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Purple Shirts

by Meghann on May 23, 2009

After months of training, fund raising and bleeding toes, this morning I was finally bestowed with my very own Purple TNT singlet.


In 8 days I will be one of many in the sea of purple that will invade the San Diego marathon and I could not be more proud!

It is only appropriate that in our final run with our Team in Training group we would be handed over these prized shirts. We worked hard to earn these babies and everyone was very excited to test them out during our very hilly, 5.5 mile run this morning.

Being the last run left me a little sad. As my alarm went off at 5:45 this morning I kept thinking if this would be the last time I would have to get up this early for a Saturday morning run for a while. What will I do with myself? I know I am not going to stop running when the marathon is over, but I guess there really won’t be a need for ridiculous early Saturday runs. Yippee!

Before heading out I had a Mountain Mix Mojo Bar to fuel me up.


I was actually expecting to run 10 miles this morning as it stated on our schedule, but instead we were instructed to climb ‘Big Bertha’ 5 times before calling it a day. Big Bertha is a very tough hill and those 5 times up and down sure felt like 10 miles!

After the run we all headed to Panera for a shirt decorating party.


Unfortunately, we ran out of the silver glitter pen so my back is not quite done, but a very nice team member with great handwriting put my name on the front.


I was very much ready for breakfast while designing my shirt. I ordered a Whole Grain Bagel with Hazelnut Cream Cheese and a small Apple on the side.


I only used about 1/4 of the provided cream cheese.

A friend had ordered the parfait, but did not like the granola so I gladly took that off her hands as well.


I love Panera’s granola in their parfaits, it almost tastes homemade. Almost.

Now I am running late, late, late for the joint graduation party at my parents. Don’t worry family I will be there soon!

1 Trish (girlatgym) May 23, 2009 at 10:21 am

You look cute in your shirt! πŸ™‚ Best of luck with the race. Have a great weekend and enjoy the party! πŸ™‚

2 Jenny May 23, 2009 at 11:14 am

i love that shirt – though i may be bias.. purple is my favorite color :)! oh panera – i have got to get there PRONTOOOOOOO!!

3 HelpMeghanRun May 23, 2009 at 11:16 am

So cute!! I can’t wait to get my singlet πŸ™‚ Still a way to go, though.

4 tami May 23, 2009 at 11:22 am

i have heard that many people feel depressed after their marathon is over and that you should plan something fun and different to do. i’ll be interested to see how you feel afterward. i am so excited for you!

5 Emily May 23, 2009 at 11:27 am

Hooray for the singlet. Yours looks so cute, too. You must be so excited for the race…I hope it goes well! πŸ™‚

6 Stacy May 23, 2009 at 11:31 am

Great job on the hills this morning! It is amazing what a difference hills make in a run! Enjoy the marathon! I gurantee you will want to do another one as soon as you cross the finish line! : )

7 Nicole May 23, 2009 at 11:34 am

You definitely earned the shirt!

8 jenngirl May 23, 2009 at 12:10 pm

Cute shirt, you’re gunna look great!

Enjoy the grad party!

9 Sarah May 23, 2009 at 12:11 pm

cute shirt, you’re gonna do awesome. have fun at the grad party.

10 Pearl May 23, 2009 at 12:28 pm

i love the purple shirt! have a great time at the party!

11 Jess May 23, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Yay for purple. Thanks for always being such an inspiration. πŸ˜€

12 Matt May 23, 2009 at 1:06 pm

Congrats on the great run and good luck with the marathon!

13 ksgoodeats May 23, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Way to dominate Bertha!! Cute shirt and Panera? YUM!

14 Sammie May 23, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Wow, I can’t believe how fast the time went by. You must be so excited for next weekend. Good luck Meghann, you have worked so hard.
I hope you have fun at the festivities this afternoon.

15 Melissa @ For the Love of Health May 23, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Congratulations Meghann! You should be incredibly proud! Being a runner has the emotional aspect as well πŸ™‚ I bet your entire time is so excited!

Have a wonderful time at the grad fam party!

16 Melissa S. May 23, 2009 at 2:34 pm

love the shirt! purple def suites you!

have fun at the party!!!

17 Meredith May 23, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Your race is so soon! That is so exciting! Congrats on the purple shirt.

I just made your parfait pie. Yummy! It is the perfect light snack/dessert… sweet but not too sweet. Thanks for sharing your creation!

18 Justy2003 May 23, 2009 at 2:46 pm

You definitely earned that purple shirt! Congrats!
I’m so excited to read about your marathon next week, as well as how your running schedule will change once you’re done.

19 Island Girl Eats May 23, 2009 at 3:59 pm

Congrats on earning your shirt! It looks great on you.
Now you will have to find another goal to train for!

20 Melissa May 23, 2009 at 4:07 pm

congratulations! i remember getting mine! I wrote all my donors names on the back. Having your name on the front will be invaluable on the last few miles when everyone (perfect strangers) is screaming your name and cheering you on. You will feel like the rockstar runner you are!

21 strivingforbalance May 23, 2009 at 4:13 pm

what a fun way to end your team in training! Does everyone wear them during the marathon?

22 Katie May 23, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Good luck on your marathon! I just joined TNT and can not wait to start fundraising and to get my awesome purple singlet πŸ™‚

23 Christina May 23, 2009 at 5:36 pm

I love Panera – That sure is a big thing of cream cheese though!

I was late for my family party today too, it’s ok, family has to understand!.. hope you have a good time πŸ™‚

24 Jessica May 23, 2009 at 5:50 pm

I love the purple!!! Are you going to San Diego by yourself or is someone coming with you (other than your team members) to cheer you along??

25 Bec May 23, 2009 at 6:56 pm

ooo I love that you are decorating the shirt, how fun!

26 Hallie May 23, 2009 at 8:31 pm

That Panera granola looks delish! I have been craving Panera for about, oh two years, haha.

Can’t wait for next weekend! Even though I’m just a volunteer, I’m looking forward to be near all you crazy runners πŸ™‚

27 Sharon May 23, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Totally love the purple!

28 MaryBe May 24, 2009 at 7:31 am

Love your shirt! Congrats, what a milestone right?

29 Sarah (from See Sarah Eat) May 26, 2009 at 2:17 pm

That’s an awesome shirt! You should be so proud of all that you have done and feel very confident going into the marathon. I can’t wait to hear how it goes!

Mmm, panera…I love their granola too. And those bagels are to die for.

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