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.’
Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri
I will eat all your banana flavored candy. I love it.
(Hugs)) i think it's great that you're going to do NYC!
well i think that i need to learn that a shorter cycle is a better cycle for me. i always get injured when i train for 12+ weeks!
You are SUCH a trooper! I love that you can laugh at yourself- you are truly a running star, outside AND inside :)
I LOVE banana flavored candy. Mmmmmmm. And Pink starburst. Delish.
Be FLEXIBLE. Somedays, my body says go go go and it's okay to add in a few extra miles or amp up the speed. Other days, I feel horrible, and even though I have an intense workout scheduled, I'm just not feeling it. Being flexible and listening to your body is sosososo important!
This is why I only run 3-4 times a month. I don't want to get injured. Be more like me Janae.
busy wife mom runner
you are such a positive person and a role model to so many runners, i'm sorry about Boston but i know you will kick ass in NYC!
Way to go, Janae!!!! And if you happen to see my BFF Sarah this weekend running (I'm just assuming you'll know what she looks like :), tell her I love her! And then tell her she loves you too :)
Orange everything and pink Starbursts. One of our wedding gifts was a bag of orange only gummy bears because I'm infamous for picking out the orange ones when sharing a bag.
So far my biggest lesson is that not fueling properly leads to pain and heartbreak. I'm still learning to fuel correctly, though.
My lesson – Take it easy when your body tells you to and don't push yourself too much in training, save those crazy long and fast runs for the race!
I typically will eat/like any color of candy except I never seem to be a fan of the yellows.
Momma K and her Krew
Sometimes our bodies have to break so we finally listen. I just kept running and running. Until it just hurt too much. I listened, now cross train every other day. Do I miss running every day? Heck yes. But Id miss it more if I ran myself into a nonrunner. I love your post, lessons are learned in the way we need to learn them. We obviously dont get subtle hints. Please let us know what the dietition says, Id love to see what you learn. Id also love to be a fly on the wall when she lets you know sweedish fish are not actually fish. Hugs!
First off, hats off to you for listening to your body and not pushing it too far and running Boston, I'm sure you'll look back and be thankful for your decision when you can walk when are 80 :).
As far as candy goes I don't mind any colors but I think that lemon or lime flavored candy is just wrong!
I am running the SLC Marathon this weekend!! I just posted a pic of my outfit on my blog if you want to look for me. :) I am shooting to finish in just under 4 hours.
I am so sorry about your injury but you have a great attitude about it and have learned a lot and Boston isn't going anywhere. Hang in there! Big hugs!
I'm a WAY smarter/better runner since I got injured a couple of years ago. It really will make you stronger. Look how much you already learned about yourself!
I looooove pink and red candy of any kind. Orange, not so much.
Feel better soon lady. With that attitude, you can conquer anything. You will be back, with vengeance!
I also love banana flavored candy… Especially banana Runts. And banana Laffy Taffy. Bad jokes? Fake banana flavor? Sign me up!
I hope your leg feels better! I think the biggest lesson I've learned is don't let your guard down about injuries! I've been waylaid by my IT band more times than I care to admit. Time to start being proactive to avoid the pain! An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure…
I love how you have made this situation comical! You are seriously such a amazing person and will be ready to race stronger then ever!! Boston shmoston, you can rock the next race when you're 100%!!!
It's funny that you say waste racing days on training days, because when I was a serious competitive cyclist we raced on Sundays, but i could never let Saturdays go. On Sundays I would always regret it. I had just always had to waste race days on training days. It's a tough pill to swallow.
Just directed here from Skinny Runner – sorry about Boston :(
I am running my first half marathon in SLC this weekend!! Super stoked!! I am equal parts nervous, excited, and confident – the combination is working for me lol.
I hope the stress fracture heals quickly!!
[email protected] Be Fit
So excited for you to see this hugs post…I have been putting it together all day and still waiting for more pics!! its gunna be the bombbbbb :)
I'm gonna have to agree with you on the "save it for the race". I've trained for a marathon a few times & STILL haven't ran one. I always end up with an injury (hip, knee, foot, etc.). This time around I'm trying to take it easier & make sure I stretch & rest like I need to.
You will be stronger because of this!!
Green Skittles, pink Starburst, and red Sour Patch Kids!
virtual high 5 to the grossness of banana flavored candy. and a BIG AMEN to your exboyfriend analogy. I enjoy comparing sucky situations to ex boyfriends. Makes it so much easier to get over and move on!
Your awesome spirit and sense of humor are incredibly inspiring, Janae. You are going to ROCK rehab!
Candy color… brown if it's chocolate, as in brown m&m's.
What! NO WAY! BANANA CANDY IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Holley @ Lunges and Lashes
haha, i love the analogy! let's meet up after the race in SLC! your brother will probably smoke me, but maybe you guys will still be kickin around eatin snacks when i stroll through. :) we need to replan out date! :)
You are inspiring, Janae! To look back at what you've learned and then move forward with a positive outlook, carrying those lessons with you, is so admirable. I'm very proud of you! (And I wish I could give you a hug.)
I love pink, red & orange starbursts, red skittles, orange and green sour patch kids…
Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife
agreed on the banana-flavored candy–YUKK!
You are hilarious and super upbeat about this. You will pull through!! YAH :) And I agree, mourning is important, and then finding that dream after makes it alllll worth it!
oh and orange, purple, or blue of any candy is how I roll!
I don't have a favorite candy but I do like chocolate covered pretzals. What have I learned?? I'm still learning, running and I are still getting aquanted
I'm curious to read about what the nutritionist has to say.
the biggest race lesson i've learned is to enjoy every mile. I've had two stress fractures, and I'd rather be slow than hurt.
Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner)
You. Are. AMAZING Janae.
You inspire me every day:)
I have learned two important lessons this training cycle:
1. I know when pain is injury pain and when it's soreness. More importantly, for the first time EVER, I got help for the injury pain before it became bad pain…and I got to run through treatment. So going to the doc early is better than later.
2. It's ok to cut back if my aspirations are too great. I did it, it was embarrassing, I moaned about "failing" my training plan…and surprise, I survived.
Now let's see how the race goes…
Girl, you are going to come back stronger than ever! This is a HUGE learning experience for you…and I truly believe that you will get so much from this.
On another note, are you allowed to cross train? Is there a tri in your future?
When I was told I needed surgery and could no longer swim I thought my life was over. But I cross trained and got back in the water as soon as possible. Three surgeries later I know that nothing can hold me back. Because of not being able to swim I have discovered biking and running.
red skittles = the best by far. Just so you know. :)
I might have to stop by the SLC marathon since it is in my neck of the woods. I can't decide if it will scare me or motivate me for my upcoming half!
Don't beat yourself up too bad Janae. You did what you felt was right at the time. It is easy to look back and see where you made the mistakes but at the time it felt right. And hey you still kicked my trash with a broken leg. You are a rockstar!
Biggest lesson I am still trying to learn is pacing. Still suck at it but finally starting to understand the importance.
Do you have a candy color preference?
-I love pink starburst, red skittles, blue smarties and green or white gummy bears! I also HATE banana flavour things- never actually taste like bananas…
What is the biggest lesson that you have learned throughout training for races?
I'd agree with you- there are expert plans out there, and these are good ideas. But at the end of the day its YOUR body, YOUR life that training is fitting around, YOUR race. Listen to how YOU feel and like Frank Sinatra, do it your way!
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Oh my gosh, Janae! I LOVE you (and I'm not a creeper…I SWEAR!). Here's a huge hug for you – this post makes my whole darn DAY – and when you are an Olympian runner I am totally coming to see you!!!
Janae! I'm upset you won't be running Boston but I think its for the best. You are sooo speedy you have a long running future and this isn't going to be your only chance. I think the worst thing you could do right now is further injure yourself. I'm glad you are keeping this in perspective as well – yeah it sucks but it is only running. I say that knowing how much running means to you, but it doesn't mean as much as Billy, family, etc.
Take care – sending lots of support your way! You are an inspiration to all of us :)
You are just amazing! You will totally bounce back – and we definitely need one more fro-yo date before you go all healthy on us!!!
Jogging with Fiction
Green is my candy color preference! I just sent a hug your way!!
I LOVE Green and Red Sour Patch Kids!!!!!
Do you know what is the best… Christmas Sour Patch Kids. Seriously. Only green and reds. I am not lying when I say I bought 8 bags, and then bought 4 more. Sadly, they are all gone now. Is it Christmas again?
I have been bummed for you reading about how you can't do Boston. I haven't had much time to get on and tell you, but I can get to NYC easier than Boston so hopefully I can be a cheerleader in NYC!!
Next year sign up for the Marine Corp Marathon! I live 10 mins outside of DC and I have so much fun cheering people on at this race!
Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner
Pink candy all the way! Pink and white Good and Plentys are the prettiest to eat/play with :)
And banana runts, the rest are mediocre.
I'm with you on listening to your body, hard to do sometimes though.
Hugs hugs hugs!
I haven't commented in a while, but I have still been reading. I am so sorry about your injury. I admire your positivity and awesome attitude you have had despite this setback. YOU ARE AMAZING AND TALENTED. You have inspired me in more ways than you know!! Just remember, you may not have Boston this year- but God has bigger plans for you and you will rock New York!!
Great post- I am munching on a bag on tropical starbursts right now…yummy!!
Hang in there girl, I will be praying for you!
Love the "ex" analogy! Injuries are the end of the world when they happen, but we get through them :)
I agree, you're still a running rockstar! This post is actually really helpful, and I know it's helped me think about how my body truly feels after running. If it hurts more than normal, I hope I can take the smart route and take it easy.
Just sent my hug pic in. I'm a little late in commenting but my heart is breaking for you! When I saw the title of your post "This Hurts to Type" in my in-box I was super bummed. I knew what you were going to say before I even read the post. I will certainly keep reading…duh! I know you're going to kill NY!
I love that you're learning from your past! I love that about you.
Jill @ Run for the Hills
Everything you did leading up to this point, you did because you thought it was best. Hindsight is always 20/20. When we know better, we do better! I hate that this happened to you- I was so looking forward to your Boston fairytale! :)
You are such a fun person and I love reading your blog. Get better! Hey…there's calcium in froyo!!
Katie @ Healthy Heddleston
Pink, orange, and yellow original Starburst jellybeans :)
Biggest lesson is to stick to the plan. 5 easy miles means just that! I have made poor training decisions while high on endorphins.
Look forward to the nutritional advice you receive. My diet could always use some tweeking.
Jenny @ The Jenny Adventure
You have the best outlook, Janae!
Not being able to go to Cali for my big race last weekend made me feel awful so I can relate. Injuries stink!
I'm trying to have your outlook too and hope that I will come back stronger than before.
The biggest lesson I've learned is not to push too hard in training. I always tend to go harder than I should and wind up paying for it later.
I'm so sorry about your stress fracture, and for missing Boston : (
I'm from NY, and I'm running NYC this year, and believe me, it won't disappoint!
Hang in there, sending you fast healing vibes : )
Lindsay and James Cotter
ugh, I've learned so much and yet, I continue to learn what not to do. RECOVERY has been a huge thing. SO hard to actually listen to our bodies.
I love you analogy with the injury, so true. And now that "break up" or "injury" has and will make you 10x wiser/stronger.
ashley & sundance
Banana laffy taffys are amazing. And pretty much any 'red' flavor of any thing. :)
No slc half or full for me … got my 20 miler! Yikes!
Biggest lesson while training? ?? Not every run is going to be great. I know i will have crappy runs and that's ok. It makes my good runs that much more awesome. And… ALWAYS know where a bathroom is. Lol. Very important. ;)
Sister, I am completely relating to you and your stress fracture. I, like you, am addicted to running. Of course, the faster we get and further we can go, the more we want to run. Not b/c we want to torture ourselves but b/c we actually think that we are doing a lot of good to our body. I have had 2 stress fractures, one in my foot and one in my fibula. The fibula one came after I PR'd in my half marathon…instead of scaling back, I kept doing more….I wanted to win my age group, not get top 5. So, I ran faster and harder and there you go, out for a solid 3 months! But, I did become bff with my elipitical machine and weight classes…and i got some arms and abs! I am now back to running again and just PR'd in the Austin Statesman 10k…with my best time ever. Let this be an ecouragement to you that 1. you are not crazy for having run so much…you just got excited 2. you will come back faster and stronger. Now, let me also add some words of wisdom…..start doing YOGA…like yesterday. This will keep your lungs strong for when you will have to push it (drop the bomb) at NYC…it will also stretch you out. Try not to eat food that you will make you feel guilty for not running…i only say this because this would drive me crazy!! I would totally overboard and then couldn't run to burn it off…it left a lot of tears. So, I started focusing on nutritious foods and foods that heal the bone like calcium and protein. Finally, use this time to connect with God…realizing that your identity is not in running, it is in Him that has given you life, Janae, I truly believe you have a gift in your writing and I can tell that you motivate people…you are a true blessing and I know that this hard time is just a pruning period for and even better Janae!
Such a trooper and so inspiring! I just know you are going to come back even stronger than you were before.
I'm running the SLC half for an injured friend! They may say my name is Erin Pulley, but really it's Amylee :). I can't wait! I've never run in a race this big besides a Ragnar. Cheer loud for me- hoping to finish in under 1:50!
My best tip is JUST HAVE FUN WITH IT. I also don't think it's bad to do extra mileage, as long as you build it up very gradually. The more times you run 26.2, the more you will be used to it. Also, if you run actual marathons frequently, you always know that there is another one coming up, so you don't end up pushing yourself on a day that you don't feel like you're at your best (i.e., "Today is Boston and I want to PR so I will do it no matter how I feel!"). I think the quantity vs quality thing is not totally true, as long as you don't push yourself super hard on EVERY marathon.
Oh man I am so sorry to hear about your leg and about Boston. I feel terrible in having you do that half marathon with me! You are crazy tough and I love!! You inspire me and hundreds of people everyday. Bryce and I are going to the SLC Marathon to cheer on a friend. Lets carpool!! Think happy thought, this too shall pass!
Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom
I'm thinking about going to the expo on Thursday. My son has a friends bday party on Saturday, but maybe that'll end early and I can head down to cheer on the marathoners.
I read your blog all the time, I just don't comment very much, but I love your humor it makes me smile every day!
So sorry about your leg- but you will be better in the end. Listen to your body, this is all happening for a reason!
I am not a huge candy person- but I love a good cookie or brownie!!
And im running thr salt lake half on Saturday! Way excited!!
Jess @ Blonde Ponytail
I love this analogy Janae. Your response to this injury is so very admirable and we can all learn from this. You are so proactive–I'd love to hear more from the nutritionist at BYU.
Bess's idea rocks–so thoughtful! I sent her a pic, but you can see it on my post tomorrow too.
Training lesson: For me it is to stop the comparisons. :)
oh janae, i don't even feel right laughing about it with you but, i can't help myself when you put it the way you've put it. i've learned from your mistakes though i doubt i would have ever been tempted to be in the position to actually make any of the same mistakes (say 27 miler for fun? nope).
i visited the virtual hugs blog. what a sweet girl. i'm still trying to nudge my way into this "community." i don't talk about running much on either of my blogs. i should start.
i'll be running the salt lake 1/2 on saturday. i had to laugh when i left the running store today. the salesman said "watch out for state street. that incline can be pretty intense at the end." clearly he hasn't ran the riverton 1/2 marathon. lol. i compared the elevation charts (even though i've ran both races already) and i laughed out loud. not even comparable. maybe i'll see you at the end. if so, i'll be sure to say "hello."
brooke @ E.F.F.
I am really happy for you that you are being so positive. It really says a lot about you! xo
Oh Janae. I really hope you are able to laugh a little bit about it. Don't beat yourself up too badly about your training mistakes. Live and learn, right? Anyway, I was reading Kristen Armstrong's book (Lance's ex-wife), which is called Mile Markers: 26.2 Reasons Women Run (which is fabulous, by the way, and you should read it for running and life and happiness inspiration!). And I came across a passage in her chapter on gratitude that I thought you might like (it's long, sorry!!) about a realization she had on a run:
"…it had to do with opening my mind (and my heart) to consider that every no makes room for an unexpected yes. Every delay fortifies our patience and allows for time to prepare and mature. Every physical setback forces us to rest and recover, building strength in other ways. Every weakness and temptation heightens our awareness of our need for others and for God. Every bout of loneliness or depression reminds us to love lavishly when we are able. Every embarrassment keeps our sense of humor intact. Every gaping hole of loss could be a window.
Perhaps every failure is not really a failure at all but a blessing in suspicious packaging."
You will come back stronger and faster. I know it. If I can, then you definitely can.
A great post today! Love that analogy! I'm sure there are some many others like you who need to hear advice like this! Good luck with the recovery and all that ice cream eating :)
Reagan and Sarah
Janae, I am so sorry to hear about your stress fracture :( Running injuries are the worst but they can help you get stronger and definitely make you sooo much more grateful when you are healthy! I have known so many girls come back after injuries to be amazing, and I am sure you will be able to bounce back and do the same! I think it is great that you are also able to learn from it and that will help you to stay healthy in the future and run super fast. I am a strong believer in recovery runs and think that if you go hard on hard days you can and should go easy on easy days. I think that both your mind and body need a break from a fast pace sometimes. Anyways, I am excited for your comeback and super excited for you to run the NY Marathon! Sounds like so much fun!!!
Great analogy! *****hugs*****
I'm dealing with my first stress fracture right now and your posts have been a HUGE help in turning my attitude around. Thanks so much!
Paula @ Eat: Watch: Run
I've been reading your blog for maybe 6 months now, and I'll be honest…I would read about your workouts and worry about you. I always felt like you grossly overtrained and when you got injured, I wasn't surprised. So, even though I know you make those points in a silly way, I know that you are also serious.
I'm so glad to hear that you are going to modify your training, take it easier, and listen to your body. I also think that will ensure you rock the pants off NYC and Boston next year.
Emily @ eat.drink.run.
you are so awesome. love the ex-bf analogy! and i believe that this experience is making you so much stronger and ready to kick some serious behind in NYC.
candy preferences: clear, green and red gummy bears. pink, yellow and orange starburst. EVERY color m&ms :)
good luck to ur brother-in-law and sis-in-law!! :)
I eat the red&grn sourpatch kids too!! I guess we would have to get our own bag 'cuz we'd be fighting 4 the red&grn ones!! :) I also eat them 2 at a time!!
lesson learned – don't go out to fast at the beginning of the race or surge before the 20 mile mark!! for the first mile (in the marathon) it's ok if it's your slowest mile of the race!! :)
don't be too hard on yourself sweetie!! You will be a smarter, faster runner for enduring what your enduring!! okay!?! :) love ya!!
This post made me laugh. Good job poking fun at yourself. That's definitely the best way to get past it!!! I enjoy purple skittles, red starburst, banana runts, red mike n ikes and red sour patch kids!!!
A friend of mine is vacationing in that area right now and running the SLC half marathon for fun while she's there!
"Banana flavored candy is just wrong."
Hahaha! I couldn't agree more! Yuck!!
And hang in there girly! I'm so sorry to hear about Boston. A friend of mine was also supposed to run, and had to make the tough call not to, due to an injury. I'm confident both of you will be back and at it soon! :)
Dealing with a stress fracture myself (tibial) I def get what you're going through and I love the comparison to an ex-boyfriend. Keep your chin up girl and don't let the bad days get you too down.
You are a rock star for being so positive..seriously..amazing
Janetha @ meals + moves
Glad you have a sense of humor through this crappy time! Good for you. And your boyfriend analogy was perfect. XOXOXO
I was so so so sorry to hear about your SF and missing out on Boston! I had to miss Beantown this year, too, due to my heal and it SUCKS! Let's eat lot of sugar together and get stronger so we can get there next year.
I've been following your blog for awhile now and I'm so sorry to read about your stress fracture and not running Boston. Yay for NYC! You are really inspiring! There's nothing like a setback to remind us how strong we are and that we can only get stronger.
Big Daddy Diesel
Biggest thing I learned about training, is that the training, the grind is 3x's harder then the actually event
Neon Blonde Runner
I can't stand banana flavored candy either!
…but the boyfriend loves it…
love the analogy! wishing your leg a speedy recovery!
I stumbled upon this blog after reading skinnyrunner, and get this…I lived in Provo while going to BYU and I used to go to your spin class. Small world. I so wish I knew you were the runner you are. Seriously, lady, you are amazing and speedy and inspiring. After reading your blog I ran 8 miles on the treadmill yesterday AND today(and I hate running on the TM–I prefer the roads and trails). I wish you a speedy recovery and feel your pain. I've had 2 stress factures since I started running. I was crushed and disappointed and angry and hurt both times. The good news is, stress factures heal. You'll be running in no time.
p.s. I married Logan Johnson (Lacey Johnson's twin). You worked with her at Happy Sumo and would save us bikes for your spin class.
Small Town Runner
So sorry to read about your stress fracture. You will rock NYC! Prayers for a speedy recovery. I know you have learned LOTS from this injury and will come back a stronger, wiser runner–ready to speed past most of us.
Hope you have a great vacation in CA and get better, eat healthy and be strong! You are LOVED.
This game has become the best ever….? like someone here claimed… it’s oldschool.,… it is painful when you die! I guess that’s why is it exiting. As for ones pk system… is only awesome!!.
Love the analogy of an injury is like an ex-boyfriend. You couldn’t be more right.