The Spirit of MY FIRST Marathon.

Good morning!


I made a lovely yogurt mess this morning for breakfast.




This combination of Kashi heart to heart, granola, and vanilla Oikos never gets old.




I’m officially in Back-to-school mode, so I will be gone all day. I thought I would leave you with a video recap of my first marathon experience.





❤ MegaNerd

73 Responses

  1. Aw hi Megan! It’s almost like I got to see you again. I loved the video. It looks very cold and it seems soooo hard. Great job Megan. 🙂

  2. thank you for sharing that with everyone. you rule. 🙂

  3. Great video Megan. You are amazing…CONGRATS!!

  4. Thanks for sharing! AWESOME job on the race!!

    Good luck getting back into school-mode. I’m working on it myself 🙂

  5. Megan – thank you for posting this. You’re so awesome and I honestly think that you can and will accomplish anything you set your mind to in life. Congrats again and good luck at school today!

  6. u rock girl!!! I enjoyed the video and give you all the credit in the world!!!! Congrats!!!!!!

  7. Thank you so much for sharing that! I loved watching it and you were so honest and candid… I know it was tough (I could see that!) but wow, what an accomplishment!

  8. Great job Megan! You had me crying! You really can do anything!

  9. Thank you for sharing that and keeping in the brutal moments, it was so honest. I LOVE the pre-marathon booty shaking 🙂 And the part where you say it’s so hard but you have a big smile. You CAN get through anything 🙂 You rock!

  10. OMG I even got emotional watching that. I think it’s so great you did a video because you will have that forever. You did so awesome!!

    Oh and I loved the beginning with the dancing!! lol

  11. It moved me to tears! Congrats on your first marathon! you are amazing and should be so proud!

  12. Wow. Great job Megan! I almost started crying during this. You did a fantastic job staying positive and pushing through the pain! I hope I’m as strong as you are when I run my first marathon 🙂 Hope your recovery is going well!

  13. This made me so weepy! Way to go, Megan–you are one amazing girl!

  14. Great job! You’re dedication is so inspirational and it’s wonderful you didn’t give up. 🙂

  15. How awesome!! Your experience is just so moving…makes me want to just RUN! 🙂

  16. you are NOT a quitter!!!!!!!!!!!

    good job!

  17. great job! i was crying when you started to cry! i felt like i was there with you. GREAT job for finishing !

  18. Megan, that was an awesome video. Thank you so much for sharing your marathon experience and being so honest throughout the whole thing. That’s great that you accomplished everything you set out to do, despite some minor setbacks. 🙂

    You’re amazing and you’re a huge inspiration!

  19. What an experience! Looks like it was quite a test for you but congrats on hanging in there and pulling through!

  20. What an amazing idea to make a video of your race! It made me cry! I can’t imagine how you felt … so many emotions at once. Congratulations for accomplishing your goals. You are an inspiration!

  21. what a great idea to make that video! thanks for sharing 🙂 and congrats again — you are AWESOME

  22. that was so sad in the video when you were crying! I’m so impressed you managed to finish while running alone in extreme pain. it’s truly an accomplishment.

  23. Oh Megan! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ You did it!

  24. Amazing video, and amazing race! Good for you for pushing through, you are right you can do anything 🙂

  25. Aw Megan, I’m so proud of you for finishing. I teared up when you teared up in the video. A marathon is no joke, I can’t see myself ever running one. You have every right to be proud of your accomplishment. I understand being frustrated with your finish time and your body not working with you, but you pushed through and crossed the finish line!
    You are amazing!

  26. Awesome video! Congrats again 🙂

  27. I’ve never been so happy FOR you to finish! I don’t know if I’m pmsing or if that was the most inspirational/tearful marathon recap! Stomach/intestine pain is a betch and you are one trooper for going a whole marathon with them. Congrats again!

  28. Wow Megan, what an amazing accomplishment. I’m sorry that you weren’t feeling well, but to finish after all of that is really awesome. You rock and it’s great that you’ll have this video memory forever 🙂

  29. It was really nice to see the clips along the way. Thanks for sharing it. Man you are so awesome for getting through it when you were feeling so crappy. You are right you CAN do anything now.

  30. what an amazing video. i felt your pain over the last few miles and your determination. soooo impressed that you are looking for number 2! looking forward to hearing what you choose. congratulations on joining the marathoners club…and welcome!

  31. What a great video! Love it!

  32. Amazing job finishing the marathon. You overcame so much! I bet it feels great knowing how much you are capable of. Thanks for inspiring me today!

  33. awesome video! Thanks for sharing your marathon journey!

  34. Great video and great job!!!

  35. I had a HORRIBLE first marathon experience as well. Really bad stomach issues and several stops at the bathroom as well. I was devastated afterwards, crying and feeling so upset that I never had the pride that should come with completing a marathon. It even forced me to refuse to race for a little while. However, 3 years later I completed my second marathon and the first experience only gave me the extra drive to train harder. And, the second marathon is WAY easier since you KNOW you can do it. Thankfully, my second marathon was an incredible experience – I enjoyed every moment of it and beat my goal by over 4 minutes. So, try not to be too upset – and just take any disappointment and change it into drive to push yourself even harder next time!

  36. Great video! I love your honesty and I love that we got an inside glimpse into your marathon. You FINISHED, and that is AMAZING and no one can EVER EVER take that away from you!!!!!!!!! Congrats again!

  37. Aww, I totally got teary eyed for you watching this! you did an amazing job pushing through (and you can tell, you legitimately felt terrible!) What an accomplishment – you have so much to be proud of! CONGRATS! SO HAPPY FOR YOU!

  38. You rule girl!!!! We are so proud of you!!! thanks for inspiring us everyday!!!!!!!!!

  39. Absolutely awesome! Way to go, girl!

  40. Hi Megan,

    I read your blog all the time but never comment but wanted to on this post. Your video was awesome…sorry for your troubles during the marathon but you were awesome. You ran a marathon!!!!

  41. Congrats again, Megan! Thanks for showing your video. You seriously are so awesome and you should be so proud of yourself!

  42. You did it Megan!!! That is one heck of an accomplishment. You also made me teary eyed.

  43. Amazing video. I’m so sorry you had to struggle so much but you RAN A MARATHON!!! Congratulations!!

  44. Awesome video! You should be so proud of yourself for pushing through the pain and finishing your first marathon! What an accomplishment!

  45. CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS…you are all such an inspiration! 🙂

  46. You are so brave and a total inspiration! I hope to run my first marathon this year or next and if I feel like I can’t make it I know I can just think of what you were able to push yourself through!

  47. AWESOME JOB! Way to push through and finish! It definitely looks like you had a tough time, but I’m sure you have no regrets now about pushing yourself. Congrats!

  48. Congratulations on your first marathon! You did an AWESOME job! You are so brave and a great inspiration!

  49. Great video Megan! I’m so impressed that you kept the camera on during all that – and you kept such a positive attitude even when you felt miserable. I’m really really impressed. Congratulations!

  50. Congrats on your first marathon Megan! I had a tough experience for my first, but a year later I ran another and had a great race. Your next one will go much smoother. Thanks for sharing your journey!!

  51. What a great reminder of how you perservered!!! Way to go Megan!!!! So proud of you 🙂

  52. So amazing, it makes me want to complete a marathon and yet not, all at the same time.

    Great job pushing through, I never thought it would be such a mental game.

  53. you rock and are an inspiration! 🙂

  54. I love the fact that you were brave enough to post this video. It made me cry. Quite a bit. It was actually kind of hard to watch when you first started talking about all of the pain and everything. Not everyone likes to talk about the bad parts of races though and I’m very glad you shared this with everyone.

    You really can do anything you set your mind to.

  55. Wow, thanks for a look inside the race! I can’t imagine how it must feel to run 26.2 feeling badly 😦 YOU FINISHED AND YOU FELT LIKE CRAP! Imagine how well you could do in good health and feeling well!

  56. Wow, Megan, you should be really proud of yourself! To feel that horrible and keep going while remaining positive? You CAN do anything!

  57. Wow Megan your determination is so inspiring! Congratulations on your first marathon. xx

  58. congrats megan – you should be so proud of yourself!

  59. What an inspiring video! It’s great that you have that now to watch and remind yourself that you can get through anything. Congratulations again!

  60. You did so… great. I had read your post and could only image what you went through with the stomach pains, then to watch the video it was like we were right there running with you. Just remember you are a marathoner and noone can take that way from you.

  61. Your vlog was awesome. I’m just starting training for my first marathon and I found it so inspirational and just…real. I feel like I know what I can expect after watching what you went through. Congratulations on finishing what you started! That’s a big, big deal.

  62. I’m so proud of you for finishing the race! Congrats, dear!

  63. Aw Megan, thank you for sharing such an emotional experience!! Go you, you CAN really do anything that you set your mind to.

  64. I love this video. You are so inspiring and I’m so proud of you for staying strong and finishing, no matter how crappy you felt!! Awesome work my dear! 🙂

  65. What a fantastic idea! Thank you so much for sharing in your excitement, joy, pain and triumph of your first marathon!

    I’m a new blogger and runner in the Central Florida area and you have really inspired me to not give up. :o) I’ll be running my first 5k in February!

    Thanks again for sharing you journey with us.

  66. Hi Megan! Congratulations darlin’, you’re a marathoner!! Thanks for sharing your journey to the finish line… I loved every moment (especially the pre-start dance party!)

    Anyone can give up when things get hard. But it takes true strength & courage to continue on when you’re hurting. Great job!

    You’re an inspiration. I’m even considering training for Disney now. OMG. I can’t believe I said that!! Eeek!

  67. Thank-you for posting the video!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

    It was super cute! And honestly it made me want to try to run a super long distance too. Plus you were so candid – I loved it!

    And I have to admit I wanted to hug you when you started to cry!

    Awesome job and congrats on sticking with it!!!!!!!

  68. This video just brought me to tears. You are an inspiration!

  69. Thank you for sharing your video – what an emotional roller coaster! I am so proud of you! You are incredibly strong in every way possible! =)

  70. Okay, I’m a little late…I put this in my starred reading folder in Google Reader to watch later and I just watched it and I’m SOOO inspired! I LOVE this video and I love your openness and honesty. You amaze me!

  71. […] slept in today until 10:30 and jumped on the blogs and found some amazing inspiration from Megan at MegaNerd Runs. If you click on that link, she’s posted a video of herself during the race going through […]

  72. […] The One where I ran My First Marathon and the video. […]

  73. I just got sooo emotional watching your video!! I LOVED it!!!

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