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HomeRunningClasses from every of my 17 marathons + Weekending.

Classes from every of my 17 marathons + Weekending.

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


I’m going to take that as an indication that extra day without work 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 carrying Knox’s sweatshirt.

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



I really 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 enjoying protection.

We additionally noticed the Mario film (the children 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 unbelievable 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 submit.

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

In doing this submit, 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 educated for (I had completed one 1/2 marathon earlier than this however didn’t practice for it and paid for that by being sore for 3 weeks straight).  I discovered that day how a lot I really like the marathon.  I went into the marathon pondering it could be a one-and-done expertise and left the race course craving increasingly more.  My objective was to finish the race, and I completed fifth girl total.  I had by no means actually felt like I excelled in loads 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 noticed 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 have been earlier than I began running a blog, and I didn’t know a lot in regards to the sport in any respect, so I WORE RACING FLATS for the primary time EVER for my first 26.2 miles.  My ft harm so dangerous, and I discovered loads about not making an attempt something new on race day.

-To eat.  I noticed folks consuming whereas working the marathon, which confused me at first, and I discovered the arduous manner when the wall hit me like a practice.  I discovered that you simply NEED to eat all through the race as a result of a number of sips of Gatorade isn’t going to chop it.  It took about seven extra marathons to find out how a lot and the way typically to eat, however this was the primary time I had any thought that folks ate whereas working.

2.  Utah Valley Marathon 2010.  3:08.  The one image I might discover from this race… it’s a bit 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 prime and shorts, and it was SNOWING.  I bear in mind pondering… I in all probability ought to have completed some research about what to put on.

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

-Don’t be disenchanted within the steps alongside the best way to get to your massive objectives (regardless that this took me a number of marathons to study).  After my first marathon, I advised 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 could take me eight years and that these massive objectives of ours take a lot time and work.  Life is much more enjoyable if we have fun 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 superb 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 completely throughout this marathon studying about how a lot issues change.  I bear in mind hurting midway by way of the race and questioning how I might maintain on however then reminding myself that the ache is available in waves.  Lastly, I simply advised myself to get by way of 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 massive accidents began proper after this race… from knee issues to emphasize fractures, to you title it, my physique was not completely happy.   I discovered by way of these first marathons that you simply can’t under-fuel your physique and count on it to run.  It’d work for a season, however after that, you’re 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 working MUCH quicker now… 25ish lbs heavier.  I didn’t run one other marathon after this one till I had a daily 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 really like free meals, consuming what you will have educated with on race day is crucial.

-Working with folks is enjoyable.  Sarah and I bumped into one another within the corrals firstly after which ran all the race collectively.  The one different individual I had ever run with earlier than this was my sister, and I noticed throughout this race how a lot I LOVE the social facet that we will achieve from working.

-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 working life was over and was unhappy in regards to the scenario.  I used to be in a position to do New York as an alternative 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 would like these races too… the place I’m simply there to sit down again and calm down (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 working is fabulous for our cardio however doesn’t put together us for any hills.  Oh, and pool working softens your ft, leading to horrible blood blisters in your ft in the course of 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 believe with only one run in these 5 weeks a number of days earlier than the race ((like a three-miler)).  Pool working helped me maintain onto loads of my cardio health however not the muscular power I wanted for a marathon.  Lengthy story quick, it’s doable to solely pool run for 5 weeks main as much as a marathon, nevertheless it isn’t fulfilling.

-Emotional ache will drain your working.  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 harm 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 way of.

– 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 phase harm badly, and fortuitously, I had my sister there to inform me tales all the 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 purple rock, the attractive 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 damaging break up race ever.  I’m certain the St. George course had one thing to do with that, nevertheless it was my first expertise pacing a course effectively, and the way good it felt to hurry up because the race went on quite 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 way of among the robust 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 believe it was 30 mph a lot of the manner) and loads of rain and chilly.  I used to be cussed and went out for my time objective of three:00, after which beginning at mile 17ish, I slowed down increasingly more 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 objective.  Focus in your effort and doing all your finest, however in the event you don’t modify your paces a bit… the climate WILL catch as much as you.

-Crimson 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 definitely worth the $50 I saved on the redeye, ha.  Our sleep main as much as a race is SO essential, so prioritize that if you’re taking pictures for a PR.

-SAVE IT FOR THE HILLS!  This course is very easy to get misplaced in pace in the course of the first half, however you need to save a few of your gasoline 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 wished to catch the woman forward of me.  That form of factor works nice on the finish of the race, however not firstly.  At about mile 13 or so, I noticed her peel off the course, and a unique runner jumped on, and I noticed then that THEY WERE DOING A RELAY… My competitiveness triggered 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 unique race.  The marathon can chew you in the event 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 all the 12 months till this level, with some well being drawback thrown in, forcing me to overlook St. George that 12 months.  We have now 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 making an attempt 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 number 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 occasions as potential.  I had craved having a companion to help and be supported by for SO SO SO lengthy, and it was lastly occurring—no higher feeling on the earth.

-I discovered that day that visors are one of the best when working a sunny/sizzling race.  They hold 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 if you end up sizzling 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 once I suppose deeply about this race as a result of it was such an unbelievable expertise.  I discovered how helpful it’s to focus in your current.  Specializing in the miles up forward is a waste of power and time.   If I will be current and concentrate on 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 guide earlier than this race, and it made all of the distinction on race day for me.  I targeted on gratitude all through the miles and particularly when issues harm.  I MADE my very own pleasure once I wished to concentrate on my cramping.  I made a decision to be cussed about my objectives quite than letting them fall by way of 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 result that day.

-I discovered how a lot sweeter engaging in the objective feels while you’ve put within the work, failed time and again, and dreamed about one thing for a very long time.  If my objective of a sub-3 marathon was met on my 2nd marathon like I wished it to, I don’t suppose I might 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 some other manner.

-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 dying in the course of the race.  I had a number 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 in the course of the race.  I now go into half-marathons and marathons, consuming 600+ energy within the morning and fueling recurrently all through the race (each 30-40 minutes).  Fueling appropriately has been a game-changer for my working, and I’m so glad I now know the way rather more fulfilling lengthy runs/marathons are actually that I’m consuming sufficient.  We don’t count on our automobiles to run with out gasoline, 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 just some 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 reminiscences 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?!

-When you smile just about for a complete marathon… your cheeks will likely be sore the subsequent day.

-Runners are among the very best folks on the market.  That’s the factor about Boston… the precise race is unbelievable (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 greater than you suppose you must.  After I received my first sub-three at St. George, I believed there was no probability I might ever run it any quicker than that.  The ladies I educated with for this race dreamed so massive, and I jumped on that practice, and it took me to a 10-minute PR.  It made me understand that we maintain ourselves again after we inform ourselves we now have already hit our potential… there may be a lot extra in us!  

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

-Having somebody to run a marathon with virtually feels unlawful.  The advantages I received from working 25.5 of the miles with Emilee have 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 have been so in sync.  We higher get the prospect to try this once more!

13.  CIM 2019 2:58

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-CIM is a really hilly course.  Individuals warned me repeatedly about this, and I believed I wouldn’t even discover the hills due to what number of trails we have been doing… however then I received there and couldn’t consider what number of ups and downs there have been.  I believe folks say it’s a quick course due to the opposite superb racers’ power, and the crowds are unbelievable.  I additionally suppose 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 finest marathons occur once I spend a lot of the day earlier than my marathon off my ft, and that didn’t occur.

-Sea degree doesn’t mechanically make me fly;). Nevertheless, I used to be certain main as much as the race that racing at sea degree could be magic since I practice 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 robust!  Emilee and I felt utterly fried going into the race as a result of it was solely two months after our big PR at St. George.  We wished to attempt 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 person 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 objective, and never one individual modified how a lot they beloved me:). My children, Andrew, household, associates, and the net working group… nothing modified once I didn’t hit my objective.  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 number of months, so I did have an excellent base, however I didn’t know I might 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, nevertheless it was my strongest marathon ever (this seems like my quickest marathon as a result of it isn’t as downhill as my quicker occasions).

I hold making an attempt to determine why it was my strongest race marathon, and I believe it comes right down to–> I did loads of path working main as much as it, I used to be power 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 have been decrease. I believe 70 is the place I need to peak from right here on out as a result of I don’t suppose I can correctly get well with the whole lot we now have occurring in life with greater mileage than that. And who is aware of, perhaps quick blocks are higher for me?!

-I didn’t actually have a objective for this race, and I believe 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 an alternative, I went with the circulation and the way my physique felt, which paid off.

-This was my first marathon the place I believe I discovered the carb load (because of 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 finest racing occurs once I do it with a buddy. Lauren and I have been collectively for 18ish miles of this race, which was one of the best. It’s a bit embarrassing how a lot we nonetheless discuss today collectively, ha. It was magic. One thing about fascinated by the buddy subsequent to you and the way you’re doing takes us out of fascinated by 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 sizzling and have to do not forget that when coaching for a race that might be sizzling, like St. George. I did go to the sauna typically main as much as this race, however I don’t suppose that helped… I would like to truly run within the warmth a number of days per week if there’s a probability race day will likely be sizzling.

-To hold a bottle or two with me. I used to be imagined to get bottles at this race from the ‘elite tables’ however couldn’t get to my Gatorade for a number 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 take advantage of (Maurtens), don’t comprise 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 practice. I really 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 group at races–> sure, please.

-If potential, have somebody hand you luggage of ice alongside the best way throughout sizzling 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’ll decelerate… if something, they made me quicker.

16. Huge Bear 2022 2:40

-To take a break. I didn’t take sufficient day without work from train after this one, and I don’t suppose that helped me go into Boston coaching. I had this sense after this race that I wanted to maintain constructing if I wished to get my objective at Boston a number 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 really like working downhill. It’s so a lot enjoyable for me. I like to try 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 number 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 edges of the street is my form of race.





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

-Making an attempt 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 in the course of 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 wished to cease at each restroom I noticed), and I’m discovering out now it was in all probability 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 undecided I might have completed something to alter this, so it’s what it’s… however I in all probability would have taken an Imodium earlier than the race if I knew I would wish to cease alongside the best way.

-I would like trails for marathon coaching, particularly when working excessive mileage. My legs have felt far more flat than they often do in the course of the coaching block for this marathon as a result of 99.99% of my coaching was completed on the roads. The grime takes away among the pounding for me, it slows me down, so I’m actually doing a restoration run, and the hills make me loads 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 believe 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 loads on my physique to try 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 with the ability to dream massive, 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 along with your race occasions 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 vital, and selecting your self up and making an attempt 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 annually so as 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 practice 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 among the largest classes that you simply’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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