Sunday, June 24, 2012

How my brain works while running 13.1 miles/Goal Update

So, in case you don't follow me on some other form of social media...I should probably update you and let you know that I ran my first half marathon last Saturday. It was exhilarating, exhausting...and I kind of felt like the world's biggest champion after I finished.
Before my race!

One of my favorite things about running is that I get to spend quality time with myself and my iPod...and 13.1 miles is A LOT of Meaghan time. What was I thinking during this run, you ask? Well...I'll break it down for you mile by mile. 

Mile 1:
I hope I'm allowed to be wearing these headphones. I wish I had worn my other sports bra. I wonder if anyone else is running their first half marathon. I hope I don't embarrass myself. I just want to finish with a decent time. I kind of want a cookie right now.

Mile 2: time is a lot better than I thought. Maybe I should go slower. Why don't I have a boyfriend? I wish I had one. I could run with them. Or a puppy. Puppies are nice. What is this girl in front of me that a skirt? Why is she wearing that? I hope it doesn't get windy.

Mile 3:
Oh. Oh good a water station. I'll drink this gatorade...I wish it was lemon-lime. I'll drink it anyways. I really like this Hoodie Allen song. I'm not even tired anymore. I feel like I could run for dayyyyys. This is fun. I wish my hair was longer. Why did I cut it? What is wrong with me? Long hair is so much better than short hair. Mannn.

Mile 4: 
I wonder if anyone will notice that I'm wearing a KCCO shirt. Probably not. This was such an excellent shirt choice though. It's so comfortable. I should probably be sweating more than this. Weird. I wonder if it would be 100 degrees in Florida at this time right now. Oh hey look! More gatorade.

Mile 5: 
I don't have to pee anymore. I think I just forgot that I had to...oh. oh no. Is that a hill? That's not good. 

Shit, this hill is never ending.

Still going up this hill.

Breathing is much more difficult whilst running up a hill.


Mile 6:
Okay. Hill is over. Hey, now I'm going downhill. This is..
THIS IS SO FUN! I'M SO FAST! Thank goodness. Hmm...I would really love a beer. We have so much beer back at the cottage. I'm going to drink a lot of it. I'm just going to text my mom and tell her that I want one. Okay. Texted my mom. Is texting while running normal? No? oh okay.
Please look how happy I am. Hahaha

Mile 7:
Wait a second..I'm more than halfway done! I LOVE RUNNING. I'M SUCH A CHAMP! I need to do laundry. I would love to see the Avengers again. I would also really love to have a husband like Robert Downey Jr. Preferably in an iron man suit. Or just a boyfriend. STOP THINKING ABOUT BOYFRIENDS. You are running a half marathon- you are doing much more important things than sitting around and waiting for a boy to talk to you.

Mile 8:
Wait...Mile 8...THIS IS WHERE THEY PASS OUT THE COWBELLS! Oh! there's my parents- with cowbells! That's so convenient, because I've got a fever...and the only MORE COWBELL! Hi mom! Oh. My dad is taking pictures. I'll smile for them. I hope I look somewhat decent. Probably not since I've just run 8 miles straight. I love having my parents here. I have great parents. Maybe I will have kids someda.... wait. Is that another hill?

Mile 9:
Yep. This is another hill. May cry.

Oh my lawd...this hill is way worse than the last one. I am literally going slower running this hill than I would walking it. So, yep. Im gonna walk it. I'm going to make friends with this nice woman next to me. Oh, what's that ma'am? You're training for an actual marathon? That's fun. Oh...what is that you say? This is the most difficult track you have run and you cannot believe that I chose it for my first half marathon? Oh okay, good. Perfect.

Mile 10:
This hill is STILL GOING. I just want to run again. I'm gonna do it. 

Nope. Not gonna happen yet.

Wait...did Skrillex just come on my iPod? .....LET'S GOOOOOO.
I'm running so fast now! This hill is my bitch! Ayooooo.

Mile 11:
And now we're going downhill again! AND THERE IS GATORADE! I have to pass this woman in front of me. Okay, passed her.

She is not happy about it. What? I should have let you know I was passing you? I wasn't aware there were road rules. Oh you want to race me now? OH OKAY. I have two miles to go. My feet hurt a little, but I have to beat this rude woman.

Mile 12:
Okay. The lonely island on the iPod. Eyes on the prize. I still want a puppy. I'm...way ahead of that woman now. There are three people right in front of me. I'll beat them instead. SECOND WIND. WEEEEEEE! 

wooooooo! YAAAAAA!

Mile 13:
I AM SO CLOSE. I see my mom! I'm running way faster than I usually do. HI MOM! HI FINISH LINE! HI DAD! Beer me!
Ignore my face.

2:07:50 later... End scene.

So much gatorade. So much.
So, yep. While running 13.1 miles, I think about puppies, being single, theChive, beer, running, how much I hate hills, etc.

Oh. And after the race, I threw back an Oberon (or 5):

Ayooooo Oberon!

Oh. here's a goal update:

1. Run a half marathon. checkkkk!
2. Grow my hair out without getting annoyed that it is taking too long and chopping it off again. It's getting there...kind of. But! I still have not chopped it off.
3. Learn how to do the perfect smokey eye  Ayooooo!
4. Only drink alcohol two days a week (see, I told you some are far fetched) boom...kind of.
5. Snag myself a quality boyfriend. (hollatchagirl) still  a work in progress...any takers? anyone?
6. Obtain a full time job that I enjoy  
7. Lose 15lbs. Welp...
8. Get at least a 2 pack. (a girl can dream) Jillian Michaels is going to make this dream a reality.
9. Visit NYC :( 
10. Visit all of the wineries in Traverse City Half-way there(woahhhh livin' on a oh. okay.)
11. Go downhill skiing nada. slightly too warm right now.
12. Go hiking for a considerable distance...not like a 5 mile hike. I want the real deal this will happen.
13. Go camping for an entire weekend. this will happen, too.
14. Realistically consider getting a tattoo (sorry mom.) Done and done. My dad still hates it. I still love it.
15. Go to Bonnaroo again. This time has passed...but I AM going to the electric forest, so I say that's good enough.
16. Blog more than once a week... Whatever. I blog enough.
17. Go through my Ipod and make the perfect playlists/actually delete songs I don't want. Done-zo!
18. Learn to ice skate and enjoy it. welp...
19. Do something that I never thought I could do (conquer a fear, go somewhere crazy, etc.)  
20. Learn how to knit Maybe in winter.
21. Read one book a month
22. Don't be a doormat/look out for myself/etc. 

10/12 complete? Not bad, not bad at all!


  1. Hagennnn! I miss you too, bbycakes. <3

  2. Congrats on the achievement! Fellow Chiver checkin' in on you. I knew I shouldn't have left Windsor, Ontario. It's much closer to Michigan than Vancouver. Fail.

  3. I read your half marathon post. I was glued and thoroughly entertained.

  4. I have to agree with Kyler, that was one of the most fantastically entertaining post about running that I have ever read. Then I started reading more of your blog and you are just amazingly funny and know how to have fun and not take yourself too seriously! Fully enjoyed reading your blog. KCCO!

  5. This was hillllllllarious!! KCCO!