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  1. Krissy @ Shiawase Life
    February 15, 2012

    Princess Half next weekend (see you there!??!!) and Shamrock Full in VA Beach on 3/18! πŸ˜€
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    • Meghann
      February 15, 2012

      Yes! I’ll be there – I didn’t find out until after I wrote this post. πŸ™‚

  2. Cat @Breakfast to Bed
    February 15, 2012

    just make sure you get some Graeter’s Ice Cream and Skyline Chili while you’re there.

    Also, you got this PR. It’s totally proving to be your year.
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    • Anne @strawberryjampackedlife
      February 15, 2012

      Totally concur! Cincinnati foods ROCK!
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    • Christina
      February 15, 2012

      No! Have Aglamesis ice cream and Gold Star chili. πŸ™‚
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  3. Aleyta
    February 15, 2012

    Last year, the night before my birthday I found a website that tells you all of the places you can register for your birthday and what free stuff you can get lol. It was awesome!!!
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    • Meghann
      February 15, 2012

      Yes! I’ve been there and have taken full advantage – but the best are all the local places that do it too πŸ™‚

  4. Lindsey
    February 15, 2012

    I decided 2012 would be my year off from major races and then I plan to come back in 2013 and either run Chicago or NYC. But I signed up for a mini-tri and a spartan race this summer so that I had something to look forward to but nothing major.
    You can totally do a 3:55 full! My half PR is 1:46 and I ran my first/only full at 3:51. You got this πŸ™‚
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    • Meghann
      February 15, 2012

      That was my 2011 – I took the year off and am coming backing strong for 2012. I loved having the time off – enjoy it!

  5. Cait’s Plate
    February 15, 2012

    I have a 10-miler on the books in April but that’s it so far! I have full faith in you to do a 3:55! I bet you even beat that time πŸ™‚
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  6. Mary @ food and fun on the run
    February 15, 2012

    I’m looking for a 10k too! Let me know if you find a good one. I wanna PR!!! Easy to do in the middle of marathon training πŸ™‚
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  7. Ida
    February 15, 2012

    I just signed up for a mud run in March and I am looking to PR in a 1/2 in April. Flying pig doesnt look so bad, the big hill is early on, and the back half of the course looks really easy to cruise down. I’m sure you’ll do great there.

  8. Celia
    February 15, 2012

    I’d practice downhills as well as uphills! When I ran Steamtown (huge downhill course) the downhills were the death of me. Flying Pig doesn’t have as much downhill but I wouldn’t totally overlook it…that 300ft fall could take a toll early on in the race. Good luck with your training! πŸ™‚
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    • Meghann
      February 15, 2012

      Thanks for the tip! I’ll keep the downhill training in mind too πŸ™‚

  9. Anne @strawberryjampackedlife
    February 15, 2012

    I’m doing my first half marathon in like 11 days. THE DISNEY PRINCESS!!! AHHH!!!

    I love seeing you talk about the Flying Pig. I’m from Cincinnati, and several of my friends are doing the Pig again this year. Best of luck with the hills. The ‘Nati is one hilly town!
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    • Meghann
      February 15, 2012

      Woo hoo!!! I just discovered today that I’ll be running the Princess Half too! It’s a greats first race – you’re going to love it! I hope to see you there πŸ™‚

      • Anne @strawberryjampackedlife
        February 16, 2012

        Oh boy! I’m so excited and nervous. I’ve been reading your recaps (and others) from past years to get pumped up!
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  10. Stephanie
    February 15, 2012

    The Winter Park Road Race (10k/2-miler) is March 24th! I’m still debating whether or not to do it, but it was fun last year and, as I’m sure you know, running through Winter Park is always gorgeous!

    • Meghann
      February 15, 2012

      That’s a good one! Thanks for reminding me of that one!

  11. Hillary
    February 15, 2012

    I’m running my second half marathon in DC in March (St. Patty’s Day!) I’m getting nervous because my training this time around has been much different than the first half marathon I ran, but I’m excited too!
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  12. Kathy
    February 15, 2012

    I don’t get it??? Running season comes to an end in April in Florida?? Why? Is it too hot? Humid? Alligator season? (ha!)
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    • Lara
      February 15, 2012

      Too hot. In Arizona it basically ends in March…

    • Meghann
      February 15, 2012

      WAY too hot – even April is pushing it. Our race season is strong in the winter time.

  13. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats
    February 15, 2012

    Ahhh I wanted to do the flying pig, but it’s the morning after one of my law school finals, and there’s no way I’d be able to get to Cincinnati in time to pick up my race packet and be ready for my first ever marathon! Guess I’ll have to wait until Chicago! Right now I’m training for a half on April 1st, but no races planned other than that. There were a few I wanted to do, but I just can’t afford the registration!
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  14. Christina
    February 15, 2012

    Hey Meghann! I just signed up today for the Armadillo Run 10k in Oldsmar on March 10th. It’s right off Tampa Road. I’ve never ran it before, but the website says its flat and fast. Could be fun! Plus, my company sponsors most of my race entries – so I really never have much to lose. πŸ™‚

    • Jena
      February 15, 2012

      I was going to suggest the Armadillo run – a lot of my running group is doing it. I’m not bc I’m doing a 1/2 the next weekend, but they love the course. They say it’s very flat.
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    • Meghann
      February 15, 2012

      I’ll be out of town that weekend – but that does sound like it would have been perfect!

  15. Cate
    February 15, 2012

    I have a hilly half marathon on the schedule in mid March in Atlanta. There aren’t really any hills here in Chicago, so I am going to try my best to find inclines and overpasses to run to help me. I also have my first 10 Miler in May and then my very first marathon in October -the Chicago Marathon!

    Good luck with the training! Looks like you have some awesome races scheduled! πŸ™‚
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  16. Kat
    February 15, 2012

    I am selfishly excited to read all your posts from the ‘Nati! Lived there for 4 years in college and I’m trying to move back since I miss it so much!

  17. Kimberly @ Healthy Strides
    February 15, 2012

    Hill training for the Pig … YES. I did the half 2 years ago – it was my first. Though the hills are arduous and tough, they are at the most scenic part of the course. I think it’s important to focus on form during that stretch – not only to help you later but to distract you from the task at hand. I also think the Pig has the best volunteers and runner support, which is crucial with a tough course. Best of luck!

    P.S. I second/third/whatev the Graeters comment. I’m a Cincinnati native, and there is nothing better than a {insert flavor here} chip cone after a good workout.

  18. Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife
    February 15, 2012

    You can totally DO this!! You’ll rock it, just like you did the Half πŸ™‚
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  19. laura
    February 15, 2012

    I had moes today also, but I splurged & had nachos!
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  20. kathleen @ fittitudefreedom
    February 15, 2012

    I know that you will be able to achieve your goal at the PIG after that amazing half marathon finishing time. Yes, the course is hilly but if you pace yourself accordingly for the first half, you will be able to rock the course! Great training plans you are going to follow.
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  21. Alexa @ Simple Eats
    February 15, 2012

    I’ve only done one 5k, but I really want to get back into 5k shape! I’m hoping to do another one this summer!
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  22. melissa (fitnessnyc)
    February 15, 2012

    I love moes! That looks like a good plan! you have a busy schedule!
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  23. Kellie I
    February 15, 2012

    My suggestion for hills: stairs. Football stands are great to use.

  24. Army Amy*
    February 15, 2012

    I’ve heard good things about Flying Pig. The hills looks a challenge (a big challenge), but it’ll be that much sweeter when you cross the finish line!*
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  25. Christina
    February 15, 2012

    That elevation chart looked a little bit wacky to me, so I checked the Flying Pig web site and found this: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/13842858

    Where did you get your elevation chart? Those first two hills don’t exist.
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    • Meghann
      February 15, 2012

      I found that elevation chart via a google search. Since the one you linked to is more accurate, I’ll switch the images out.

      • Christina
        February 15, 2012

        That one big hill is a real monster. It really sucks because it’s not a straight shot – there are quite a few turns as you’re going uphill. Of course I guess a straight shot might suck, too, in that you’d see how far away the top was. You’re going to kick that hill’s butt.
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  26. Hilary
    February 15, 2012
  27. Sloane @ My Life in Florida
    February 15, 2012

    There is a 10k in Palm Beach Garden (North of West Palm Beach) March 5th. I’m sure that is really far for you but here is the link if you need a weekend getaway. http://rogerdeanstadium.com/stadium/news/index.html?article_id=483
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  28. Hana
    February 15, 2012

    Ah! I’ve been a reader of your blog since I was in high school (I’m a sophomore in college right now) but I’m from Cincinnati so that made me so excited to hear that you’re doing the Flying Pig!

  29. Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    February 15, 2012

    I never utilize my birthday coupons! Next birthday, I am cashing in on everything!!
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  30. Trace
    February 15, 2012

    Yeaaa come to Cincy. I’ve only done the relay, miles 1-7 so I got the beginning of the hill, not fun but I also didn’t train well. I know you can do it though!!! πŸ™‚

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    February 15, 2012

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  32. Victoria (District Chocoholic)
    February 15, 2012

    For triathlon season, don’t forget that IM-Louisville still has slots open. Just saying…
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  33. Alaina
    February 15, 2012

    Those look like some great races! I have a half marathon this Sunday, then a 5k on March 10th, 5 miler on Memorial Day weekend and a 10k at the end of June. Thinking about a full marathon for the fall but don’t know which one yet.
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  34. meghan
    February 15, 2012

    Looks like a great schedule. I’m still deciding what to do at Gasparilla…I don’t know if I’d hurt myself doing 5, 15, and half with only the base training for a half marathon…

    I know someone else running Flying Pig! How fun!! Thanks for sharing your training plans. I hope pacing your sister goes well for Gasparilla!
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  35. Heather
    February 15, 2012

    good luck I know you can do it! I have the princess half coming up, the RnR NOLA the next weekend and I don’t know what after that!
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  36. Mary
    February 15, 2012

    oooo it’s getting so close!! I’m excited to meet up with you and Kelly again in Cinci! Runners World has some good hill training workouts that are fast paced and keep you moving, and not bored, I use some of those sometimes. Hill work though is definintely something that I’m going to have to work on more though before May 6 πŸ™‚

  37. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
    February 15, 2012

    I love it when it’s birthday month! So much free samples to cash in πŸ˜‰ Have fun!

    ps: i use a different email for all of this marketing/offers!
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  38. Michelle
    February 15, 2012

    There is the Trail of Payne 10k just south of Gainesville in Payne’s Prairie. It is half road, half trail which is a nice mix!

  39. Deva @ Deva by Definition
    February 15, 2012

    I’m doing a 15k next month, then the Flying Pig half in May. I’m excited – I love running through Eden park!
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  40. Chelsea
    February 15, 2012

    I’m so thankful to live in Houston where there are no hilllss haha

  41. Kaitlin H.
    February 15, 2012

    Sorry if this has already been posted, but here is a local 10 K that my friends and I ran last year. Really chill course through a lovely neighborhood. And fresh strawberries at the end. Hope this helps!
    http://www.raceit.com/search/event.aspx?event=18a61980-d831-4425-9bf5-87114c6c1be8.aspx

    I believe its put on by Tampabayrunners

    Kaitlin

    • Meghann
      February 15, 2012

      No one has posted that one – but it looks AMAZING! Thanks!

  42. Hemarie @ I Sweat Pretty
    February 16, 2012

    Nice! A group of us are doing the Pig this year too. We’ve already started the hill training. It’s brutal, but it makes the ‘flat runs’ feel so easy! πŸ™‚

    I’m totally embracing my inner Geico pig this training season… Weeeeeeeee!!!
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  43. Brandi
    February 16, 2012

    Hey Meghann! I ran the Flying Pig half (last year and again this year) which includes that incline and it’s really not that bad, especially if you train on some hills before it. It looks a lot scarier on the elevation map, trust me I was really worried about it too. I just made sure to incorporate some hills into my training and was relieved to find out that it didn’t bother me or my pace very much! Good luck on the Gasparilla Half and the rest of your training!

  44. Carolina @ Peas in a Blog
    February 16, 2012

    No doubt you’re going to rock the Flying Pig! Can’t wait to read all about it πŸ™‚
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  45. Michelle
    February 16, 2012

    I am lucky (????!!) to live in a hilly area. One of my half marathons last year (it was a new one for me) and I was walking from my car to the start with my husband and we were chatting up a storm and this lady who was clearly eavesdropping says to me – “hey did you know that this is the hillyest 1/2 marathons in New England?”. It was my husbands first 1/2. It was pretty tough but what an accomplishment. Anyhoo, race season here hasn’t started (much) yet; but I have a 1/2 marathon this weekend; then a 20 miler on March 4th and a (birthday) 5K on March 24th. Yeah for race season!!!! πŸ™‚ Have fun at Princess; I’ve never done it but I really want to do the Goofy Challenge next year. Ever thought about do that?

  46. Kira
    February 16, 2012

    I’m also running Flying Pig, though it’ll be my first marathon, so my only goal is to finish.
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  47. Kate
    February 17, 2012

    i’m running the 1/2 flying pig! its my first half marathon (its actually my first race longer than a 5k) and training on all these hills as been daunting but doable! im sure you are going to be great! good luck!

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