I’m Starting a 5K Revolution

That’s right, you heard it here first.

5Ks are rad.

Compared to a marathon, it’s like ripping off a bandaid.

The only thing I will give the marathon over the 5K is increased appetite. Every time you eat when you are training for a marathon is fantastic, seeing as you’re always ravenous come meal time. And post long-run breakfast is the best. It’s all I think about during the long runs.

And eggs on the side. And coffee. And a diet coke. And another meal two hours later.

However, racing a marathon is not fun, in my opinion. It’s so long and so tough and all I think about is “I’VE BEEN RUNNING FOR 3 HOURS…WHY AM I STILL RUNNING?!”

Yep, still running.

So, I’ve taken it upon myself to start a 5K counter culture within the weekend warrior set of runners. Any ideas for group name?

Why am I so hyped on 5Ks? Well, it just so happens I ran one this weekend. I ran 22:53, which was a PR by a little over a minute. The kicker here is that I WON MY AGE DIVISON and was 9th female.

I NEVER WIN ANYTHING IN RUNNING. [nor do I expect to]

I am so glad all of the fast people stayed home (or ran the marathon/half) as this had made my day and possibly my month. Ok, maybe year, too. I want to make myself a trophy that says I won something in running because this may never happen again. Maybe I will mold a #1 out of Smooth Caffeinator Picky Bars and then frost it and then eat it.

I had a little extra motivation, too. Lauren (Fleshman) rode around the course on her Elliptigo. You better do well when the 2x US 5K Champ is watching. She wore my watch, actually, and told me my splits at each mile mark + took on the role of head cheerleader. Thanks, Lauren! It was much appreciated.

Look cool, Meggie. Look cool.

I had a great time in Eugene – stickering Picky Bars, expo-ing with Picky Bars and Believe I Am, racing, cheering on the Oiselle gals + more in the half/marathon, Ellliptigo-ing, experiencing “nature” (“oh, look! nature!” – says the New Yorker), slowly integrating myself into Picky Bars until they give me a job (ha! just kidding), bugging [Loren] Polsterย to revamp my blog (his work is amazing), discussing most everything with Lauren (“Lauren, do you think it’s stupid that I care about running?” “Lauren, just tell me I’m cool because you’re cool.” etc etc etc), and figuring out a way to get @jessemthomas to one day tweet back to me.

Here are some pictures, if you care. If not, just scroll down quickly.

Me. Running.

I PR'ed! Thanks, Lauren for helping!

Slowly, but surely, integrating myself into Picky Bars full-time staff....

Polster rocking the expo.

Oh hey, Meb. What up? I just won something. Can I wear your medal?

The Oiselle gals are the coolest. Seriously, the coolest.

TELL ME: BEST PART OF YOUR WEEKEND? TRIED THE OISELLE ROGAS? IF NOT, YOU SHOULD.

Until next time…

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44 thoughts on “I’m Starting a 5K Revolution

  1. Gut feeling here…. Jesse will reply/retweet you if you post a pic while wearing aviators… Eh, worth a shot, right? Congrats on the PR

  2. totally agree! A 5K – so much better than a marathon! Let’s find some up in Boston we can do together. I want to run 22s!!! Ya know, like after this big baby of course!hehe Congrats MEGGIE! So exciting!

  3. Wow, I am excited to hear you are an Oiselle girl. They are the cutest and sweetest! Congrats on a HUGE 5K PR. I think I would eat double my head size in pancakes if I PRed that huge. You rock!!

  4. Congrats, that’s awesome! Looks like such a fun weekend and love your hot pink shorts. I feel the same way about 10Ks, even though I haven’t PRd in one in several months.
    P.S. I STILL need to try the smooth caffeinator. Work on convincing the crew to be at the NYCM expo this year.

  5. Awesome! Looks like a fantastic weekend! Makes me wish I had gone to Eugene instead of my other races…

    I ran a relay this weekend. It was fantastic.

  6. FANTASTIC!!! SO AWESOME!!! My strategy is to keep running (if my knees hold out) and by the time I’m 80 I may be able to win my age division in a race!!!

  7. CONGRATS! That’s so awesome, Meggie. It looks/sounds like you had the most fun weekend ever and I want to go to Eugene even more now! Also, did you make some picky bars? Can I buy the Meggie-made picky bars??

    • Unfortunately, I did not make picky bars (too busy or too tired), but I stickered a whole bunch — order some All-In Almond and you’ll get some ๐Ÿ™‚

      Eugene is def a good marathon – keep it on your list!

  8. Meggie! I tried to comment on this post yesterday but WordPress was being funky…

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Both on the PR and the AG win! I’m so glad to hear you had a great race! Hopefully this is just the start of a great racing season.

    Sounds like you had an amazing trip to Eugene. I really wanted to get out there before…after this weekend, I’m dying to run Eugene more than ever!

  9. Meggie! I tried to comment on this post yesterday but WordPress was being funky… I apologize if you’ve gotten this comment twice.

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Both on the PR and the AG win! I’m so glad to hear you had a great race! Hopefully this is just the start of a great racing season.

    Sounds like you had an amazing trip to Eugene. I really wanted to get out there before…after this weekend, I’m dying to run Eugene more than ever!

  10. Congrats on your awesome PR!! #1 in your age group is definitely something to celebrate! If only NYRR had 5ks more often ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    ps I ordered a big batch of picky bars last week… you might have sticker-ed mine!

  11. “Maybe I will mold a #1 out of Smooth Caffeinator Picky Bars and then frost it and then eat it.” <——-Died laughing reading that:-)

    My weekend can not even compete! Hello Miss Thing, living the dream ๐Ÿ™‚

    So proud and happy for you – congrats!!

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