Runners Tell All: Proudest Running Moment

Wow, I cannot believe it’s time for another Runners Tell All link-up! It seems like I just did the May link-up. This month, the topic is your favorite and/or proudest running moment. I think some of y’all can probably guess what mine is.

2013 Charlotte's Thunder Road Marathon

My proudest running moment was crossing the finish line of my first full marathon, at the Thunder Road Marathon on November 16, 2013. I had never run so far or for so long in my life, and I had to dig really deep to finish. I couldn’t manage much more than a fist pump in the air as I crossed that finish line. But trust me, I was elated.


If all goes as planned, I will complete my second full marathon this fall at the Marine Corps Marathon. And I will once again get to experience that strange state of being, where complete exhaustion meets absolute euphoria.

What is your favorite and/or proudest running moment?


This is a monthly link-up for runners that poses a different topic each month. If you missed last month’s post, you can find that HERE. This link-up is hosted by Amanda @The Lady Okie and Beka @Sunshine to the Square Inch. Click the icon below to get all of the details about these monthly link-up’s.



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  1. Congratulations on your full marathon! I dream of someday doing a half but I’m not mentally there yet. Also, I love the quote with your picture.
    Al recently posted…My First 10k at the Calgary MarathonMy Profile

    1. Thanks! Good luck on your half! The hardest part is making the decision to commit… then you just have to follow the training. The race itself is the celebration for your hard work. 🙂

  2. This is awesome! That quote you posted with your picture is one of my favorites. I think about it often, especially when I’m struggling through a short run and wondering how I ever managed to run 26.2, haha! Good luck at MCM!
    Tracy recently posted…Runners Tell All: My Proudest MomentMy Profile

    1. It’s one of my favorites, too. Definitely a good thing to think of when running isn’t feeling so easy or doable.

  3. Congrats on finishing your first full! Such an accomplishment! That you’ll soon run a second one tells me, even more than words could say, that you really enjoyed the first. Wishing you all the best at the Marine Corps Marathon! My husband and I almost ran it last year but had to pull out to attend a wedding. Maybe someday. 🙂

    1. Thank you! I can’t wait to tackle #2. But that’s easy to say now, since training hasn’t started, yet. 🙂 I hope you get to run MCM someday! Darn those pesky weddings.

  4. Wow congratulations on running a marathon, I’m not sure I could ever achieve that. So impressive!

    1. I never thought I could until I did. Never say never 🙂

  5. I ran a horrible race last night, and I realized as I crossed the line that it doesn’t matter how good or bad a race went…it still feels amazing to cross a finish line. I can imagine that a marathon finish line is that euphoria X 1000000!
    jan recently posted…1st Race of the YearMy Profile

    1. I’m sorry you had a tough race last night. But you’re totally right – nothing beats that feeling of crossing the finish line. No matter how tough it was to get there.

    1. Indeed! I know you know the feeling 🙂

  6. Great picture and quote from Thunder Road!
    That particular mix of exhaustion & euphoria is one insanely addictive combination 🙂 I don’t know how anybody stops at just one marathon!
    JoAnne recently posted…Seen on the run (June 22, 2014)My Profile

    1. I don’t know why anyone does drugs. The high from a marathon has got to be better than anything an illegal substance can give you. 🙂

  7. No matter how many marathons you complete, your first will always be the one you remember the most! Congratulations!

    1. I will definitely remember Charlotte 🙂 Can’t wait to get the “big marathon” experience at MCM!

  8. Love how you described it. Exhaustion meets euphoria. So true! Great memory. Thanks so much for sharing, Meagan!
    Amanda recently posted…Runners Tell All: My Proudest Running MomentMy Profile

    1. I can’t think of many other places where exhaustion meets euphoria than at the finish line of an endurance event. Thanks for hosting!

  9. Awesome job on finishing that marathon! It really is something to be proud of. Good luck on your 2nd marathon this fall! I’ve only ran one marathon too =).
    Beka recently posted…Runners Tell All – My Favorite Running StoryMy Profile

    1. Once a marathoner, always a marathoner. Even if it’s just one 🙂 Thanks for hosting!

  10. Running a marathon is definitely cause for celebration. You go girl! Good luck with the next one!
    Jamie recently posted…What’s The Best Face Wash For Acne?My Profile

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