It felt like it had been forever since my last run with my favorite running buddy. Back in the day we used to run together almost every day and then between injuries/life we go way too long now without one another. Josse is also training for a HALF IRONMAN right now and rocking it. I’m so stoked for her. Maybe she can teach me how to swim and I can join her someday with her triathlons. Pre-blog days I did a few sprint/olympic triathlons and the swimming was a huge struggle for me but I loved the combination of running and biking.
Yesterday—> I did 5 miles with Josse and then 5 miles on my own. 10 miles = more than I have done in a long time and it felt extremely tough for that last 1.5ish miles but that is to be expected when you are trying to build up your mileage again. I always have the irrational fear when I am starting up training again for a minute that the speed/endurance won’t come back but then I remember that it always does but not without some good ol’ fashioned work which I’m excited about.
Brooke sported her Dr. Martens yesterday that I got for a few dollars back when she was a baby at Last Chance in Arizona. I waited a long time for her to be able to sport these:)
So Brooke has been begging for an umbrella now for months and she finally got one. We knew my sister was meeting us at the store but we didn’t know she was bringing donuts too… Brooke was quite thrilled.
His first ever taste of an apple fritter was a good one.
He also had his first taste of the swing life with Brooke.
Fast forward a few hours and my sister invited us over for her Cafe Rio copycat chicken. It was so so so so good.
Nope, still not raining.
And just a little 1 a.m. Pride and Prejudice.
A few Friday Favorites from around the web!
***I cannot wait to have a kitchen again because these customizable egg muffins will be my first creation***Love all of these quick healthy on the go breakfast ideas too***These Running Memes are the absolute best***a super fun musical strength workout***How Different Dog Breeds Fare As Running Partners***Brookies—> the first thing we are making in our new kitchen***and what my mom just sent over:
Don’t forget to send your running accomplishments into [email protected]! I am LOVING these and you all inspire me so much!
Jaclyn!!! “I love that my 4 year old son loves running as much as I do!!! One day he will be running half marathons with me!! We love the Disney races, because he is always greeted at the finish line by one of his favorite characters!!!”
Leah!!! “I ran my 8th half marathon in Hyannis, MA last weekend and ran with my brother the whole time. He’s a 3 hour marathoner and does an amazing job pushing me to do things I never thought I could do- like hitting a new PR of 1:40. I ran my very first half marathon 4 years ago in 2:15 and I’m so proud and grateful to have come so far. Definitely makes me think a BQ might be in my future! Here’s a picture of us right after we finished- feeling super strong!”
Jill!!! “My running accomplishment this week was running 16 miles on Sunday! That is the most I have run since training for my first full marathon in the fall of 2013. The weather was nice here in Minneapolis, around 55 and sunny! But it was windy as heck! I have a hard time with the mental aspect of long runs. I let myself walk too often so on this run, I let myself walk but only for 10-20 seconds compared to several minutes on other long runs. It really helped! I ran the 16 miles in the same amount of time it took me to run 14 miles the weekend before.”
Loribeth!!! “I ran my 6th half marathon this past weekend and set a PR by a full minute…1:58:09! I am usually around 2:05 and had not been sub 2 since 2014 so I was so excited! The weather was perfect and the crowds were amazing! For the inaugural running of this race, Chattanooga made it look easy- very proud of my city! I even made the front page of the paper, and out of hundreds of photos they took, that was pretty neat to see!!”
Hollie!!! “I ended up winning and setting the course record of 23:58 for the 4 miler. It was actually a big deal for me because my dream in college was to break 6 minute/miles in a cross country 6k but I was always injured which prevented that from happening.”
Lindsay!!! “I transitioned to a new position for work in December 2014. It turned out to be more than I had bargained for. I found myself working a solid 90-95 hours a week for the first 6 months of the job. As much as I didn’t want to be at work and hated that I had given up the one thing that kept me sane -running- I could not get out of the mess I had found myself in. During the week of the 4th of July 2015, I made a conscious decision that it was time for me to start taking care of myself again. I started running again- it was not pretty though. I was out of shape and didn’t think I would ever be to the point I had previously been as far as speed and ability. I also incoporated boot camp into my fitness regime, which included weight training and plyometrics. In the fall of 2015 I ran two marathons, two weeks apart, two and a half months after I resumed running. Both of my times were respectiable but I wanted more. I trained religiously through the cold and windy Midwest winter and just completed the Litlle Rock 5k and Marathon this past weekend. I ended up winning the 5k and running a PR marathon time of 3:19:41 the following day. I was so stoked!”
Samantha!!! “My running accomplishment so far this year was my run this morning. I am currently training of my second half marathon (it will be the Cellcom Half Marathon in Green Bay, WI). I had taken the majority of the winter months sort of off from running and was actively doing crossfit. Being that running gives me the best endorphins I started to really miss running. I have decided to go back to running with strength training mixed in a few times a week. Crossfit is great, but I think I have finally found the perfect balance for myself. Any who, I decided that I wanted to run 5 miles this morning instead of my scheduled 3. I needed longer than a half hour to decompress, spend some time with myself, relive some stress and gain mental clarity. I was able to run all my miles under 9:40/min (which for me in my second/third week of being back to running was exciting) and my last mile was right around 9 min. I was so proud of myself for not just stopping at 3 because that is what I was scheduled to run. I also pushed myself a little harder and got out of my comfort zone and sped up instead of slowing down at the end. (Reading all of these running blogs is really paying off). So for me, it is that my second training cycle is much easier than before and that I am really in the zone and that I ran my first 5 miles and LOVED IT. That’s what all of this is about anyway, really enjoying each mile, even if it gets painful sometimes!”
Madison!!! “I am 15 years old and my mother is a runner if you have ever seen one! She is definitely not a type A person unless it pertains to running! After struggling with a stress fracture a year and a half ago she hit the trails soon after. She made sure to come back stronger and healthier and with more appreciation for the sport and her body. She has run countless marathons, half-marathons and little races along the way. Running makes her happy! She hopes to qualify for Boston this spring, which is her longtime dream. My mother deserves this shoutout more than anyone I know! I love you mom and even though I am 3,000 miles away, you will always be my running buddy and best friend!!!!!!!!!!!”
Triathlons? Have you done any? If not—> Is it something you want to try out?
Who is your go-to running partner?
Have you ever done a Disney race?
What are you most looking forward to this weekend?
I can’t believe how long Brooks hair is getting.
I remember when my parents got me my first umbrella with a face on it. We were living overseas at the time and the “umbrella to buy” was something similar but it had a frog face with pop up eyes. Why I remember this umbrella so well…I don’t remember…ha.
You inspire us with your running accomplishments Janae and your ability to train so consistently with everything you have going on in your life.
Ellen @ Tale of Two Runs
Congrats on your accomplishment Hollie :) :) :)
Amanda B @ Cupcakes & Miles
Ah! I so love reading everyone’s accomplishments!
I have never done a triathlon. I always assumed i would graduate from marathons and either do tris or ultras, and at this moment I’m leaning towards the ultra side of things. I want to do my first 50-miler end of this year/beginning of next. :)
My favorite running partner is my baby sister. She is in the Navy and is stationed in Oklahoma. I’m so excited because my mom and I are flying out tonight to spend a long weekend with her! I can’t wait to catch up out on the trails.
Happy Friday! Enjoy your weekend!
Staci | Hoosier Running Mom
I love reading about everyone and their running accomplishments. Just seeing the picture of little man with that apple fritter made me need one in my life! I only have another 6 weeks of training until I can get one! haha!
Karien @ Running the Race
Ahhhh, such awesome accomplishments! Well done, ladies (and little dude!)!
Love all these accomplishments!!! But, oh my…..Brooke and her Docs are adorable!!!
Lisa @ Lisa the Vegetarian
The thing I’m most looking forward to this weekend is resting! Life has been insanely hectic lately. And there’s one good reason I could never do a triathalon: I can’t swim!
Melissa @ See Dav Run
My go-to running partners are either my best friend (we used to teach together and run after school) or my BF. He’s crazy fast, but has moderated and runs with me now.
Never done a triathlon and not sure they’re for me. Swimming is my weak link.
This weekend, I’m doing my second half of the year with a ton of friends. It’s supposed to pour rain :)
I need an apple fritter this weekend…..
I haven’t done a triathlon (not a strong swimmer) but my husband and I race duathlons, run/bike/run. A lot of triathlon races offer this race option alongside on race day. You should look into them!
Love everyone’s accomplishments!!
* Triathlons are the best! Or at least, for me, on par with running. I love how supportive and encouraging the triathlon community is. After joining Instagram, I started to feel a lot of (self-imposed) pressure to start doing bigger races, but I’m really happy to stick with the Sprints for this summer, and maybe work up to a half-Iron eventually :)
* No running partner – I do all my training alone, and then it’s always extra fun to run with people during a race.
* I fell running last week, and have been babying my knee ever since. I’m excited to try doing a short run this weekend if my knee feels okay. And if not, I’ll have extra time to do a nice long swim. Have a great weekend!
Gretchen | Gretchruns
I have a triathlon on my list of goals before I turn 30! I’m thinking next year will be the year of the tri..this year is the year of the marathon so we’ll see what happens. This weekend I’m looking forward to RELAXING! This year has been so busy and stressful so far so I just want to sleep in, get in my runs, and chill.
Sarah @ SarahRuns26
I did the Goofy Challenge a few years ago (Half marathon on Saturday, full on Sunday). It was fun, but I was disappointed that there weren’t that many spectators. Overall a great race though! My legs were feeling it around miles 20 of the marathon though!
Most excited to be outside this weekend! We are supposed to have great weather! And sleep. I’m always excited for sleep on the weekends!
Love Brooke’s Dr. Martens! They are so cute! Also love Pride and Prejudice. Could watch that movie hundreds of times and not get bored.
Never done a Disney race but it’s definitely on the bucket list.
Sally @ sweat out the small stuff
I did one triathlon. It was an all women’s beginner friendly event. And considering I don’t know how to swim and I have a fear of the ocean I am proud that I completed it. I did the doggie paddle and panicked for 300 meters in the ocean. Lol.
I’m looking forward to spending time with my boyfriend this weekend. I miss him.
It never fails! So far every week you’ve posted these accomplishments I’ve read them and cried. I love them so much! Way to go everyone!
Thank you for saying you have the irrational fear that speed/distance won’t come back. I keep telling myself that my “speed” (can we really call it that? hahah) will come back now that my hips are healed and I’m doing speedwork on a weekly basis again, but it’s so easy during hard runs (like last night) to think “It’s all over! The world is over and I’ll never get back to my old paces!”
I am tearing up over the girl cheering her mom on! I feel like as moms we can’t help but wonder how our running affects our kids…so nice to see things like that! Also the 4 year old running melts my heart :)
My go-to running buddy is my friend Andrew. I love our loops at the lake!
I am looking forward to froyo this weekend and going with my sister to buy her wedding dress. She is going to be the prettiest bride EVER!! :)
I’ve done one sprint triathlon, I loved it but I also have struggles with the swimming :) I have always wanted to do a half and then full Ironman (it’s on my bucket list) so maybe someday, if I can get in a lot of practice in the pool!
This weekend I am going to visit my parents! So excited to visit my childhood home :)
Laura @ This Runner's Recipes
Such awesome accomplishments! I love it when kids get into running!
No triathlon for me—I’m awful at swimming!
Kaci @ Kaci K. RD2Be
I love the running accomplishments and especially love the one from the girl about her mom! My mom is my running partner too and I’m so lucky she puts up with my crazy ideas (let’s run a half! let’s run in DisneyWorld!) So yes, I’ve done a Disney race-the Glass Slipper Challenge in 2015. My mom is actually training for her first triathlon and I’m so proud of her. I would do it with her but (1) I can’t swim (2) I can’t bike (3) I’ll hopefully be preggers by the race so I’ll be cheering her from the sidelines instead.
Brooke and her umbrella, that is too cute. It’s the little things, right?
Congratulations to all the running accomplishments!
A triathlon and a Disney race are definitely on my bucket list. I need to work on the swimming as well though.
This weekend I’m looking forward to bowling with friends and traveling to visit with family for a week.
I have done a few duathlons (run-bike-run) and loved it! I just wish I had more time to road bike. Running is easier to fit in my schedule. My husband is my favorite running partner but with a little one and no family around we get to go on a run together maybe 3 times a year. But it is a treat! I am also having a hard time finding friends willing to run at 5am haha
Thing I’m most looking forward to this weekend –> I have a 20 mile race tomorrow in Salem, MA. Wish me luck!!!!! I’m very very excited but as always, very very nervous too. This will be a good indicator of my fitness for Boston. Hoping to score a half marathon PR during the race tomorrow too!!!
How sweet of you to mention other people’s accomplishments.
And I love the first Mom who actually runs Disney WITH her child! She is awesome in my book. :)
Those Dr. Martens, adorable!
Meredith @ the cookie chrunicles
I really want to run a Disney race! I always say so- it’s just hard as a single mom. I would never go without my son but would need someone to watch him while I run so would need to plan to being my parents or someone which involves a lot of planning and money for everyone just so I could run a race. One of these years I’ll plan our Disney trips around a race !
Cori @ She's Going the Distance
tri’s would be super fun to get into eventually or when i need a break from running.
Steph @ loveandlunge
Such amazing accomplishments! Congrats to all!
Fun fact: I have never run with anyone else. I’ve been running for years and for some reason I have never gotten around to do a run with someone else. I ran with my bf once, but he gave up half way in, so it was kind of a bust haha.
I’m excited to have nice weather for once this weekend! I’m thinking a fair amount of outdoor time is in my future and I’m stoked.
My go-to running partner is my sister or BF! Running buddies are the best! And I have done a sprint tri before and loved it, although the training and prep were a lot of work! I have resorted to just running since then, but am thinking about another tri some time. Have a great weekend!!
Disney races sound so fun. Every time I hear about them it makes me want to do one some day.
Warm weather this weekend. Makes me happy. Picnics and garden work are so far the plan.
Love the accomplishments – special shout out to Lindsay! Are you still working that 95-hour work week?!
Are you following your own training plan now Janae or back with your coach? You’re right, I felt the same way coming back from mileage but after a few weeks, couple of months, you start to feel fitter again. Why time do you get up in the morning!? I have an awful habit of staying up late but have to be up by 6:30 again for work and my body and mind hates me for it. :0
I saw Pride and Prejudice on Netflix this week and added it to my list of things to watch haha. This weekend my husband is out of town so I’m planning on watching a lot of chick flicks and naturally partying it up!
Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious
I was training for my first triathlon in 2014, but then a cycle of injuries and health issues prevented me from doing it. Now I can’t run due to a hip problem that need surgery. I could probably walk the run portion, but I don’t know. It doesn’t feel the same. I’m happy where I am right now not racing and just maintaining my fitness. Not everything always has to be about races. Sometimes we just need to live life!
Kristen @ Glitter and Dust
I have always wanted to run a Disney Race. Someday. It’s definitely on my bucket list. It would probably be one of the only races I would take time to enjoy and not try and run for time.
Right now I am training for an Ironman, so I am very involved in all things triathlon. ☺ I love the bike and run legs. Swimming for me is all about survival.
Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona
Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books! My favorite movie version is the one with Colin Firth. Whenever I see him in something else I still think of him as Mr. Darcy.
I miss having running buddies! We moved a couple years ago and I still have no one to run with. Well, except my baby. ;-)
I would love to do a tri someday, but I can’t swim. Really cannot swim. So I feel you on that!
Meep!! Thanks for posting my accomplishment!! Having my son love running as much as me makes my heart smile!! Disney Runs are the best, we have done 3 already!! Each time, more fun than the other!!
Jessie @ The Acquired Sass
I completed my first ever tri last September, I had so much fun! And I ended up running a PR HM shortly afterwards with less training than I thought I needed. I broke a 2+ year old PR. So I will definitely be completing more TRIs. They’re a blast & I love that they’re built in cross training. So hard to get bored with that much variety.
Amanda @ Exploring Life & Things
If I knew how to swim for more than like 30 seconds at a time I’d be interested in triathalons :) Haha. My friends used to call me “mermaid Manda” because I can not swim for the life of me haha.
Favorite running buddy is my sister! And doing a Disney race is on my running bucket list to do someday.
I did my first olympic triathlon last summer and loved all of the variety that came with training! I can’t wait to do another (or two) next year. The swim was by far the hardest for me too, I couldn’t swim more than 4 laps without stopping when I first started training. Once the swim portion was over I knew I could finish.
My mother-in-law is in town for the weekend so I am looking forward to spending time with her! I am NOT looking forward to losing an hour :/
Pride and Prejudice – great movie! Looking forward to first puppy class tomorrow with my new best friend – Puppy Regis! I know you love Brooke… my new puppy is like my child. I am ridiculously in love.
Ellen @ Tale of Two Runs
Running buddies are the best!!!!
Rachel @ Simply Rachel Nicole
I have never done a Disney race, but would love to! They sound so fun! This weekend I am really excited to go to a baseball game, rugby game, and dinner with friends. :) Oh and I wanted to tell you that I went to the Provo Bakery a couple of weeks back and get an apple fritter and it was incredible! Thank you so much for the recommendation! :)
My training partner just had a baby so we haven’t run together since early October. I run with other teammates whom I adore but I miss Jess. We have a similar pace and enjoy catching up on our runs.
My husband is having his final surgery on Monday so my weekend is mostly all about whatever he wants. Except for my mani/pedi on Sunday, I need a little me time.
I was scheduled to do my first half-marathon in Disney but I had a stress-fracture in my hip. Turned out to be cold, snowy and disgusting weather. I also had a sinus infection so when I woke up at 3:30 a.m. to take my meds I was pretty happy I wasn’t going out to run a half. I haven’t tried to do one since.
I haven’t tried to do a Disney half – next weekend is my 10th half.
Those Docs are amazing! So cute.
I have done two sprint tri’s and would do more! They were both lake swims, though, because I am afraid of ocean swims! I’m not the strongest swimmer, so I feel like the last thing I need is the current pushing at me.
Kate @ SoCal Runner Gal
Happy Friday, Janae!
My go-to running partner for this training has been my friend Sheri. We’re both run coaches so we kind of coach eachother which has been fun. She is completely reliable so I pop out of bed at 5am on the weekends knowing she’ll be at my place at 6am sharp. It’s so nice to have that accountability. I’ve come to depend on it as well as her super positive energy.
I’m 15 and living in Belfast so this is the first year I can try out a sprint triathlon – I’m thinking of signing up for the Belfast one in July and just finished my 20k cycle :)
My dads my running partner but he’s far faster!
I love your blog and you’re such an inspiration!!!
(You’re both gorgeous and I’m very jealous of all Brooke’s hairstyles!)
Those shoes are the cutest!!
Thanks for posting the success of others! Great job everyone! Thanks for keeping me motivated!
I ran my first Marathon a couple weeks ago. I did NOT train. The furthest I ran was 4 miles. I was prepared to defer it or drop it to a lower distance, but apparently missed the cut off. I either ran it or was out the money. I don’t like being out the money!! Also, I was REALLY sick with this nasty cough and achey stuff going around. I put the theory of a fellow runner to the test. He told me he runs whenever and however far. He does not have a training plan because he claimed “the marathon is only a mental game”. I think there is a lot to that because I did NOT train at all and was sick but I finished. My time was terrible, but I did complete my first full after running 9 halves… What do you think? Mostly mental?
Those “brookies” look amazing!
My go-to running partner is my black lab – Lucky. He is always willing to get outside for a run, and I know he loves it as much as I do. He has been pretty bummed lately because I am training for a sprint tri, and he can’t go to the pool with me :) The tri is April 9th, and this swimming thing is very humbling – hardest part by far. I have acquired mad kickboard skills though!
Ultra Run Couple @UltraRunCouple
Todd is, of course, my best running buddy!
We are very excited to be back to blogging starting today and also that tomorrow we are going to get to do our first long run since early February!
So honored to be featured in your running accomplishments section – man do I run on with words sometimes or what!
I am looking forward to a longer run this weekend with a friend I have not seen in over a year! We used to work together and I moved closer to where she lives now and she is training for her first half!!!! I am so excited.
Not excited about losing sleep.
I am so fortunate to have running buddies, not many live near me, but when we visit each other we are sure to get a run in with one another.
I am training for a half ironman also! I have done a couple sprint tris and going to do an Olympic this summer in prep for the HIM! I am not the best swimmer but trying to work hard. Hard when I am a strong runner and see improvement there but not really in the swim, definitely working on my form. I like the challenge though and my new road bike!
My running partner is my dog Belle, a german short haired pointer. She is listed as a half marathon dog but she could totally do a marathon, she does my 20 milers with me and still ready to play when we get home!
I did the Dopey challenge in 2015 for my honeymoon. I am trying to run a marathon in all 50 states and my husband was nice enough to let our honeymoon revolve around a race, plus I am a huge Disney fan and we had a Disney themed wedding!
This weekend is my birthday on Sunday so yes excited for the weekend. Going to a symphony orchestra concert playing Disney music and dinner with the family. After I run and ride my bike of course.
I’m in the process of training our latest rescue pup, Harley Quinn, to be my running partner. She’s an 8 months old Shepherd/Heeler mix (perhaps some Belgian Malinois) and progressing extremely well; however I’ve had to develop her endurance relatively slowly.
At the beginning of December she had to have FHO surgery on her right-hind leg, so I want to make sure I don’t work her too hard, too quick.
Coincidentally, this morning ended the fourth consecutive week we’ve walked a minimum 3.25 miles every morning before work (usually a little longer on the weekends).
The way I see it we’ll begin doing intervals in April and continue on from there.
My dog is certainly the best running partner I could hope for! She’s always ready to go, stays positive the whole time, helps me keep a steady pace, and makes me remember that running should be pure fun! She’s not a conventional running breed – she’s a 50 pound boxer, but she runs up to 10 miles at a time and about 25 miles a week!
I usually run alone….When my one sister and I end up at our parents’ at the same time, we run together. It’s always fun! Last time was before Christmas and we ran into Santa! We got a selfie with Santa….did you know he carries a selfie stick?
Love the running accomplishments! I hope to have something exciting to submit someday.
Love Brooke”s shoes! I used to buy things I loved for my girls years ahead of time so they would have them. They are 11 and 9 now…they don’t want my help picking out clothes anymore except when it’s time to pay. I need to check out thread up.
I love reading about everyone’s running accomplishments! Such a fun and inspiring thing to add to your blog weekly, Thanks!!
Is your friend doing St George 70.3 by any chance?! I am and I’d love some restaurant suggestions, if you have time :-)
Madison’s post for her mom brought tears to my eyes! <3