1. Phoebe

    Haha, Meg, you are not alone in thinking the same things over and over. I definitely do the same. But that’s why I train with a running group. It provides enough distraction (and I don’t necessarily have to carry on a conversation if I don’t want to) that I am not punishing myself with my thoughts, haha.

    What headphones do you use? I don’t run with music because I have yet to find earbuds that will stay in my ears while running :o(

    1. Kelly

      Hi Phoebe – just wanted to mention that I have the same problem with earbuds not staying in my ears. I have used these Sony headphones for about 10 years (not kidding) and am really happy they are still selling them – and you can’t beat the price.

  2. Kara

    Have any recs for a good walking shoe? The thought of trying to run/jog these days scares me. lol

    This post totally has me motivated to stay more active!

  3. Emily

    I’m training for a half marathon right now, too- this week starts my last 4 weeks until the race. This week and next are the hardest training of all, and then the final two weeks I taper down (I’m SOO looking forward to those two weeks!!)

    I’ve been finding it really hard to get motivated because of the weather and not running outside (i’m in the midwest). I’ve done a lot of running on the treadmill, and today was planning to run outside, but it rained the entire day. I was supposed to run 10 miles- I’ve never ran that far but was looking forward to it.

    Good luck with your training, just keep at it. There have been days that I just, and some times I forced myself, and a couple of days I just changed up my running days . As long as I got in the mileage for the week, I didn’t bother with what days I ran it on.

    Sorry for the long tangent…good luck with everything! Shoes really do matter, you’re so right. And the toe nail thing- so true! haha

  4. Ann Elizabeth

    I loved reading this post. My husband and I are training for Touch Mudder, and we’ve just started running longer distances. I also felt like I was running super slow, but according to our GPS watch we had shaved off 2 minutes from our time in a week. Good luck with your training and I love reading your blog!

  5. Liz

    Thanks for all of the great advice! I recently signed up for my first 10k – definitely not as ambitious as a half-marathon, but it’s still been a good practice in discipline to put in four- or five-mile runs on weeknights; perhaps next time around, I’ll go for the whole half-marathon!

  6. pve

    I ran a marathon with my daughter a few years ago, we both came in first (in our age groups!)
    The one thing that I underestimated was how people who I did not even know cheered for me.
    That was such an amazing thing that motivated me. I am starting again and found an inspiring running motivational read. I think running is something that no one can understand until you run a marathon. I loved Forrest Gump and how he just ran, and ran and ran. Then one day he stopped.
    Running is like that.

  7. kiley

    i ran my first half about a year and a half ago…get ready for feeling like the biggest rockstar when you cross that finish line. the feeling is unlike any other! #ROCKSTAR! 🙂

  8. Miranda {onestylishdayatatime}

    Loved this post! I think it’s really inspiring what you’re doing. As far as music, I have to have my music on to keep my cadence level. The beat really helps me keep a steady speed. And as far as your side stitches, I’ve found that if I eat carbs or anything that has a lot of fiber a few hours before my run, I’ll get side stitches. I know you’re supposed to carb up for energy purposes, but it just doesn’t help me to have that mass in my stomach. Just a thought! Good luck and keep it up lady!

  9. FripperyVintage

    Good for you for doing this, anything hard is worth doing. Love the black Nikes, I need a new pair!

  10. YP

    Keep up the good work!
    I have been a short and middle distance runner through college and am running my first 1/2 marathon this coming weekend. Talk about nerves!
    It will be the longest I have ran consecutively in my life… ever.

    I hope that you stay motivated until and after the DC Womens Half, and maybe I will see you there (fingers crossed for being chosen in Nike’s last minute lottery)

    The best thing to do is keep a training schedule, your local Nike store run club will assist you in your efforts for sure. Also, do something, each day youre supposed to run, even when you don’t feel like running (there are no excuses in running). Just get out there, and soon enough 10 minutes jogging turns into your fully intended workout and you feel awesome once you’re done.

    all the best!

  11. Jess | the Jess Journals

    I have to say I really admire you for running and sticking with it! I am NOT a runner. At all. The things running through your head without music is usually what’s running through mine when I try and run, and nothing shuts the voice in my head out. I think it’s only happened ONCE that my brain just quieted and I just ran and it was glorious. And that was about…5-6 years ago. Yeah. I’m just not a runner. My point being – I really admire people who are, and you even more for just sticking with it! Good luck with your training and with the half marathon!!

  12. Tobe | Because It's Awesome

    dude. music is a deal-breaker. it’s almost like cheating with how much easier it makes things. so proud of you for doing this!!!! (so is Baby Reed)

  13. Denise @ Alala

    Hi Meg – good luck with the training! I am training for a triathlon right now and did the same last year. There are days where you just want to throw in the towel (like when I’m dog paddling a mile in the freezing ocean), but what an amazing feeling when you get to the finish line!! Plus you get bragging rights for life. 🙂

    Looking forward to the next update!


  14. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe

    Good for you Meg! I ran my first half marathon this past fall – it takes a lot of hard work, but you are going to feel so amazing when you cross that finish line! I honestly felt like I could do absolutely anything after knocking that goal off of my list. Good luck with your training!

  15. Hitha On The Go

    I took the plunge on that GPS watch – can’t wait to start using it! When I started doing long races, I found that I NEEDED music, and running each mile with a song on repeat actually helped me. I think I ran my first half marathon with Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” on repeat for the first 6 miles. Anytime you start running longer distances will be tough at first, but you’ll get hooked.

  16. Amanda

    Yay for you! I started running 7 years ago because I was poor and couldn’t afford the gym. My life has totally changed! I am part of a group of 5-8 gals that run together (I live in a small town of 50,000…there are no “running groups” here. I definitely recommend finding some friends who are at your same level and convincing them to run with you. If they are at similar levels as you, they won’t care if you have to stop to walk, or whatever. These women have become my very best friends, for life. There’s nothing quite like working really physically hard at something, with someone, that makes you fast friends.

    I have also found that even those “hard core” runners who offer to go for a wun with you are totally serious. They wouldn’t offer if they didn’t know that they were you at one time and having someone along with you is so very helpful and encouraging. They KNOW you will be slower than they are, and some of them (us) need those slower, more relaxed runs and can’t get them done on their own. Take someone up…just one time. I promise you will be ok. Plus also, while you are listening to them talking, you won’t notice your breathing or your side-stich nearly as much. I even have one ear bud in and the other out. This way I can still hear them talking but have the distraction of the music so as I don’t have to listen to my breathing.

    Our group is currently training for our 5th half marathon in as many years. we don’t commit to running together during the actual event, but sometimes end up doing just that. We have done so many other things as well…trail runs, triathlons, etc. It is so good fo all of us to have that something that we have acomplished on our own and are proud of. This calendar year we will do 2 half marathons! We haven’t taken the leap to the full marathon yet, but I suspect we will in a year or two!

    As far as water goes, I HATE carrying water with me. Because we live in a relatively small town, it’s fairly easy to plant water in certain places on the long run route that we plan. The other thing we do is intentionally go by a convenience store (or even a mcdonalds) and get a quick drink there and use the bathroom if it is necesary (and it has become increasingly necessary the older we get, and farther we run!) 🙂 We have made it a point to plan to do our long runs together. We all start and end at the same place…usually a coffee shop so we can reward ourselves at the end. It is a great incentive. Again, we don’t all run “together” during these. Sometimes it works out that several are at the same pace, but it is never required to be next to someone.

    I think I could go on and on…but I won’t. I learned of you from Jessie at Style and Pepper, and I read your blog and have bought both the Evolve and Lover shirts so far! I LOVE them. I’m excited for you and your running adventure(s). Don’t give up! the changes to your body will be well worth it! Remember, it is simply mind over matter. you obviously have a strong mind, it can overcome anything physical…just tell yourself so!

  17. Amanda Douvis


    I am training for the same race! I am so excited as it will be my first Half Marathon!

    I am running with the Team in Training Program with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!
    If you care to donate please use this link:

    Any donation will help. All proceeds go to cancer research!

    If you do not wish to donate could you please spread the word!

    Thank You So Much!

  18. Denise

    Hi, love your post! I am training for this marathon too, it will be my first … somewhat scary but think it will be totally worth it. Completed 10 miles with my 14 year old son two weeks ago, it was great! I definitely plan on looking into the nike pace watch and you are so right about the shoes. Keep up the great work & good luck!

  19. Kheira

    Hi, I adore the grey and black sweatshirt in the upper right corner. Do you have any additional info on it — style #, name? Many thanks in advance.


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