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I hope you had a fabulous Easter weekend!
We started things off with their Easter baskets!
Followed by breakfast and some movies about Jesus and discussions.
We went to church and heard about 2% of what was said with Skye;)
Brooke gave an awesome talk in primary!
For dinner we decided to have a burger bar rather than a traditional Easter dinner and it was heavenly.
Finished off by an Easter egg hunt once the hail storm ended. This was our first Easter in this house and the backyard is perfect for an Easter egg hunt.
Andrew made this for dinner and it was so so good. Strawberry shortcake is definitely on the list of my top 5 desserts.
I’ve had a fun running streak over the last 6.2 months. There was the St. George Marathon, my 50 miler and 26.2 miles of smiling at Boston… I’m pretty thrilled about it.
I’ve been running for 21 years now and I was thinking the other night.. What is it about the last year of running that has really helped the last 6 months of racing to be my absolute favorites? I’m sure I’ve mentioned these before but I wanted to share a few more details today!
*I’m so excited to share with you what has made a difference with my running! I FINALLY realized that thinking negative about myself and my running was absolutely ridiculous. It is the biggest waste of time, energy, potential, happiness on the planet. I’m sure many of you have got this figured out but I wanted to tell you about my journey toward positive thoughts. I’ve always been working on this and some years have been better than others but I made the final decision that I am done wasting time thinking negatively about myself. How did I stop thinking like junk about myself during my running and life? I just stopped it. I just stopped. That’s what worked for me. It took a whole lot of practice and work but was well worth it. Thoughts pop into our brains but we can control where we go with them from there—> Continue thinking poorly about ourselves or stop those thoughts and change them to positive ones. I wish I had a recording to share with you that showed my thoughts from my 20s compared to my thoughts now. I’m becoming really positive these days in my thoughts which is causing things like running a marathon pr when I probably wasn’t physically fully ready for that or smiling for an entire 26.2 miles to happen (although during my ultra there were some really dark miles but I chose to change my thoughts and fight through them). I say things to myself during a race like, ‘wow, you just crushed that hill’ or ‘I’m a machine’ or ‘I feel so so strong (even if I don’t in that moment)’ or ‘I am so grateful for this body of mine.’
WE get to choose to have a fabulous race or a terrible one based on the things we tell ourselves throughout our training and our race. (PS fabulous race could = hitting our goals or it could mean not hitting our goals but talking kindly and lovingly to ourselves throughout).
PS to go along with this mental game talk, I have one more thing. It’s SO so easy to focus on the negatives while running but it’s so pointless to waste time thinking about those. During Boston at about mile .001 my hamstrings were feeling SO so dead from my ultra. Like more dead than I have ever experienced in my life. Quitting wasn’t an option (if it was an injury then yes I would have) but I had a choice to make—> Spend the next 26.199 miles thinking about my dead hamstrings or focus my attention elsewhere. Of course over the rest of the race the thoughts about how tired my hamstrings were popped into my head but I made the choice to focus on the spectators or other runners or the parts of me that felt awesome instead= I had an incredible experience. It’s up to us during our next race to dwell on the things that are hurting or to dwell on all of the goodness in, around and up ahead of us.
*I fuel like you would not believe. A 2:57 marathoner friend of mine told me about how she does this before I ran St. George last year and I tried it for myself and it really works for me. I fuel way more before and during a race than I think I need to (of course be careful with this too:). The goal is to find that perfect balance of taking in fuel and liquids for what you are burning during a race BUT I would much rather have some cramps from eating too much or feel a little weighed down during the race from taking in too much fuel than BONKING from under fueling. I fuel what I think I should for race morning and during and then add a couple hundred calories on top of that;). I’m taking in about 600-700 calories before a marathon and then eating every 4-5 miles now (during my ultra I did every 3 miles). Previous Janae would take in about 300 calories before a marathon and fueled every 7 miles and died every single time during the last 10k.
*Consistency. As Des says, ‘KEEP SHOWING UP.’ All of our training and hard work takes years to finally start paying off and that is what makes finally hitting our goals feel that much better. They wouldn’t feel that good if we were just working for a short amount of time to get them. It might take a year of consistency to hit our goals or 15 years… it takes time so do not quit. These training cycles of ours build upon themselves and so even if on race day we don’t hit our goals, our awesome training will carry over to the next training cycle until they finally do.
So really, changing just two things in my training and continuing to show up made a world of difference for my races. I KNOW that bad runs/races are on the agenda because opposition in life is necessary in order to fully enjoy the highs BUT those bad/races are not going to happen due to thinking negative or under fueling.
Having control over things is one of my favorite hobbies so I’ll let go of the things I don’t have control of (weather, injuries, sickness, most of life) and continue for the rest of my running to control the things I do have control of—> my thoughts and fueling!
Today I’m spending a part of Skye’s nap time figuring out what races I want to do this summer. Isn’t it awesome that we now have SO many choices of races to do… ten years ago there were just a few in our area during the summer and now there are way more.
What is something you’ve changed recently in your running that has helped your running a lot?
Have you figured out what races you are doing this summer? I would love to hear about them… or do you live in an area that summer racing isn’t a thing because of the temperatures?
What was the highlight of your weekend?
Anything you are looking forward to this week?