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Friday, June 21, 2024

Classes from every of my 17 marathons + Weekending.

I didn’t miss going operating this weekend, however I did miss WANTING to go for a run.


I’m going to take that as an indication that extra day off is required and I’m not going to power issues… I’ll wait till my thoughts and physique need to run once more.

We did get out for some walks over the weekend and that felt nice. Beck insists on sporting Knox’s sweatshirt.

We ate at Cafe Rio, which introduced again fond recollections of taking Brooke to eat there 2 x per week for the primary 5 years of her life;)



I like their tacos a lot. 

We froze at a soccer sport.

Brooke performed so effectively and we name her the ‘Brooke Wall’ hahah… she loves taking part in protection.

We additionally noticed the Mario film (the youngsters beloved it), ate chocolate chip pancakes and slept in each Saturday and Sunday. It was a profitable weekend.

Additionally, the London marathon… INCREDIBLE. Sifan Hassan’s end was unimaginable and she or he gained her debut marathon with 2:18:33 (and she or he even needed to cease twice to stretch) and Kelvin Kiptum with a 2:01:25 (his second marathon):


Time to replace my classes discovered from every marathon publish.

I had 4 new marathons so as to add to it, and I hope it’s useful for anybody with a marathon arising.  

In doing this publish, it made me understand that this final Boston was my seventeenth marathon! I believed it was my sixteenth, however I used to be flawed.

1. Salt Lake Metropolis Marathon 2010. 3:20

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-This was my first marathon and the primary race I had ever skilled for (I had accomplished one 1/2 marathon earlier than this however didn’t prepare for it and paid for that by being sore for 3 weeks straight).  I discovered that day how a lot I like the marathon.  I went into the marathon pondering it will be a one-and-done expertise and left the race course craving increasingly.  My purpose was to finish the race, and I completed fifth girl total.  I had by no means actually felt like I excelled in plenty of issues at this level in my life (extra I simply received by whether or not it was education/sports activities/hobbies, and I used to be by no means very constant), and I spotted I had uncovered a giant ardour of mine and that was extraordinarily thrilling.   It modified my life as a result of ever since that day, I’ve dreamed about what marathon is subsequent!

-My first three marathons had been earlier than I began running a blog, and I didn’t know a lot concerning the sport in any respect, so I WORE RACING FLATS for the primary time EVER for my first 26.2 miles.  My toes damage so unhealthy, and I discovered lots about not attempting something new on race day.

-To eat.  I noticed folks consuming whereas operating the marathon, which confused me at first, and I discovered the onerous approach when the wall hit me like a prepare.  I discovered that you just NEED to eat all through the race as a result of a couple of sips of Gatorade isn’t going to chop it.  It took about seven extra marathons to learn the way a lot and the way usually to eat, however this was the primary time I had any thought that individuals ate whereas operating.

2.  Utah Valley Marathon 2010.  3:08.  The one image I might discover from this race… it’s just a little one.

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-I don’t bear in mind this race that effectively, however I do bear in mind being on the beginning line in a tank high and shorts, and it was SNOWING.  I bear in mind pondering… I most likely ought to have accomplished some research about what to put on.

-Don’t run a race that passes proper in entrance of your home at mile 23… the psychological take a look at of not simply operating straight inside to my sofa as a substitute of ending the race shouldn’t be a take a look at I need to take once more.

-Don’t be upset within the steps alongside the best way to get to your large objectives (though this took me a couple of marathons to study).  After my first marathon, I informed myself that my subsequent marathon could be sub 3… so whereas I had a 12-minute PR, I used to be mad I didn’t get 2:59.  Little did I do know it will take me eight years and that these large objectives of ours take a lot time and work.  Life is much more enjoyable if we rejoice the small victories alongside the best way.

3.  High of Utah Marathon 2010.  3:04.

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-I came upon that I used to be going to run this race three days earlier than the race.  I bear in mind it being a wonderful day as a result of I had zero stress on myself (as a result of it was such a last-second factor), which made all of the distinction.  I cheered for myself and talked positively, so whereas the taper/coaching wasn’t nice for this race… my psychological sport gave me one other PR, and I discovered how good it’s to not put a lot stress on ourselves.  We carry out a lot better if we’re optimistic and benefit from the expertise rather more.

-I bear in mind totally throughout this marathon studying about how a lot issues change.  I bear in mind hurting midway by the race and questioning how I’d maintain on however then reminding myself that the ache is available in waves.  Lastly, I simply informed myself to get by the mile I used to be in and that I used to be going to really feel higher afterward.  It’s loopy how a lot issues change all through a marathon, and that day I saved reminding myself to carry on till the subsequent wave of emotions.

-This lesson was extra of a results of this marathon, so afterward:  My large accidents began proper after this race… from knee issues to emphasize fractures, to you title it, my physique was not completely satisfied.   I discovered by these first marathons that you just can’t under-fuel your physique and count on it to run.  It’d work for a season, however after that, you might be toast.  I used to be coping with amenorrhea and never giving my physique what was wanted for my exercise.  My physique broke down after this marathon, and I’m operating MUCH quicker now… 25ish lbs heavier.  I didn’t run one other marathon after this one till I had an everyday menstrual cycle once more.

4.   New York Metropolis Marathon 2011. 3:35.

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-How a lot better bagels are in New York in comparison with Utah.  I bear in mind taking full benefit of the bagels and different free meals within the village earlier than the race and having cramping points.   So whereas I like free meals, consuming what you’ve got skilled with on race day is important.

-Operating with folks is enjoyable.  Sarah and I bumped into one another within the corrals at the start after which ran the whole race collectively.  The one different individual I had ever run with earlier than this was my sister, and I spotted throughout this race how a lot I LOVE the social facet that we will acquire from operating.

-That there’s all the time one other race.  All the time.  Earlier that 12 months, I needed to drop out of Boston due to femoral stress fractures proper earlier than the race.  I used to be DEVASTATED.  I believed my operating life was over and was unhappy concerning the state of affairs.  I used to be capable of do New York as a substitute that 12 months, and it was an unforgettable day.  I need to return to this race as a result of there may be nothing prefer it.   I additionally discovered that day that not each race could be a PR, and for me personally, I want these races too… the place I’m simply there to sit down again and loosen up (which can solely make sense to us loopy runners;) and take within the surroundings.

5.  Utah Valley Marathon 2014.  3:29.


-I discovered from this marathon that pool operating is fabulous for our cardio however doesn’t put together us for any hills.  Oh, and pool operating softens your toes, leading to horrible blood blisters in your toes throughout the race.  Main as much as this marathon, I had an harm and spent 5 weeks within the pool main as much as the race (I feel with only one run in these 5 weeks a couple of days earlier than the race ((like a three-miler)).  Pool operating helped me maintain onto plenty of my cardio health however not the muscular energy I wanted for a marathon.  Lengthy story brief, it’s doable to solely pool run for 5 weeks main as much as a marathon, however it isn’t pleasurable.

-Emotional ache will drain your operating.  This was my first marathon after my divorce, and Brooke was being picked up that morning ON the course.  Regardless of how match we’re… some issues damage so badly emotionally and drain us.  It wasn’t the time for me to be taking pictures for race objectives… I ought to have been spending extra time on therapeutic and processing what I had been by.

– I discovered how extremely painful it’s to exit WAY too quick in a race to your present health degree.  I went out at a tempo that I used to have the ability to deal with and wasn’t match sufficient to do it at that time.  That third section damage badly, and by chance, I had my sister there to inform me tales the whole time.

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6.  St. George Marathon 2014.  3:12.

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-I discovered that day that the St. George Marathon is my absolute favourite marathon, and my opinion has not swayed from that:). I grew up in St. George and love that place with all of my coronary heart.  The pink rock, the beautiful surroundings all alongside the best way, the entire metropolis is out to cheer on the runners, and the course made me fall so deeply in love with this course.

-My first adverse break up race ever.  I’m certain the St. George course had one thing to do with that, however it was my first expertise pacing a course effectively, and the way good it felt to hurry up because the race went on fairly than decelerate, which is what has occurred within the majority of my marathons:)

-It was my first marathon ever with Brooke on the end line, and I discovered that day how a lot that meant to me and the way a lot having my folks on the end line received me by a few of the powerful miles.

7.  Boston 2015.  3:12.

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-TO ADJUST YOUR TIME GOALS TO THE WEATHER.  This was a 12 months of main headwind (I feel it was 30 mph a lot of the approach) and plenty of rain and chilly.  I used to be cussed and went out for my time purpose of three:00, after which beginning at mile 17ish, I slowed down increasingly with every mile.  If the climate is horrible, there’ll all the time be one other race the place you possibly can go to your time purpose.  Focus in your effort and doing all of your greatest, however should you don’t modify your paces a bit… the climate WILL catch as much as you.

-Purple eyes + Janae = catastrophe.  I discovered for that race by no means to take a red-eye once more on my method to a race.  I felt wrecked, and it wasn’t well worth the $50 I saved on the redeye, ha.  Our sleep main as much as a race is SO vital, so prioritize that in case you are taking pictures for a PR.

-SAVE IT FOR THE HILLS!  This course is really easy to get misplaced in pace throughout the first half, however you need to save a few of your fuel for the hills and miles 18-21ish.

8.  Tucson 2015.  3:10.

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-To remain in my very own lane.  I went out too quick for a lot of causes, however one in every of them was that I needed to catch the woman forward of me.  That form of factor works nice on the finish of the race, however not at the start.  At about mile 13 or so, I noticed her peel off the course, and a special runner jumped on, and I spotted then that THEY WERE DOING A RELAY… My competitiveness brought about me to exit quicker than I used to be prepared for after which crash and burn the final 10k as I used to be racing in opposition to somebody in a special race.  The marathon can chew you should you don’t tempo properly, so this one taught me to run the paces I do know I have to run no matter what everyone seems to be doing round me.

-To offer your physique a break when it wants it.  I had been in marathon coaching for the whole 12 months till this level, with some well being downside thrown in, forcing me to overlook St. George that 12 months.  We’ve SO a few years of racing and only one physique… I actually ought to have let my physique get well higher and heal earlier than attempting one other marathon, so shortly after being so sick!

-To double knot your footwear for a marathon, and I’ve ever since.

9.  St. George 2016.  3:15.


-I discovered at this race that I had married probably the most supportive individual on the planet.  Andrew and I had simply gotten married a couple of months earlier than this marathon, and he had Brooke and Knox (3 on the time) everywhere in the course to cheer me on as many instances as attainable.  I had craved having a accomplice to help and be supported by for SO SO SO lengthy, and it was lastly occurring—no higher feeling on the planet.

-I discovered that day that visors are one of the best when operating a sunny/scorching race.  They preserve the solar out of your eyes whereas permitting the warmth to flee out of your head nonetheless.

-All the time put luggage of ice in your sports activities bra when you’re scorching throughout a marathon, after which thank me later for the tip.  It cools you down SO quick.

10.  St. George 2018. 2:59.

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-I’m not going to cry, I’m not going to cry, I’m not going to cry <— simply one thing I’ve to remind myself after I assume deeply about this race as a result of it was such an unimaginable expertise.  I discovered how worthwhile it’s to focus in your current.  Specializing in the miles up forward is a waste of vitality and time.   If I will be current and deal with doing one of the best I can at that second… that’s all I can do.  Placing my ideas on the longer term brings me anxiousness and a stomachache ha.

-Deena Kastor is one of the best marathon instructor.  I learn her e-book earlier than this race, and it made all of the distinction on race day for me.  I centered on gratitude all through the miles and particularly when issues damage.  I MADE my very own pleasure after I needed to deal with my cramping.  I made a decision to be cussed about my objectives fairly than letting them fall by my fingers once more due to quitting and slowing down.  I selected to really feel like I BELONGED and that I had management over the end result that day.

-I discovered how a lot sweeter undertaking the purpose feels while you’ve put within the work, failed over and over, and dreamed about one thing for a very long time.  If my purpose of a sub-3 marathon was met on my 2nd marathon like I needed it to, I don’t assume I’d have felt as superb as I did after the marathon eight years in the past.  God’s plan is one of the best plan, and celebrating that sub 3 with Andrew and my children was simply one of the best of one of the best, and I wouldn’t have it every other approach.

-Okay, 4 for this one.  You’ll be able to idiot your self into pondering your legs aren’t that drained throughout a race.  You’ll be able to trick your self into hitting your dream paces even when your mind tells you to decelerate…. BUT you CANNOT idiot poor racing vitamin.   In 2011, I ate sweet on the best way to the beginning of a half marathon and felt like demise throughout the race.  I had a couple of marathons the place I began fueling at mile 15 and just about needed to crawl the final 6 miles.  BUT what I actually bear in mind is the races the place I fueled correctly, and whereas I used to be drained on the finish, I by no means felt that depleted/zero glycogen/need to die feeling throughout the race.  I now go into half-marathons and marathons, consuming 600+ energy within the morning and fueling often all through the race (each 30-40 minutes).  Fueling accurately has been a game-changer for my operating, and I’m so glad I now know the way rather more pleasurable lengthy runs/marathons are actually that I’m consuming sufficient.  We don’t count on our vehicles to run with out fuel, so why would we count on our our bodies to run with out energy throughout a race?!

11.  Boston 2019.  3:28.

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-I did this marathon only a few weeks after my 50 miler, so I didn’t go into it with any time objectives.  I took each step of the expertise and loved it.  I smiled, waved, ate the whole lot folks handed out to me, and I’ve one of the best recollections from that day.  This race taught me how enjoyable it’s to do a race for enjoyable at times.  Why not simply take pleasure in it and soak all of it in?!

-In the event you smile just about for a whole marathon… your cheeks might be sore the subsequent day.

-Runners are a few of the best possible folks on the market.  That’s the factor about Boston… the precise race is unimaginable (and it’s so enjoyable to speak to so many various runners alongside the best way), however the entire weekend—> Individuals are simply one of the best.  Everybody is worked up to listen to about one another, supportive, and pleasant!

12.  St. George 2019 2:49

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-Dream larger than you assume you must.  After I received my first sub-three at St. George, I believed there was no likelihood I might ever run it any quicker than that.  The women I skilled with for this race dreamed so large, and I jumped on that prepare, and it took me to a 10-minute PR.  It made me understand that we maintain ourselves again once we inform ourselves now we have already hit our potential… there may be a lot extra in us!  

-Coaching with a crew was one of the best factor attainable for my operating.  They made me a lot quicker by chasing after them throughout pace and stronger by getting me on the paths 2-3 instances per week.  I can’t advocate coaching with others sufficient in case you have the prospect if you wish to hit a giant purpose.

-Having somebody to run a marathon with virtually feels unlawful.  The advantages I received from operating 25.5 of the miles with Emilee had been insane.  We pushed one another when the opposite was struggling.  We saved going as a result of we knew the opposite individual was hurting, and so they weren’t quitting.  We inspired one another.  We had inside jokes.  We had been so in sync.  We higher get the prospect to do this once more!

13.  CIM 2019 2:58

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-CIM is a really hilly course.  Folks warned me repeatedly about this, and I believed I wouldn’t even discover the hills due to what number of trails we had been doing… however then I received there and couldn’t consider what number of ups and downs there have been.  I feel folks say it’s a quick course due to the opposite superb racers’ vitality, and the crowds are unimaginable.  I additionally assume the climate is ideal for many years and helps folks run quicker.  

-DO NOT FLY IN THE DAY BEFORE A GOAL RACE.  It was go go go the day earlier than the race that I had little or no time to relaxation.  My greatest marathons occur after I spend a lot of the day earlier than my marathon off my toes, and that didn’t occur.

-Sea degree doesn’t routinely make me fly;). Nonetheless, I used to be certain main as much as the race that racing at sea degree could be magic since I prepare at altitude.  Possibly it’s as a result of I received there only a day earlier than the race, however I didn’t really feel a distinction.  

-That back-to-back marathons are extraordinarily powerful!  Emilee and I felt fully fried going into the race as a result of it was solely two months after our enormous PR at St. George.  We needed to strive for an OTQ earlier than the deadline, so that’s the reason we did it.  I don’t advocate racing marathons so shut to one another.  

-No one else cares about what the time on the clock says while you cross the end line.  I used to be 13 minutes off of my purpose, and never one individual modified how a lot they beloved me:). My children, Andrew, household, buddies, and the web operating neighborhood… nothing modified after I didn’t hit my purpose.  It doesn’t matter what occurs on race day, your folks will love you no matter lacking your objectives.

14. Boston 2022 2:54

-This was my first marathon again after having Beck, and he was 17 months outdated. I had been coaching for a 17-mile path race for a couple of months, so I did have an excellent base, however I didn’t know I’d run Boston till Amazon reached out to me with the provide about seven weeks beforehand. It was a brief marathon coaching block, and I had no thought what to anticipate on race day, however it was my strongest marathon ever (this looks like my quickest marathon as a result of it isn’t as downhill as my quicker instances).

I preserve attempting to determine why it was my strongest race marathon, and I feel it comes right down to–> I did plenty of path operating main as much as it, I used to be energy coaching persistently for the primary time, and I additionally used the Peloton bike as a part of my coaching. I peaked at 70 miles for 2 weeks, and the opposite weeks had been decrease. I feel 70 is the place I need to peak from right here on out as a result of I don’t assume I can correctly get well with the whole lot now we have happening in life with increased mileage than that. And who is aware of, perhaps brief blocks are higher for me?!

-I didn’t actually have a purpose for this race, and I feel that really helped me mentally. The thought of breaking 3 was in my head, however I didn’t put any stress on myself to run it. As a substitute, I went with the move and the way my physique felt, which paid off.

-This was my first marathon the place I feel I found out the carb load (due to this calculator. It’s far more carbs than I believed and fairly tough to get all of them in, however I by no means felt like I hit the wall throughout this marathon, partly from the carb load and since I took a gel diligently each 4 miles of the marathon.





-My greatest racing occurs after I do it with a pal. Lauren and I had been collectively for 18ish miles of this race, which was one of the best. It’s just a little embarrassing how a lot we nonetheless speak about today collectively, ha. It was magic. One thing about fascinated about the pal subsequent to you and the way you might be doing takes us out of fascinated about our personal struggling.

15. St. George 2022 2:47

-I NEED TO HEAT TRAIN. I run in a sports activities bra when it’s snowing. I run tremendous scorching and have to keep in mind that when coaching for a race that could possibly be scorching, like St. George. I did go to the sauna usually main as much as this race, however I don’t assume that helped… I want to really run within the warmth a couple of days per week if there’s a likelihood race day might be scorching.

-To hold a bottle or two with me. I used to be alleged to get bottles at this race from the ‘elite tables’ however couldn’t get to my Gatorade for a couple of of the stations due to congestion. I sufffffffered due to it… I like to hold a bottle of Gatorade with me for the primary tenish miles as a result of the gels I exploit (Maurtens), don’t include electrolytes, so I have to get them from my very own bottles (I can by no means drink sufficient from cups).





-Racing throughout a marathon coaching block is my favourite method to prepare. I like doing shorter races main as much as a marathon as a part of coaching, and I did loads of that in this coaching cycle. Course help throughout a pace exercise and all of the enjoyable that comes with the neighborhood at races–> sure, please.

-If attainable, have somebody hand you luggage of ice alongside the best way throughout scorching races.  Sticking it in my sports activities bra, placing some on my head, and consuming the ice helped a lot.  

-Having infants doesn’t imply we are going to decelerate… if something, they made me quicker.

16. Massive Bear 2022 2:40

-To take a break. I didn’t take sufficient day off from train after this one, and I don’t assume that helped me go into Boston coaching. I had this sense after this race that I wanted to maintain constructing if I needed to get my purpose at Boston a couple of months later, and I didn’t give my physique what it wanted. I’m sorry physique, you deserved much more relaxation after this race, and three marathons a 12 months is simply an excessive amount of for me. I used to be grasping.

-I like operating downhill. It’s so a lot enjoyable for me. I like to attempt to push my hips ahead on the downhill and power my legs to maintain up with them. If you’re going to do a Revel Race, put together for miles and miles of downhill after which finish with a couple of flatter miles. Going from dropping 300 ft per mile to 40 ft per mile is difficult however one thing to grasp for Revel programs. I held first girl for this race for 25 miles and received handed within the final mile as a result of I couldn’t get my legs to work after the entire downhill on the flat part.

-Beginning a race with snow on the perimeters of the highway is my form of race.





-Some runners like to run the day earlier than a marathon, and a few don’t… I favor taking the day without work earlier than a marathon.

-Attempting new programs is a lot enjoyable. I get caught doing the identical programs repeatedly, however a ‘new to me’ course distracted me as I guessed what was subsequent.

-Coaching for a marathon throughout the fall is one of the best time to coach for a marathon in Utah.






17. Boston 2023 3:02

-Antibiotics mess my physique up. I needed to cease twice for emergency porta-potty breaks (and needed to cease at each restroom I noticed), and I’m discovering out now it was most likely as a result of I used to be on an antibiotic the week earlier than. I’m guessing this additionally contributed to why I felt off in some ways. I’m unsure I might have accomplished something to vary this, so it’s what it’s… however I most likely would have taken an Imodium earlier than the race if I knew I would want to cease alongside the best way.

-I want trails for marathon coaching, particularly when operating excessive mileage. My legs have felt far more flat than they often do throughout the coaching block for this marathon as a result of 99.99% of my coaching was accomplished on the roads. The filth takes away a few of the pounding for me, it slows me down, so I’m actually doing a restoration run, and the hills make me lots stronger.

-I can’t run 80 miles per week with out doubles. Sadly, I can’t do doubles at this stage of my life with my household, so I attempt to squeeze within the mileage within the mornings. I feel if I need to experiment with 80 miles once more, I have to have twoish days the place I’m splitting up the mileage. Particularly on pace work days… it was lots on my physique to attempt to get 18-20 miles on a Wednesday morning.





-I’ll take into consideration this race anytime I’m hurting in future races; I discovered that if I might end this one as I felt, I can do something.

-Failing ahead is the best way to get to our goals. I’ll by no means cease having the ability to dream large, and I don’t need to change that about myself. Age is only a quantity, so I’ll get that 2:4X time in Boston sometime, and the celebration will really feel even sweeter… the hearth in me is lit!

-Development together with your race instances isn’t linear, however that doesn’t imply the coaching goes to waste.  The coaching I did for the 4 months main as much as this race will present its face later in future races.  Consistency is essential, and choosing your self up and attempting once more (after a correct break… I’m taking two full weeks off) will get us to the place we wish.

-That I have to take a while to coach for shorter distances every year with the intention to get quicker within the marathon.  I’ve gone from marathon coaching to marathon coaching for 4 marathons in a row, and now it’s time to prepare for shorter races.

I can’t wait to proceed so as to add to this record and develop alongside the best way.


Who has run any of the races that I discussed?  How did it go for you?

Give me a few of the greatest classes that you just’ve discovered throughout a few of your races.

Whats your subsequent race?

Inform me one thing nice out of your weekend!

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