Birthday Weekend and Half Marathon PR.

I love when old people use slang, like when my Mom said  'amazing balls' instead of amazeballs, it really does not have the same ring to it. Also, I think that word should die, it's had it's cycle. I can always count on her for a good laugh :)

Oliver had the day off Saturday so we had a day of family togetherness where I make him run around and do stuff with me. He'd probably choose to stay home and watch movies, but it's my birthday weekend so he did it with a smile. We slept in until 7, ate some breakfast, then headed down to the Rock N Roll expo to pick up my packet.

We walked the expo for a little bit, I don't feel it was as good as years past, but I don't need to be buying any pretty shiny workout toys anyways. Then Madison declared she was about to die of hunger and the baby started to cry, our cue to exit the building.

We went to Panera for lunch, I could eat there every day and be happy! They have a new dish, the Broth Bowls, filled with kale, quinoa, and chicken and I got a half a power hummus chicken salad. Next we headed over to see Oma {Oliver's Mom} she just got back in town and Madison was begging to go see her, Aiden was tired so we ended up leaving him there to nap while we took Madison to see Cinderella, which I FREAKING loved! I want her hair, the messy braids and curls, YouTube videos are out for it I'm sure.

When we got home I was excited to see my running shoes had come in, a month or so ago I tried a different pair of Newtons {Distance III}, but they just weren't as good for my feet on longer runs. I went ahead an reordered the ones I used for my marathon training {Newton Running Women's Gravity III } and I'll use the less loved ones for my shorter runs. I wouldn't recommended getting new shoes the day before a race, but I've run a ton in these so no harm in staying with the same brand and type. I also made an Advo run for Rehydrate Gel {my favorite midrun fuel}, Catalyst {I take 3 before every workout they are BCAA's}, and some Muscle Fuel preworkout for leg day Monday. The muscle fuel is a little pricy so I'm only using it for leg day and switching it around with my C4 {upper body} and Spark {run days}.

My go to pre-race carb loading dinner, potato, chicken, cheese, salsa, and sour cream.

I decided to take Dart downtown instead of driving and happily got to ride down with 3 friends! So much better than traffic and stressing about parking down there.

We had plenty of time to use the restroom twice, bag check, and take a few pictures before the race. My goal was to PR as many of you know, I was very nervous to see if I had it in me. It can be nerve racking to put yourself out there for the world to see and have to come back and say it didn't happen. Not that any one of you would judge me for not reaching that goal, it's more pressure I put on myself. I wore my Garmin, which I rarely do, and looking back I don't think it was the best idea. I was obsessively checking my pace, trying to stay around an 8:45, but I would go under bridges and come out running a 6:50, obviously wrong, and then stress my watch was off.

They had a selfie station set up and lots of cool things along the route that I didn't get to enjoy cause I was straight booking it to the finish. I was also running alone and there were times I knew I had more in me if I had someone else there pushing me. That's what's great about a running partner, you can push each other to your limits. After the hill at mile 12 I lost a little steam and had a hard time getting my sprint on, but I did it - I PR'd with a 1:56 and I'm pretty damn proud of myself!!! I get up at 5am to better my body and my attitude, I can say I'm happy with who I am, I make myself proud. Self love is important ;) That's why I love to run, the pride I get by just doing my best.

After I dazedly walked to the post race area I foam rolled while I waited for everyone else to finish and it helped TREMENDOUSLY! I was barely sore today. I sipped on water and waited for my stomach to settle before we walked over and got our beer.

The best part for me was watching the people who are running this for fun, with their friends, or their family, dressed alike or in tutus with matching hats. They had a screen set up over the stage and I almost started to cry seeing their smiling faces coming over that finish line! You don't need to be fast or a crazy runner to do races, everyone does them just for fun or the pride in saying they did 13.1 miles. My friends all crossed that finish line and we headed home.

I had some birthday surprises waiting for me!! I had hoped to be home by Noon, but didn't get home until 1:30 and we had to leave by 2:15 to be at the arboretum for family pictures. Yikes. I don't even know how I did it, but I got myself ready, curled my {dirty} hair, curled Madison's hair and yelled at Oliver to get everything packed and ready in the car. Poppy Locks {Elizabeth for real people} was a doll and delivered Aiden's smash cake to my house.

The flower garland I found at Charming Charlies, it was just perfect on her sweet face!!

The weather was just perfect, 70 and sunny, the flowers were in full bloom and Aiden took the best family picture right out of the gate - one shot wonder that kid is! Amber Jane Images is who I use and gah, she always get the best shots. Just WAIT until you see the one of Madison, not enough heart eye emoji's to go around. 

Then we headed to my Mom's for my birthday party, she cooked my favorite meal of potato and chicken with broccoli and got my the Strawberry cake I requested from Spoons.

She threw my Dad's name on there too since his birthday was Friday, but we all know it was a giant pink Megan cake. That cake was amazing.

and they all lived happily ever after.
The End.



  1. Congrats on the PR and looks like a great birthday weekend!!! Madison looks so grown up!

  2. Congratulations on meeting your marathon goal!
    I hope you had a wonderful birthday,

  3. You're awesome Meg, you inspire me so much! HBD!

  4. That is the sweetest family picture! Congrats on the PR and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

  5. Love your dress! Where is it from?

  6. Congratulations on that marathon!!! You are just amazing. I just hope one day I can run a marathon. Happy Birthday!!!

  7. This is not my business, just my opinion -- I LOVED your hair shorter and more blonde. You looked more awake and young. And brighter! I never like short hair better than long hair, but you ROCK shorter blonde hair!!! You still look AMZING BALLS (haha)!

  8. Also, you are so inspiring. I would be stressed about photos and a race on the same day - but you happily do what you gotta do! What a go-getter you are!

  9. I think your long hair is gorgeous and it suits you perfectly!

  10. you are a rock star and SO fast! i am impressed and slightly green. ;)

  11. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Congratulations on your PR! That is amazing! I am still working on my first full 5k and your story is inspiring. Great job! By the way you have a beautiful family and I look forward to seeing some of the pictures. :)

  12. Wow, major congratulations to you on your PR! You have gotten so strong and have made me rethink whether I should be doing more aggressive and longer leg workouts (I've got the same "problem" as you when it comes to the shape of my legs and of course, I'm pretty much only doing running/cardio these days!). Your weekend sounds fabulous and I LOVE that pink cake! Happy birthday!

  13. Awesome pics!

    .....what age group are you referring to in the comment "old people?" be careful who you call "old"....because if you blink, it will be you before you know it!

  14. Look gorgeous.....you are so inspiring. I am so thankful for your blog with my FB and Insta fast I'm missing everything from SM challenges and everything.

    Way to go Meg & Happy Birthday!!!

  15. Look gorgeous.....you are so inspiring. I am so thankful for your blog with my FB and Insta fast I'm missing everything from SM challenges and everything.

    Way to go Meg & Happy Birthday!!!

  16. Look gorgeous.....you are so inspiring. I am so thankful for your blog with my FB and Insta fast I'm missing everything from SM challenges and everything.

    Way to go Meg & Happy Birthday!!!


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