1. Katie

    Congrats, Meg, you did it!!! Amazing considering your IT challenges prior to the race. Yes, your feet hurt when they aren’t used to the pounding of the pavement for so many miles. I always find my feet hurt the most after my races.

    I’m a retired marathon runner and love your race report. Perhaps, this is the motivation I need to get back out and race a half-marathon. I think halves are the perfect distance, you have to train for it, but it doesn’t consume your life.

    Great time!!!


  2. Britni

    Congratulations on this great achievement! Seriously, to come back from an injury and be able to run 13.1 miles is amazing! Way to go! I’m running my first ever half marathon in July and your post was complete motivation for me to stick with my training and GET. IT. DONE.

  3. Ellie

    Congrats!!! Meg…that’s you after a half marathon?!!! I’d be a sweaty mess with my hair all out of place!

  4. FripperyVintage

    Good for you! That is quite an accomplishement.

  5. Nicole

    Congratulations! I’ve never been a runner, but I’m trying. (The day before yesterday I ran for the longest stretch in my life.) Seeing you do this is impressive!

  6. Maureen @sheismoments

    So proud of you! And so happy you had a great time!

    After doing the Chicago half three years ago I said I would never do it again (the last 5k killed me) but you are making me rethink my choices.

    I especially like the idea of running in our home town! #lovedc

  7. Lara Heinz

    Congratulations! I didn’t run the race this year but hope to next year if they host it again. Hope you decide to keep running half marathons… be careful, they’re addicting =)

  8. Molly

    Awesome, Meg! I just ran my third half a couple of weeks ago. It was my first post-baby race, and it was definitely tougher than my other half marathons. My IT bands also REALLY bothered me and I had to talk some (which I didn’t have to in my other races, really bummed me out!).. But I was still happy to have done it.

    And I’ve done both, natural childbirth and Half Marathons… you forget the pain quickly after both because of the reward at the end. 🙂

  9. bri

    congrats! i have terrible asthma (i need my inhaler to go on a walk) but i’m working on getting my stamina up and running (i can go 4 miles now without stopping to take a breather! woohoo!). totally inspiring post 🙂 maybe we’ll take an extra long jog this morning!

  10. Kristin

    Meg, congratulations on your first half! That’s a very respectable debut time. I ran the race as well and really enjoyed it; it was such what a great day to be running around DC.

  11. Hitha On The Go

    Congratulations Meg! I hsven’t run a half marathon in 4 years, but I think I’m going to have to change that in the near future. So so proud of you!


  12. Kia Scipio

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! One of these days, I’m going to do a half-marathon too. 🙂

  13. Samantha Peterson

    This is amazing. And so motivational. I just signed up to do the Color Run in July with my best friend. I am not a runner. To most, even saying I signed up for a race is a joke – I prefer yoga and dance classes to any form of running. But to see other ‘non-runners’, like yourself, push your bodies to the limit to train, is so inspiring and makes me excited for my run!

  14. Melanie

    this was amazing and many congrats on finishing the race even if it was a little over 2 hrs — definitely not a bad thing considering the obstacles you had to go through up to the event. And hey, a nice tiffany box definitely helped! =D

    I’m not a runner by any standards so seeing anyone running a marathon already puts me in awe. here’s to next year to reaching your goal!

  15. Katie {Pearls and Twirls}

    Congrats!! I’ve run a couple half marathons so I absolutely know the amazing feeling of accomplishment when you finish! I too have a goal to finish in under 2 hours and my best time was SO close – 2:02 so hopefully we can both do it under 2 on the next one! 🙂 Good luck and major congrats!


  16. Samantha

    Meg this is awesome!!! Way to go. It’s on my bucket list to do a half one day!

  17. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe

    Congratulations Meg! I totally got chills during the part where you talk about your finish. I seriously hated the last couple of miles of my race, but all the pain was forgotten once I crossed that finish line and realized what I had just accomplished. SO worth it. I wrote a post on my blog from my race back in September (

    It’s cool to read about other people’s experiences. Congrats again!

  18. Brittany

    Congratulations!! That is an amazing accomplishment and I am happy to hear that your IT bands didn’t deter you from the race. 🙂 I hope you have another chance to do it and “Kill It” as you say. I have no doubt you could get under that two hour mark next time.

    Look forward to reading more about the race.

  19. Jamima @ Sweat Style

    Congrats! So glad to hear you were able to finish despite your IT band issues. That is so very impressive! On to the next one right?! 😉

  20. Lauren

    so exciting— congrats!! and how sweet of that guy to run with you at the end of the race? love a story like that.

  21. Linzay

    Congrats, Meg!!!! I knew you’d love it! Can’t wait to see you again at another race 🙂

  22. Kelsey

    Congratulations!! I am running my first 10K next month, then I hope to run my first half marathon in the fall!

  23. Amanda

    I have been thinking about you and wondering when the run was. Yay for you! I too have compared marathons to childbirth. I DID have my children without drugs (the first one accidentally, and the second because I did it with the first and lived thru it!). I just finished my 5th 1/2 marathon a few weeks ago. Although I would classify it as a pretty crappy run, I ran my fastest ever (same 2:13 as you!) and I was proud of my training.

    You WILL want to do it again one day, I bet. But for this moment, relish in the accomplishment!

  24. Emily

    Congratulations!! It’s so amazing to finish, isn’t it? My race was about 3 weeks before yours and I was SO DARN HAPPY to finish that thing. I think it’s absolutely amazing that you finished in your time considering your injury and how little (don’t mean that in a bad way) that you trained in those last few weeks. Go you!
    It’s so funny- I finished in 1:51:36, and actually had to stop and use the bathroom round mile 9. And now, looking back on it, I’m SO angry I did that- I might have gotten 1:50- hahaha! Of course, as my husband pointed out, my time also could have been a lot worse. Thought that was funny, hope that wasn’t over-sharing. 🙂
    Congrats again, it was really great to follow along with you.

  25. meghan @ little girl in the big world

    Congrats on your first half! They’re addicting! I ran my first in October 2011 and now I’ve run 10 plus one full!! Running relieves so much stress and is such a great way to continue setting personal goals as an adult. I’m so glad you loved it!

  26. Phoebe

    Yay Meg!!!

    2:13 is still a really great time. I’m a hair slower than that, but I have a theory that my body is not built for endurance, haha.

  27. jane

    absolutely inspiring!!! way to go! I was just telling my hubby my goal is to run a half marathon… your experience just gave me MORE motivation!

  28. Tobe | Because It's Awesome

    you are a rock star!!!! my goal was under 2 hrs as well, and i said in the days after that i would definitely do it again b/c i was just so close (2:09). we totally could have run that bad boy together!! (well, except for the little bean in my belly.)

    so so proud of you, friend! oxoxoxox

  29. Alia

    Congrats on your first race!! I’ve finished 3 halfs and I think you beat all my times… Plus I opted for drugs during labour! My goal is to finish one under 2 hours too. I’d love to run the Nike womens only San Fran this fall or the LuluLemon half in Vancouver.

    Reading this gave me the urge to go for a run now!

    Great job!

  30. Andrea

    Congratulations!! As someone who has wanted to do a marathon and also has knee/IT band issues I am SO proud of you and happy for you!!! Reading about crossing the finishing line had me all teary.
    I need to get out my roller and get to work.

    Well done!!

  31. Heidi

    A few things:

    1. WAY.TO.GO. I always knew you had it in you. You’re hooked now, I can tell – not just on 1/2 marathons, but running in general. Your time was amazing considering your knee pain in the weeks leading up to the race. I’m very, very proud of you.

    2. As someone who has given birth without drugs AND run 13 miles, I can confidently say the pain of running a 1/2 marathon is quickly forgotten. The pain of birthing a 9-pounder without an epidural is still fresh on my mind … two years later.

    3. Next time eat a whole banana. I swear by bananas on race day. They’re the best fuel and a great way to avoid cramping.

    4. You plucked your eyebrows for aerodynamic purposes. Admit it.

  32. Naomi (Design Manifest)

    So proud of you. I definitely have the belief that I could never do that. But never say never?

    Love that you use a foam roller too. I do it in pilates and should really just get myself one for at home.

  33. cait

    CONGRATULATIONS!! You did a great job despite the injury set back & you should be so proud of what you accomplished.

    Cheers to getting hooked on the racing bug 😉


  34. casie

    Awwww. *tear* Love this!!! Couldn’t agree more with every word. Big congrats, girl! And it’s fun you have a goal for the next one. Love it.

  35. Meredith

    Just signed up for the 2014 race and reading this post is getting me excited!! Will you be doing it again?

  36. Addie

    How did you get the VIP thing???


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