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Popping my Ultra Cherry!

by Meghann on April 2, 2010


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Eekkk….. It’s official – I’m popping my Ultra Cherry tomorrow! ๐Ÿ™‚


I’ve got the race number to prove it and everything. Now all I need to do is run it. ๐Ÿ™‚

The drive to Brooksville was a gorgeous one this afternoon. I turned up my favorite country station and just enjoyed the smooth ride through the back roads. There is something so relaxing about country roads as opposed to boring interstates.

One the drive I snacked on a new-to-me Nature Valley Oats ‘n Dark Chocolate Bar.


Mmm.. this bar was great. It tasted just like a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie. ๐Ÿ™‚

I met Kelly and Caitlin at the motel and we headed to the race site to pick up our packets.



The race is capped at 250 participants and sold out a couple of weeks ago. This race is small potatoes compared to the Chicago Marathon I’ll be running in October that is capped at 45,000 runners and sold out last week.




The trail doesn’t look quite as scary as I remember it ๐Ÿ˜‰



We made the fatal mistake last year of relying on the local cuisine for our pre-race meal. BBQ from the local smokehouse does not a great pre-race meal make. ๐Ÿ™

Thankfully we wised up in the last year and all pitched in this year for a nice picnic dinner instead.



  • I brought a black bean salad and a massaged kale salad
  • Caitlin brought fruit salad
  • Kelly brought pasta salad
  • Ashley brought cookies!



I loaded my plate up with a little bit of everything.


Plus, more chips and fruit. ๐Ÿ™‚


BIG THANKS to Ashley for giving each os us our own giant chocolate chip cookie from Whole Foods!


Don’t worry – I ate it all! ๐Ÿ™‚

I love traveling for races, especially with such great girlfriends! I have been in need of some serious girl time and these girls know how to deliver. I can’t wait to run with them tomorrow.

The alarm is set and the garmins are all charge. The race is on! Let the poppin’ begin. ๐Ÿ™‚

1 Jessica @ Dairy Free Bety April 2, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Have fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That’s an awesome shirt!!

2 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) April 2, 2010 at 9:24 pm

I just commented on Caitlin’s blog that I remember that disastrous dinner last year…..which means I’ve seen everything you’ve eaten for over a year now!

Have a great race tomorrow.

I have a coupon for that oats and choc bar in my wallet–I wanna try it!

3 Evan Thomas April 2, 2010 at 9:24 pm

You gals are really in the rough! I feel funny asking if you guys would have tracking chips lol

4 Evan Thomas April 2, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Oh, and the phrase “popping my cherry” always makes my spine shiver. Can’t imagine why

5 Debbie~ April 3, 2010 at 10:38 am

Agreed…I absolutely hate that phrase….yuck!

6 Ashley April 2, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Picnic spread looks good. I’ll be eager to read the recap.

7 theprocessofhealing April 2, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Your post title literally made me LOL!! Haha!
I love your shirt!!!
Your dinner sounds like awesome pre-race fuel, yum! ๐Ÿ™‚
Good luck tomorrow! you’re insane girl! But in a good way.. haha

8 shannon April 2, 2010 at 9:30 pm

LOL. They spelt ‘wouldn’t’ wrong on your shirt. Love it tho!

9 morgan April 2, 2010 at 11:11 pm

Spelled, not spelt. ๐Ÿ™‚

10 Alyssa April 2, 2010 at 9:32 pm

muhahaha LOVE that title! Good luck to all of you guys! ๐Ÿ™‚

11 dori April 2, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Hello from my BlackBerry at my mom’s in Queens! Just wanted to say good luck tomorrow, I know you will be great and I can’t wait to read all about it! I’ve got my race tomorrow too, will be thinking about you!

12 Angelalovesfood April 2, 2010 at 9:43 pm

sweeet! have a blast tomorrow

13 epicourtusf April 2, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Have fun tomorrow!

14 Tracy April 2, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Good luck girls!!!

I was going to comment on the shirt misspellings too! Sorry- I am a teacher and can’t help it!! “I” Should be capitalized (they did it on the other I…weird!) and wouldn’t has the apostrophe in the wring spot!
It’s still cute though!

15 Rachel April 2, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Good luck tomorrow! You are going to do great.
I have not seen that flavor of Nature Valley bar yet and I LOVE their other bars. I need to find one to try asap!

16 Mara @ What's For Dinner? April 2, 2010 at 10:01 pm

GOOD LUCK tomorrow!! I can’t wait to read all about it!

17 M April 2, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Gah, your title has me gagging. Good luck on the race to all you girls!

18 Matt April 2, 2010 at 10:10 pm


19 Ashley April 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Cute shirt, but lol, I am a 2nd grade teacher and the errors are getting to me LOL! The lowercase i, and the apostrophe in the wrong place:) I’ve been working on contractions this year:)

Good luck on your race tomorrow!

20 Jenny April 2, 2010 at 10:51 pm

That nature valley bar looks amazing! Have fun tomorrow:)

21 kyko April 2, 2010 at 10:51 pm

HOW exciting!!!! I’m so proud of you and I don’t even know you!
I can’t wait for the full recap. Be careful on the trail terrain! I’m sure you know that, but every time I get extra tired on a trail run I tend to get sloppy with my footing and have had a lot of “almost” injuries!


22 Ariffa April 2, 2010 at 10:52 pm

good luck tomorrow! HAVE FUN, you’re going to do awwesomee

23 Lauren April 2, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Sounds so exciting! Good luck tomorrow to all of you beautiful girls!

24 Tay April 2, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Eeee good luck!! That is so exciting! But quick question, I thought an ultra marathon was 50 miles?? You’re running a 50k right? I could be mistaken though!

25 Meghann April 3, 2010 at 5:06 am

An ultra marathon is anything longer than the traditional 26.2 marathon

26 caronae April 2, 2010 at 10:59 pm

Good luck! So excited for ya; it’s gonna be killer, but also AWESOME! Remember the airplane tip!

27 Gina G April 2, 2010 at 11:09 pm

i remember that meal/race last year too! haha but i just want to wish you good luck tomorrow girl! your gonna rock it! =)

28 Ida April 2, 2010 at 11:27 pm

you’ll have a blast tomorrow! can’t wait to read all about your 1st 50k.

29 Molly April 2, 2010 at 11:43 pm

Good Luck tomorrow! I could not even imagine running a 15 mile or 30 mile race that is awesome!

30 jennifer April 2, 2010 at 11:44 pm

Oh, wow, the grammar on that shirt is terrible! How embarrassing for the company!

31 dianacheung April 3, 2010 at 12:01 am

I wanna try that bar now…Good luck tomorrow! And I still think you are addicted to races. ๐Ÿ˜‰

32 Joanna April 3, 2010 at 12:29 am

Oh man, I would be alll about that shirt… if the apostrophe was in the right spot. Wouldn’t.

33 Hillary April 3, 2010 at 1:59 am

Wow, you don’t even seem nervous about popping your ULTRA cherry tomorrow. Enjoy your weekend with those wonderful girlfriends of yours!

34 britchickruns April 3, 2010 at 3:22 am

Yay goog luck! I can’t wait to hear about it ๐Ÿ™‚
That picnic looks so sophisticated and lovely – lucky you ๐Ÿ™‚

35 healthyappletite April 3, 2010 at 4:46 am

That t shirt is so cute! i love it! Have a great time ๐Ÿ™‚ xxxx

36 Meredith April 3, 2010 at 5:58 am

Ugh… the typos on that shirt!! Good luck on your first ultra.

37 Quinn April 3, 2010 at 7:25 am

LOVE that shirt! Wishing you girls good luck today!

38 Diana April 3, 2010 at 7:40 am

Awesome. Have fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

39 Can You Stay for Dinner April 3, 2010 at 7:56 am

Best of luck, Meghann!! Have a blast!

40 Katherine: What About Summer? April 3, 2010 at 8:02 am

Good luck! planning meals is an important part of it.
My favorite shirt I saw someone running in said “Dear God, please let there be someone behind me to read this” on the back. ๐Ÿ™‚

41 dan April 3, 2010 at 8:04 am

love the shirt…have a great race

42 feetinmotion April 3, 2010 at 8:58 am

Now do a real ultra do over 100 miles!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

43 Heather @ Side of Sneakers April 3, 2010 at 9:08 am

GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!! It looks like a gorgeous place!!

44 Amy April 3, 2010 at 9:13 am

Love, love, love that shirt–what a fabulous motivator and inspiration! It sounds like the drive was awesome- country music country roads always lift my spirits, too!! GL tomorrow at the race– I’ll be thinking good thoughts for you-and I know you’ll rock it ๐Ÿ™‚

45 Amy April 3, 2010 at 9:18 am

Err, rather, good luck TODAY;)

46 christina cadden April 3, 2010 at 9:17 am

your dinner looks yummy and good luck!

47 Carolyn @ April 3, 2010 at 9:59 am

Can’t wait for the recap! Good luck!!

48 Jill April 3, 2010 at 10:10 am

Hi Ladies, thanks for the conversations and comments about the ‘If I have to explain why’ shirt. Just wanted to let everyone know the shirt was a close out (for $10) due to the printing errors.

Become a fan of Lift Your Sole’s facebook for updates and checkout for new apparel coming soon!
Jill/Lift Your Sole

49 M April 3, 2010 at 10:54 am

My gosh, you’re running 30 miles right now.

While, um, i sit here on the couch growing moss.

50 fitandfortysomething April 3, 2010 at 12:56 pm

love that shirt! i also like country music-sounds like a great way to drive ๐Ÿ™‚
i also remember reading about your prerace dinner last year…..much better idea to bring all your food-how fun!
enjoy you are gonna do great ๐Ÿ™‚

51 hundredtenpounds April 3, 2010 at 1:56 pm

That’s a great shirt! I don’t know why, but people feel the need to try and talk me out of running. Does that happen to everyone??

52 Catherine April 3, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Ooh I’ve never seen those Nature Valleys before! Good luck tomorrow girlie, you can totally do it!!!

53 Crystal April 3, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Good luck in your race! Love the tshirt. ๐Ÿ™‚

54 Graze With Me April 3, 2010 at 3:32 pm

That’s such a great shirt but it drives me crazy when companies mess up words like that. The front says “would’nt” instead of “wouldn’t” !!!! I’m such a grammar nazi….

Looks like a great pre-race meal.

55 Gina April 3, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Wow! That is so awesome! Good luck tomorrow! You guys are so inspiring!

56 eaternotarunner April 3, 2010 at 4:25 pm

So exciting! Good luck!

57 runnerforever April 3, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Good luck at the race! I need to try the dark chocolate granola bar, I have been wanting too and it sounds like it is good.

58 Lisa (bakebikeblog) April 3, 2010 at 6:40 pm

GOOD LUCK GIRL! I just KNOW that you will do amazing!

59 Kelly April 3, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Popping My Ultra Cherry? Really? That has to be the sleaziest and most tacky title. I commend you for your ultra marathon but come on girl, have some class on your blog.

60 Danielle April 3, 2010 at 7:54 pm

I am looking for that tshirt on the and can’t seem to find it anywhere! Can you guide me in the right direction please??

61 Ashley April 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Awesome you’re doing the Chicago Marathon!

I might just have to make a big GO MEGHANN sign. Anyone who can brave that race is amazing! Well any race for that matter!

62 missyrayn April 3, 2010 at 10:18 pm

I love that shirt and will be purchasing one shortly.

63 Erin April 3, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Very cool — good luck and remember that having fun is the most important thing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

64 Sarah April 3, 2010 at 11:23 pm

I agree – disgusting title – I hope you don’t use such phrases in everyday conversation.

65 Sammie April 4, 2010 at 9:33 am

Meghann you know I think you are great and I love your blog, but that phrase is just gross. I am pretty sure you could have come up with a more classy title.
Congrats on finishing your 50K.

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