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Road Trip

by Meghann on September 24, 2011


We be in Georgia. πŸ˜‰

We didn’t end up leaving my parents’ place until close to 5 yesterday. That plus a 6 hour drive made for a long night. Luckily, I have the ability to sleep anywhere and was able to (uncomfortably) sleep my way through most of the drive.

My sister Kelly, little brother Ben, and our friend Danielle all crammed in my sister’s SUV for the trip. We managed to limit ourselves to a tiny duffle bag each and hitched the bikes to the back of the car. You’d be surprised how many emails/texts/tweets went back and forth wondering if we would all fit in one vehicle, but it ended up working out perfectly.


Snacks were plentiful along the way. A bag of chips (which were amazingly addictive) and sticks of cheese filled our tummies before we stopped for dinner.

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Once we crossed the Georgia state line, we pulled over for a picnic dinner at a rest area.


We had a modge podge of eats. Everything from sandwich fixins’ to fresh vegetables to hummus and fruit. We had it all.


I ended up making a spicy turkey + mustard + cheese + snap pea sandwich.


Then proceeded to eat my weight in snap peas and hummus. I’m pretty sure I ate the majority of the container of snap peas on my own.


Take that roadside food!

The rest of the drive was filled with sleep and we made it to Augusta just around midnight. Major kudos to Danielle and Ben to taking over the last portion of the drive. I owe them. Big time.

Random thoughts

Last week I told Courtney I don’t consider myself a triathlete. I’m about as newbie as they come and really don’t know jack about training or triathlon racing. Everything I’ve learned over the last year I’ve shared with you guys and each day I realize I know nothing. So, despite my handful of races and that little half ironman I’m training for, I’ve never once told someone ‘yes, I’m a triathlete.’

This is stupid.

Mostly because I proudly call myself a runner and a marathoner and one of my biggest pet peeves is when people are afraid to call themselves runners because they ‘aren’t fast’ or they finished a marathon ‘too slow.’ That’s crap. If you run – you’re a runner. If you survived 26.2 miles on your feet (no matter how much of that was spent walking), then you’re a marathoner. Be proud of that.

Why can’t I transfer that same energy to being a triathlete? I’m still trying to figure that part out. The world of triathlons is much more intimidating than the world of running. What if they call me out? What if they see I’m a fake? Who knows?

My goal for today is to let go of that fear. I am a triathlete. Tomorrow morning I will be swimming 1.2 miles, biking 56, and running for 13.1. I am owning this race and that’s all that matters. Not what anyone else thinks.

When did you first consider yourself a runner or a triathlete? Did it take some convincing?

1 Hillary September 24, 2011 at 8:22 am

It took a LONG time for me to consider myself a runner. Even in the midst of training for a half marathon, and knocking out 10 mile training runs (in a respectable time, no less), I still felt funny referring to myself as one.

Know when the lightbulb moment came? When I had a freak medical emergency, and the EMT who showed up at my house said to me in the ambulance, “You’re a runner, aren’t you?” She could tell by my resting heart rate that I must run a lot. It took being on my ass in an ambulance to realize that, yep, I was a runner indeed.

GOOD LUCK TODAY! Kick ass, lady. Can’t wait to read the recap.
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2 Sweet and Savvy September 24, 2011 at 8:24 am

Good luck today! Hope you have a great time! πŸ™‚
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3 Sarah September 24, 2011 at 8:29 am

Good luck! Maybe once you cross that finish line you will know you truly are a triathlete. πŸ™‚
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4 Alicia from Poise in Parma September 24, 2011 at 8:36 am

I have run two half marathons and still have a hard time calling myself a “runner”. I’ll call myself a “Gallawalker” since I use the run/walk ratio method, but not a “runner”. and you’re right: it is ridiculous. I have to get rid of the all or nothing mentality.

Have a wonderful tri tomorrow! You can do it!
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5 Amy September 24, 2011 at 8:55 am

I’d been running on and off for a few years, but I considered myself a “real” runner when an injury prevented me from getting in one of my training runs. Instead of being secretly relieved like I would have been in the past, I got all upset! It sounds weird to say, but I was really proud of myself for being bummed to miss my run.

Good luck tomorrow!

6 Kristina @ Love and Zest September 24, 2011 at 8:59 am

So I have to say, I have found that the triathlon community is so welcoming and encouraging. I hope you find the same. People are going to talk about being “fast” in whatever race you enter, but a large majority are doing it for personal fulfillment. That is what I love about endurance athletes. GL with the half iron. You are an exceptional athlete!
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7 tracey September 24, 2011 at 9:01 am

I always say “I went for a run”, even though my pace is super slow. But I subscribe to the belief that I am a runner. I have a few friends who call me a “jogger”, because of my pace, and I used to let it bother me. But then I realized it is just them feeling inferior to me because they can’t run a 1/2 mile. I AM a runner!
You are a triathlete – and tomorrow you will be a half-iron(wo)man!!! Along with your siblings, what a fantastic journey you guys are on. Enjoy and good luck tomorrow. Is anyone going to be tweeting about your progress?

8 Meghann September 24, 2011 at 9:07 am

Yes! Danielle will @danidillard

9 Cynthia @ Cynthia's Adventures September 24, 2011 at 9:18 am

I do consider myself a runner now more than ever as I have been doing it consistently for 3 years!! Next year, I might dip my feet in the dark work of triathlons and at that time, I will become a triathlete πŸ™‚

Good luck tomorrow and enjoy all the little moments!!
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10 jennyv September 24, 2011 at 9:57 am

Oh how I love this quote: I am owning this race and that’s all that matters. Not what anyone else thinks.

YOU GOT THIS!! πŸ™‚ Enjoy the energy, excitement, the ups, the downs, the EVERYTHING of the race. You’ve worked hard — OWN IT πŸ™‚

11 ~Jessica~ September 24, 2011 at 9:57 am

I relate a lot to this: I went to a swim session a few months back with my local Tri club and everyone else there was so hardcore, and a lot faster/better than me. I know everyone has to learn, but it was just too intimidating for me and my self-esteem took a real knock from knowing how terrible my swim technique was and that I’d have to start from square 1 again when I’d been working up to 3000m each session in preparation for having a go at an Olympic triathlon. I’m such a slow and useless swimmer and cyclist that I am simply too scared to ‘tri’.

I have run marathons before and felt at home, where I feel inferior amongst triathletes. I have huge respect for you for breaking into such an elitist world. Although the Tri culture does look a bit more accessible in the US than the UK where I live, you should be proud of yourself no matter what time you achieve.

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12 Lee September 24, 2011 at 9:58 am

I have run one marathon four years ago and struggle with calling myself a marathoner. I don’t know why. I just feel like I’m not one.

Good luck in your race. Welcome to Georgia! (I’m in Atlanta.)
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13 Macrae September 24, 2011 at 10:22 am

Welcome to Georgia! It should be a gorgeous weekend! I thought of you when I read part of an email form Here’s a fun tip for the end of races and especially tomorrow. Derek should dress in red and pop up randomly throughout the HIM to speed you up πŸ™‚
4. At the end of a race, look for the color red. A 2011 study in the journal Emotion found that when people see the color red, their physical reactions are faster, because red is a danger cue, says coauthor Andrew Elliot, a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester. Focus on a runner ahead of you in a red jersey for a short burst of extra speed.

14 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 24, 2011 at 10:41 am

I still feel weird telling people I’m a “runner.” I usually end up rephrasing it to “I run a lot” b/c to me it sounds less full of myself or something. I totally agree with you though, that is stupid. I find it hard to talk about myself though so I think anyone that struggles with that probably struggles with identifying themselves as X or Y.
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15 Army Amy* September 24, 2011 at 10:57 am

I struggle to call myself a runner bc I really respect runners! I don’t know that I’ve “earned” the title despite my marathon and many smaller races. I don’t mind referring to myself as a runner when I’m talking with non-runners though. Great post! Good luck at the HIM!*
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16 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 24, 2011 at 11:11 am

Is it just me or are road eats the best part of travel? lol I love your picnic, it looks fun. πŸ™‚
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17 Joey September 24, 2011 at 11:47 am

I just started running but still don’t consider myself a runner. I can definitely relate to the feelings you describe in not calling yourself a triathlete yet. Cannot wait to read how the triathlon went today!!!
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18 Kalli September 24, 2011 at 11:57 am

You are gonna rock it girl! You are such an inspiration. I remember not too long ago you didn’t even have clip less pedals. You have come so far and you should be proud of yourself and yes you are a triathlete!

19 kirsten September 24, 2011 at 11:58 am

good luck!!

20 Nicole September 24, 2011 at 12:13 pm

You ARE a triathlete! You are amazing!!
Congratulations on all of your hard work and training. It will all pay off tomorrow. You are going to do wonderful!
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21 Kristina September 24, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Good luck tomorrow! Sounds like you’ll do awesome!
I totally understand what you are saying about the tri culture. I’ve only participated (see, I don’t even use the word “compete”) in 2 and there is a pretty intense atmosphere. For the last tri I did, I think my bike was about $2,000 cheaper on average than all of the other bikes on the rack. There are also a lot of people who are participating as a tri club. I definitely appreciate the positives of being part of that community, but I’m also not sure that I really want to buy into it. Or not yet.
As for being a runner – I hate to use that term because I’m afraid that it will jinx me. I got back into running last year after having a 5 year hiatus because of knee issues. I’m still nervous about my knee and not sure that I’ll have a long running ‘career’, so I try to avoid identifying myself as a runner.

22 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun September 24, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I know what you mean about it taking awhile to let the thought of being a runner, marathoner, or triathlete sink in. It took a bit for it to sink in that I’m a runner. I guess sometimes we feel we have to reach a certain standard to claim the title. But like you said…so silly.

Good luck on the race!!! Wish I could be there to cheer ya on.
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23 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 24, 2011 at 12:38 pm

BEAUtiful!! You ARE a triathlete. And you will own this race. BEST of luck to you (and your sibs)!

24 Victoria (District Chocoholic) September 24, 2011 at 1:06 pm

I don’t think you’re a fake triathlete…but I think the label is kind of weird. Like, if you swim and bike and run but don’t race triathlons…what are you? Does it matter? Because of that, I don’t really say I’m a triathlete, just somebody who does triathlons.

Also, I say I’m not really a triathlete because I can do flip turns and don’t melt down when I have to change a tube on my bike. Snarky? Yes.
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25 Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) September 24, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Mmm, love your “modge podge” of road trip food- looks good to me! And yes, I do consider myself a runner, although it took a while for that reality to sink in, even though it’s JUST words and a title. It’s still a part of my identity though, even though I have actually never done a marathon or half, and am always on the injured list haha.. but I love running and that is what counts.
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26 M September 25, 2011 at 12:38 am

…ya’ll know it’s ‘hodge’ podge, right?

27 Molly September 25, 2011 at 4:50 am

I second M’s comment. There is no such thing as modge podge. The closest thing to that is Mod Podge which is an adhesive used for decoupaging. You’re looking for the word hodgepodge in this instance.

28 Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) September 25, 2011 at 10:52 am

Yep, I do know that! I was only repeating what she called it, not that it really matters.
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29 Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) September 25, 2011 at 10:52 am

Yep, I do know that! I was only repeating what she called it, not that it really matters.
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30 Molly September 25, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Considering that Meghann writes for a living, I think being able to correctly use words is very important!

31 Sana September 24, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I hope you consider yourself one after tomm!
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32 Brittney September 24, 2011 at 1:33 pm

But you’re a triathlete newbie! Of course you’re going to feel that way, but deep down you know it’s not true. Plus, after this thing is done you’re going to feel so accomplished that you’re not going to be able to help but tell everyone you’re a triathlete πŸ™‚ Good luck!!!
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33 Krissy September 24, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I would consider myself a runner, even though I am really just getting back into with my second half coming in October. I completed my first sprint tri in September….and can totally see what you are saying. It would be a long, long time before I ever considered myself a triathlete. Although everyone was super nice and welcoming, it was still intimidating. I personally think it has a lot to do with all the gear involved….I have a simple hybrid bike, so that right there means I can’t be a triathlete πŸ™‚ Running is much more back to basics, so I think it is easier to give yourself the title. Good luck tomorrow!!! I hope I can complete 70.3 one day! And welcome to Georgia!!! Looks like a nice weekend πŸ™‚

34 Paula @ Eat: Watch: Run September 24, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Interesting question and seriously one I never considered since I started running. I thought I was a runner since the first run I ever took when I was about 19 or so. I’m running, so I’m a runner. Lots of people who can’t run and since I can and do…I’m a runner from the first time I decided to run. πŸ™‚

Good luck tomorrow! You’ll do great!
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35 Ashley September 24, 2011 at 3:01 pm

I started ‘running’ (couch to 5k program) in March. Only recently would I consider myself a runner I guess. I’m still not super fast, and the thought of a marathon makes me laugh (because why would I want to torture myself like that?), but I’m training for a half marathon, I run at least three times a week, at least 14 miles a week, and the other day when I was being really emotional, I actually wanted to go for a run instead of eat chocolate. That is most definitely progress, and if you asked me today if I’m a runner, I’d timidly say yes.

Good luck with the Ironman. I can’t wait to hear how it goes. I think you’re a triathlete, and I’m impressed and proud of your dedication!
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36 kathleen @ the daily crumb September 24, 2011 at 3:30 pm

i first considered myself a runner when i began going for runs because i enjoyed it. not for the exercise, the calorie burn, or to make up for the cupcakes from the night before… but because i love how i feel before, during, and after my runs.
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37 Ali @ Ali Runs September 24, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Awesome thought at the end of the post! Maybe it’s because you consider yourself a runner first and foremost? I ran track in high school so I’ve always considered myself a runner, but when I trained for my first marathon I always said, “I’m training for my first marathon, but I’ll probably have to walk a lot.” I downplayed it a lot for some reason! Even still I consider myself a runner but I have a hard time saying I’m a marathoner.
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38 Lara @TresLaLa September 24, 2011 at 4:39 pm

I don’t consider myself a runner, since I don’t enjoy it. We have an acquaintance that we’ve dubbed “Runner Susan”. Not that that’s all she does, or that she talks about it, but we see her running all the time, so to us, that makes her a runner. However, I proudly say that I’m a triathlete. I usually get a few double-takes. 208 pound women are rarely triathletes… I do usually let people know that I don’t do Ironmans (because people assume if you’ve done a triathlon, you do Ironmans…)
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39 Liz September 24, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Good luck tomorrow! I can’t wait to hear the details πŸ™‚

40 Cat @Breakfast to Bed September 24, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I honestly didn’t feel like a runner until my knee was injured on a 12 mi run!!!
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41 Jess @ Jess Go Bananas September 24, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Great post-it really hits home for me because I DESIRE to consider myself a runner, but I won’t until I run x amount of miles which is stupid. I should consider myself a runner right now because I run 3-4 times a week. No matter what the mileage-I do it. I am a runner πŸ™‚
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42 Mary September 25, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Funny but I just started calling myself a runner yesterday when I finished my first half marathon. I never called myself a runner because I considered myself slow. But I finished the race in 2:11, and for me that was a great time. When I said something about the race to my friend I said “not bad for someone who isn’t a runner.” She replied that I just ran 13.1 miles and I need to consider myself a runner. She’s right, and I now have a 13.1 sticker proudly displayed on my car. Oddly enough I considered myself a triathlete after my first sprint tri. For me running intimidated me more.

43 KatieG. @ Just Roll With It September 26, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Great point! I completed my first spring triathlon this summer and bought the “swim, bike, run” sticker for my car, but don’t feel like I can put it on my cat to become an “official triathlete” until I complete at least two triathlons…I don’t know why…I definitely plan on doing more in the spring (it’s already chilly here in MD), but I just can’t put that darn sticker on my car until I feel like I own the name….so silly, I guess I am a triathlete already!
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44 Sophie September 27, 2011 at 5:14 am

Hmmmmm, I <3 Hummus!

I run, but I don't consider myself a runner at all. It's a bit of a weird concept, I have no idea what sort of persuading I would need to believe it…
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