime today with this weather! Nicely one ladies!

  7. Karen A
    February 2, 2013

    Your posts are always so inspiring to me. Reading the post of the anniversary of when you started running inspired me to finally get out there after two months of having no exercise whatsoever and it felt really good! Love your blog and I can’t wait to read more! Oh and congrats on the wedding, the pictures were beautiful 🙂

    Karen A.
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  8. Allie
    February 2, 2013

    That course looked beautiful! I’m jealous of your weather, 45 degrees is the perfect temp for running. I think its great your helped Beka finish strong!
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  9. Katie @ Talk Less, Say More
    February 2, 2013

    Awesome race and congrats to your friends! Want to come up to IL and pace me for my first 1/2 marathon? 😉
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  10. Joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    February 2, 2013

    Great recap, and good for you for trying out new things/places on your own! Plus, those pancakes look fantastic!

  11. Sneakers2sandals
    February 2, 2013

    I had so much fun with you today!
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  12. beka @ rebecca roams
    February 2, 2013

    I am so so glad that I met up with you and Diana before the race! You turned out to be just the thing I needed to hit that PR – when I got up I wasn’t even sure if I would find anyone to run with this morning! THANK YOU – you are an awesome pacer and I’m glad we kept our pancake breakfast pact! I had so much fun. It was definitely a great race – and more hills than I’m used to!!!
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  13. Sarah @Blonde Bostonian
    February 2, 2013

    I totally agree with you – the finish lines of races are one of the best places to be. Everyone is so excited and proud and happy. Congrats to your friend on a sub-2 hour half PR! How exciting!
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  14. Nicole @ HealthyGirlAdventures
    February 2, 2013

    WHAT an awesome recap! I was there this morning and I ran the 5k. It truly was the BEST DAMN RACE. The weather was gorgeous and I loved the views of the bay. This was my first real race. I might try an 8k next. Congrats to all 3 of you and I am glad you helped Beka to the finish line. The pancakes would have motivated me too. hahaha. 🙂
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  15. Rebecca@Running.Food.Baby.
    February 2, 2013

    Nice race!! Oh man do I miss the warm sunshine (hurry up and leave winter!). I really like the race medals – something totally different!
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  16. Allison
    February 2, 2013

    I’m currently training for a half in April with the goal of a sub-2:00 PR. Totally motivated and inspired after reading this!

  17. Caroline
    February 2, 2013

    This sounds like a great race, and I love the idea of it being cheaper. I cringe when starting prices for races are $85+. Congrats on running a great race today!

  18. Meghan R
    February 2, 2013

    I did the BDR 10k this morning and loved it! Glad you gals enjoyed the 10k as well 🙂

  19. Ashley
    February 2, 2013

    I had so many friends running that race! Great concept:)

  20. Beth
    February 2, 2013

    That race looks like it was a good one! I’m sure they’ll get lots of interest for next year’s race. Congrats to Beka for achieving her PR!
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  21. meghan
    February 2, 2013

    Awesome job feeling so strong and packing Beka! That race was so perfect; they really couldn’t have requested better conditions. And what a beautiful course! That’s only 20 minutes from me; I should go down there and do hill work every once in a while.
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  22. Anne @ eatcleaneatreal
    February 2, 2013

    That is awesome…I want to run that race! Just for the tee shirt 🙂

    And what a kick ass time for not “training.” Keep it up lady!

  23. Jenni
    February 3, 2013

    Great blog, the trail you were on was the Clearwater Ream Wilson (http://www.clearwater-fl.com/gov/depts/parksrec/bikeways/east_west.asp). It’s my training course. Love it.

  24. Samantha
    February 3, 2013

    I was at the best damn race too and ran the 10k. I loooved the course! Since my race started a bit earlier, I was able to see the sun first starting to peak out; it was awesome. Definitely recommend this year to anyone for next year!

  25. Erica
    February 3, 2013

    CONGRATS! You did fantastic. I need a cheaper race! I just did my first half, and Im thinking of signing up for another but its 85!
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  26. Tori @ In Love and Peanut Butter
    February 3, 2013

    Great recap Meghann! And go Beka! I knew she had it in her yesterday. Sounds like it was a great race for you both! Sorry I missed you guys out there.
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  27. Sofia
    February 3, 2013

    I saw you out on the course!! You passed me in the park I believe. I immediately recognized the shirt because I had stumbled across your blog a few times in the past, had no idea you lived in Tampa (I’ve only been here 5 months!). I had a great race too and had the same confidence boost you talked about! It was a beautiful day and definitely my Best Damn Race!!
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  28. Kelly L
    February 3, 2013

    I was there too!! Had a great time and set a new PR. It’s nice to see someone got some pictures of the course. I wasn’t planning on running as fast as I did and didn’t want to stop for pics and miss the time. It was such a pretty course!

  29. Sarah F
    February 3, 2013

    Awesome! Looks like a fun time!!! 🙂
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  30. Misty
    February 3, 2013

    I also PR’ed for the 10k, actually hitting a PR for every mile. It was my BEST DAMN RACE ever and the weather was awesome!

  31. Heather
    February 3, 2013

    looks like so much fun! Weather totally makes a difference, esp to us southerners who hardly ever get a nice cool race!
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  32. Pearl
    February 3, 2013

    Meghann, congratulations on your beautiful wedding! I enjoyed reading the recaps and seeing the photos. The one of Derek’s hand on your face as you teared up definitely made me tear up. Congratulations again!
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  33. Phil
    February 3, 2013

    Best Damn Review of the Best Damn Race so far! I had a blast doing the Half yesterday and I plan on doing it in 2014- hopefully this time with no leg injuries prior or flu during!
    Great job Nick and crew.

  34. Michelle Scholet
    February 3, 2013

    I absolutely love your review of the race….I as well enjoyed it very much….and as was promised…it was The Best Damn Race!

  35. Kristin miller
    February 3, 2013

    Seriously, pancakes and eggs are the best TOGETHER! Congrats on a great run, want to join me for my 13.1 NYC march 23 to pace?!? 🙂

  36. Michelle
    February 3, 2013

    Hey Meghann.
    Great fun race it sound like. Have you ever thought of putting up a race page to the blog for all your PRs and race reports? It would be cool to see your thoughts on different races all in one place…. I know I’d love it!

  37. Ashley@cupcakesncrunches
    February 3, 2013

    What a neat race! I would love to run that next year! I was cracking up at the beginning of this post at the name of the race – so hilarious! Way to go on such a great time!
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  38. Bobby
    February 4, 2013

    Great story! I felt like I was with you the whole way! This race was mine and my running partners first 10k, are practice times would be between 56 minutes and 1:01. We broke that mark finishing side by side at 53:51. Best Damn Race!

  39. Emily N
    February 4, 2013

    Glad you ended up making it to the race. I bet Beka is as well!
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  40. Megan
    February 5, 2013

    That’s a steal of a race! I’d drive down to Florida for a $1 (or even $35, probably) half marathon! Awesome job and a mental thank you for pacing your friend – love folks who do that!
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  41. Molly
    April 25, 2013

    This is a great race recap!! Random: how in the world do you get such good/steady photos WHILE RUNNING?
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