22 miles @ 8:06 average pace. Boston, we are coming for you.
3 things made this run extremely entertaining:
1. The conversation. You’d think that you would run out of things to say at some point during our three hours of running together but nope. We couldn’t talk fast enough to get it all in.
2. Not that I am house hunting I am super aware of every house that we run by and what I like about them. I almost asked Rachelle to stop at one house that we ran by that was for sale to take a tour of it but decided it would probably be weird to knock on their door at 6 a.m.
3. Boston is getting so close that I can feel it in my blood. It is finally almost here and it kept things exciting.
Let’s start from the beginning. We woke up crazy early and I ate some toast with jam. My sweetest Dad drove us up the canyon so that we could start our run with some downhill miles. My coach recommended starting with downhill miles and then throwing in some rolling hills which is exactly what we did. The first 8 miles were downhill… trying to get those quads ready for that!
We are all pretty used to running in the dark but after my dad dropped us up he decided to drive behind us (a road in the canyon that is pretty much deserted) for the first three miles until we got unto the trail. He wanted us to have the light from his headlights. Father of the year.
Also, I had forgotten my gloves and realized this as I was getting out of the car (it was pretty cold until the sun came up). My Dad randomly had a pair of gloves in his pocket and gave them to me. It saved my hands from falling off.
And then we went up. There is a hill that is about 1.5 miles long (with one short little flat part) and it is killer. This was at about mile 10 and then we did a bunch of rollers and finished the run with about 4 miles of a slight/tiny incline back to our cars.
Ran on by the Provo temple which always makes me happy. I love this town (and the surrounding towns) of mine.
I went a tiny bit longer than Rachelle and when I got back to my car this was there from her. A perfect cup of water and blueberry bread. I almost cried of happiness. Overall, I am very happy with how the run went and felt like I could keep going. 51 miles so far this week and I might be able to fit in one more short run at some point.
I got back home right as Brooke was finishing her phone call with her dad and then we showered and did our post-long-run-ritual of a Cafe Rio steak salad.
Followed by a trip to the mall to find a pair of shoes for my bridesmaid’s dress on Saturday.
Brooke’s elmo socks went very well with the shoes that she chose out.
How often do you wear heels?
-1 time for every 231 days.
What made your last run entertaining?
What are you having for dinner tonight? I am already planning mine out in my head and want to hear what you are having!
Jennifer @ JenChoosesJoy
When I worked, I wore heels daily. Now…maybe once a month!
My friends make every run entertaining!
I’m having a big group dinner at a new Indian restaurant:)
Great job!!! You are more than ready for Boston and you are going to do so great. You motivate me every day!
I wear heels….. Never. MAYBE wedges in the summer, but never heels. I don’t understand how people walk in them. Baked ziti for dinner tonight, yummmmm :)
The Hungry Runner Girl
Can you send me half the pan of your baked ziti… that sounds incredible right now! I hope you are having an amazing day Maddie!
I haven’t ever worn heels. In my entire life. Strange but true!!!
The Hungry Runner Girl
That is amazing. Your feet must love you so much because of it!
Me neither! And I’m short!
Laura @ This Runner's Recipes
Amazing job on your 22 miler! You are going to do so great in Boston! Only a few more weeks!
I can’t stand to wear heels either. The last time I wore them was at my wedding about six months ago and I took them off during the reception. Heels hurt! I usually only wear them to weddings and maybe Christmas/Easter Mass.
Dinner tonight is risotto with chicken and cauliflower. It’s one of my favorite night before a long run meals and it’s so fun to cook!
your dad=THE BEST EVER.
The Hungry Runner Girl
Agreed:) Thanks Barbara and I hope you are having an amazing day!
I use to wear heels all the time. Now I barely wear shoes and heels maybe 5-6 times per year (work from home perk I guess!)
Your run sounds really nice (for a 22 miler ha ha) and your dad is amazing! How sweet for him to drive you gals out and then follow for light – that’s so nice. I am envious of your many sweet girlfriends and family :) I miss my running buddies since relocating to a new state. I really have to get on trying to find some new ones!
Dinner? Not sure yet but something with avocado I think – mine are finally ripe!
You are amazing! You are going to KILL Boston…and you failed to mention that your dad followed you for three miles…Your parents really are the salt of the earth. My goodness. I’ll miss you this weekend pretty girl! xoxoxo
victoria @ Smiles 'n' Snuggles
I never wear heels unless we have something special, which is rare. Dinner might be a mish mash or stuff. Not sure yet, but pizza is sounding mighty tasty right now.
Leah (Goodnight, Cheese)
I mostly just wear heels to weddings, so maybe 1-2 a year.
Dinner will be Tofu Parmigiana, basically eggplant parm but with tofu – sounds weird but’s it’s SO good, and I don’t even like tofu
I’m guilty of wearing heels almost daily. I love them!
I recently started running with a few friends. There are 2 women and 1 male. It’s always entertaining to hear his perspective on our gossip.
You have an amazing dad!! What a great guy!
kristin | W [H] A T C H
dads are the best. when i saw my dad at mile 25 in my first marathon (that he and my mom had flown across the country to watch) i totally teared up and then choked because i couldn’t breathe.
Tonight we are grilling chicken marinated in Italian dressing & BBQ sauce, roasted broccoli and sweet potatoes.
I just have to tell you I had my first Café Rio today and after years of seeing your salads, I see what all the fuss is about. Life changing!! I had the pork, yummy!!
YOU ARE GOING TO CRUSH BOSTON! I can’t wait to watch from Texas!!
The last time I wore heels my feet hurt so bad I cried on the walk back to my car and my lovely friend switched me shoes! I can run marathons, but not the 5 blocks back to my car in heels ;)
My last run was my first “hot” run this spring at 82 degrees- that made it interesting.
Tonight is dinner from Verts Kabobs with my girlfriends, followed by a Missy Elliot hip-hop dance class we are taking together!
Erin @ Her Heartland Soul
Way to go on your run! How sweet of your dad to drive behind to be a light and your friend to bring you water and sweets. You are loved! <3
sally @ sweat out the small stuff
Your dad! FATHER OF THE YEAR! So awesome about the gloves too.
I wear heels about 2 times a year. Not a fan of how they feel. They do make my calves look great though.
Today I ran 4 miles and i smiled because my knee is feeling so much better. My entertainment was my head movies since my iPod wasn’t charged. I kept thinking about that expression if everyone put their troubles in a bowl they’d all take back their own.
I’m probably just going to have some tea and toast for dinner. Not feeling so hot.
your dad is adorable!! congrats on 22 miles. do you have a goal pace/finish time for Boston?
The Hungry Runner Girl
I have been training for a 3:05 which is around a 7:02 average pace! Hope you are having a great day!
Rachel Runs Music City
You are keeping my spirits up for my race the week after Boston! Thank you ma’am!
Heels: Maybe twice a year
Last Run was entertaining because the weather was finally nice!
Dinner will probably be out because I convinced my hubby to go to the gym with me. I always try to reward him for doing that :)
Erin @ Erin's Inside Job
Nice job! I am making a Blue Apron meal…something w flank steak? I would get up to check the actual name but if I go back to the kitchen I will shove more dates in my mouth and I just need to calm down for like 10 min haha.
I’ve been impressed by your training. You’ve stuck to the plan and I can’t wait to see how you do in Boston. I’m already planning to be as close to my computer as possible so that I can watch whatever coverage I can find. It’s the Super Bowl for runners! (Or maybe the Super Bowl is the Boston of football, hahaha!!)
The Hungry Runner Girl
Thank you so much Annette! I really appreciate you and yes… the Super Bowl is totally the Boston of football:) I like the way you think!
Awesome job on the 22! You have incredibly sweet parents!! Enjoy your post-run supper!
I never wear heels, ever. I’m actually shopping for heels for my bridesmaids, while I rock my super comfy pair of bridal TOMS :) I’m not super tall, I’m 5’9″, but I’ve always felt way too tall and awkward in heels. And I’m kind of clumsy ;)
Kate @ www.socalrunnergal.com
You nailed it (and we all knew you would). Your dad is the absolute SWEETEST. Seriously, reading that melted my heart.
Sweet shoes, Brooke.
Rheagan @ Hardly Awesome
I can’t even imagine having such a supportive group of friends and family. You are so lucky, and you are going to smash Boston!
Your dad sounds so awesome! That was very sweet of him to follow.
I’m a new blog reader, just found you about 2 weeks ago, and now I’m addicted! Reading your posts makes me so excited for you to run Boston! Is this your first time running it?
The Hungry Runner Girl
HEY ASHLEY!! Happy to have you:) Yes, this will be my first time running Boston. I can’t wait!!! I hope you are having a great day and thanks for commenting!
Your dad is the sweetest father ever. You are SO LUCKY. I get all choked up just thinking about it. Your course this morning was such great training for Boston. Smart move! Good luck in those heels this weekend. The last time I wore heels I fell down a flight of stairs in them, while carrying a glass of red wine, and to get my balance I smashed my glass of red wine against the wall. When I picked my (sober) self up off the ground, the staircase looked like a crime scene. I stick to flats now.
Jessica @ VEGGIE RUNNING MOMMA
brooke is already a classy dresser like you :)
I neverrr wear heels. I’m too tall for them. and I know you’re taller than me. so I shouldn’t even complain. lol
dinner tonight.. probably leftover Ravioli. I made it.!
Way to go – what a great run. You are ready-freddy for Boston!
My last run was with two friends so in between the chatting and stopping to walk through icy spots we were thoroughly entertained.
I am having lemon lentil soup for dinner, its really yummy!
I never wear heels – Ive probably tried twice in the last two years – we live in Alaska there is no point in heels up here!
Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious
I’m having my own cafe rio at home tonight. I made chicken and black beans in the crockpot. Just add all the toppings and I’m in my happy place!
I have 21 on the calendar tomorrow but I’m running it all by my lonesome, wish me luck! You are so beyond ready for Boston, just make sure you concentrate more on soaking up the experience than running a PR.
Aww your dad is so sweet! My last two runs were entertaining thanks to the amazing Patrick Jane and the mentalist show. :) totally into it right now.
We are eating cafe Rio for dinner! I am weird and love the Thursday tamales there. Yay for no cooking!
Congratulations! You’re going to rock Boston. I use to wear heals all the time but now that I’m a runner only when we go out on a date. I wear a lot of Cowboys boots with shorts and skirts for style & comfort. Dinner will be cereal because I had a monster spinach, chicken, mango, avocado salad for lunch! Coudos to your dad…he’s awesome!
Your parents are amazing! So sweet of your Dad to follow you today!
I don’t have interesting runs. Most of them are on the treadmill. When I run outside I do see a lot of deer, but other than that, I’m alone. My husband won’t run with me (only under duress), because I am faster. :)
Dinner tonight is grilled salmon, salad or roasted Brussels sprouts. But I am totally craving the fire roasted chicken salad from Cafe Rio, thanks!
You are SUCH an inspiration. Time to believe in Self.
I wear heels every so often…but usually not with my husband since he is just a smidge taller than me. So happy that your 20 miler went so well!! My 4 miler this morning on the treadmill seemed to fly by as I watched the latest about the European flight saga…so sad!
Dinner tonight is jasmine rice, homemade chicken tikka masala, and some Trader Joes garlic naan…mmmm!! And likely some Irish potatoes for dessert (google this – it’s delicious! coconut, cinnamon, powdered sugar and cream cheese!!)
Gretchen | gretchruns
Your dad is the sweetest! It’s so nice to have that support. Great job on your run! It’s so tough but satisfying to throw in lots of hills during long runs. Luckily I live in Pittsburgh where I can’t avoid hills, but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger/tougher/faster right???
I have friends who have done Boston. Even with all their training, their quads were jelly the next day.
I loved reading this! I’m training for the Salt Lake City half in April and I was just thinking the other day how crazy it sounds to my friends when I say I’m going to “go running for 1.5 hours”… Let alone 3 hours like you did! You are going to do so amazing in Boston!
Cafe Rio Nino quesadilla for the win!! My little guys favorite meal. Ours gives a strawberry instead of an orange.
Kristen @ Glitter and Dust
Definitely dad of the year. I’m sure he enjoyed helping you ladies out and making your run all the more better. :) Sounds like something my husband would do.
Today I did long hill repeats up and down a big hill in the middle of town. The cars made it fairly entertaining because I saw a few of the same vehicles multiple times and even got a couple “you’re still running up and down this” out the window. Love hill days.
Dinner… I can never decide when I have already eaten (I just had a pb&j sandwich). It will probably be a last minute decision.
Usually I have oatmeal with pb + banana before bed, but I switched it up to dinner. Later tonight => Ben and Jerry’s PB Cookie Core + Parenthood + Elmo snuggles!
Ha! I’m with you on the heels. When I worked I would wear wedges every week, but now that I’m not working i don’t even wear those unless I’m going somewhere (which is rare).
Dinner tonight is Thai coconut curry shrimp.
Great job on the 22 miler! I’m running a marathon on Sunday and I’ve been sick for the last month and sadly missed my 22…..so I’m feeling really nervous about this race.
The Hungry Runner Girl
Oh Laura!!! Good luck on Sunday and I am so sorry about how sick you have been. Hopefully you are better and you can enjoy your marathon!!
You are my inspiration. I wish I were as cool as you. I don’t even know if I can run my Half Marathon in June… :(
Good luck in Boston! You’re gonna rock it!
The Hungry Runner Girl
Nadia!!! I hope you aren’t injured and that you running is going great so that you can do your half marathon in a few months! Thank you and I hope you have a beautiful day!
Liz @ A Latte Running
You are seriously amazing! I am feeling so much more confident about my 10 miler tomorrow now that I now you run 22 and can keep going – I’ll channel my inner HRG ;)
The Hungry Runner Girl
You got it Liz! You are going to rock your 10 miles tomorrow wahooo!
Elle @ The Clean Project
Same here, I wear heels once or twice a year. I just love boots and flats so much more
Brooke @ sweats & sweets
Italian chicken bake is for dinner! So good and quick.
Jen - Sactown Runner
Outside of work, I wear my heels MAYBE 3 out of 365 days. A couple of weddings per year, and maybe my anniversary ;)
What made my last run entertaining was thinking about where the heck I left my Garmin. I thought about this my entire run last night, and planned out all the places I would look when I got home. It also (obviously) forced me to “run Garmin naked” as I described it to my husband. It is quite liberating and THAT made the miles fly by (not looking down at my mileage every 5 minutes!).
Hubby is out of town, so dinner will be chicken & veggies over rice leftovers for the kids and a salad for me. No need to cook up a big dinner! Have a great night!
Love your Dad!
Your dad is awesome!! I love that he not only drove y’all up but followed for a few miles to provide light!!!
You are crushing your training!!! Can’t wait to see you run Boston!
Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties
AHHH your dad is amazing for doing that!!! Man…. aren’t dads just the sweetest?!
Anne @ CandyCrazedrun.com
Dad’s are the best <3
I make a salad for lunch almost every day, but rarely for dinner if I am eating at home but tonight, I was alllll about one!
I'm a heel lover, actually, the only flats I own are boots and running shoes lol.
I wear heels all week long- Monday through Friday, and on date nights over the weekend. I don’t commute in them though- I have sneakers or sperrys for taking the train.
I live in heels. I am only 5’2″ so I like the height. If I can find a show with a little platform my feet are a little happier, though.
Your dad is pretty awesome. That’s a very dad thing to do.
Polly @ mytimerunner
WOW! Your dad ROCKS!!!! Most definitely BEST DAD EVER!!! So good to have such support! I am pretty sure he is one of your biggest fans!! I think you are going to ROCK BOSTON!!!
Linda @ The Fitty
For long runs, is it better to have company(you slow down more) or run by yourself(you’re lonely)?
Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola
I went out for dinner tonight and had pizza and calamari. So good. So bad.
I am a heels person and probably wear them once every weekend or so. But I just had knee surgery so right now I’m living in tennis shoes. How bad is it that the next time I go back to the doctor, my two main questions are when I can wear heels and take a bubble bath? Priorities.
Some of the other teachers wear heels.. However, I remind myself that I am here to teach, not be a model.
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Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out
friends who give you food at the end of the long runs= the best friends!
katie @ RAR
Girl- that pace you are a BEAST!!! And your dad is the sweetest!
I am new to Utah- had Cafe Rio once and wasn’t impressed- I need to give it another try!!! Getting my burrito enchilada style was a bad move
Katie @ http://www.runningaragnar.com
The Hungry Runner Girl
GIVE IT ANOTHER SHOT!!!
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What a beautiful run Janae! I had to slide my long run in midweek this week as well. Most entertaining thing was that my run buddy and I ran above a thick layer of fog and it was positively beautiful and blue sky sunny where we were over a thick sea of the fog that looked amazing.
Safe travels to San Fran! I’m just 5 hours north in Southern Oregon, if you road trip up, we can run together ;)
Rachel @ Blonde with a Chanse
Way to go on your run! You are so amazing and inspiring!!! I love the shoes that Brooke picked out! That girl can rock anything ;) I personally love heels so I try to wear them every Sunday and whenever I can during the week. Flat shoes are more practical most of the time with my baby girl though :)
Heels…once in a blue moon. Running on the treadmill is always entertaining around here with kids….that’s when they always seem to want to talk to me…while I have my earbuds in. For dinner we had baked pasta and homemade garlic bread. Goooood eatin. :)
I HATE heels! On my wedding day (my first wedding…) I wore tennis shoes! Best decision of my life – the shoes, not the wedding. Haha
Cheri @ Overactive Blogger
The beer I drank at mile 12 made my last run entertaining…
My last run was interesting because I did 2:30 intervals on a 12% incline on the treadmill for 30 minutes. I am training for the Pikes Peak Ascent in August and I am what would would call a “flat lander” lol. I will say that it made my remaining 0% incline seem like a peice of cake!!
One thing I really love about your blog is that you consistently show that running as a single mom takes a village, and you always show gratitude for your family and the small and large ways they support you. Being thankful and greatful make my life richer, and I relayer appreciate that you are so public in that way. So thanks.
I don’t usually comment but omg I had to! Your dad honestly is amazing. It made me so happy to read that he not only drove u girls but actually drove behind you to keep u safe! Dad of the year award for sure :) but shhh don’t tell my dad that ;)
Jacqueline @ Mam On The Run
Wow! Well done, fantastic – and that’s just your DAD!!
Well done to you too of course.
I KEEP buying heels and hardly ever wear them. When I do, I normally end up walking around in my bare feet. I’ve fallen into the trap of wearing Uggs all the time. My feet are going to end up as flat as flippers.
Enjoy your day
LeAnne @ This is my faster!
Great Job on your run!!!!! That’s fantastic and it’s so great that you have such an amazing support system :)
I wore heels for my baby sister’s wedding on the 21st. It was the first time in a long time that I had on heels for that long while standing. Never Again. The first problem was that they were not the most comfortable shoes in the world but I had limited options because I needed shoes to cover up my very sad looking nail-less toes. The second problem was that I needed to keep them on for pictures etc (and couldn’t take them off in between for fear I would not be able to get them back on!…even though I got them 2 sizes bigger than I would normally wear!!!!). It was a sad day for my feet but an amazingly happy day otherwise :)
So excited for you that you have made it through this training cycle without taking time off for injury. I hope to do that myself sometime soon. What a great support system you have.
Dads are the best! That’s so nice of him to make sure you got some light! :)
Congrats on an amazing run! Dad of the year award right there.
Are those compression socks that Rachelle is wearing? Soooo cute! Do you know where she got them?
I would give my right arm to be as speedy as you girls! :)
meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
I think I wear heels more in the summer because lately the winters have me stuck in snow boots! I am so ready for the warm weather :)
Your Dad is a superhero :)
Your dad is amazingly sweet!
I used to wear heels everyday but then I started work at a restaurant and only wore them once in a blue moon, but now that i’m in an office I’m slowly wearing them more and more.
Your run sounds amazing! I miss running outside (it’s still snowing here a bit and only 27 degrees today so i’ll stay inside a bit longer). My music really keeps me entertained during my runs and sometimes my boyfriend will sit next to the treadmill and chat with me while I run.
I’m not really sure what’s for dinner, but dessert will be home-made shamrock shakes because we’ve been able to avoid Mc’Donalds but i’m still craving some ice cream.. :p
Your dad is the best. Everyone needs a dad like him. I am blown away by the kindness and support you have all around!
Congratulations on that run, Janae. That sounds like the perfect preview of Boston. You are going to crush it!
Your Dad seems a lot like mine and they are indeed the BEST!
Wow that is a speedy long run … What are your time objective for Boston ?
Natalie @ Never Serious Blog
It’s so funny how house hunting makes you pay attention to little things! I was analyzing my friends homes in a whole new way when we were house hunting!
Your Dad ROCKS, Janae!
And no heels for me anymore. Used to wear them all the time (I’m short – or “fun sized” as my short friend likes to say) but after a few bouts of achilles tendonitis… I’m learning to embrace flats.
Jane @ 50statecanuck
OMG. I love your dad. He is the best!!
It’s still winter here so still doing a lot of treadmill runs…finished season 3 of Game of Thrones…seriously the best show EVER…so I am fully entertained while running on my TM!! :))
Oh my gosh!! Your dad!! How freaking sweet!!
And you ladies are a beast for doing 22 miles!! Good job!! :)
Your dad is so sweet!
I love heels and wedges – but if I know I’m walking a lot I don’t wear them, so I haven’t really been wearing them as much lately!