Nothing like a dance party in the car to start your day off on the right note. I feel pretty lucky that I was able to move back to Utah a few years ago so that I get to see them grow up. I would have missed out on so much if I would have had to stay in California.
I had a 6 mile run (8:34 pace) on the treadmill today. I dressed in my best ‘spring is here’ gear. My next race is 3.5 weeks away and I don’t feel ready at all but that is part of the excitement right? My goal is to improve with each race that I do starting with this first one in May and by the end of fall I’ll be feeling ready:)
We went home to do a little yoga and Brooke joined me… her hamstrings are a lot more flexible than mine are.
We grabbed a quick lunch and then hit up gymnastics.
And just now we split a Swig sugar cookie to celebrate Wednesday
Boston is just 5 days away! Last year was my first year running Boston (I was supposed to go a few years ago too but found out I had stress fractures a right before the race so I didn’t make it out) and it really was an experience I will never ever forget. I’m not going to lie… I sure wish I was going again this year. But I’ll just live through everyone else running it by checking their social media 50392 times that day. I sure hope that they have a lot better weather than we did last year too;)
I think my biggest tip for Boston is to really take in every step you take over the entire weekend. Everything from the expo to talking to everyone else out there celebrating the marathon to feeling proud of your accomplishment to the bus ride and wait at the starting line to the amazing signs along the course to the people passing out candy to all of the landmarks along the course to the adorable towns you run through to the crowds going crazy for 26.2 miles. At least go a few miles of the race without your music so you can take it all in. Next time I run Boston I’m going to forget my watch too because I just want to celebrate the experience and soak in it. I think turning left onto Boylston Street and seeing the finish line and being overwhelmed by all of the emotions, cheering and people is one of my all-time favorite memories.
I remember at the point below being ridiculously cold but I probably should have dressed a tiny bit warmer for the race.
I think one of the hardest parts about Boston is figuring out your eating before you start. Hopefully, if you are running Boston you were able to practice with a few later start long runs to practice your nutrition. This is generally what I try to do in situations like the late start Boston time.
GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE AT BOSTON IN A FEW DAYS!! I’m beyond stoked for you!!!
So tomorrow I’ll be at the dentist for a good amount of the day. I don’t know if I ever told you about this but back when I was in high school I had a tumor on the inside of my mouth right by my lower teeth. They had to remove it and took out a whole lot of gums with it… they warned me that there would be some issues with those teeth by the tumor later on in life and the time is now. Good thing dentists are cheap;) Okay, they aren’t. I’ll be getting a tooth implant… fun stuff.
Also, Brooke had her first soccer injury (she fell and hit her head) yesterday and I am positive I cried more than she did over it.
Thought I would share my current running playlist this week just in case anyone needs some new tunes that are extremely random:
Try Everything by Shaklra (I’ve missed her!)
Me, Myself and I (clean version for sure!!!) by G Eazy
Don’t Let Me Down by The Chainsmokers (sorry for telling you about this one too much:)
Never Forget You by Zara Larsson
Chasing Waterfalls by TLC (taking it way back…..)
Gangsta’s Paradise (sometimes the old stuff is the best stuff)
Hallelujah by Panic at the Disco
WHO IS RUNNING BOSTON THIS YEAR? When do you get there? How are you feeling?
Which race has been your most memorable race?
What is your pre-race eating routine like?
Any songs that you are loving a lot right now?
Hoping all goes well at the dentist!!!!!
Boston last year was the wettest and coldest I have ever been! I was totally dressed wrong. I am running again this year and hoping for better weather. It also rained in 2007 when I ran it. Hoping the third time is the charm!!! Looking forward to carbon loading come Friday!!!!
The Hungry Runner Girl
Seriously… I don’t think I have ever been colder in my life either! AHHHH GOOD LUCK ON MONDAY and please please please let me know how it goes and I’ll carbo load in honor of you:)
Oh, implants are awesome things but can be rough at the beginning. I’m not a dentist, but my dad is and I assisted on them several times. Good luck! I’m sure it will all turn out great.
I wish I could say I’ve ran boston but I havent. I did go to Boston several years ago. Maybe someday I’ll make it back to run it.
The Hungry Runner Girl
Okay, that seriously would be awesome to see a tooth implant done and to help out… now I’m curious what they do for the whole thing ha. Let’s go back the same year!
If you have any questions you can email me. I won’t be able to tell you exactly what would happen, but I might be able to give you an idea.
My most memorable race was last year. I ran the Pocatello Half Marathon with my 8 year old son. At the start he looked at me with tears in his eyes and said ” I can’t believe I’m actually doing this”. He ran an incredible race! So very proud of him.
The Hungry Runner Girl
Okay, your comment gave me the biggest goosebumps. I love it so much and I’m amazed that your 8 year old ran a 1/2 marathon! WOW!! So cool that you two did that together!
@Annie McGee is running!! The crew is headed out to cheer her on, celebrate all her hard work and take in the Good vibes! I’m so excited to see it all!!
The Hungry Runner Girl
AHHH YAY!! Enjoy every second!! GO ANNIE!!!
THANK YOU!…Jen and I secretely wish you were running too…because we may or may not have stalked you at the expo to get a picture!! I am totally taking your advice and thinking of not wearing a watch….I am coming off an injury anyhow so I am not expecting anything fast! Might as well soak it up!
Laura @ This Runner's Recipes
I hope all goes well at the dentist! My most memorable race is a toss up between my most recent (Lake Sammamish Half). I felt so strong, beat my goal time, and the course was beyond beautiful! I now eat whole grain toast with honey and a banana 2 hours before a race. Easy on the stomach and full of carbs!
Sally @ sweat out the small stuff
I feel your pain about the dentist. I drop thousands of dollars yearly. It’s crazy. My dentist always reminds me that all my dental work has a certain lifespan and like cars sometimes you have to repair the same part more than once.
I’m obsessed with No by Megan Trainir too. I made sure to start and end my half marathon Sunday with it :)
My most memorable race was the nj marathon in 2014 when I finished 10 min faster than my prior PR. And of course running the NYC marathon 3 times as well.
In my dreams I’ll be running Boston this year! Fun fact: My best friend’s little brother is the lead singer of Panic at the Disco! :)
The Hungry Runner Girl
WHAT?!?!?! Oh that is seriously so so cool… I’ve loved Panic since high school:)
Yeah crazy huh?! She was my roommate in college! I’ve slept in his bed…when he wasn’t there of course haha
The Hungry Runner Girl
Okay, seriously that is so so cool!
I had to jump in on your comment (sorry!) I am OBSESSED with Panic! At the Disco!!!!!!!!!!! :) :)
haha no worries! It’s just my small claim to fame :)
I ran NYC Marathon last November and it is hands down the most memorable race to date. The circumstances that led to me even putting in for the lottery; drawing on the first try; training while working full time and trying to parent teenagers; the challenge of getting to the start line and almost missing my assigned start; the non-stop crowds; high fiving countless random strangers; calling my husband in a panic at mile 6 asking what side of the road he was one so I could find him at mile 8; realizing at mile 23 that I wasn’t going to get my sub-4hour goal; having a little pity party and then deciding that I was going to get over it and enjoy the fact that I was running the NY Marathon; seeing my husband and sister as I entered Central Park at Columbus Circle; wanting to walk SO BADLY at mile 26, starting to slow down and having a blonde spectator in a white shirt yell “Hey! You do not want to walk right now, finish strong!” so I did!; crossing the finish line at 4:03; receiving my medal; making the never ending trek through the finisher corals and collapsing into my husbands arms sobbing, so relieved that it was over.
Even now nearly 6 months later I get teary eyed thinking about it. It was something that I never thought I would do, but so proud of myself for doing and leaving everything out on the course. That race will forever hold a piece of my heart.
I’m running Boston for my first time this year and am so excited! Taking a red eye from Los Angeles Friday night, so hopefully get some sleep on the flight ! I’m hoping for better weather this year too :) Thought you may appreciate this, they just opened a Cafe Rio in my town this past weekend and I have a buy one get one half off coupon – SCORE! I’ve never had it before, there aren’t too many in Southern CA.
The Hungry Runner Girl
AHHHHH GOOD LUCK ON MONDAY!! Please let me know how it goes Heather and SLEEP on that flight:) Yay for a Cafe Rio… you better report back to me about how it goes!
I think almost all of my halfs were memorable for one reason or another.
I have an implant, are they removing the tooth and inserting the post tomorrow? It was a little more intense than I expected but by the next day it was ok. The doc said I could go to work after and the assistant shook her head. She said, “you could but you probably wouldn’t want to.” She was correct. It is not horrible, ibuprofen helped.
Last year’s Boston was defiently not ideal…but better than running in the heat in my opinion! I was dressed perfectly for the weather…but yeah…finishing was a shock to my system.
I was supposed to be heading up this Friday to run my 5th Boston, but won’t be making it to the starting line — I cant say I’m disappointed..because it’s for a very good reason! But I can admit I will miss the expo, the buzz of the city, the camaraderie of the runners, walking across the finish line before the race, the shopping, the food!
Thanks for the playlist — waterfalls had been on one of my yoga teachers playlist and has been stuck in my head since!
Good luck at the dentist!!!! I think the worst part (besides the expense) is sitting in tht chair for hours with your mouth wide open!
My most memorable race was Ogden half last May, rained the entire time and I’ve never been so miserable.
The Hungry Runner Girl
I WAS THERE FOR THAT TOO…. Oh my goodness. It took me a few days to warm up after that one!
Bae is running the Boston marathon and aiming for sub-2:30, so if anyone is wondering where I will be during race time, it is probably crying and watching the race in a corner (I can’t go see him race and my stomach is always in knots when he runs).
Pre-race is always a pack of maple brown sugar oatmeal and some oyster/saltine crackers. Post race is a stack of pancakes. During race, is nails and grit ;)
You can’t stop me-Andy Mineo. This song= how to turn an easy run to a tempo real quick (that pun was not intended but also, intended)
The Hungry Runner Girl
AHHHH KAYTLIN!!! That is seriously so so exciting!! Please let me know how he does and send in any pictures:) Enjoy every second! Oh I am off to check off that song.. thank you!!!
Good luck with the dentist!
My most memorable race was Chicago last year – first marathon ever. I was so excited at packet pick up that i started tearing up – the nice man handing out the packets thought I was scared – and he started telling me not to worry, that I could do it – it was so sweet. I was just super excited, that’s all. At some point during the race I was smiling while running but didn’t realize it until some spectators started calling out to me.
Really hoping to get into Chicago again this year. I want to give it another go!
Kate @ Kate Lives Healthy
I’m not running Boston but am volunteering at the finish on the Medical Team. I can’t wait to experience the energy of all the runners! Good luck at the dentist…I always dread going there :)
Boston last year was awful! You must have been so cold. :( I was there supporting my boyfriend as he ran his 458734958th Boston (or something like that) and he was dressed similarly. I remember him being almost hypothermic and taking a LONG hot shower afterwards! I’m heading up there again this year to support him and other friends who are running, as well as to selfishly get some motivation of my own. I need to shave 13 mins off my marathon PR to get a 3:35 BQ, so I’m training for that to happen in June of this year. I think my most memorable marathon was when I got my first sub-4 at Big Cottonwood in Utah, 2014. :)
Good luck at the dentist! That does not sound like too much fun! My pre-race eating routine is pretty simple – 3 hours before, eat a banana, drink a cup of coffee, and drink a bottle of water. I doubled this for my marathon (though I had two espressos instead of coffee…) and it worked out really well!
CIM b/c it was my Boston qualifier. I’d only decided the night before my race that I was going to try and managed to PR by 8min. Boston b/c my husband proposed to me at the finish line and lastly the 2013 NYC marathon b/c it was my first marathon post-baby (12wks to train!) I stopped at mile 18 to nurse her (I def got some funny looks and a newspaper photographer saw me and actually wanted to interview me) and still managed to finish in 4hrs.
Good luck at the dentist! I have to go in 2x next month to have 5 silver fillings replaced b/c they’ re starting to cause fracture lines in my teeth so they’ve got to be done. I hate dental work!
The Hungry Runner Girl
You decided the night before to go for it and PRed by 8 minutes?!? Amazing! OH I LOVE that your husband proposed to you at the finish line! And your 2013 NYC marathon… ummm wow. What a good mama! Good luck next month at the dentist. I hear ya… dental work is the worst!
Sam @ See Sam Run
Elastic Heart is one of my favorite running jams. I love how sometimes songs that are a little slower can really get you going. My most memorable race was the Baltimore Half Marathon last year. I ran a disappointing time (for myself) but finishing by running through the Camden Yards ballpark made it all worth it. I have so many memories there that it was the perfect place to finish a hard race!
Amanda @ Exploring Life & Things
My most memorable race was probably my first half marathon or a half I ran in Chicago. I feel like races that I travel for are always way more exciting for me haha.
I loveeee that Chainsmokers song! I listen to it on repeat during speed workouts haha.
Good luck at the dentist! I’m a dental hygienist so I love to read things about teeth (weird) :) You’ll do great, they’ll keep you comfortable!
Most memorable race for me was the Beach to Beacon in Cape Elizabeth, Maine – a 10k a did last August! You reach the finish line and then have to walk up a huge grassy hill to get a bottle of water…I’ve never appreciated a drink of water so much. The course is beautiful and challenging!
Rachel @ Simply Rachel Nicole
Thank you so much for sharing your playlist! I have been trying to find some new running songs. The ones that I have been listening to are definitely getting old ha! I hope your dental work goes well. I know that is no fun. :(
I really wish I could figure out a way in order to eat before a race. I unfortunately struggle with TERRIBLE IBS and if I eat anything before or during the race I am asking for “runs” during the race and then a day curled over in pain after the race. Maybe you can give some guidance as you have struggled with some stomach issues over the years!
Missy @Miles with Missy
I’m running my first Boston this year!! I am so darn excited!! I’m thinking of leaving my watch at home so I can just enjoy the whole thing, regardless of the numbers. Twin Cities Marathon is one of the most memorable races because it was my qualifier. The whole run was incredible! I leave for Boston on Friday! Good luck at the dentist!
me too! I am in wave 2 corral 8 and dont plan to run aynwhere as fast as I am supposed to!! haha oh well!
I’m in wave 3, corral 3…anyone else? I am not going to be anywhere close to my qualifying time…and I’m okay with that;P Good luck ladies! P.S. I qualified at TC too Missy!
Thank you for sharing these songs, I am in the middle of building a new playlist!
I was just listening to Gangsta’s Paradise yesterday! When I was in elementary school I didn’t listen to pop music hits, but my mom bought the Best of the Grammys 1996 and that song was on it. Such a good throwback!
Running Boston must be such an incredible experience. I’m pretty sure I’ll only ever get to run it if I join a charity team, which I am totally not against. I’m fundraising for Chicago again this year, but I don’t know if I’d survive the hills of Boston! ;)
I’m running Boston for the first time this year! I love your comment about leaving your watch at home. My coach told me to do the same thing and emphasized taking the crowd in and as my friend wisely told me to aim for “the time of my life.” Technology can be our friend and our foe.
I’m so fortunate to be living in Boston a few blocks from Boylston, and even more fortunate to have been training on those Newton hills. I get goosebumps thinking about taking a right on Hereford and left on Boylston!
I’m getting an implant at the end of the month…not looking forward to it. Good luck! I’d lu e to hear about your experience…I’m so nervous!
I have to get an implant in 2 weeks. Thank you for paving the way for me!
Add it to the list of things that are the same between us.
I hope your dental procedure goes well!! Will be thinking about you!!
I fly to Boston tomorrow night!!! Eeeek!!! This will be my second Boston, last year was also my first. It has been my most memorable marathon experience, by far! Such a wonderful weekend…start to finish!! I actually dressed like you did last year, and was so frozen by the end! Weather might just be better this year…praying so hard for this!!! Hehe! 3:17:32 was my finish time…I was right on your tail ;)
Tedi @ Running With Infertility
The hubs bought the best song EVER a few weeks ago, and I have listened to it on repeat for countless hours! Including my workouts! “Dying for You (feat. Lindsey Stirling & Alex Aris)” by Otto Knows. SO so good!
Jess W. @ Run Life Co.
Great playlist!! I’m stuck on Sugar by Robin Schulz and Freaks by Timmy Trumpet right now!
Don’t let me down is absolutely on my play list right now as well! So good! I also just added Team by Iggy Azalea and messin around by pitbull (you can’t go wrong with pitbull!)
I always put throw backs on my playlist too! This time I put got to give it up by Marvin gaye and back that thang up by juvenile! (Very odd combinations I know, but terribly fun to run to)
Ok, this is weird. My name is also Janae. I live in Utah. I ran Boston for the first time last year. My parents even got me a white toy poodle when my older sister left for college. Here is where it really gets weird. About 7 years ago I had a tumor removed from the bottom left side of my jaw (ameloblastoma).
The Hungry Runner Girl
OKAY WHAT?!?!?! For real…. we are meant to be best friends!?!? What part of Utah?? What was your poodle’s name? Seriously, this makes my night!
I’m running my first Boston this year and am SO excited! It has been a lot of hard work to get to this point and I’m hoping for a PR but will be happy to fully enjoy the experience. I’m thrilled with the weather forecast. Coming from Mexico, I am much better prepared for a warm day than a cold day! Oh and I’m being a rebel and wearing my jacket as I travel tomorrow. I have too few chances to wear it with the heat where I live so I’m going to wear it proudly all weekend!
You moving back to Utah was just meant to be kiddo.
Here is a beautiful song for your playlist…
Thank you for sharing your playlist! Right now I’m really into America’s Sweetheart by Elle King, Leather Jacket by the Arkells, Breathing Underwater by Metric and anything by the Foo Fighters, especially Best of You and Next Year.
I hope all goes well at the dentist! I had to get a tooth implant this year (my front tooth!!) and honestly, it was not as bad as I thought it was going to be and most people can’t even tell!
Your descriptions of Boston made me so excited! It is a dream of mine to run Boston one day.
Have a lovely day!
I was lucky enough to run Boston once and agree with everything you said! I know a lot of people try to re-qualify there for the next year, but I really took my time and enjoyed it. I even stopped to walk and all that. No regrets! It’s the best running day of the year and I always watch it live on my computer and cry! It’s so emotional. Good luck to all the Boston runners!!!!
I am running Boston this year – my first marathon! I live in Boston, so I am already here :) the city is getting ready and it is SO exciting!!!
I’m running Boston :-) I’m from the UK so flying out tomorrow. Hopefully won’t be too jet lagged! I’m really excited but genuinely terrified of everything I’ve heard about those hills…and the fact the weather seems to be ridiculous warm on Monday.
I’m running Boston for the first time this year! Very excited but beyond stressed and anxious as well. I haven’t been able to train as hard as usual based on some fatigued legs the past few months, but hoping to enjoy the experience and finish regardless! Forecast is looking HOT – so will be extra tough. Going to take your advice and soak it all in, though :)
Maury @ My Heart Races
I thought I was the only human on the planet that had Gangsta’s Paradise on my iPod. And Sia speaks my soul’s music language. Hoping to go back to Boston sometime before I turn 80…
Ok, so I honestly just started crying reading about your experience with Boston (and I’ve also read your article in Women’s Running about how to have a successful Boston Marathon about 57 times this week). I am running Boston for the first time this year and I AM SO EXCITED. I’m running for an awesome charity and blew by fundraising goal out of the water. I am from Boston, so I’m already here :) It’s going to be hot hot hot though, which I’m really nervous about (lower to mid 70’s). I totally agree with you when you say your ideal running temperature in the 40’s. I am totally nervous about fueling because my start time isn’t until 11am, and most of my long runs have started at about 7am…. so hopefully I can time everything right. I cannot wait to check out the expo this weekend and buy a bunch of Boston Marathon gear (I bought those plaid Brooks Boston shoes:) Thanks for all your Boston insight, will definitely be using some of your running mantras on all those hills!
I will be running Boston in just 4 days!! ? Beyond excited ovwr here!!!! My hubby and I fly out for the long haul (we live in San Diego) on Sat morning! I have never been to Boston, so I am double excited. Plus, my parents and 2 of my siblings are meeting us there! My biggest concern is definitely fueling before the race – but I do have a plan, so hopefully it works out. And of course the weather, but so far it looks like it will be perfect!
Good luck at the dentist! I had an implant a couple of years ago. One of my molars kept getting infected, despite a root canal and doses of antibiotics, so they had to pull it. I had the exctraction and implant done on the same day, so it took awhile. My biggest suggestion is to stay on top of the pain! Don’t do what I did and forgo the pain meds because “it doesn’t hurt that bad”. It will if you let them lapse – trust me.
First Boston here too and shooting for a PR if I can kick the end of this cold. Its my first marathon using Hansons so can’t wait to see how it works out. Good luck to everyone running! (And good luck at the dentist, J!)
I am a dentist! Keep me updated on your dental work :-)
I haven’t run Boston yet, but I admire and cheer for those who have or are running this year. I’m hoping to qualify at Chicago this fall. My first marathon was definitely my most memorable race because I had struggled with health issues and injuries for years that it felt amazing to accomplish something that seemed out of reach for so long. My current fave running song is Run Wild by Laney Jones.
Aww poor Brooke!!! I hope her head feels better and I hope your tooth implant goes well.
I too am running Boston this year, my first marathon! I am a mix of nerves and excitement, I can’t wait to get out there ! I work in Boston near the finish line and preparations are well underway. There is so much excitement already. To all those running, I wish you the very best! Janae, thanks so much for your tips! :-)
I am running Boston…qualified with my first marathon back in October 2014 (Twin Cities). My training has been sporadic, but my last long run (4/3, 21.6 miles) went awesome!
I am super nervous now…my back went out on Saturday…have been put on Prednisone and muscle relaxers, been seeing the chiro, and also had a therapeutic massage yesterday (she left bruises…eek!)
Anyway, appreciate any prayers that my back feels better by Monday morning…
Thanks for reading my rant…love your blog!
Thank you for sharing your playlist! And.. I know xactly what you mean about The Chainsmokers!! ?
I’m running a half in SLC on Saturday. Kinda stressin about what to wear! Any suggestions?
Melissa @ See Dav Run
My most memorable run was my first marathon by far. The weather called for sunny and 60s all week, but it ended up being about 50 and drizzly. I had a blast seeing friends on the course and along the route. Wouldn’t trade it for anything!
I am in love with Walk the Moon’s “Work This Body” and “Go Big or Go Home” by American Authors. Super-fist-pump music that makes me feel like I can do anything. Plus I like to change the lyrics to work this body to “I will work this body, I will RUN THIS PACE” :)