I think it is always a little easier to go through something tough when you can look back on it and laugh and make fun of yourself a little bit……so here goes.
Janae’s Top 5 Ways To Not Train for the Boston Marathon: (learn from my mistakes).
1. Run 26.2 miles on a Friday followed by a 20 miler the following Monday on a surface (snow) that you have never run on before. (This was the beginning of February and when the pain started happening).
2. Eat mass amounts of candy thinking that high-fructose corn syrup is more beneficial for your bones than calcium. I am a really great health teacher. PS I am going to go to nutritional counseling (she works with BYU’s cross country team) so that I can learn EXACTLY what my body needs to be a running rock star!!!
3. Race a 1/2 marathon on a leg that has a stress fracture. When your mind tells you, “Hey girlfriend, you should slow down or DNF” you just turn your LInkin Park up louder and think that you are being a wuss and to push harder. 1st place in your age group is obviously more important than running the Boston Marathon……
4. Start incorporating hard core speed work two days after your race because you tell your coach/yourself/ and everyone else that your legs feel FRESHER than ever and that you are ready to go.
5. Throw in a 27 mile training run at a 7:35 pace just because you feel like it. (From this point on I will NEVER run 26.2 miles or more unless I am running an actual marathon, I will be capping it at 23 miles). Make sure to waste your racing days on training runs because you think your body is superhuman and that it was made to run fast and hard many times a month.
All joking aside, I really have learned my lesson and I have made up a perfect analogy for injuries…….
Stress fractures are like an ex-boyfriend.
At the time that you break up with your boyfriend, you think the world is over and that you may never get out of bed again. You go through a period of sadness and heartache (while eating large amounts of ice cream and candy) but eventually you get over it. You make it out alive and continue to live your everyday life. A few months down the road you look back and laugh at yourself for being so upset about a loser/scum bag (sure hope none of my ex’s read my blog but it would be kind of funny if they did) and you take the lessons that you learned from the break-up (or the leg break) and become a STRONGER person. Then when you meet the right one (ahem….Billy:) you realize how thankful you are that you went through the losers to learn the lessons that you needed to learn and realize how amazing the right guy is for you.
Same thing for an injury. You feel at the time that your life as you know it is over, you cry, you binge on sugar but each day after the BREAK UP with running you feel a little bit better. Before you know it you are out there running again and THANKFUL for each step you take. You learn what is best for your body, what it needs and what it can and cannot handle and you become a BETTER/FASTER/AWESOMER/SOMEDAY OLYMPIAN RUNNER!!!
Check out Bess (the cutest blog ever, you will become VERY addicted)……she did a hugging post for me and it made my life!!!! I seriously can’t believe how supportive everyone has been to me…….how do people live without this amazing community!?!?!
Do you have a candy color preference?
-Purple skittles, pink starburst, green mike and ike’s and green and red sour patch kids. Banana flavored candy is just wrong.
Anyone running/watching the SLC marathon/half marathon/5K this Saturday?!?!
-I will be there cheering on my bro-in-law (1st marathon) and sis-in-law (first 1/2 marathon)……LET’S MEET UP, I promise I will get all the tears out the night before and be super happy and chipper!!!!
What is the biggest lesson that you have learned throughout training for races?
-Save your racing for racing and listen to your body when it says, ‘No way Jose.’