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  1. chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    November 6, 2011

    Great job on your race! I’m surprised the course didn’t take you through Savannah! It is my all time favorite southern city and it would have been MUCH more interesting had it been throughout the historic sections!
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  2. Devon @ Answering Oliver
    November 6, 2011

    LOVE that you waited for your brother and pushed him to the finish line! I almost teared up reading that : ) Great race β€” it made me REALLY excited for RnR Vegas in just under a month!!
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  3. michelle
    November 6, 2011

    great job for both of you!
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  4. Cynthia
    November 6, 2011

    Awesome job! So awesome you ran with your brother. I would have waited and dragged him across the finish line if i had to too.
    I know just the pain your talking about. I get the same intense pain right after I run a marathon. It helps when I sit and stretch but pretty much last like 10 min. I always wonder if it’s the lactic acid working its way thru the legs.
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  5. Caroline
    November 6, 2011

    I love that you ran the race with your brother! I’m hoping to run one with my brother next year, but we’ll see if that happens. Congratulations on a great race, and for keeping such high motivation throughout!
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  6. Sana
    November 6, 2011

    So proud of you and Ben!
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  7. Khushboo
    November 6, 2011

    Wow loved this recap! Running is such a mental challenge too! Congrats to you and Ben!
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  8. Alaina
    November 6, 2011

    Great job on the race!! When I ran my marathon in Maine, the first part of the course had great crowd support, but in the middle, when you’re running on the back roads, that support is few and far between. Pretty course though. πŸ™‚
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  9. Amy
    November 6, 2011

    Yum, that sandwich looks amazing. Congrats to you and Ben!
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  10. Amy
    November 6, 2011

    You are so inspiring. I am so not a runner but one day I want to try to get out there and at least attempt a second 5K. I walked one once. I guess that’s not true…I ran a few steps. But it was exhilarating none the less. Thank you for sharing your journey with us!

    Oh…I have the same Lululemon Spin me tank you ran the race in. How do you find the support for impact cardio (running)? I find I need to double up with another sports bra. I think I should have sized down. You look adorable in it =)

    • Meghann
      November 6, 2011

      I found the top very supportive. I was thinking about doing a post on it because I was pretty impressed with all my new Lulu gear. I didn’t chafe in the running skirt and I could adjust the supportive part of the tank top to be extra supportive in the race. My only complaint with the top (and this is because I have a short torso) is how long their tops are! I’m probably the only person out there that I’ve heard complain about that though.

  11. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)
    November 6, 2011

    Congratulations! I’ve only run two marathons, but I’ll be damned if the pain isn’t the worst right after you stop and walk through the finisher’s chute. The whole experience is always worth it, though!
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  12. Ash Bear
    November 6, 2011

    I’m really sad that I was so right about this race. When I saw the map published a few months ago I had the same feelings you just articulated. It probably left a lot of people with a bad taste in their mouth instead of wanting to come back. It’d be like if the National Half/Full brought people to DC and then didn’t let them see the monuments.

    Oh well, I’m so proud of you two and in awe of the way you rocked it. 1 single chew every hour? How in the heck 100 calories keeps you going for a 4 hour race I’ll never know. πŸ™‚
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    • Meghann
      November 6, 2011

      I took a single chomp every 3 miles, so it was every 30 minutes or so. Plus I was drinking Cytomax at every other water station (the only time they offered it!) I’m a big believer in counting those calories towards my total calories since 8 oz is roughly 70 calories.

      I would really love to return to Savannah with you sometime! I feel like I didn’t even really get the chance to explore it. We didn’t see any of the cool parts of the city that I wanted to see. Boooo

  13. ~Jessica~
    November 6, 2011

    You shouldn’t feel bad for having to take a potty break – even Skinny Runner needed one, so there’s hope for us all!

    Congrats on such a strong marathon finish – any ideas for number 8 πŸ˜‰

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    • Meghann
      November 6, 2011

      I just felt bad for ending my streak of having never used one in a race. Oh well! Still deciding on #8. Marathons are SO ADDICTING and I immediately wanted to sign up for another one when we finished (and was even thinking about that halfway through the race!)

  14. Katie @ Peace Love and Oats
    November 6, 2011

    I’m sorry the course wasn’t great, but I can understand why, the streets in downtown have a lot of squares with roundabouts in them and can get narrow. They were probably not the best places to have crowds of runners going through. I hope you got to explore a bit though, it’s beautiful!
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    • Meghann
      November 6, 2011

      I wish I had time to explore! I need to come back and do more exploring. I wish the race had been on Sunday so I could have walked around on Saturday. πŸ™

  15. Lee
    November 6, 2011

    Congrats! I think it’s great that you waited for Ben!

    If you ever want to do another GA race, the Georgia Marathon (in ATL) is pretty scenic, going through all the different ATL neighborhoods.
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    • Meghann
      November 6, 2011

      I heard that’s a hilly race! πŸ™‚

  16. Brittney
    November 6, 2011

    Great job to both you and Ben!! I was psyched when I saw you at the finish! Sorry I missed you guys at dinner last night, we didn’t get back to Hilton Head (my parents’ house) til pretty late, and then didn’t feel like coming all the way back to Savannah. I have a picture of you when I saw you at the finish though, I’ll email it! Hope dinner was fun!
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    • Meghann
      November 6, 2011

      I couldn’t believe I saw you too! I’m sad you missed out on dinner, we had fun!

  17. Jen
    November 6, 2011

    Congrats Meghann (and Ben)! I absolutely love that you waited for your brother and pushed him to finish! πŸ™‚

  18. Hillary
    November 6, 2011

    HUGE congrats to you guys!

    Just one question: Savannah was a Rock N Roll race, right? Where was the RNR part of it?! I’m only asking because I’m running my first RNR in March and thought the whole point of it was the live music, etc. Was that totally absent from this race?
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    • Meghann
      November 6, 2011

      It was the Rock N Roll. This was my second Rock N Roll race and both times I haven’t been impressed with the ‘Rock N Roll’ portion of them. The bands are usually subpar and spread out every 2 miles along the course. It takes you 30 seconds to run by them and you forget about them as soon as you pass. If you prefer running with music I would suggest still bringing you ipod for the ride.

      • Hillary
        November 6, 2011

        Ugh, that’s disappointing to hear. I was hoping that the RNR portion of it would make it pretty high energy! Thanks for the heads up; I’ll be sure to bring my iPod on the day of the race.
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  19. Lexy @FireLitesFire
    November 6, 2011

    Awesome race recap! Congratulations to you and your brother! So fun to read! πŸ™‚ I haven’t done a full marathon since January 2009, but this recap took my mind right back to all of those race day feelings. Good Job!!! πŸ™‚
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  20. Erica @ For the Sake of Cake
    November 6, 2011

    Congrats on finishing under your goal… quite an accomplishment!
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  21. Sarah
    November 6, 2011

    Congrats on your race!! 4:16 is a great time. I’ve thought about running Savannah but after reading your recap I’m pretty disappointed. I would want to see more of downtown too.
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  22. Keelie (SweatEqualsSuccess)
    November 6, 2011

    AMAZING! Congrats!!!!
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  23. Kelly
    November 6, 2011

    SO proud of you guys!!!! Way to stick with Ben and encourage him all the way to the end! Love you! πŸ™‚

  24. Elizabeth
    November 6, 2011

    Awesome on the run and time!! I love savannah it is one of my favorite cities! I was disappointed to hear in your recap that you did not run through downtown as much, that was the only reason I was going to run the race!

  25. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    November 6, 2011

    Great job Meghann (and Ben!) Congrats!
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  26. Amy
    November 6, 2011

    What a great result-way to go! Before you even mentioned it i was noticing how blah the course was in your pictures. I would’ve also expected much prettier scenery…At least the one with you and your medal by the fountain was nice.

  27. Evan Thomas
    November 6, 2011

    Congratulations to both of you! Love that you waited for Ben. Such a good big sister.
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  28. Caitlin
    November 6, 2011

    A boring course must have made the mental battle all the more tough – good for you two! So awesome that you can run a marathon with your bro. That post-race bisque looks so good. Tomato bisque is my favorite soup! I’ve said this before but congrats again πŸ™‚
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  29. Carissa
    November 6, 2011

    Congrats on a great race….great..boring race. You’re such a good motivator!
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  30. Mary @ Bites and Bliss
    November 6, 2011

    Congratulations!!! What an accomplishment. πŸ™‚
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  31. Girl on the Run
    November 6, 2011

    Nice work!!! Congratulations!!
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  32. Amanda @ JustAmandaJ
    November 6, 2011

    Haha that last bit with Ben cracked me up, you can’t expect Shirtless Ben to finish a race not shirtless! Big congrats to you both!!!
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  33. Cait’s Plate
    November 6, 2011

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  34. Army Amy*
    November 6, 2011

    I’m surprised that Ben kept his shirt on that long!*
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  35. Amanda
    November 6, 2011

    Bummer that it wasn’t a more scenic race, but congrats to you both nonetheless! You’re such a good sister. πŸ™‚
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  36. Jeff
    November 6, 2011

    Congrats to you both great recap and pictures!
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  37. Emily
    November 6, 2011

    Congrats to you both! Love the picture of you 3 walking around in your “capes” πŸ™‚
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  38. Reenie
    November 6, 2011

    Woot! Woot! Congrats Meghann & Ben….. you did great!!

  39. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups
    November 6, 2011

    Congrats to both you and Ben! That’s so great that you could encourage each other and finish strong together! It’s a huge accomplishment and I’m so excited and inpired by you!

  40. Emma
    November 6, 2011

    I live in Savannah & ran yesterdays race as my first half! We were all disappointed at the race course…being honest it sucked. Definitely a bummer that all the runners that traveled here missed what makes Savannah beautiful. I know there was a lot of controversy picking the course and they are planning to change it next year. Oh well…still had a great race. Congrats & awesome job!!!

  41. Rachel
    November 6, 2011

    Loved reading this! I’m just getting back into running after having a baby 4 months ago. Reading this makes me want to work hard and be able to eventually run a half marathon and then a full. Congrats! I’m sure it’s a relief to be done. Definitely something to be proud of!
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  42. Christine @ BookishlyB
    November 6, 2011

    Congrats! Aren’t brothers the best? I’ve never stopped at a porta potty either, but I’ve been told from lots of women that once you have kids it’s pretty much a given. So, one way or the other we’re all destined to take pit stops.
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  43. Courtney @ The Petite AthlEAT
    November 6, 2011

    YOU ARE AN AMAZING WOMAN! Seriously, such an inspiration! Brothers are the best, but lucky to have YOU as a sister! Geeze, I hope one day I can run like you.
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  44. Lynda@ Hit The Road Jane
    November 6, 2011

    Thanks for being honest about the course. I had been looking at doing this one just because I’ve heard how amazing Savannah’s downtown is. Way to go for sticking with your bro!!! Both of you did a great job!!!!
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  45. Robyn (GirlonRaw)
    November 6, 2011

    Loved reading your recap Meghann, such a lovely account and such a terrific sister. Reminds me of my first 10km I did with my uber fit father, and he stayed by my side the entire time. I swear I ran so slow though it was close to walking for him to keep at he same pace. For someone who is training for her first half marathon, your blog is inspiring. So is your weight loss journey. Well done.

  46. kathleen @ the daily crumb
    November 6, 2011

    congrats meghann!! first off, and most importantly, i love your race day outfit πŸ™‚ second of all, way to ROCK it and lead ben to a PR. an all around AMAZING day it sounds like!
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  47. My Traveling Troop
    November 6, 2011

    Wow! Well done! You got an awesome time! I hear Savannah is incredibly charming. Did you get to see any of the quaint, historic homes, etc., while you were there or while running?

    I’ve only ran one marathon: the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC. Absolutely gorgeous course — especially as you run around all the monuments and Smithsonian museums. Sure, there are some hills on the course. But I highly recommend it.


  48. Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    November 6, 2011

    great job guys!!! What an awesome effort!
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  49. Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife
    November 6, 2011

    WAHOO! Nicely done, girl πŸ™‚

    I did a marathon with my sister, and we finished it hand-in-hand. It was an amazing experience—so I think that is totally fabulous!

    I hate races that have boring scenery….uggggghhh
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  50. wymberley
    November 6, 2011

    When I looked at the course map, it did take you through town. Did they do some course changes? That is so sad! I would be angry, and am angry for you wastin your Savannah run on the highway! Blah! Way to go on the run. Im second guessing running this one next year now that I know the course. The Soho is a great place. The Griffin Cafe is another fantastic place if you are still around downtown.
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  51. Emily @ Perfection Isn’t Happy
    November 6, 2011

    Congratulations! That is too bad that you didn’t get to go through the center of Savannah. I went two summers ago, and it was really pretty!
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  52. emily
    November 6, 2011

    Congrats!! You look perkier after 26 miles than I do after 3 πŸ˜‰
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  53. Kasey
    November 6, 2011

    Congratulations! I can’t believe you were able to do a full marathon 6 weeks after a half-ironman. I pretty much took two full weeks off after my half-ironman, lol. And bummer about the course – but I understand why they did it. I did an 18-mile training run in Savannah once and I basically had to just go up and down every street – it isn’t a very big town!

  54. Macrae
    November 6, 2011

    Great race to you and Ben! I am sooooo glad you ‘stumbled on’ Soho’s! It is one of favorite restaurants there- I grew up there and lived minutes (walking) away. I have to agree about the course, I was so disappointed when I saw the route, especially the marathon. The disorganization was horrendous too- I hated the entire circus that became my 1/ marathon day. I wish Savannah could have been smarter about this- Savannah has so much going for it and RNR really passed up a great opportunity to take advantage of the city. Other races in the city are awesome- including a challenging run over the bridge! You should conquer that!!

  55. Meghan
    November 6, 2011

    Congratulations, Meghann! It is so amazing that you are able to race with your siblings and push each other! I’m sorry the course wasn’t super exciting but at least it was fast πŸ™‚
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  56. Jen
    November 7, 2011

    You are such an inspiration. I’m training for my first half right now, and the thought of running 13 miles scares me, much less 26…much less 26 so shortly after a half ironman πŸ™‚ Congrats!

  57. Katy Widrick
    November 7, 2011

    Your recaps are always my favorite to read because you’re more excited for everyone else than for yourself! Very, very proud.
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  58. Amber
    November 7, 2011

    Great recap!! Sometimes just reading about one, makes me grab my Garmin and go for a run. Thanks for that Meaghann!

    PS Congratulations!! You guys rocked it and looked good while doing it!! πŸ™‚
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  59. MaryBe@Accidentally-Vegan
    November 7, 2011

    Congrats to you and Ben! I admit I was pretty excited when Ben pulled off his shirt. Wait, that sounds really bad! But he’s just not Shirtless Ben with it on!
    You are the best sister ever. If I ever do a marathon will you do it with me? Then I know I would finish
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  60. Emily
    November 7, 2011

    Way to PUSH your brother to reach his goal. I think that is great!
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  61. Emily
    November 7, 2011

    Congrats! Thrilled you had a great race — and that you went to Soho! It’s one of my favorite spots πŸ™‚

    I was also really bummed about the course…it wasn’t at all what I’d showcase. Maybe they’ll rethink it for next year?
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  62. Stacy @ Stacy Eats
    November 8, 2011

    Congratulations to you and your brother!! I ran the half and at some points was behind the guy “Dan” in the red shirt too! We must have just missed each other.
    Congrats again on an awesome time!
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  63. Aron
    November 9, 2011

    Congrats Meghann!!! Sounds like such a fun day and love your attitude about it all…. sounds like the marathon bug is back πŸ˜‰
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  64. Carolyn
    November 9, 2011

    Wherer did you find that little picture of all your splits with the average pace for ach split????? Can’t find mine anywhere on the web. Thanks! (and congrats!)

    • Meghann
      November 9, 2011

      I did a screen grab of my splits from the live race day results. I don’t see the link for it anymore on the main page though πŸ™

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  66. Kyle
    November 13, 2011

    Congrats Meghann I really enjoyed your recap and was glad to hear I wasn’t the only one who was disappointed with the course and the blah scenery you guys did very well together. Despite the down fall it was a great first Marathon for me and a wonderful experience and I rather much do that over the Cellcom. I’m so glad it did warm up for us because the morning was absolutely frigid and this is coming from a guy from Green Bay!!! I wish you the best of luck on Marathons to come as well. If I could suggest one Denver’s Marathon is amazing and very beautiful I did that before it became a rock and roll series one in 2009. Do you have any suggestions for marathon’s with a nice flat course that is worth doing??? What other one’s have you done??? Ohh P.S. I heard the Publix Atlanta Marathon is very hilly as well I would be leery on that one myself sounds rather intense!!!

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