Trying New Things is Really Great + DO NOT TRUST + 3 x 3!

13.1 miles before getting Brooke off to school.  Skye woke up at 4:38 to eat and I couldn’t fall back asleep after trying for a while (probably because I have been forcing myself to go to bed so crazy early the last few days) so I got out a bit earlier than usual for my run.  It worked out nicely because it was a longer run than I usually do during the week.

Beretta joined me for the warm-up.  She hasn’t quite worked up to interval paces but give her a few more weeks and she can join me for that too.  She was so excited to go that when I opened the door (with the leash wrapped around me) she sprinted out like a bullet.  I don’t know how I didn’t fall over but I’m lucky I didn’t.  One day I’ll remember that she always runs out fast and plan around that.

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I stuck to a very flat course for this workout and the w/u and c/d aren’t included in splits below.  After the warmup I accidentally pushed save so I had to start all over.

2 w/u miles @ 8:21 and 8:33

Drop Beretta off and run inside to get water for her

3 miles —> 6:47, 6:50, 6:45

3 minutes —> 8:31 pace

3 miles —> 6:43, 6:40, 6:37

3 minutes—> 9:08 pace

3 miles—> 6:31, 6:31, 6:23

3 minutes—> 7:25 pace

1 c/d mile @ 7:29

13.1 miles total @ 7:07 average pace.   6:49 average pace for the 10.1 miles of the workout portion.

I was very surprised how smooth and in control those 3 mile intervals felt.  I’m getting excited…

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Turns out that trying new things during training is amazing.  I don’t know why I haven’t played around more with things in previous marathon training cycles because I can’t believe what a difference it has made this time around.  I swear I just keep finding better and better things.

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This water bottle is perfect.  I love my handheld one but I don’t love holding things while running so now I have a water bottle that just goes into my belt… it’s perfect.  I completely forgot it was in there until I needed a drink.  I didn’t have to stop to get water and just pulled it out (I did stop once for about 2 seconds because it is a little trickier to get back in but practice will make that easier).  I couldn’t even feel it.  I wore it on my back and I am so happy about this thing.  The bottle has a small curve in it to fit your body better.  This will be joining me for the marathon.

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I also tried UCAN and absolutely loved it.  I might be one of those people that does much better with UCAN/Tailwind for my calories before a race vs food.  I am going to try out eating some oatmeal or toast 2 hours before my next long run (go back to bed) and then use UCAN or Tailwind before I start along with a gel and then practice using a gel and UCAN during the run for nutrition.  It wasn’t until yesterday when I realized how good my stomach felt that I figured out a banana/sandwich 30-60 minutes before a run might not be the best thing for me.  I’m still getting in the same amount of calories with the UCAN or Tailwind before but I felt a million times better this way.

Also, my nanohydr8 is a new thing this training cycle and that has been really great.  I might just use it two more times before the taper and then during the taper have 0 caffeine so that it really works well on race day.

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***Tangent—>  Kathy said something that I loved yesterday and I think it is true for 99% of my runs: “Don’t trust the first mile.”  <—How many times has that first mile made me think that I am going to feel terrible and not hit my goals and then once I’m warmed up, the run goes great.  Don’t trust it!!

Andrew went on his run, Brooke went to school and then we all went to see Dr. Bennett (801-513-1078).  I’ve been going to him for over 4 years now and I have never had a serious injury (except for turf toe but that was from landing really weird during a run) since… and I had a million before him.  He helped me yesterday to get my right hip to pick up the slack again and balance things out.  As I was walking in, Josse was walking out haha… he is getting her all good to go for the marathon too.

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And then I sat in the back on the way home to help make sure that Skye got a nap at home and not in the carseat (because transferring does not happen anymore).  She was so confused to see me back there with her.

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When your lunch takes two dinner plates…  Brooke thinks I am breaking the law by using ketchup with my eggs but I don’t think I could eat eggs without ketchup.

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You don’t randomly find avocado on your kneecap an hour after eating it too?

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After the kids were done with school we watched my niece’s volleyball game…

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Right before we got there my sister’s husband sent me this hahaha!  There is so much truth to this.

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And then it was off to Brooke’s soccer game.

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I think she was a little bored being the goalie.  She started doing cartwheels at one point.

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She enjoyed the running around the field part much more.

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Knox found ways to entertain himself during the game.

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Skye did too.

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And then after the game we grabbed a Frosty.  I love waiting until my ice cream is a little bit melty (and I’m that weirdo that loves soggy cereal too) so I eat around the outsides of my ice cream first because that part melts first.

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What was the last new-to-you running product/fuel that you used?

Chocolate or vanilla frosting/ice cream?  Soggy cereal… terrible or delicious?

-Vanilla but twist is also a great option for me.

Ketchup, salsa or other with your eggs?

How long does it usually take you to start feeling warmed up on your run?

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I love that–do not trust the first mile. I will probably be repeating that as a mantra on my next run! I also like chocolate/vanilla twist. Soggy cereal is a no-go for me. And I prefer salsa on my eggs. Throw in a little guacamole and I’m in heaven. Happy a wonderful day!

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YES YES YES… it is so true for all of us! You are very right about the amazingness of guac with eggs! Thanks Christie, you too!

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That quote about not judging your run based on the first mile is SO TRUE. I ran a 12 miler here in Baltimore over the weekend and didn’t really feel prepared and honestly the first mile was HARD. But I started warming up after another half mile. I pushed through it then started feeling amazing the rest of the race and got a PR!!

Also I love ketchup and salsa on my eggs – I switch it up all the time!

Happy Thursday lady! xo

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Okay, so I am definitely stealing that workout- that sounds like an amazing way to tempo but not like, lose your mind thinking about 10 miles of nothingness.

I say that the fitter you get, the longer it takes to warm up – it helps me feel better about myself when 3 miles into a run I still don’t feel good and I kinda think its true! During a good cycle, it takes about 30 minutes to feel good – during the holidays when I take a step back, it takes 10 minutes. There is 0 science to back this up.

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Try it out and let me know what you think, I really enjoyed it! Oh I totally agree with you… it has been taking me forever to start feeling good ha… maybe that is just because the hard workouts each week take it out of us? Have an amazing day Kaytlin!

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Janae, you killed it on your workout!! AMAZING! I’m so excited for you because I know that you are going to get that sub-3!! And I totally agree about not trusting that first mile. Sometimes I even want to walk during the first mile because I feel so blah—ha!

I’m definitely a vanilla girl and like my shakes partially melted, especially from Chick-fil-A. They have THE BEST ice cream and shakes. I’m not a big ice cream person (I prefer froyo), and Chick-fil-A’s is pretty much the only one I like (because California doesn’t have Blue Bell out here).

Ketchup on eggs is an absolute must! Although, I do eat ketchup on almost everything. :) Hope you have a great day, my friend!!

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Natalie, thank you for always being such a big cheerleader for me! YES–> That first mile is king of evil:) I forgot about their shakes… I need one asap! I hope you get some Blue Bell soon, that stuff is the best. Have a beautiful day Natalie!

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My first miles is so, so slow! Always.

Yesterday I did 4×1 mile at 7:30 pace…and I thought THAT was fast. You did great with your speed workout!!

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THAT IS FAST MOLLY!!! Seriously, great job on your speed yesterday! I hope your day is a great one!

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I eat my Frostys the exact same way! I also enjoy dipping french fries in it because then you get that sweet / salty combo!

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Me too! Is there anything better than Wendy’s French fries in a Frosty? Honestly I don’t think other French Fries taste as good in a Frosty. lol.
I am sure the baby is LOVING the 50 cent frosty’s! :)

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I agree… it is the absolute best! Now I need to go back today and get a frosty with french fries! Cannot beat the 50 cent deal!

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My first mile today was terrible and I felt defeated, but then finished with a total of 4. The last 3 were SO much better! I got into my show and I think my body realized what was happening it was 5:30am. LOL

I love vanilla with sprinkles…now I really want DQ which is what happens to me on days I run early. EAT ALL DAY! I don’t like soggy cereal at all, it reminds me of oatmeal and I am not a fan.

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Why does the first mile have to be so terrible!?!? GREAT job getting through it and rocking your run. I think you should get a DQ today with vanilla and sprinkles! Hahah I’ll take your soggy cereal for you:) Have a wonderful day Lauren!

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Every single night I have an ice cream sandwich after dinner. I put it in a bowl and microwave it just a bit so I can eat it nice and melty with a spoon. For some reason I think slightly melted ice cream has more flavor😁

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I like the way you think… a lot. I completely agree and I want to join you in your nightly ice cream sandwich tradition! Have a wonderful day Kelly!

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I think I read your friend bought Brooke that unicorn tee..but do you know where she got it for ?! ❤️ Thanks!

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HELLO JANE!! She got it from Gap and I looked and can’t find the same one anymore but they do have a few similar ones:

https://www.gap.com/browse/category.do?cid=14417&mlink=homepage,,flyout_girls_Tops_T_Shirts&departmentRedirect=true&departmentId=48#pageId=0&department=48
Have an amazing day!

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Thanks! I’m sure it told fast..I think every girl is obsessed with unicorns lately HA! Hope you are having an amazing day

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Seriously… I’m kind of obsessed with them too haha. Thank you so much Jane, you too and if I find any cool unicorn stuff I’ll send it to you:)

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Where did you get your individual packs of UCAN to try? I looked on Amazon but didn’t see a variety pack. I want to try all the flavors haha! I am always open to trying new things but I tend to revert back to lemon lime Gatorade. I know there is a ton of debate on whether Gatorade is too sugary or whatever but it settles well in my stomach and I always feel good when I drink it and I personally don’t crash from it. I’m open to new/different things though! It takes me about 1 mile to feel warmed up on a run but when I have a 2 mile warmup that’s even better! :D

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Hey Kristina! I got it at Sprouts… do you have one of those? I wanted to try the small pack too before buying the big thing to make sure that I love it! If gatorade works for you, that is AWESOME! Let me know if you try it! Have a wonderful day Kristina!

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Melted ice cream and soggy cereal ALL the way!!

Also, you are CRUSHING this training cycle. I know your race is going to go well – you are more than prepared. I can’t wait to hear all about it! You go, girl!

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YESSSSSS!! Both things are delicious. I can’t thank you enough for your sweet comment. It gave me chills:) I hope you are doing well, your running is feeling great and that you have a beautiful day!

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Kudos to you!!! I think those mid-week long runs are the very hardest to do, even harder than speedwork. It’s just hard to fit them in—so much easier on the weekends!!!! You deserved at least two plates of food for lunch!!!!!!!

That sister pic above is hilarious b/c it sums up both my older and younger daughters to a total T!!!!!!!!

Have a GREAT day, Janae!!!!!!!

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HAHAH it really is so dead on for sisters! Thanks so much Jen and I hope you are having a wonderful day of teaching:)

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Vanilla ice cream but chocolate frosting.
I’m not much of a cereal person. And when I do, I pour the milk in, stir the cereal and then pour the milk out! No soggy cereal!
Yes to salsa with eggs, but no to ketchup!

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I TOTALLY agree about chocolate frosting. 100% yes. Interesting about pouring the milk out… I have some friends I know that might like to try that because they are not big milk fans. I hope your day is a great one Samantha!

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I’m totally that little sister in the pic :) My sis and I are 17 months apart and either mortal enemies or best friends growing up depending on which 5 minutes of the day you’re talking about. Now that we’re grown up pretty much just best friends. And I still like to dress like her.

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HAHAH YES… I am the little sister too and I also still want to be just like my sister:) 17 months apart is so close in age, I am so happy you two have each other. Have a wonderful day Michelle!

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YES! That first mile can totally lie to us–just have to remember that when I’m getting started!

Chocolate ice cream, but vanilla frosting. Soggy cereal=no bueno.

Just a little salt on my scrambled eggs, but for some reason plain eggs can make me feel a bit “gaggy” and I usually eat them with bacon or English muffin–don’t even know why that helps.

Warming up depends on how far I’m going, but at least a half mile to a mile before I get in a groove.

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I’ll take your soggy cereal and I hope you get a vanilla cupcake with chocolate ice cream soon:) When I was pregnant, eggs were so gaggy to me too. I understand what you are saying about them feeling a little weird! I hope your day is a great one Corey!

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HiiiiI!! Quick question.. Where is your running top from? I love it!

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HEY!! I love it too! Here is the link, have an awesome day!

http://shopstyle.it/l/RLeJ

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Yes to soggy cereal!

Great workout :)

I decided my hip pain was in my head (listening to Deena Kastor’s book which I know you’ve read…). Felt great on a 5 miler this morning! Let the training begin!

I”ll try that curved water bottle. Thanks for testing it for us :) I’ve used the 2 bottle nathan waist belt in the past and it worked well and didn’t bounce.

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Amanda, this makes me SO SO HAPPY!!! You’ve got this and pain free miles = the best. Yes, try it out and let me know what you think. Have some soggy cereal soon please:)

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I always go for the twist ice cream cones, and only certain cereals are ok soggy (captain crunch for example or you won’t be eating comfortably for the next week)

It takes me about a mile to feel good. Which makes racing 5ks that much trickier haha

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HAHAH captain crunch shreds mouths! YES, that is so true about the 5k! I hope your Thursday is a great one Jenny!

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What kind of Doctor is Dr Bennett? I commented about being injured and training for a marathon last week. I live in Utah County too, I might have to give him a call.

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Hey Collette!! I am so so sorry about your injury! He is in pleasant grove on Wednesday’s. He is a chiropractor (although the things he does to fix our injuries is much different than what you would think of a normal chiropractor doing)… he works on all of the BYU athletes and specializes with runners. Good luck! I can’t recommend him enough! He completely changed my running and the fact that I was injured every other month!

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Eeeewww… No ketchup on eggs! :P But I do like salsa on my eggs. And I think soggy cereal is ok.
Twist cones have been a favorite of mine since I was little :) If I ever have one now, I feel like I’m 8 again.
Running is funny: Sometimes it takes me barely a half mile to feel warmed up and good, other times it takes me 2-3 miles, and even some runs I never feel warmed up and good. But on average, for me 1-2 miles in and then I’m really ready to keep going.
I know “we all” keep saying this, but you are really killing your training this time around!! It will be so fun to see how amazing you do at St. George!!! I’m excited for you!

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I hope that you get a twist cone asap! Running really is funny… it always keeps us guessing! Wendy, thank you so much for saying this about my training. It means a lot. I just wish it was race day tomorrow!!!! Have a fabulous day!

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The last new-to-me fuel U have used is Nanohydr8 thanks to you!! And I super love it!!
Chocolate – always 😁
I like my froyo kind of melty too, but I also NEED crunch in all food items. So, I’m a toppings girl.
I cannot eat eggs without some sort of hot sauce.. typically Cholula 😋
I am so happy to see you loving this training cycle, you are going to crush St. George! ⚡🏃‍♀️

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Oh this makes me so happy… that stuff is gold! Toppings make froyo/ice cream a trillion times better. Andrew agrees with the Cholula! Thank you so much, that means a lot!

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I tried tailwind yesterday and loved it!
I like chocolate frostys, but not regular chocolate ice cream………I prefer vanilla bean! And yes to soggy cereal!
I prefer syrup or strawberry jam with my eggs:)
It easily takes me a mile to warm up, and sometimes 2!

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This makes me so happy! Tailwind is amazing! Okay, I have never tried either of those things on my eggs but now I will because of you! Have a wonderful day Loribeth!

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Because I am a nerd … I decided to copy and paste your questions into the comment box … so here are my responses:

What was the last new-to-you running product/fuel that you used? I think my most recent new running product would have to be my goodr running sunglasses which I absolutely LOVE. The fit perfectly, keep the sun out of my eyes, and most importantly DO NOT SLIP!
Chocolate or vanilla frosting/ice cream? Soggy cereal… terrible or delicious? Umm … I prefer Vanilla Ice Cream & Frosting … Vanilla Ice Cream needs to have something in it though i.e. cookie dough, m&m’s, broken candy bits, etc. or else I am just not as interested. I also like my Ice cream Soft so I can mix the candy bits in. I also have a love love relationship with soggy cereal. I think soggy LIFE cereal is one of my favs.
Ketchup, salsa or other with your eggs? KETCHUP … ALWAYS!! Is it even possible to have eggs without Ketchup. I would also recommend you try out this Salsa … http://mamacssalsa.com/ it is made in the area my mom lives in and is made by a mom&pop company.
How long does it usually take you to start feeling warmed up on your run? It takes anywhere from 2-3 miles for my legs to warm up and start ticking over … I am in full agreement that the first mile or two are complete LIARS!!

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GREAT IDEA… I ask a million questions so that makes it easier! Goodr glasses are the absolute best! I agree that vanilla ice cream is best with a little something extra in there. SOGGY LIFE IS THE BEST!! Thank you for the salsa recipe, I will be trying it. HAHA Liars for SURE. Have a wonderful day Lindsay!

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I love Huma gels! I used Gu salted caramel for years but it always tore my stomach up. I haven’t had any issues since starting to use Huma, which I think might have been your recommendation so thanks!!

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YES YES YES YES YES YES. I went from the Gu salted caramel to Huma’s too… life changing. I am so glad it is working out for you!

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I am definitely going to have to play with things a little more for my next marathon!

Chocolate! Unless it’s Costco, and then I love their vanilla :) I actually really love soggy cereal, especially mini wheats!

I love salsa and avocado on my eggs.

It usually takes me a couple of miles 2-3 to really feel warmed up. If it’s a super long run, then I give myself closer to 5 miles!

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Oh Costco vanilla is sooooo good. Ours actually just got rid of the chocolate?! Soggy mini wheats are the absolute best. I am the same way on the long runs too! Have an amazing day!

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I feel like such an old fogey for admitting this, but I recently started using the Runkeeper app and love it! I haven’t been in “hardcore” training mode for a couple years now due to infertility, then pregnancy, and now breastfeeding, so I haven’t worn my Garmin or kept a running journal. But, the app is super convenient and gives me numbers without making me go nuts. I’m sure you understand what I mean ;)
Usually chocolate, and YES to melted ice cream and soggy cereal. When I was a kid, I used to wait until my Fruity Pebbles formed a pastey substance before eating them. My whole family was so grossed out by this.
I’m Team Ketchup.
Give me at least 3 miles and I’m golden.
Have a great day, Janae and family!

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Hey Stacey! I am so glad that you are loving the app! I COMPLETELY understand what you mean. Keep me updated with how it all is going for you! HAHAH your Fruity Pebbles story made me so happy:) Thanks Stacey and I hope you are having a wonderful day!

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Good job trying new things. I’m always afraid to do that.
What kind of shirt are you wearing in that running pic – it’s white or gray tank? And those were amazing 3 mile splits! How does that compare to your goal marathon pace?
And yes the first mile is usually sluggish, especially in early morning hours.

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Hey Mary! It is kind of scary trying out new things… I love routine too! It’s white with some faint grey lines that go across it:) Thank you so much! I am thinking a 6:49 average pace is right where I want to be on race day! I hope you have a great day!

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Okay you’ve probably already done this before but could you remind me what water bottle and belt you are using? I’ve been desperately trying to figure out the running belt and water situation for my race (I’m running st. George too!) and this seems like the perfect situation! Also..thank you for having Allie Kieffer share her running bun tutorial..changed my life! 😂

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NO WORRIES!!

So now I am using this belt:
https://amzn.to/DcygTK

And this water bottle:
https://amzn.to/EJfXdS

It is the perfect combo for me.
I am SO excited that you are running St. George! I hope I get to see you there. Allie Kieffer is the best. Have an amazing day!

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Ahh thank you! Just ordered the water bottle. I think I figured out that my handheld water bottle was causing my hip flexor to hurt in the hand I carry it in. Might not be the cause but I’m going to say it is and hope this water bottle solves all my problems!

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Hey girl, what did you do to treat your turf toe injury? I got turf toe several years ago and it seemed to be pretty much gone, but it’s flared up in the last few months and it’s driving me crazy. I just want it gone!

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HEY YOU!!! I am SO sorry that your turf toe seems to be flaring up again. It is SO incredibly painful. So… Dr. B helped me to get over it and I haven’t had it flare up since. Did you see anyone in the first place? Let me text Dr. B and ask what he thinks!!!

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I realized I put my email address in wrong, so I never saw that you had responded. Whoops! I went to a podiatrist and wore a stabilizing boot for like a month. That didn’t seem to help, so eventually I got a cortisone shot. That seemed to help for a while, but it never completely went away. Lately it’s been pretty painful. Thank you for responding! You give me hope that this can go away, haha!

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the last thing i most recently tried was cytomax – it’s an energy drink. i really liked it!

i am totally indifferent to vanilla or chocolate ice cream, but not familiar with a “frosting” version – soggy cereal is terrible, i’m always trying small bowls so i can finish it while it’s still good and crunchy :)

chives, salt and pepper with the eggs please! on toast :)

it usually takes at least 1.5-2 miles to get warmed up. i would say there was one in which it took me 4 miles to warm up. lol. that was for a long run. but i totally prefer it that way…!

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Hey Janae, I have a question on the nutrition you used during your long run. When did you take the ucan and the nanohydr8 during your run? Did you take the ucan and nanohydr8 before your run and just have the water and gel during the run?

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Hey Karrie!! Great question. I took the ucan before my run, the nano right after the warmup and then the gel during. I am going to try this weekend during my workout to either take tailwind or ucan and I”ll post how it goes on Sunday! I hope you have a fabulous day!

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You are amazing. How you juggle 3 kids and getting all your runs and recovery in. GOALS.

-I always used sport jelly beans when I was marathon training. It was the one thing that didn’t upset my stomach. But the chewing wasn’t my favorite…
-Vanilla always! Soggy cereal thumbs down haha. I need one of those bowls that keep the milk and cereal separate until you are ready.
-EGGS= ketchup AND parm cheese.

:)

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3 mile intervals sound…so painful – how do you do it?! What pace do you run those at? Like a 10k or 5k pace? Just mile repeats make me emotional, lol. I am amazed by you! I have heard so much about UCAN and now I am intrigued!

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