I Set A New PR (not an April fools joke even though I know you are thinking it is one;) + Weekending!

(Shorts, bra, shoes)

Runner’s Corner and I are back together again, and I will be racing for them this year!  I’m excited to sport the logo and be on the team with Lauren.

Lauren and I decided at the very last second to jump into a 4.01k (2.49 miles), which we were excited about because it meant we would get an automatic PR regardless of what time we ran. The race was UVU (a local university) Race to Retirement, hence the 401k distance.  It’s pretty clever if you ask me.

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We decided to jump into shorter races and rip the bandaid off with this one. I love racing, but I want to take a break from the longer ones right now, so I want to jump into any shorter ones I can find. I googled races near me, and this 4.01K popped up. We were probably the last people to have signed up.

It was lovely to wake up naturally at 7 and then meet my friends for a 6-mile slow warm-up.  I had an almond butter bar from Costco (so good) and then a caffeinated gel at about 8:30.

This race hosted a kids’ race and Zumba on the field for a warm-up!  I didn’t know there was a kid’s race, so don’t tell my kids because they will be so sad they missed it.  They were at home with Andrew and my friend, Jo took pictures of us racing.

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We lined up at the 200m line, and this track was pretty cool because if you just kept going straight, it took you directly to the road, so we left from there to the roads and then came back through the same spot and finished on the track.

We should have done some strides and drills before the race, but we didn’t and just went right into it. The first 100m was a full-on sprint, haha. Pacing has never been my strength.

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I learned something new about my watch during the race, which made it hard to figure out my splits—> If you push the lap button (which I did right at the beginning because I was adding the race onto what I already had done) and then push the button to go to the lap only screen (what I wanted to see), then it automatically discards your lap.  I was so confused and tried it a few times before realizing what was going on, so I don’t have clear splits because it kept discarding my laps.

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Back to the race… We were in synch so much that we were even blinking simultaneously.

The race was small but surprisingly really well-marked! Volunteers at each turn told you which way to go, and cones were placed at any place that you might question if you were on the course.

That first mile felt like a million bucks. It was a slight down (like 20 ft), tailwind, and just on the roads or track. The second mile is when the pain really kicked in for me. There was a bit of a headwind, the tiniest up and jumping off and on the sidewalk. I knew that I only had a few minutes of pain left, and I kept reminding myself to focus on doing the best I could at that exact moment.

The pain that occurs during a short race vs a long race is so wildly different to me.  I always feel like I’m going to die at the end of a marathon, but the end of the short stuff, where I have been at my max HR for approximately 14 minutes straight, is a pain I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy unless they too are someone that pays money to put themselves in this type of pain cave.

My goal was under 15 minutes, and I was happy to see 14 on the clock as I approached it.  We took 1st and 2nd!  The race says we ran a 5:56 pace but with the data I did get, I’m guessing my average was probably close to 6:05.

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They had all sorts of refreshments afterward, but sadly, our bodies could only handle one bite right after the race because our stomachs were so off after pushing as hard as we did.

It’s probably my only race this year beating Lauren, haha, as she is freshly postpartum and just now racing again.

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We left with a $10 gift card, off to buy another Skims dupe t-shirt with it;)

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And now, let’s get into the rest of the weekend:

Andrew was on call all weekend but we lucked out by him only having to go in for a few hours.

My sister invited my kids over to her house and that left me and Andrew only one option of things to do, go get massive burritos.  I think this is my new favorite post-race meal.

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We went and watched the BYU cheerleaders perform their routine before they go to Florida to compete.  IT. WAS. AMAZING.

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Skye wants to be a cheerleader now.

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We had my family over for Easter dinner….

for a burger bar!

And of course, an egg hunt.

When did you get your last running personal record?

What is the shortest race distance you have competed in?

What was the best part of your weekend?

Happy April—> Who has a birthday, anniversary, or race this month?

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WOW! CONGRATULATIONS, Janae! You took first at a sprint race…you’re so amazing!
I love your idea of a burger bar for Easter! Being able to provide everyone with options for what they want for a meal is so smart!
Wishing you a wonderful week!


Oh thank you so much, Joy! You are the best! Thank you and I hope you have a wonderful week too!


Great race!! And I can’t wait to watch you run with Runners Corner, it was so fun to be along for the ride the last time you ran with them.
My last PR was Indy Marathon. I still can’t believe how magical that race was!!
My husband’s birthday is this month. I may like celebrating his birthday more than my own.
Speaking of burritos! I’m doing make-you-own burritos for our run club dinner tonight! Pulled pork, rice, tomatillo salsa, pico de gallo, guac, pinto beans, cheese. I just baked off cookies too this morning. Freshly baked chocolate chip cookie aroma is a great way to start the day.


Thank you, Molly! You had the best Indy Marathon there ever was and your experience makes me want to run it so bad! Okay, that is brilliant for run club, I will be copying you soon with that. Enjoy run club and celebrating basically your birthday this month:).


Congrats on a great race and being part of Runner’s Corner again!
Best part of weekend was seeing my parents’ neighbors (three girls) be the best friends/ baby sitters to my three kids when they joined us for Easter. And they got our kids so tired running around that all three fell asleep driving home- WIN! ha.
My birthday is April 24 :)
Have an awesome week, Janae! (also so cute seeing Brooke in the BYU-Hawaii hoodie Friday– isn’t that where you spent a semester?)


Thanks Courtney and you have the best memory! Seeing her in the sweatshirt brings me all of the best memories of my time there. I love that they were able to connect, seeing that is the best. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MONTH, COURTNEY!


It’s so exciting that you’re back on the Team! Congrats!

I’m legit so scared to try to PR anything less than 10K (the shorter the distance, the more terrified I get). It hurts sooooOOOOO much lol

I guess technically (?!) my shortest distance competed was 100m (Sprinter and Hurdler in middle and high school).<3

My Momma's birthday is the 11th! W00t w00t, partyyyyy!


Thank you, Tiffany! It will be a fun year of racing together! Yep, the pain is so much more intense the shorter you go. Happiest birthday month to your mom, I hope you guys do something fun together. Have a beautiful day!


Congrats Janae! Yes short races hurt. A 10km hurts more than any ultramarathon lol. My last pr was a while ago haha. But I did run a lot this weekend. 8 miles on Friday and almost 19 miles Saturday – while Jason biked lol and River ran part of it before getting a ride in the buddy rider. And then yesterday we went for a bike ride for fish and chips in Steveston because it was a bluebird day. We are all wiped now lol. Thankfully we have a 4 day weekend because pretty sure I am not moving today ha.

It’s River birthday this month -the 24th and then 2 days later its my moms birthday.

Have a fantastic day Janae!


I fully agree with you… the pain is just so intense and I’d rather hurt less for much longer haha. You got in so many miles and I love that you got some of those miles with Jason and River too! The best fish and chips we have ever had was in BC! I’m guessing yours in Steveston were heavenly! Enjoy a low key day and happiest birthday months to River and your mom. Thanks friend, you too!


Please post a picture of your almond butter bar from Costco. I googled it and it said the item couldn’t be found. I am in TX so maybe it is a regional product. Your family is such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing!


I hope your Costco has them, if not I’ll send them to you! The brand is Nature Valley and they are called Biscuits Almond Butter! I’ll send you a pic too:). Have a beautiful day!


What a fun event and congrats on the win! Skye looks fearless as a cheerleader ;)

Shortest race = 5k.

I turn 60 at the end of the month! Some days I’m shocked at that number and other days I feel every one of my years. Thankfully, birthdays don’t bother me. Just another excuse for an out of town adventure!


60 this month! Kathy! You are goals to me. You are so active, healthy, and adventurous. I am so impressed by you and I hope you celebrate all month!


So fun! I do love short distances. Last summer I raced a mile on the track, and then signed up for the 400 after. I thought I’d have a few minutes to recover and pull myself together but they reassigned me a lane and told me to get running! It was so hard, and I’d totally do it again.

PS – the adidas sale shorts are awesome!


This makes me so happy… they are just so good! Okay, you are BRAVE! That is so awesome and now I’m inspired to someday sign up for a mile and a 400. My muscles hurt already just thinking about it ha. Have a great evening!


I love that you tried out a shorter race! I’ve been so curious to see how you would do with shorter distances because you are such a beast at the longer ones! I’ve done two fulls and a couple halfs, but have been sticking to shorter distances the past few years and find them really enjoyable :) I enjoy the shorter training a lot more too. (which is probably the most important thing). How fun to win the race!!! That’s a stretch dream of mine ;) I’m excited to see what you do and thanks as always for letting us follow along!
I do have a birthday this month and am trying to figure out how to treat myself somehow..:)

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