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  1. Melissa @fitnessnycblog
    January 15, 2017

    Congrats Meghann! So impressed. I always love your recaps, especially the disney ones! I reread your others while waiting for this post. Looking forward to hearing about the Waldorf Astoria race packages
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  2. Kirsten
    January 15, 2017

    Congrats lady! Well done!

  3. Amy
    January 15, 2017

    Thank you for your heartfelt recap. I teared up reading it. I’m newer to running and going to run my first Disney race in a little over a month. I’m so excited and a little nervous. Any tips? But after reading your post, even more excited! You are so inspiring!

  4. Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution
    January 15, 2017

    Congrats, Meghann! So proud of you – and your emotions about the finish line are completely understandable. Never feel like you have to apologize for or justify how you feel!
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  5. Rebecca
    January 15, 2017

    Congratulations on running your first marathon as a MAMA!! Very impressive and thank you for the very honest recap – you described a feeling everyone can relate to.

  6. Lindsay
    January 15, 2017

    So many congrats to you mama! I, too, ran the disney full last weekend and it was only my second full marathon ever and a mere 16 months after having my second baby…. you have so much to be proud of!!!! 26.2 is very humbling and you are very inspiring to us other mamas putting in the work and earning those medals. I totally understand your disappointment at the end and appreciate your candidness in your recap. It’s real and honest and in spite of those feelings, you are still amazing. Bravo!

  7. Katie
    January 15, 2017

    Congrats!!! I guess I’m not understanding why you were mad at Derek? The marathon was for you!! You should be proud of yourself!

  8. MrsSwan
    January 15, 2017

    Please share what device baby girl is holding in the run shirt ? My 11 month old is obsessed with phone like stuff. She likes the touch screen and sound. She could care less about videos. I am not a runner but I enjoy reading recaps. I volunteered at Wine & Dine a few years ago and I had the overwhelming rush of feelings just from that. So I can only imagine how intense yours was. You did it!!! ? Sounds like knowing they were not going to be there was the wall you faced this time. Good job pulling through.
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    • MrsSwan
      January 15, 2017

      ? Was mistyped. not a question. Whoops.
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  9. Kristin
    January 16, 2017

    Congratulations!! I just wanted to let you know what an inspiration you are. I have a three year old and one year old and I haven’t had the courage to sign up for a marathon since having kids. I didn’t think I could fit it all in. Reading about your journey has inspired me to go for it and sign up for a marathon! Thank you!!!

  10. mtt
    January 16, 2017

    I am just not one of those people where I **NEED** my family/boyfriend etc to be there at the finish. it’s just one moment in time, and they’ve likely supported me throughout all my training. I don’t know, it seems immature to me. I run the race for myself at the end of the day- the only person I need at the finish is me.

  11. Charlie
    January 16, 2017

    I completely understand your feelings. I’m lucky that I’ve had my mum and fiancee support me at almost all of my marathons, but neither of them were there in NYC in November – and while I completely understand that this is my hobby, and NYC is expensive and far, I felt really sad (and a little bit disappointed) that neither of them came. I think that you put so much time and effort into training and racing that you want the to be there with you at the end. Huge congrats on finishing another marathon, it can not have been easy with a little one, work, blog, relationship etc!!!

  12. Shannon//Style Emulator
    January 16, 2017

    Congrats, Meghann! I’d be right there with you if my husband and baby girl missed the finish. You run for you, but also for them, too. I get it. Guess you’ll just have to do another one so they can be there! 😉 I’m kidding, I don’t know how you did it. Way to go, again. You’re amazing!
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  13. Jessica C
    January 16, 2017

    Thanks so much for sharing your recap. I had signed up to do the Disney Half that weekend and was among the many who still got in the miles that Saturday morning (I couldn’t tell you how many loops we did around the Epcot area resorts but we got it done)! Reading your recap, especially how it ended, made me tear up. While I am glad my husband and I still got the 13.1 in (my second, his first), I still wanted that special Disney half. I had created an image in my head of what I wanted it to be like and when it didn’t look like that, I couldn’t help but be disappointed. I still can’t. We are hoping to defer registration to the Wine & Dine half (possibly paying for the challenge) but I am still bummed this one didn’t happen. But as you said, it is good to think about what we did do: you still ran 26.2 miles 15 months after having a baby! You are amazing and I hope overtime the sad feelings dissipate and you are left with only the good ones.

  14. Jen
    January 16, 2017

    I love that you kept it real! Congrats on the marathon!!!
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  15. Jenn
    January 16, 2017

    Wow Meghann! SO proud of you. I’ve been following along since before your wedding and you have been such an idol to me. I’m signed up for the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend for my birthday September 1st. And I read your past blog posts for advice and recommendations. Thank you for all of your great advice. Keep up the great work!

  16. kemibe
    January 16, 2017

    Ugh! Reading this very thorough race report brings back memories both good and blah. Congrats for surviving the many challenges this sucker brings to the fight!

    I ran this thing a dozen years ago after being sentenced to live in South Florida for a spell, and was actually a member of the oxymoronically named “Florida’s Finest” squad (long story). As such I got to stay for free in the Coronado Springs Resort for three nights, was given a few theme-park tickets, and of course got a comped entry. I was grateful, but no way in heck would I have ever paid for *any* of it!

    All of this meant that in the aftermath I had to keep my real feelings about the race semi-private. While I was genuinely grateful to Florida Running & Triathlon for sponsoring the “Florida’s Finest” program, and had a solid race with a 2:28:31, the whole set-up actually sucks for everyone!

    You mentioned the remarkably early gathering time — even we “elites” had to be out there by 4 a.m. for the 6 a.m. start. So much for pre-race rest! Disney of course does this so that they can essentially force everyone who runs the race to stay on Disney property, with the added insult of all Disney resorts requiring a minimum of a two-night stay that weekend. So they pull that crap just to gouge people. On top of that, what an ugly course! Sure, it’s cute to have Cinderellas and Snow Whites and that dude from “A Bugs Life” handing out drinks at the aid stations, but man, those twisty-turny paths through the Animal Kingdom at 17-18 miles are hell on the legs, and then you have that ugly out-and-back, no-shade stretch on the Osceola Parkway that lasts for about four miles — you can really feel the difference between ordinary asphalt and the tar-over-reinforced-concrete of a genuine freeway! That late in the game, it all really blows and that’s coming from someone who was lucky enough to dodge most of the effects of the sun because I was done by 8:30. (Unlike the temps you faced, it was about 60 degrees with 100 percent humidity in 2005.)

    I *did* get some nice pics out of it. Not sure if I can post ’em but I’ll try:

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    January 16, 2017
  18. Nathaly Abrahan
    January 16, 2017

    Congratulations Meghann! I really need to run this marathon one day (when I star running marathons). I truly understand how you felt in the finish line. Sometimes running puts me so sensitive with my own emotions wether they’re good or bad. But it’s all part of a learning process.

  19. Karen
    January 16, 2017

    I know exactly how you feel. My first half marathon was years ago, the More Fitness Half (like the magazines). The course was two full laps around Central Park. It was early spring so it was freezing and raining! My boyfriend (now husband) drove me and was my only support there. He didn’t want to freeze out in the rain understandably while I waited in my corral and ran so he went to Starbucks. Instead of asking me when I’d finish, he asked a stranger how long they generally take and said 2 hours. I finished a full five minutes before that. I was so cold and wet and I couldn’t find him anywhere. I walked right passed Kristen Davis I remember and could barely even look up because of how cold I was. After I changed my clothes and felt human again, he got a race day lecture from me! Two laps. I should have seen him twice! They let you back in to Starbucks even after you leave to cheer on your lady.

  20. Meagan
    January 17, 2017

    Congratulations on finishing the big race! I can totally understand where you’re coming from on needing your family at the finish line. I did the Iron Girl 2 years ago and it was my first big race and I had told my family what time I was probably going to finish and they got there 5 minutes after I finished :'( I had my hubby there so I didn’t feel fully deflated but it’s a similar sentiment. Anywho. Congrats again!
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  21. Amber
    January 17, 2017

    Congrats Meghann! It’s definitely a bummer that your family couldn’t be there, but how amazing that you just finished a marathon! Enjoy your accomplishment 🙂
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  22. Emily J
    January 17, 2017

    Great job Meghann! Very proud of you!

  23. Sarah @ Sweet Miles
    January 17, 2017

    Oh my goodness I had so much fun reading this!! I ran it for the first time in 2015, right before we got pregnant with our first, and I had the time of my life running it! It is seriously the most magical and fun race ever, and granted my time was CRAZY slow, but it was still a blast! I seem to remember our mile 20 being after the sports complex, and I also remember MGM being a total blur – I think they were doing construction on the giant mickey hat/maybe taking it down so I remember running by the warddrobe tunnel, meeting Mike the monster, grabbing some chocolate on a random table, then running out and thinking I AM SO TIRED, ha! It also rained all the way from the boardwalk to the finish line for us, like POURED down rain, so running the Epcot loop was like a magical experience of euphoria haha – way to go, mama! Such a great accomplishment!!!
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  24. Amanda
    January 17, 2017

    I love your posts because you are always so real and honest. Please don’t ever change that! It really sucks that your family couldn’t make it to the finish. We build things up in our minds of how we think they are going to be and then it’s a huge let down when they don’t live up. Especially for something as big as finishing a marathon! I’m sorry it wasn’t want you hoped for 🙁

    But HUGE congrats on finishing!!!!! That’s super badass! I remember when you said you were going to run this race and people left rude comments questioning you. Way to stick it to them 😉

  25. Linda @ the fitty
    January 17, 2017

    This goes to show what a true Runners Spirit you have. Despite a night of insomnia, you still put yourself through the entire Marathon! I don’t know how you do it, but sleep is absolutely crucial to good athletic performance. You really ought to be proud of yourself 🙂
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  26. Jen
    January 17, 2017

    Thanks for sharing your story. I wanted to cry for you / with you. I finished my first half, after my son was born, with no one waiting for me. I understand the feeling all too well. Congrats on your race.

  27. Mrs B
    January 17, 2017

    How amazing!

    I can’t help but feel bad for you and the other runners that missed their family at the finish line! I am sure Derek was torn up about it but all and all… what a great hubby!

  28. Sarah
    January 19, 2017

    Thanks for the heartfelt detailed post!! I loved reading it and thanks for your honesty, I guess sometimes things are just out of our control.

  29. Kristina
    January 19, 2017

    Congrats, Meghann! Finishing a marathon is always something to be proud of.
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  30. Becky
    January 20, 2017

    Love the beer picture!!!!!!! Glad you finished safely and it’s crazy how emotions can take over in those moments!!!!!! While I don’t have a kid, at my last (and so far, only…) marathon, I’m pretty sure tears were shed because I couldn’t remember which way my compression sleeves went on.

  31. Ashley
    January 21, 2017

    Woo hooo! You finished, now onto baby #2!

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