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  1. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    November 8, 2011

    Great thoughts, Meghann! I’m on a bit of a racing hiatus at the moment (and have been since the marathon I ran in 2009!) but am starting to feel the itch to get back into it in the spring. Like you said, maybe I just needed a little time to recover from burn out, and to re-fall in love with running again. Sounds like your race recovery is going well!
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  2. Colleen @ seecmuse.blogspot.com
    November 8, 2011

    Do the Rock n Roll in Nashville at the end of April! It’ll be my first…gulp…
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  3. mary
    November 8, 2011

    Flying pig! Flying pig! πŸ™‚ Please come run it with me! you and kelly and ben!

    http://www.flyingpigmarathon.com/

    Think about it.
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    • Meghann
      November 8, 2011

      SERIOUSLY considering it πŸ˜‰
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      • Mary
        November 8, 2011

        YAY! I’m pretty sure i’m going to sign up for real when my next pay check rolls through in a week πŸ™‚

      • Deva @ Deva by Definition
        November 8, 2011

        I’m signed up for the flying pig half – you should TOTALLY COME!
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  4. Mary @ food and fun on the run
    November 8, 2011

    Awesome job not hitting the wall! Maybe one day when I run a marathon I will not hit the wall! I am hoping for that in April at the Country Music Marathon :0)
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  5. Dori
    November 8, 2011

    Can’t wait to hear what race you decide on! You absolutely have another sub-4 in you, you’re a naturally fast, strong runner. Look how well you did on Saturday without having been able to fully train.
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  6. Laura
    November 8, 2011

    Cough… Eugene… Cough.

    I might be trying to recruit the entire world to come to my corner of the country. By might, I mean definitely am.

    Congrats on such an awesome race. I can’t wait till I can have a race with no implosion.
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  7. Jillian @ sprinkle massacre
    November 8, 2011

    I need that triple condiment plate — where did you get it???

  8. michelle
    November 8, 2011

    Eugene Marathon. Dooooo it
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  9. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    November 8, 2011

    Good for you! I hope that’s how I feel after my half in less than 2 weeks!
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  10. Bri
    November 8, 2011

    Go for sub-3:50 – you’ve already done sub-4. πŸ™‚ You’re short-changing yourself! My (totally unsolicited) advice is to first train to run a really fast half. Whatever that means to you; I’d say definitely sub-1:50 if you want to PR without fainting in the full. The half is an awesome predictor race if you give it a good effort. Otherwise it’s hard to guage your fitness level and see improvement. As an illustration: I began training for my first marathon a few years back with the general goal of finishing it. I got talked into doing a half a couple of months before the full and really focused on training for that race (but still did the marathon training long runs). I ended up pulling out a 1:45, which clued me into the fact that “just finishing” the marathon was far too easy a goal. Without having prepared for the half, I would have probably set out at a 10:00/mile pace for the marathon. Would have been cool to finish it nonetheless, but it was much more rewarding to achieve a more calculated, challenging goal.

    • Bri
      November 8, 2011

      By the way, I’m not making light of finishing a marathon in under 4 hours or any finishing time. All awesome accomplishments., without a doubt. The real point of my comment was that you’re a great runner and seem capable of pushing yourself to get even faster.

      • Meghann
        November 8, 2011

        Thank Bri! Trust me, my next immediate goal is a sub-1:50 half. I have a few lined up that I want to tackle in the early spring and I know I’ve got it in me. I think part of my mind just remembers how tough it was to finish under 4 hours, but I’ve gotten to the point where I know I can do faster. I may even have that sub-3:50 in me !

  11. Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife
    November 8, 2011

    NOW that is a lunch worth having! Looks delicious!!

    I totally understand the burnt-out feeling. SO not fun. Our bodies need breaks, and then they come back even stronger!!
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  12. Candice
    November 8, 2011

    You got this for sure!! Way to make a new goal so soon after completing your last;) Come and run this one with me!! http://www.getoutandlive.org/ogden-marathon Its an amazing course! Great support and just beautiful the whole way!

  13. Tess
    November 8, 2011

    You should consider running RNR New Orleans! Great city, completely flat course, well-organized…I ran the half last year and LOVED it and am running the full this year and I can’t wait! It’s the first weekend in March. πŸ™‚

    • Meghann
      November 8, 2011

      I thought about it, but it’s a little early for me. I was thinking April or May. πŸ™‚ Good luck on the full!
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  14. Hillary
    November 8, 2011

    This is kind of the best possible thing that can happen after a race, isn’t it? Instead of feeling like you never want to race again, you feel energized and inspired to get out there and kick ass. Go get ’em.
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  15. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun
    November 8, 2011

    Exciting! I know you can do it. πŸ™‚
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  16. mel
    November 8, 2011

    You snack plate looks delicious but its like no food!! You need a piece of ww bread and some protein like greek yogurt. Did this fill you up for long? I’m not picking on you at all! Just seriously wondering

    • Meghann
      November 8, 2011

      The snack plate had almond butter, hummus, and cheese in place for protein. I’ll admit it was missing a whole grain carb, but I thought the plate did good at filling me up.

      • mel
        November 8, 2011

        It all does balance out!

  17. Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    November 8, 2011

    It’s the things that you have zero expectations for that always turn out the best! That lunch looks so gourmet with the little sectioned dip plate. Where did you get that plate??
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    • Meghann
      November 8, 2011

      I think I got it from Homegoods earlier this year. I’m not 100% sure though. πŸ™‚

  18. Lauren
    November 8, 2011

    Nice post, but your brother got himself across that finish line.

    • Meghann
      November 8, 2011

      You’re right! He totally did. I just helped him with the little motivation to keep him going.

  19. Krissy
    November 8, 2011

    Woohoo! Go for the Publix Georgia Marathon March 18th! Fun scenic course through Atlanta and all the cute neighborhoods it has to offer. This will be my first full marathon, but I have run the half of this race! Would love to see you there!
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  20. Krissy
    November 8, 2011

    PS- I would love to see a post on goal setting. Like how do you know what you are capable of? I know you have done 7 fulls, so it is easy to say just break my PR. But coming from having done 2 halfs…..how do you set a goal for a full? Bri above talked about setting a goal of just finishing and then short changing herself. So how do you set goals based on other races and really know what your fitness level is. Make sense? That would be a helpful post.
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    • Meghann
      November 8, 2011

      Thanks for the topic idea! I would say for your first marathon to base your goal on your training runs and how you feel, but I know it gets more complicated than that.

  21. Vikki
    November 8, 2011

    I’m curious. How do you plan to incorporate the nutritionist’s suggestions into your diet? I think it would be an excellent blog series if you tried to follow exactly what she suggested for a month and recorded how it was working for you or not working for you.
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    • Meghann
      November 8, 2011

      I’ve been slowly working those points into my blog posts, like adding protein to my breakfast and at lunch. I am going to try and keep it up, but I like you idea of monthly updates on my thoughts. Thanks. πŸ™‚

  22. Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    November 8, 2011

    yay for training goals!!! And LOVE that lunch!
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  23. Katie @ Peace Love and Oats
    November 8, 2011

    I definitely tend to enjoy things more when I don’t put too much pressure on myself, which is hard for me to avoid sometimes!
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  24. Katie @ Livehalffull
    November 8, 2011

    7 marathons? Wow!!! Way to go!

  25. kathleen @ the daily crumb
    November 8, 2011

    have you thought about running chicago again? the course is just so flat… and FAST! definitely a good BQ course!
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  26. Christie
    November 8, 2011

    Awesome goal. That will push you through!
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  27. Emily
    November 8, 2011

    You’re a great cheerleader, you can certainly push yourself to a sub 4:00! Good luck!
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  28. SkinnyRunner
    November 8, 2011

    we got plenty of good races out here on the west coast πŸ™‚
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  29. Grazia
    November 8, 2011

    Hi, I’m from Italy and I recommend Rome Marathon:
    http://www.maratonadiroma.it/default.aspx
    Just picture this: start and finish are in front of the Colosseum, you run close to Fontana di Trevi, Piazza di Spagna, S.Peter’s basilica, the Roman Forum and many other historic and architectonic treasures. You must run it once in your life!

  30. Carissa
    November 8, 2011

    I love, LOVE you determination!

    I’m going to push myself too! My herniated disc self…..haha….to a sub-2 half! There said and done. Registering for Clearwater NOW! Thanks for lighting a fire under me
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  31. Heather
    November 8, 2011

    rock n roll NOLA! VERY VERY flat, great PR course, its first weekend of March. I am doing it for the 3rd time. havent decided if I am doing half or full this year…
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  32. Beth S.
    November 8, 2011

    You need to come run the Little Rock Marathon in Arkansas! Runners naturally love bling, and it has been voted by Runner’s World as having the largest marathon medal around. I plan to run the half, so there is always that option too! πŸ™‚
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  33. Emily@SavoryandSavage
    November 8, 2011

    The races I have enjoyed the most were the ones where I went in with no expectation.

    I think it is so easy to psych yourself out of a great performance when you have expectations.
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  34. Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter)
    November 8, 2011

    I love your drive with running/training! I’m sure you’ll smoke it this spring! πŸ™‚
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  35. Feisty Eats
    November 8, 2011

    Fargo! North Dakota – super flat and fast.

  36. Melissa @ TryingToHeal
    November 8, 2011

    SAN DIEGO.

    That and i want to run it to redeem my race from this year. πŸ™‚
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    • Meghann
      November 8, 2011

      I don’t know! It’s hard because there are so many other marathons out there that I want to do. Want to meet me somewhere else and run?!? πŸ˜‰

  37. Courtney @ The Petite AthlEAT
    November 8, 2011

    This is so encouraging! I just ran my first marathon sub 1:50, I have another one coming up this weekend … Not sure if I should push it crazy style or just ENJOY it?!
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    • Meghann
      November 8, 2011

      That’s such a tough call! I would say just enjoy it, but it depends on how your body feels.

  38. Courtney @ The Petite AthlEAT
    November 8, 2011

    I meant to type HALF marathon! πŸ˜‰ I got 1:48 πŸ™‚
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  39. Mary
    November 8, 2011

    I loved reading your race recap, and I’m glad you did so well following Augusta. I signed up for my first half ironman next summer (Vineman in July in California) because of following your training and race in Augusta. You made me feel like I could really do it (I hope I’m right!). I am still considering the challenge of a full marathon, though. I did my first half this fall and loved it, but 26.2 is a LONG way to run. You made it look easy though! Good luck with your new goals.

    • Meghann
      November 8, 2011

      Woo hoo! I like to think if I can do a half ironman, then anyone can do one. And 26.2 miles isn’t that far. πŸ˜‰

  40. Lauren
    November 8, 2011

    COLORADO MARATHON! it is a point to point race with a slight elevation LOSS through out the course. It has the highest percentage of Boston Qualifiers because it is such a fast course. The RD describes the downhill as “not aggressive enough to hurt your knees, but aggressive enough to help your time”

    http://www.ftcollinsmarathon.com/

    I am running it and also trying to go under 4 hrs. We could make a weekend out of it since I moved to Denver last month! πŸ˜‰

    • Meghann
      November 8, 2011

      I have family in Colorado Springs, is that close? Sounds like a good race. Definitely bookmarking!

      • Lauren
        November 8, 2011

        yup! So I live in Denver, and an hour north is where the marathon is in Ft Collins and an hour south of Denver is Colorado Springs. I got an email yesterday saying the marathon is 55% sold out and expects to sell out by the end of the year. Let me know if you decide to do it!

  41. Heather
    November 8, 2011

    Getting caught up from the weekend, congrats on the marathon!
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  42. Theodora
    November 9, 2011

    Congrats again on still pulling out a great time in Savannah! You absolutely have another sub-4 in you!
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  43. Lee
    November 9, 2011

    I vote for the Georgia Marathon! But you’re right, it is hilly. Atlanta is really pretty to run through though.
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