What’s my predicted marathon time + 48 hours.

Five miles for my Tuesday morning.  I got in a few hills on the run too. I am hoping with my ultra training, I’ll be good on the Boston hills in a few days.

I really think the placement of the hills in Boston is what makes them so tough.  Heartbreak hill is about 91 feet of climbing which wouldn’t feel bad at the beginning of a race but after a good amount of downhill and running for 20ish miles, that hill feels tough!   I’m very grateful that during my ultra the hills were mostly all in the first half of it because I’m not sure how I would have done climbing those hills after 25-30 miles of running.

This is the necklace that the kids get at cross-country.  Each day they can earn new charms/beads for their necklaces.  Some of the kids have been doing cross country now for 5 or 6 years and it was so cool to see their necklaces almost completely filled with beads.  This necklace is an excellent motivator for Brooke:

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Their school is also giving a prize to the kids that run a marathon over the next 40ish days.  They gave out little charts and for each .5 mile the kids get to color in a square (cross country counts towards this too).  Brooke asked if she could get her square in before school and I obviously loved that.

I love watching (and trying to copy) her awesome running form!

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Somehow our mud room turned into the largest junk drawer on the planet (below is maybe 1/7th of what was in there)…

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A good chunk of the day was spent going through it and organizing it… for it to stay organized for 48 hours at the max.  I’m going to enjoy the 48 hours that it looks like this though.

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She may be walking a lot more but she still loves to be carried around as much as possible too.

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I think this was her hint that she wanted to go on a hike yesterday rather than stay inside all day because of the rain.

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Brooke and I went out for a girls night last night together!

Her request for our date was to go to Pizza Factory for noodles.

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And then watch Spirit together with some chocolate (along with Andrew and Skye:)!

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One of our friends was able to get a bleacher ticket for Andrew!  I asked Andrew last night if he was excited for this weekend and he said, ‘beyond belief… and I’m really excited to not have to be the one running a marathon.’  He is running these days but sticking to 3 milers and taking a break from all of the long runs that he did this winter.

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Since my last experience in Boston (I ran a 3:12 there in 2015) I have run a 3:15, 3:10 and 2:59 marathon.  I wish that we were already a few months out from my ultra when I start Boston next Monday but it will only have been about 23 days since my ultra.  While I wish there was more time in between to get some speed back, I’m actually excited to have absolutely zero expectations/plans/paces other than to have fun on Monday.  I’m just going to soak it all in because I definitely didn’t do that very well during my 2015 experience (I wanted a sub 3 so bad that year but my race execution ((fly and die)) and the weather definitely did not get me there).  This time I just get to focus on how much fun I am having and maybe a fall marathon will happen later this year when I am focusing on my splits and goals.  I love having a balance of both in my running—> goals and no goals.

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I am predicting that I’ll finish anywhere between 3:30ish-3:50ish (based on my long run paces that felt comfortable over the last few months).  And those 220ish (or however long it takes me) minutes are going to be my favorite.  I’ll just listen closely to what my body tells me to do and go from there.

I did come across my St. George Marathon shoes yesterday.  They made my heart beat fast getting excited for some speed work starting in May!

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Oh and I do have the goal to meet Shawn Johnson on Monday.

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I hope you have a great Wednesday!

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Have you ever met any famous people?  Do tell!

Any famous people that you would LOVE to meet?

What is the messiest room in your house?

-Usually the mud room but now the kid’s rooms:)

Are you running with or without goals lately?

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Am I the only person who does NOT care about meeting famous people at all? I always feel like the odd man out, because when I happen to see someone famous I truly have no urge to go over or take pictures or any of the usual things…..is that weird? I mean, if Jon Hamm happened to bump into me or something, I wouldn’t hate on that 😜

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You are definitely not some in that! I have a few friends like that too BUT I really hope that someday you and Jon Hamm run into each other😉 Have a wonderful day Shannon!

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Glad I am not a total weirdo 😂. Thanks for hoping for me! 👯‍♀️

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I really want to run Boston WITHOUT goals! I trained really hard these last few months and know I’m faster/stronger than I’ve ever been but I really want to enjoy the experience! I’ve been obsessing about this race and it takes away the fun when you’re constantly starting at your watch. I just want to run strong and happy and soak in every step and then maybe I’ll race Chicago in the fall where it’s much flatter and the weather is usually better :)

See you in a few days!!!

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ARTHI!! I know how stressful that can feel when you have worked SO hard for a race and for the weather to not look super great BUT as of today it is looking a bit better! Take the stress out and tell yourself that you will decide what your goals are for the race the morning of and plan accordingly! Who knows, it might just be overcast and the perfect temperature for a marathon! I’m cheering for you and don’t forget you loved the process of training and seeing your strength! You’ve got this and I really hope to see you there!

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Girl THANK YOU! I appreciate the encouragement and you’re so right about just seeing how I feel race morning. It’s funny how you can train so hard all season and then wake up and just not be feeling it! I’m cheering so hard for you too and also hope I get to meet you/eat donuts with you!! Safe travels out East!

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AHHH I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE YOU!! There is nothing like this weekend ahead of us, enjoy!

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Before my mom life I was the Mascot for the San Diego Padres & then nannied for baseball players for 5 years so I have met a lot of famous athletes. My laundry room is the messiest right now. Have a great Wednesday!

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Andrew officially thinks you are the coolest person ever. That is awesome! Thanks Sarah, you too!

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I am so impressed with how Brooke is becoming a runner, and how much encouragement she’s getting (in running and in just being Brooke). You’re a great mom, I think, and you seem to be doing such a good job at balancing.

Oh, and the mud room looks amazeballs. Good luck with Boston! This running granny is cheering for you!

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Thank you so much Laura! I sure feel like I am out of balance in so many areas ha but I absolutely love being a mom (and step-mom:). Thank you so so much! I hope you have a beautiful day Laura and keep me updated with how you are doing!

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My 12 year old’s room is probably the messiest but I think that’s a rule. If it wasn’t I’d maybe worry.

I’m another who doesn’t really care much about meeting famous people. Although I guess maybe people who might have powerful advice to give would be different? Hmm….maybe I should hang around diners and Retirement homes more? But sometimes the advice is bad or outdated/incorrect…

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I love your comment… I think there would be incredible advice coming from those places! I hope you have a beautiful day Kristen!

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I was just thinking that I must be the only person who doesn’t really care if I meet famous people or not but I see someone else commented the same thing! But I did sit next to Eli Manning at a restaurant which was kinda cool in that moment.

I am running with no goals and actually have been taking a lot of spin classes instead. Sometimes I just need to mix it up!

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You are definitely not alone with that. Andrew would have loved sitting next to him! Spin classes are killer… I’m still sore from the 30 minutes I did the other day on my spin bike ha. I hope your Wednesday is a great one Melissa.

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I think the cross country necklace for Brooke is literally the coolest thing ever! My daughter (she’s 4) likes to talk about running a lot and loves when run together (which makes my heart burst!!). I hope she has a cross country team when she enters school next year!

The only famous person I have met is Kara Goucher!! Which was amazing and she was wicked nice.

I don’t think I have a messy room, but I usually have a messy trail filled with toys, clothing and cups haha.

My running goals I think is just to try and be more consistent. Lately, everything else has been coming before running.

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I think our kitchen, or at least the one counter in the kitchen, is the messiest place in the house. It’s where everyone dumps their stuff 😜. I can keep it near a tity for about 4 days tops. Oh well!
Oh how I love running without any goals from time to time. This last LA marathon, due to my hip injury and my husband’s Achilles’s tendinitis, we ran/walked the 26.2 miles and just thuroughly enjoyed the scenery, the people, the whole experience! It was really fun! It will be fun for you to just really soak in your Boston experience!
Happy Wednesday 😊

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HEY WENDY! Oh we have a counter that attracts all of the things too… and then I just push it all into the drawer underneath it. I really am so glad you guys were both able to truly enjoy LA this year (and that your hip is doing better). Thanks Wendy, have a wonderful day!

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Hey Kelli! Your daughter sounds awesome. I really hope that her school has a team too… and if they do share the necklace idea with them! It is so motivating for them:) I would love to meet Kara Goucher, that is awesome. Good luck with the consistency, you have a lot on your plate and whatever you are fitting in is awesome in my opinion! Have a beautiful day!

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So cool to see Brooke so excited to run! I’ve met a few musicians at shows. Ben Folds while he was with Folds Five playing little clubs in the 90s, Scott Avett from the Avett Brothers. The weirdest “celebrity” meeting was when I worked at Sea World during college. I was walking in to work and a customer stopped me in the parking lot (he was in his car) and asked where to park for the front gate. I immediately thought this guy sounds like and looks like Kevin Bacon. But what would he be doing in Ohio? I was telling my manager about it and she found out that sure enough it was him. He was in town doing a movie and had brought his kids. So you are now one degree of separation from Kevin Bacon! What’s even weirder is a year later I was walking around Chicago and saw his wife Kyrie Sedgwick!

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Aw, Sea World. I loved Sea World growing up. I was so sad when they closed for the mediocre Six Flags.

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Kevin Bacon… and then his wife a year later?! You have met some really cool people Adrienne! Have a wonderful day Linda and Adrienne!

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Just one more thing that’s weird is that a couple of years ago he came into where I currently work (a music store/sound production company) because he was playing a gig in town (his band The Bacon Brothers). I wasn’t there that day though. Have a lovely day!

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You do realize that you are now part of two different instances (well, three if you count his wife too) of the whole “Six degrees to Kevin Bacon” theory right? Which essentially makes you kind of famous too. ;) That’s a pretty great “hat trick” to pull out at just about any social event, I think. :)

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No goals lately (or for quite awhile, for that matter). But, a long term goal is to qualify for and run Western States. I’ll be 40 next year, and I want to achieve this before I’m 45. I’ll do it. Just now tomorrow ;)
I think your plan of taking it easy during Boston is an excellent idea. It’s such a fun race to be a “fit tourist” as I like to call it. You’ll notice so much more than you did when you were pushing yourself to go fast. Plus, even though you are Superwoman, your body does need a bit of a break after that sub-3 and 50miler. Have fun!
I think Kara Goucher is the most famous person I have ever met. And Eddy Grant, but I was only 2 years old when I supposedly met him :) I have always wanted to meet Billy Corgan, but I would probably just freeze up or slip into a coma or something if I ever got the chance. I LOVED The Smashing Pumpkins back in the day. I’m actually seeing them in August, which is pretty cool!

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Stacey, I got goosebumps when I read about your Western States goal. I cannot wait to hear all about it (and I might just have to come to see you finish). LOVE this goal! Oh I love that idea of a ‘fit tourist’ and I cannot wait to see so much during those miles on Monday. I would LOVE to meet Kara Goucher and I hope that at some time you get to meet Billy Corgan! PS I grew up on the Smashing Pumpkins… my older brother was the biggest fan and went to a ton of their concerts. ENJOY and if they are coming to Utah we have to go see them too. Have a great day Stacey!

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A family friend did freelance event planning, and she asked me to be a “hostess” for the Horatio Alger Award ceremony in DC many, many years ago. There were a ton of celebrities: Melanie Griffith, Don Johnson, Uma Thurman, Tom Cruise, Herschel Walker, Quincy Jones… I checked people in, directed them to their tables, etc.
I also worked with a woman who wanted to be an actress, and she took me (and my dog) with her to be an extra in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “True Lies.” We didn’t make it into the background scene they were filming, but Arnold approached me to find out about my dog during the lunch break. Not even kidding, he said to me (about Kona, the 120-lb Chesapeake Bay Retriever), “When he sits, you could see his chest muscles.”
Though these were cool experiences, I can’t say I’d go out of my way to meet someone just because they’re famous, only if we had a shared interest or hobby.
I would love to have a mudroom so I could close the door. Unfortunately, we walk straight into the kitchen/great room, so everything gets plopped in plain sight and drives me crazy.
My goal run isn’t until the end of the year, so just for fun these days.
Hope the rain has stopped and Skye can get out and about today :)

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Corey, wow… you met a ton of people at that event! And Kona’s chest muscle comment from Arnold Schwarzenegger… that is awesome! Keep enjoying the fun running these days and I’m excited for your goal at the end of the year. Keep me updated on it all. Thanks and have a wonderful day!

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Hi Janae! LOVE your mudroom!!!! Maybe add some baskets underneath, one for each kid, for shoes or mitts or whatever? Or add one of those “add a shelf” thingies from container store or wherever to add an extra shelf where you have their shoes currently. Since the kids’ coats are so short that’s extra space you could use! Hope you don’t mind my unsolicited suggestions. I’m a teacher and just love being organized. Good luck in Boston!!!!!

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SEND ALL OF THE ADVICE YOU CAN!! That is a fabulous idea and we will absolutely be doing those things. Thank you SO much! Have a beautiful day Barb and keep sending me any suggestions that you have!

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Oh I so hope you get to meet Shawn Johnson. I’ve only met 1 famous person. Martina McBride. She’s the most humble person, in person. So kind. And she had the best fruit buffet on the planet for her VIP fans. She did a Live Show on TV that was filmed near where I live. So I was going to that anyway because I absolutely love her music, but I won a free pass to go to the practice the night before !!! And meet her !!! I was so nervous until she totally puts you at ease because it’s like talking to an old friend. So nice and down to earth. You’d never know she is as famous as she is.
My current running goal is to change my strategy. Running is hard !! I’ve always struggled going very far, I’ve always just tried to increase my distance little by little. And right at the 3 mile mark, I seem to get headaches. So, it was suggested to me, to try interval running instead. Playing around with interval times of running and walking and slowly adjusting them as I go. Giving it a try !!!
Best of luck to you in Boston !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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That is so cool about Martina McBride, I really like her! Fruit buffet… um yes please! What an awesome experience. I really hope that the interval running helps with the headache problem, please let me know how it goes. Thanks so much Michele and have a great Wednesday!

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I work on the university campus that the KC Chiefs have their summer practice and with my job I’m somewhat involved in summer camp but I have to keep a high level of professionalism while on the inside I’m jumping up and down like a teenager. I’ve been able to get my 2 teen age kids and dad VIP access to the some players. My son met Tyreek Hill and others. We’re all hoping to meet Patrick Mahomes this summer. I have to tell you a funny story………so Coach Andy Reid’s close assistant is Porter Elliot and Porter spoke at Youth Conference last summer. My son and I went to YC and heard Porter’s story about how he overcame huge obstacles in life. Small background…..Porter lost the use of his arm as a young child and eventually was amputated but he was an amazing athlete in high school. So anyway one day I brought my kids to work during camp and we happen to see Porter walking on campus but it wasn’t the right opportunity to talk to him. So anyway I hoped the next day we would see him again and be able to talk to him because he really made a strong impression on my son at YC. The next morning I brought my kids again to camp and low and behold we see Porter walking by himself ! I tried to keep it professional and approached him with my kids and he was just as nice in person as he was at YC. He talked to my son as if he was his personal friend and even snapped a few pictures with him. We are already looking forward to camp again this summer.

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Betsy, this is SO cool and you deserve an acting award for remaining calm and professional on the outside! I AM SO glad that you were able to go up and talk to him and take pictures. Let me know how camp goes this summer. Have a wonderful day Betsy!

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I once met Jakob Dylan. He wasn’t the nicest guy, but I can’t help but wonder if he just didn’t like someone outting him while he was trying to Christmas shop in Harvard Square about 10 days before Christmas. ;) I also met Natalie Merchant. I gave her a pineapple. There’s a whole story behind that one.

I love seeing Brooke motivated and I love that she gets to fill in a card with blocks. How cool! What a fun motivation!

As for Boston–I would have guessed in the same time range you are estimating. Do you know which shoes you’re going to run in??? By the way–the Brooks shoe rep for my running store stopped by last week and gave all of us a pair of the limited edition Ricochets. THey’re so pretty! All of the ladies on staff got the dark black/grey ones with the burgandy accents. SO pretty.

Right now the messiest room in our apartment is actually our bedroom. This is mostly because Tom and I each have a place in the bedroom where we pile clothes up instead of putting things away properly in the closet or in drawers. When we come home, we usually just want to be in pajamas as quickly as possible and then collapse on a sofa or in bed as quickly as possible. We work too much. We know it’s not forever and that we will have a lot more ease and calm…at some point…but we’ve just kind of come to the understanding that for now, some parts of life (like a perfectly clean bedroom or a VERY orderly bathroom) need to give a little bit because other things just CAN’T possibly budge. Also, we realize that things that may not seem ‘messy’ to us would look like mess and clutter to other people since our apartment is relatively small for containing the stuff of two people with very full lives. HOPEFULLY IF I GET THE JOB I SO DEEPLY WANT IN LOUISVILLE where the cost of living is really reasonable and we get to move there and settle there, within a couple of years we can get that house that will let us put down roots and have more properly arranged spaces for the stuff of our lives! :)

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Stephanie! I am still praying for you to get that job! I hope so so bad that it happens and that you get to start putting down more roots! I’m not quite sure yet about which shoes.. I’m thinking the Boston Launch if they get here in time and if not the ricochet! I am SO happy you got a pair of the LE Ricochet. I love those shoes. Keep me updated on how it goes!

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I have 0 plans to run Boston but I would be beyond excited to spectate! Lucky Andrew!
I’ve never had a mud room but have always wanted one … I like the sound of it! Ha! And now I’m imagining tearing out my front closet to create one. Hopefully hubs will be on board!
I met Charlie Sheen’s dad when I was in Jr high and I felt like I basically met Charlie Sheen. That was pre bad life decisions for him and I may have had a minor crush on him.
I feel like every room is the messiest room! In reality it’s probably the kids room and my bedroom but I blame my husband for that! Ha!
The run today was going to be a nice and easy run/walk since Monday I ran 45 minutes with no breaks (longest run w/ no walk breaks post injury) but I felt so good i threw in some fartleks. Then I went to the gym for upper body.
Have a great day!

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Hahah I hope your husband loves your mudroom idea too! Oh and you practically did meet Charlie Sheen:) HUGE CONGRATS on your 45 minute runYou are coming back from your injury on fire! Awesome job on your fartleks too. Thanks Jenny, you too!

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Your St. George shoes really are beautiful! And yay for Brooke doing cc! It’s such a fun sport to share with kids.

I am currently just trying to rehab my ankle. I had a few great runs but it started to hurt yesterday so I am backing way off, so that is my goal right now :)

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Thanks so much Marissa! I am so bummed that your ankle started to hurt yesterday… nooo. That is the perfect goal and I am hoping you will be back running feeling 100% asap!

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Two teenage boys = bedrooms that often look like a tornado threw up in them. Hands down the worst rooms in the house.

My current running goal is keep running – I need a Dr Bennett in my life.

I have zero cares or goals to meet famous people but I did meet Frank Fredericks (4 Olympic silver medals) once at a BYU track camp. He’s not famous in the US but he is in Namibia and beat Michael Johnson several times (who is famous in the US). (How’s that for reaching? *rofl* My life is very, very normal.)

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Hahah I can only imagine! I’ve heard before that messy rooms are a good kid’s form of rebellion;) Oh I so wish you could go to Dr. B… injuries are the worst. That is awesome about Frank Fredericks and his 4 Olympic silver medals… wow!

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Great job on the mudroom! My youngest (14 years old) LOVES to organize. He did not get that from me–thank heavens his Dad’s organizational skills passed on to at least one of our kids, haha! Over spring break he asked if he could organize our laundry/mud room. Um, dude…YES! I asked if he wanted me to pay him and he said it would be nice but only if I wanted to. Seriously, best $20 I spent in a long time and he was happy as a clam tidying up everyone’s stuff. He begs his siblings to let him help clean their rooms but they know how ruthless he is with throwing out old papers and useless things, so they all say “No, we’re good, thanks.” You can probably guess which rooms of our house are the messiest. :)

Your Boston plan sounds exciting and fun. I hope it’s a great experience this go round. I first read this post on my phone and when you said that Andrew got bleacher seats, I didn’t originally see the picture and I thought he’d snagged some seats to a Red Sox game at first, haha. My thought was, “Oh cool, baseball game for Andrew, race for Janae.” But then I saw the pass and thought, “Um, duh, of course bleacher seats at Janae’s race would be awesome too!” Haha! I really hope the weather is great this year and that not having any mental-game pressure going in makes it way better than 2015 for you. In fact, with your predicted time, I was thinking what an amazing pacer (not purposely, of course, just by default) you would probably be for everyone around you who might have sub-4 goals. You’re so positive and kind, I bet without even realizing it, you might help a ton of people along the way realize their “dream time.” Which then made me wonder…have you ever done a Disney race? I don’t think I remember ever reading about you doing one (but I’ve reading since 2012, I think?…so anything before that I’m spotty on). Anyway, I wondered that because I realized you would probably be an amazing pacer for one of those races too. Really fun and definitely the right balance of “You got this, keep going!” and “Yes I totally want a picture with Minnie Mouse too, let’s do it!” Haha! Anyway, that was random, but good luck in Boston on Monday! I’ll be cheering for everyone running it.

I realized as I thought about your famous people question that I’m getting old. I’ve surprisingly met a lot of them in my lifetime. When I was young and used to wish to meet famous people or stand in line at concerts/etc to do it, I tended to meet fewer. Now I randomly run into famous people so a lot of times it’s just like, “Oh, hey, that’s so-and-so. Cool.” Except when I met your mom in line at Walmart…I kind of fangirled a bit. And she was the sweetest. :) Most recently though, I mostly am the picture taker for my kids to meet people. I’ll go to author signings with my daughter, we’ll stagedoor for some of the Broadway touring shows we see (the Wicked cast and the Hamilton cast were SO GOOD to my kids…I really hate the grief the Hamilton cast got from our city, they were genuinely gracious and kind to my kids and some of the things people said to them over the weeks they were here was pretty rotten). Years ago we ran into Steven Sharp Nelson from The Piano Guys at the Lego Store right after it opened. He had just gotten in from doing their video for the Kung Fu Panda song in China. He was exhausted, but he was there with his wife and kids and he was SO SO kind to my oldest kids (teens at the time). Beyond gracious, let them take pics with him, his wife even came over and looked at the pic on my phone and said it was so great and how happy she was the kids talked to him. Awesome people. My favorites are the LDS apostles we’ve met, and I even met President Howard W. Hunter when he was the prophet and I was 18 years old and an ASL interpreter for the Orlando Temple dedication. Very special for me. Last Easter though, we went to the Messiah concert at the Tabernacle and Elder Uchtdorf and his wife came over to my youngest after the concert to talk to him. Elder Uchtdorf told him that Sister Uchtdorf pointed my son out part way through the performance and said, “Look at how nicely that young man is dressed. We need to go meet him afterwards and tell him how handsome he is.” It was a really special moment for him because he had borrowed his older brother’s bowtie and was so worried all evening if he “looked okay.” Plus he still gets very self-conscious in his wheelchair, especially when we get placed in the disability seating at special events. So all evening he was worried about people looking at him and was having a lot of anxiety about it. To have Elder Uchtdorf and his wife make a beeline for him directly after the concert–especially as people were trying to talk to him (he was very kind but he kept saying, “Oh, yes, I would love to speak with you, but please wait a moment, I must see my young friend here first…”)–it was pretty life changing for him and definitely a miraculous moment for our family to witness because we knew how much he needed to hear the things Elder and Sister Uchtdorf were saying to him.

Have an awesome Wednesday, Janae. Stay dry and warm. I feel like Monday was a late April Fools joke on all of Utah. *sigh*

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Can you send your son over to our house… haha HE IS AWESOME!! My niece is like that too, she just loves to organize and whenever she is over I find her organizing random things! We are totally going to a baseball game while we are there and Andrew can’t wait. I have never paced or done a Disney race… both things I NEED to do! They are both on my goals list. My mom was so happy when she met you and I would LOVE to meet you. I didn’t hear about the grief that the cast got here… that is too bad. I am so happy your kids were able to meet them!
Your story about Elder Uchtdorf and his wife just made me tear up. What an amazing experience. I just love him.

Thank you Michelle, I love hearing from you and learning from you. Have a wonderful day!

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We totally need to meet up! I keep thinking one of these days I’ll just end up seeing you around town and then I’ll probably fangirl over you just like I did when I met your mom, haha! Your niece and my son should probably start an organization business. They’d make bank! Marie Kondo who? Haha! And that’s awesome that you guys are going to get in a game. I mean, it’s Fenway…how can you not?? We’re planning to hit a couple of states in the NE this summer for our vacation and Boston is a stop-over (gotta hit those American history, aka “National Treasure” sites) and my husband said he really wanted to try to get in a game, or at minimum a tour of the stadium. I’m a Red Sox fan so I was all, “Obviously!” Snape-style, haha! And yeah, the Hamilton thing actually made national headlines. Pretty embarrassing for SLC, tbh. :/

Thanks for your sweet words about our Elder & Sis. Uchtdorf story. I know for some people it’s difficult to understand why that might be a big deal, but there were so many layers to that exchange for our family and it is something that when moments get tough, I remember that the Lord does know exactly what we are feeling and thinking and He sends the people who will touch us the very most when we need it–even if they happen to be an apostle and his wife. :) Also, I always try to tell people this…you think they are both beautiful people on TV or in official press photos…yeah, that has nothing on how they look in real life! Seriously the two most gorgeous people I have ever seen EVER. Not even kidding. Stunning! Also, Sister Uchtdorf is pretty much who I want to be when I grow up (someday). She’s so graceful and kind and elegant. I really love her, just as much as I love him! Have a great one, Janae! Thanks for the smiles this morning!

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After my last half, I am running without goals until I figure out when my next race is. It’s wonderful taking it slow and enjoying the run.

We have a second room at our house that has regrettably become our junk drawer. We don’t have kids or really any need for an extra room, but it makes a great place to store clothes mountain until I find time to fold.

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Keep enjoying this time in your running and let me know when you figure out your next race! That room sounds perfect for the clothes mountains! Have a beautiful day Libbie!

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Great I will look for Andrew in the stands. It will be interesting to see your comparison of running Boston in 2015 vs. after running an ultra. I think you are going to be so relaxed. I met Christy Turlington in the portapotty line in 2016, she is super nice. I would love to meet Kristin Armstrong, she seems very down to earth as a runner who likes what we like, to do hard things with friends.

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I have been trying to take all the pressure off of my running lately, because im definitely not in running shape and it just makes me feel bad to see my paces / walking, etc. SO i’ve been allowing myself to just MOVE how it feels good, which means sometimes without tracking it and sometimes without even my phone, just running with my dog a little bit during a walk, or running in sandals, or running one mile, or running as far as I can but without ever knowing how far i went. Its going well ! I’m hoping to get back into a running routine and training for some type of distance this summer

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Joan Benoit Samuelson is running Boston this year!!!!!

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I met Ladd Drummond a couple weeks ago. I guess he counts as a celebrity? 😄

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Living in Los Angeles, we see a lot of famous people, but rarely try to meet them. We flew from Nashville to LA with Dolly Pardon – she was super sweet to everyone at the gate. Lily Tomlin was at the gate when we arrived (obviously pre 9/11) We’ve also seen Jerry Mathers (Beaver), Tom Selleck and Arnold Schwarzenegger. And this one’s for Andrew – we were on a flight with Tommy Lasorda – he was so kind and hilarious!

Les’ office is definitely the messiest room in the house! He works from home and I try to clean around his piles ;)

No current running goals for me. I’ve been struggling with injuries but am slowly improving.

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I got to meet and get autographs of Kara goucher and Ryan all the expo of San Diego half marathon in 2010! Have my pictures framed!!

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I had a crazy opportunity meet Obama right before he declared his candidacy for president. We were on the same plan from DC to Chicago. It was a crazy time of life when I was in a interview process with the CIA and we had a really nice conversation.

Otherwise I am a baseball nut so while in college I met Lou Piniella and Tina Martinez because I worked for the baseball office and they were helping with our fundraiser because they went to school there too. I turned into a 12 year old fan when I met them, I was so excited!

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The messiest room in our house is deff. the kitchen because my hubby does the cooking (LOL). I am seriously jealous of your mud room!

I have running goals to build up endurance by working on my base. My 50 miler is in September so I have time before training gets specific.

I am excited to follow along with you at Boston!

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I check Shawn Johnson’s instagram from time to time. She’s pregnant! I’m hoping she doesn’t run the marathon, but is there as a spectator so you get to meet her :)

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Hi!
The running program sounds so great for getting elementary kids started and excited about running and exercise in general!
Our school does not offer this at this time. If you’re able to share, do you mind letting us know where you could find the cross country charms and incentive necklace and share the chart they’re using? Thanks! :)

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Oh, I hope Shawn Johnson is still going to be there for you. I know she is pregnant now and has had a rough time conceiving, so I hope that she has clearance and/or isn’t being overly cautious. She seems like SUCH a sweetheart and I would totally go fangirlie over her, too.

That necklace is such a great idea for Brooke. Definitely a motivator for that cutie!

Have fun on Monday!

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I’ve met several country artists…..i always get giddy, ha! And Kimberly Williams Paisley, Elijah Wood, and Scott Hamilton (the backflipping ice skater).

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Oh, and the Wild Kratts….from PBS….they filmed an episode with our penguins!

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Seriously, between a 3:30 and a 3:50 for Monday? I’m guess you’ll beat 3:30 for sure. I’m guessing 3:26 just because all the ultra training will you make this race feel a tad bit easier, no trails and lots of ups and downs. You’ll probably feel way better than you expected! Especially if the weather is decent! Great luck!

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