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by Meghann on November 18, 2010

I’m feeling better today. Much, much better.

I don’t know who I have to thank more – the elderberry extract, the extra rest, the ginger & lemon hot water, or mentality of ‘I will be well.’ Either way I’m knocking on wood that today is a better day than yesterday and that things will only go up from here. (fingers crossed)

I took another day off from running today. I feel awful missing two days in a row from my training plan, but missing two days from the training plan is a better option than missing the marathon altogether.

I slept in and made a casual bowl of cereal.


  • 1/2 cup Wheaties Fuel (race swag that I’ve officially decided I don’t like the taste of)
  • 1/2 cup Kashi Go Lean
  • 1/2 cup Greenwise Flakes
  • Plain Yogurt
  • Persimmon (my last fruit from San Francisco 🙁 )
  • Chia Seeds



Big Races and Social Media

There’s a big shift lately with big races moving more towards the non-traditional approach of social media outlets to connect with their participants and spectators and I have to say I’m a fan.


I was particularly obsessed with the Chicago Marathon Facebook page when I was training for that race and would check back daily for race day updates and see how everyone else’s training efforts were going. I also followed the #CM10 hashtag leading up to the race, which I discovered came in particularly handy during race day weekend when people would provide constant updates on predicted race day weather, crowds at the expo, or any other important tips that may be needed.

Lately, I’ve found myself drawn to the Palm Beach Marathon Facebook page


As well as their twitter page.


Again, a great resource to see what questions others are asking and how the marathon team is responding.


(p.s. kind of bummed about no race day tracking. 🙁 )

It’s fun to follow along even when you’re not training. I know I follow a lot of major marathons just to get a feel of the race leading up to race day.

A few favorites:

Plus, if you ever do plan to run the race it’s great to follow in case they happen to have a free race entry giveaway lined up. You never know when a great opportunity might present itself. 😉

What do you think of races and social media? Do you follow any of your favorite races? Which ones?

1 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday November 18, 2010 at 9:16 am

I think it’s an awesome idea! It keeps people informed by the race crew and connected with other participants.
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2 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 18, 2010 at 9:18 am

I think it’s a great idea! Like you said, it would be great if they could do real-time tracking on the day of the race as well, but I like where it’s headed so far. I followed the Boston Marathon this past year, but mainly via people who were tweeting about it. I think including the links at the side of pages for Twitter is a great idea because it can be a pain to have to search for them yourself!
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3 michelle November 18, 2010 at 9:23 am

I don’t really follow any races. I never thought about that until you mentioned it. I’m running the Seattle Marathon next week and have it on my facebook page but it’s a pretty quiet page and not much goes on.
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4 Brittany (Eating Bird Food) November 18, 2010 at 9:24 am

So glad to hear that you’re feeling better lady!

5 Honey B. November 18, 2010 at 9:24 am

No need to feel bad about not working out for two days, you were sick!! Be excited for the next one – I usually have my BEST workouts ever when I haven’t worked out in a couple days because my body is fully rested. 🙂 I love the social media aspect to races, thanks for pointing out, sounds like it would be such good motivation too!
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6 grocery goddess jen November 18, 2010 at 9:29 am

So glad you’re feeling better! Must have been the frozen yogurt last night 🙂
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7 Meghann November 18, 2010 at 1:44 pm

I think the frozen yogurt helped too 😉

8 Carolyn @ Lovin' Losing November 18, 2010 at 9:31 am

Glad you’re feeling better!!
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9 Kelly November 18, 2010 at 9:31 am

Well since I’m running Philly this weekend, I’m currently following that one. Glad you’re feeling better!
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10 Melissa November 18, 2010 at 9:32 am

very interesting about the races and social media. glad you feel better, i’ve had something for weeks!
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11 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 18, 2010 at 9:42 am

I think races and social media is a great idea. I follow the Flying Pig Marathon on Twitter… and will follow any other races I’m interested in that tweet.

It’s a great way to generate more excitement and motivation about the race. Seeing a tweet from the race can help with motivation on cold, snowy mornings.
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12 Rachel November 18, 2010 at 9:51 am

I’d love to know how to find out about races, whether that’s on social media or somewhere else on the web. I want to do a 5k or two somewhere on the southern East coast this fall/winter but searching for one is kind of intimidating.
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13 Meghann November 18, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Generally the best resource for this is to ask around! Once your hear from friends you can google the source and review from there. It’s a LOT harder to narrow 5k downs because there’s so MANY out there!

14 Melissa November 18, 2010 at 10:15 am

I always check for their FB/Twitter pages when I decide I’m running a race. They keep me up to date on when the fee will increase (so I don’t miss out on saving some $$) or any important info, like a new course announcement. Following/”liking” their social media pages is much easier than repeatedly checking the race website for updates!
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15 Sana November 18, 2010 at 10:20 am

I love that restaurants use social media so I know of deal ect!
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16 Madison November 18, 2010 at 10:20 am

Love the Flying Pig. Great race! You should make it your spring marathon!
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17 Carrie Beth November 18, 2010 at 10:25 am

happy you’re feeling better! i’m envying your breakfast this morning!

18 Jillian @ Reshape Your Life November 18, 2010 at 10:35 am

Since I’ve just started running (and have my first 5k dec. 4th) I haven’t put much thought into big races, although I’m planning on running my first half next year, I should probably look into that!

Glad your feeling better!!
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19 skinnyrunner November 18, 2010 at 11:00 am

i must be old school bc i dont follow any races or any of that. better get back to my rocking chair and knitting, its almost dinnertime.

20 Cailin @ Stir Crazy November 18, 2010 at 11:07 am

I currently don’t follow any, but I think I would if I was training for something right now. My husband’s running Boston and I bet he’d want to follow that one. Thanks for the info! Glad to hear you’re feeling better! Being sick is such a bummer.
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21 Dorry November 18, 2010 at 11:14 am

I was so excited to see that my upcoming half marathon – Run the Rock in Dallas – had a twitter and facebook page. Great way to stay informed and see who else is running.
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22 Britt @ Runnerbelle November 18, 2010 at 11:19 am

Huge fan!

The Boston Marathon Facebook page was a life saver the day registration opened. The link I was using was not working, after going to Facebook I found a link that was working. First time I tried it, it worked and I was in!

23 movesnmunchies November 18, 2010 at 11:26 am

good thing your feeling better! and its best you took the day off- just to make sure all that sickness goes away for good!
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24 Hope November 18, 2010 at 11:48 am

Glad to hear that you are feeling better! 🙂
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25 Jenna Mock November 18, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Glad you’re feeling better! Mine sickness took almost two weeks to get over 🙁

At first I thought that was carrots in your cereal bowl haha 🙂
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26 Meghann November 18, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Would you really have been surprised if there were? 😉 In fact……. ha!

27 Matt November 18, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Glad you are feeling better!
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28 Jess@atasteofconfidence November 18, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Glad you are feeling better! I think the facebook pages for races is a great idea- an awesome way for runners to connect and talk about the race before, too!
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29 Jessica @ The Process of Healing November 18, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Glad you’re feeling better!
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30 Lindsey November 18, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I love using social media for all kinds of information and for tracking my races. The updates help build on excitement and give good feedback. I did a race in the spring that I hated and felt reassured when I read the FB page and other runners had similiar complaints.

I actually use social media for most of my news since I’m skeptical of the politics and shallow nature of the national journalists now. Twitter, Facebook- they’re the new news. 🙂
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31 Katy (The Singing Runner) November 18, 2010 at 1:32 pm

I’m so happy you are feeling better! 🙂

I think race tracking through social media sites like Twitter are great! I’ve never been able to use it yet personally during one of my races, but hopefully soon! 🙂

Oh, and I’m not a big fan of the Wheaties Fuel either. They probably put it in the swag bags because they know us runners will eat anything when we are in a bind. 😉
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32 Meghann November 18, 2010 at 1:48 pm

I’m not one to turn down free stuff 😉

33 Kiran November 18, 2010 at 5:39 pm

I am glad you are feeling better 🙂
I concur with your points on social media. It’s a great tool of connectivity & interactivity between companies and it’s customers. To measure consumerism’, its so much easier these days with social media.
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