Last LONG Run Before NYC Marathon

October 20, 2011

As tough as it was to rip my back end off of the couch this morning to get out for my run….I did it.

Once I got going I felt GREAT for 2 reasons:

1.)  I don’t take caffeine except for in situations like a race or a long run.  I used to be a diet coke addict and didn’t like feeling dependent on the stuff so I quit.  Okay, okay the biggest reason I quit is because I wanted to use that $12 a week that I spent on my habit towards going out to dinner each week.  Now when I take any caffeine I feel SO energetic.  I took a NoDoze before the run and it worked miracles.

2.)  I changed my mindset and decided to remember how grateful I am to be running again and doing my first run that starts with a 2 and is a double digit since THIS TIME (aka 8 months ago).

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That is my really happy to be out running pain free face.

I ended up doing 21 miles at an 8:16 pace.

There was one problem though………

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I didn’t bring any water or money.  On the route that I usually take there is a total of FIVE water fountains that I pass each way = 10 water stations in 20 miles.  I was really smart and forgot that as it gets later on in the year, some of them no longer work except for TWO.  The one above is my favorite because I am pretty sure it is fresh mountain water.  By the end of my run I was so thirsty because I only had 4 water breaks the whole run…I learned from my mistake…I will always, always, always bring money to buy water/gatorade along the way!  (I cannot carry a water bottle for the life of me).

I don’t know why I felt the need to take a picture of myself drinking water, but I did.

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Pretty gorgeous right…

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It was about 50 degrees until I got pretty far up the canyon and then this happened…..

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I put my glasses on top of my head because it was no longer sunny up the canyon and when I went to put them back on for the way down I noticed that the sweat from my head FROZE on my glasses.  Pretty crazy considering the fact that I was in a tank and shorts and only my fingers were cold.

Mission Accomplished.  TIme to taper.  And to refuel like it is my job.

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What do you do on your long runs about HYDRATION?  Bring money, waterbottle, drinking fountains?

Do you drink caffeine beofre your runs?  Do you notice if it helps you?

Do you wear sunglasses while you run?

Love or hate tapering?

Love.  Extremely Love.

Rene Hall October 20, 2011 at 2:18 pm

My running group is awesome because they have someone set out water stops every two miles along the route. A must for me since I hate to run with anything around my waist and in the brutal Texas heat I would have died. If I don’t have water stops I’ll do my runs on the treadmill.
I always have caffiene so I don’t know if it helps or not. I’ve been cutting back so I’ll have to try it our right before a run.
I super love tapering too. Maybe a little too much.
I am so sad that your sunglasses froze. it makes my bones cold just thinking about it. I don’t run w/ sunglasses because I don’t know a good sports kind to try.

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Tiare Glover October 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Usually run with a water belt during training, then ditch it for race day.
Don’t use caffeine…but have thought about it.
No sunglasses.
LOVE the taper. EMBRACE the taper.
WAY 2 GO on your run! You’re amazing…even if you only had a few sips of water!
You are going to rock the race!!!

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Andrea @ Andrea out loud! October 20, 2011 at 2:36 pm

aww good job!! are you excited for the race!? kidding, I know you are! and it seems like it would be really hard to go that much of a distance with only a few waters breaks! I definitely have no input on that because i have never run more than 3 consecutive miles at one time outside haha.

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Jessica October 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm

The SAME thing happened to me on that trail on Saturday! I was so excited because I knew a water fountain was coming up, but then it was capped! I usually rely on the fountains so I don’t know what I’ll do now. GREAT JOB on your run! I can’t believe how quickly you build up mileage. I have debated the caffeine thing too because I never take it. I’ve heard different things about the caffeine in gels and shot blocks and things, and have been trying to figure out how it affects me. Someone at runners corner told me it’s best to only take it towards the end of a run because it can make you crash and have less endurance, so I’ve been scared to take it early in a run. I really want to try sunglasses when I run-how funny that they froze!

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Lindsay @ Lindsay's List October 20, 2011 at 2:48 pm

AWESOME WORK!! I’m rooting for you! When is it again??

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Michelle October 20, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Wow, I am so impressed that you just ran 21 miles at just over an 8 minute pace. I only started really running this January and I’m fairly slow – I get pumped when I do five miles at an average 9:30 pace. So clearly, I am in awe of your speed. But the fact that you had a pretty major injury and have been able to come back and get into training just like that…again, wow. Can I ask how long your training program for the NYC Marathon has been??

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Angela October 20, 2011 at 3:09 pm

You are a beast (I mean this in the best way possible) when it comes to running. Seriously! Just really getting back into it after your injuries and you are already kicking trash both mileage and time wise. You will be fantastic in NYC I’m sure of it! Best of luck (:

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Nicole October 20, 2011 at 3:19 pm

I bring a water bottle. It wraps around my hand and has a little pocket for my car key. The bottle has G2 in it.

I have one cup of coffee before I run. Anything more than that and I should just run in place in the bathroom.

I do run with sunglasses, some cheap pair that I got at an expo and can’t seem to lose. I flip them up and down as necessary.

I don’t much like to taper. Would rather just get the to the race already.

The Kidless Kronicles

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Katherine @ Neon Blonde Runner October 20, 2011 at 3:20 pm

WOOOOHOOOOOO pain free!!

Janae, I am so excited for you, can’t wait for your marathon, you are going to do so well!

During my 22 mile run a couple weeks ago, I had some gu’s with caffeine in them and it helped a lot. I never have caffeine in other parts of my life, so I totally noticed a difference.

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Annette@EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 20, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Wahoo!! Nice job on the run :) You’ll rock NYC. Literally.

I love to taper too–feels good!

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Haute Running Mama October 20, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Waahooooo!!!!! 21er!!! So.excited.for.you!!!

That stinks about the water fountains. Why do they cap them off? Weather?

I usually wear a hydration belt or bring a hand held with me. It’s a pain but by the end of the run I am lighter so I can go a little faster, lol.

Yes, taper is awesome but it always brings out phantom freak out pains. Mean, mean, mean!

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Erica October 20, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I knew you had a long run, i had know idea it was this long. Woot woot!
Bring on the refuel pictures!
Happy fall break, you DESERVE it!!

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Jenny October 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Wow, girl! Awesome run despite the water fail :) Are you gonna give us your chip # so we can track you and be your mental cheerleaders in nyc? Also, congrats to all your runners at the state meet–you must be such a proud coach!

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Allyson @ (so not) SuperRunnerMom October 20, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Awesome run!

I use an amphipod handheld on long runs. I don’t have to hold it at all – it fits so well on my hand and is so easy that I forget it’s there. I always have coffee before a run, and sometimes take a gel w/caffeine after on hour or so during a long run.

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Megan October 20, 2011 at 4:15 pm

My running club puts out water every 3-4 miles which is amazing. If I’m running alone I carry a water bottle (sometimes two if it’s a really long run which sort of feels better because then you’re balanced when each hand is carrying one).
I love tapering if I’ve had a good training cycle but struggle with it if I feel I’m not in good shape because I just want to keep preparing!
Congrats on completing the 21 miler! So happy for you that you’re going to be able to run NYC…keep enjoying being (mostly) healthy again!

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lara October 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm

I must say, it seems like you’ve gotten a whole lot smarter in 8 months!! 27 miles at a sub-8 pace was just asking for an injury. I’m so glad you learned from that and are training so well! You are going to kick booty at NYC and have a great time! Happy tapering :)

I live in AZ where it is currently 95 degrees so I always bring a water bottle on my runs. People literally die here from the heat! I drink coffee normally but not before long runs or races because caffeine causes major stomach issues for me (and a lot of people, consider yourself lucky!!). I usually eat gummy bears or something if I can stomach it. I hate Gu!!

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Kristen @ notsodomesticated October 20, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Wow you are amazing, girl! I feel like it was just yesterday that you were frustrated because you couldn’t run at all. And now look at you! How exciting!

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karen @ La Chanson de Ma Vie October 20, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Coffee and I have a love-hate relationship. Too early before a run = peeing a lot and dehydration. Too close to a run = diving in the bushes every 10 minutes for a #2. If I time it just right though = magical.

I don’t seem to have the same problem with GU. Caffeinated gels are awesome and I don’t buy them if they don’t have caffeine. I just wash them down with a bunch of water.

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Amy G October 20, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I found some vitamins that have A LOT of caffeine – I have a really inappropriate name for them. I took one before my 1/2 marathon last weekend (which went really well, thanks SO MUCH for the good luck message!) and it helped get me going. I think I will make this part of my long run/race routine. I am super impressed with your running and glad you are pain free! You are going to do amazing in the NYC marathon!

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Heather@Just a Colorado Gal October 20, 2011 at 5:09 pm

The longest training run I’ve ever done was only 10 miles (for a half) and I suck at hydrating….so I never did much of anything. I’d run the 10 and then come back home and drink water like it was my job. On second thought, maybe that’s why I was so sloooooooooooooooow :)

I always wear sunglasses! Esp here where the sun is so hot! I need to get a pair of legit running glasses though–mine are just normal ones and they bounce on my nose. I squinch my cheeks to push them back up, and that’s probably not helping my premature wrinkling problem!

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Holly October 20, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Janae, you should try a 16 oz Amphipod hand held. I like them because the shape is ergonomic for your hand and you don’t actually have to “hold” it. I race/train with a 20 oz and it never bothers me! It’s so awesome that you are able to get back to your fitness so quickly! Have fun tapering, and remember, taper tantrums are totally normal ;) It’s the one thing everyone on my track team can relate to =)

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Mac October 20, 2011 at 5:20 pm

I need to get one of these, especially since I can handle carrying a water bottle, this would just be easier :)

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Mac October 20, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Nice run! I hate planning water breaks on long runs, but for some reason I don’t mind carrying a water bottle (it’s not ideal), but I haven’t really figured out what else to do, the city doesn’t have enough water fountains around.

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Bonnie October 20, 2011 at 5:21 pm

WOW – great work on that long run, Janae! Your speed is amazing to me – 21 miles at that pace? Incredible. You’re going to rock the marathon! Excited about it for you.

I’m a caffeine person but mainly because I love the whole experience of drinking coffee – grinding the beans, sitting down to a cup, savoring the experience…you know. ;) But I’ve never specifically fueled up with coffee intentionally. And water? Shoot – I’m terrible here. I’ve never run with water so I’m just used to not drinking! I did 21 miles a few weeks ago and stopped by my car for my water bottle (not a running one) and had a gulp at mile 9.5 and then kept going. Strange, hey? Wonder what those runs would be like if I was properly hydrated?!

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Tiffany October 20, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Way to go speedy girl! Good luck with your tapering… 2 more weekends and we will both be running running running it up! :) You are going to rock NYC!

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Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled October 20, 2011 at 5:28 pm

I always carry a water bottle because my routes only offer one or two and they’re usually 4 miles apart, not ideal. I used to hate carrying a bottle, but now it feels weird if I don’t.

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Jaeme October 20, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Oh my gosh good job! I can’t believe how fast you have been able to jump right back into it. You really are amazing and you are going to kill it in New York!

I have never used caffine for my long runs but I kind of think I should after reading how much it helps you. I never drink it (used to but stopped because I hated that I wanted it all the time) so it probably would give me a very nice kick for my runs!

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Elizabeth October 20, 2011 at 5:29 pm

I carry a fuel belt water bottle (they make them just for your hands) its about 12oz and that is plenty of water for me! Its a time saver and I dont even realize that I have it! I also drink Jamba energy before I run. It is so great! I need to caffeine but its made with all natural stuff so I dont feel as bad!

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ali October 20, 2011 at 5:30 pm

wow! that pace and distance is awesome! I’m aiming to complete my first 1/2 marathon early next year and the longest distance ive ever run is 16km (and that was with one drink)! we don’t have many ‘public’ water fountains on running tracks here in aus!

as for caffine – as Karen said above i have issues with bathroom breaks if I have it before a run! I prefer GU chomps when I’m running for energy when I feel it fading!

you’re going to smash the marathon! good luck! :)

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ShortSkirts October 20, 2011 at 5:32 pm

way to go on your long run! I carry a nathan water bottle, I get really panicky if I don’t carry water for some reason.

I drink coffee every morning, I’m definitely a coffee addict. I like the clif shot blocks with caffeine too those definitely pick me up when i’m starting to fade

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Luv What You Do October 20, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Congrats on the amazing 20! Hooray Tapering!
What is your time goal for NYC?

Hope you are enjoying a delcicious dinner with your extra $12!

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Brittany *Sparkles* October 20, 2011 at 5:38 pm

ummm OMG your sweat *froze* …. you are definitely not in Texas hahaha I could never run in that weather!!! eeep!

The longest straight run I’ve done was 6.5miles including warmup/cooldown… so I didn’t bring water. In the summers in TX I need water even on short runs and use those crazy little belts with two tiny water bottles.. I call them my G’Nades (like granades.. bc I feel ready for BATTLE)

I try to only have 1 cup of coffee max per day so that I’m not too dependent on it but I’ll have a gatorade pre-whatever packet in my water bottle in the afternoon if I need a pick me up :)

Need some cool sporty sunglasses… ordered some Oakley “Trouble” Sunglasses haha hopefully they’re awesome!

Congrats on the 21!

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Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner October 20, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Great run! So excited to meet you in New York!

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Korin October 20, 2011 at 5:53 pm

I am so happy that you are running pain free!

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Lisa October 20, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Janae, your amazing! Great job, great run. I don’t know you in real life, but I am so proud of you!

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run4may October 20, 2011 at 5:58 pm

i want to move where you live. that picture is gorgeous. and crazy that your sweat dried on your sunglasses.

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Kristy @ Sweet Treats and More October 20, 2011 at 6:01 pm

You are awesome! Good luck, good luck, good luck!

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Linda October 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Hey Stranger! I am so excited about your Marathon!!! I am glad training is going well. I haven’t been around as much. My MIL isn’t doing well at all. Just spent two weeks in the hospital. I have missed my running so much. Going to get away this weekend and run a 5k at Myrtle Beach. It will be fun! I hope things settle soon to train for a half marathon. I just wanted you to know you weren’t forgotten. I am trying to find someone to help me set a blog up at Wordpress. So until I get that worked out I probably want be blogging. I will definitely stay in touch!!!

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Missy October 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Oh my gosh, I can’t believe sweat froze to your glasses! lol classic!
When I do my long runs, I drop off a water bottle and my Gus at a drop off point, that way I can run a loop and then stop and get water and run another loop etc etc

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Kristin @ Everyday Is Run Day October 20, 2011 at 6:35 pm

SOOO happy for you about your run! I’m so excited for you and NYC soon!

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christie October 20, 2011 at 6:35 pm

YOU ARE BACK WITH A VENGEANCE! What a great run… you are going to rock NYC

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Mallory October 20, 2011 at 6:37 pm

You rock!!!!

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Ida October 20, 2011 at 6:40 pm

You are going to rock NYC! You have made an impressive come back.

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Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) October 20, 2011 at 6:46 pm

I used to make water break mistakes ALL the time. Now I either always bring money or I make sure to keep looping around the 1 (and only!) water fountain I can find around town that works. <– makes me want to start a water fountain foundation or something, maybe people wouldn't drink as much sugary soda?

Yay for your long run, that's just the boost of confidence you need for NYC!

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Elizabeth @ reads recipes runs October 20, 2011 at 6:54 pm

OMG I was just looking at the pics and I 100% thought that you were throwing up and taking pics of it… HAHA!

I can’t even remember what else I was going to say, but yes. Caffeine. Yes. Although I don’t like drinking coffee pre-run, it’s too much in my stomach. Maybe I should try some gu with caffeine to see if that gives me enough perk to power through [my 3 miles... haha].

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 20, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Great job on your run!!!

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Chelsea October 20, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Girl you rock! For somone coming out of two stress fractures, you give me so much inspiration for my dang foot issues. I am still amazed at how fast you got back into running. Awesome!!

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Diana October 20, 2011 at 7:09 pm

YAYYYY congrats on the awesome pain-free run! I cannot even believe that scenery – is that real life?!?

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Jenny Finnegan October 20, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Awesome run, girl! :) NYC better watch out!
I have to carry a fuel belt otherwise I shrivel up.
I can’t really tolerate caffeine because it makes me jittery and I’m not supposed to have it because of a slight issue with one of my heart valves. : /
I absolutely 100% must wear sunglasses! My eyes are super sensitive to the sun.

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Margot @fasterbunny October 20, 2011 at 7:38 pm

So excited for you to be back and betta than ever :).

Nice job on the long run. You rock!

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Brooke @ sweats & sweets October 20, 2011 at 7:40 pm

I must run with my shades! And they are massive! I run in giant Gucci sunglasses, which is crazy. My girls at GOTR love wearing them! And I try to hydrate with a whole bottle of water before my run and unless I’m running for 6+ miles I don’t carry water.

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Emily@RunningPerspective October 20, 2011 at 8:09 pm

i hateee holding water bottles its all i think about during the run and girl i am SO SO HAPPY FOR YOU 21 miles HECK YESS YOU ARE AMAZINGGG!!! i am so excited for you and sending you every single positive wave vibe from all the way over here to youuuuuuuuu!!!<3

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Jackie October 20, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Yikes–I dont know how you made it through that run with only 2 water stops! I have to wear one of those crazy fuel belts, especially in the summer. Also I have to have gatorade in the bottles, or else I tend to get scarily lightheaded when the run is over. I may have blacked out once or twice, but only ever in the summer on crazy hot days, but still, it was scary.
Also i am with you on tapering. :)

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stephanie October 20, 2011 at 8:25 pm

ahhh im so excited for your TWENTY ONE miles!! thats so exciting and youre going to kick NY’s booty. thats crazy that your sweat froze, but your scenery is beautiful!

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Sara October 20, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Ilove that water fountain! I’ve seen so many long boarders eat it near it! But the reason for this comment was to say 2 things: one my husband actually said when can we go to another cycling class with janae. And we were watching new girl the other day and the guy on it looks similar to billy! Haha maybe I’m just losing it but they do look somewhat a like. Tell me what you think ha

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Alysha Lanham October 20, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Wow! You are so awesome! Good luck in the marathon :)

I need some advice from you! I want to run my first marathon in June… help!

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Meghan October 20, 2011 at 9:00 pm

WHOO Janae, that’s awesome. I am so happy you are back to running your beloved long distances :) I have mixed feelings on taper; it was a love hate relationship really. I have actually NEVER run with sunglasses. I am more of a running hat girl. Oh and I always have a cup of coffee to um…move things along…before a longer run. Other than that I don’t notice a difference!

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Pam October 20, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Great job on your LR!! :)

I wear a hydration belt on runs more than 13 miles. I have an extra one and I’m going to send it to you so that you won’t be without anymore!

I always have a cup of coffee before my runs, ALWAYS! :)

Yes I wear glasses and I’m okay with tapering. Not my favorite thing…it actually kinda gives me anxiety.

So excited to hear about how NYC goes!!

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Gracie (complicated day) October 20, 2011 at 9:43 pm

In the summer, I have learned to stick VERY close to fountains here in the New Orleans heat and humidity. Once I planned a 20-miler with just one fountain, and planned to bring a 20 ounce bottle and top it off at the fountain at the 7 mile mark. This run was at 4 pm in July, 99 degrees when I started, and of course I ran out of water. I reached home literally almost dead – fainting, hallucinating, skin cracking. My hubby was horrified and spooned Gatorade into my mouth and made me promise to never run again (I broke that…).
At mile 16 I was out of water and miraculously found a beat up, but still sealed, Dasani bottle on the side of the road. You bet I drank it all!

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Kara October 20, 2011 at 9:53 pm

I know they look completely nerdy, but I love love love my amphipod hydration belt. Can’t think about doing a long run without it. To add to my coolness of rocking the belt, no glasses, but usually a visor. Good luck in the big city! Looking forward to recap and pictures.

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Sarah October 20, 2011 at 10:08 pm

I always drink coffee before my runs. That’s what gets me up in the morning! I also carry a Nathan Water bottle with me during runs and love it.

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Ann October 20, 2011 at 10:14 pm

So, so, so SOOOO glad your long run went well! I am totally rooting for you from Minnesota!!!! #Love

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Sarah October 20, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Wow, you are amazing!!! 21 miles is awesome… way to go! What a beautiful place to run too :)

The only long runs I did over 11 miles were when I was getting ready for TOU, and it was summer time, so I usually used the water fountains along the Provo River Trail. I never thought about what I would do when they are close in the winter! I did have to do my first 15 (or 16?) miler in Park City when we were on vacation though, and had no idea if there was water on the trails, so I bought a small water bottle at a grocery store at the beginning of my run and ran with it. It was pretty annoying :) but it kept me hydrated!

Oh, and I looove tapering! :) I know I have worked as hard as I could up until that point and my training right before the race won’t do much to improve my fitness. It is time for some maintenance workouts/easy runs and lovely resting :)

I am so excited for you to do another marathon! You will rock it!

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Janae October 21, 2011 at 11:31 pm

GIRL…are you still having feet problems? We need to talk! I would love to go on a bike ride together. I just read your latest post and it made me sad…

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Sarah October 24, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Well I finally went to a doctor and found out I do have plantar fasciitis. Boo. I got some anti-inflammatories, which helped, so I have tried running some, but it is still there, so I can’t really get back into it quite yet. Sorry about that last post, I was wallowing in self-pity and was sad myself. But thanks for your comment and suggestion! I am trying some insoles right now, but may try the boot thing if it is still hurting. And I would love to bike ride too! Be prepared to not get a workout in though because I am slow on a bike! I just got some slick tires (we have a mountain bike I ride) so I am hoping that helps me a little, but I am pretty sure the problem is in my weak legs and not in the tires haha.

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Andrea (Run. Learn. Repeat.) October 20, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Hey that water fountain looks familiar. I miss that thing. It really is the best tasting water I’ve ever had. I wear a water belt for my long runs. I’m starting to taper this week too. My long run Saturday is only 8 miles! I’m kind of looking forward for an excuse to rest this week, but it will also feel kinda weird. I’m actually really surprised that you love tapering! I wouldn’t have guessed that about you.

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Di October 20, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Goooooooooo Janae!!!

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Sarah October 20, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Great run! Good luck at your NYC marathon! Cheering you on!

Sarah

(Been reading your blog forever; I just slack at comments… ;)

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Amanda@runninghood October 21, 2011 at 1:01 am

66 comments! I’m 67! Wahoo! Look at you!! You are amazing Janae. I am soo excited to see you come back to running. You have so much time to do some really big things…so exciting! Love taper! Heck ya!!

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rache October 21, 2011 at 1:16 am

Awesome! I wish I could do 21 miles at an 8:16 pace! Can’t wait to hear about the taper.

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emily October 21, 2011 at 2:15 am

Great pace Hungry Runner! :)
I take a water bottle (even on short runs I like to hold something so hold my bunch of keys in my hand.) I wear sunnies if running at sunrise, but mostly I like running in the evening and right now it’s getting dark before head out – am loving the cooler temps!

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~Jessica~ October 21, 2011 at 3:07 am

I can’t believe how quickly to got back to a smokin’ pace so soon after your injury! I wish I could go from 12 miles to BAM! 21 miles way faster than my race pace within what? A fortnight? So pleased for you but so jealous at the same time ;)

xxx

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Laura October 21, 2011 at 4:12 am

I’m happy that you felt much better on this long run, as you said you should be thankful that your back on the long runs after such a long time. I felt very bad that there were only 2 fountains in a 20 miler, omggggg didn’t you drink for half an hour each time? Haha
On my long runs I stop at the fountains in the park but I don’t really plan on which miles so I get dehydrated all the time. Must. Plan. Ahead.
Have a beautiful Friday!
X

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Brittany October 21, 2011 at 5:56 am

Definitely agree with the #2 point about running again. Whenever I am being a pain and tease myself with thinking I am used up and tired ..I always think “what if I didn’t have legs”. It first makes you feel like you are taking things for granted and you feel bad, then #2 kills about twenty minutes thinking about what if you really didn’t have legs, and then #3 after that twenty minutes you get a splurge of energy and it basically inspires you and makes you go faster. IT WORKS trusttt me.

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Gen October 21, 2011 at 6:02 am

Congrats on the great run!!! Good luck in the upcoming marathon! :D

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kari @ Running Ricig October 21, 2011 at 6:16 am

I don’t wear sunglasses. I’m such a sweat monster that it drives me crazy if I try to wipe sweat off my face OR worse, they make me sweat more.

Awesome job on your run! I generally carry a hydration pack for my long runs. I actually carried one during the marathon too, just so I didn’t have to slow down for water stations until the very end.

I don’t mind tapering so long as I have something else to keep me occupied.

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Emily October 21, 2011 at 7:02 am

Hey girl, I went on my first ever long run last weekend (woot woot) and I ended up feeling off the rest of the day, mostly because of an upset stomach. I refueled right after with a protein shake/smoothie, but I’m thinking maybe it was because I didn’t fuel at all during the run? I was wondering what your take is on this, whether you bring fuel on your long training rules, and what distances you think it starts being necessary, and how much you try to eat at what distances/times. Thanks!
Aaand, have we made a final decision on a time and (fro-yo) place to meet up in NYC??

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Janae October 21, 2011 at 11:24 pm

HEY YOU!!! CONGRATS ON YOUR FIRST LONG RUN, that is SO awesome. I totally know what you are talking about after your run. My sis and I call it runners flu. I think it may have to do with the fact that you are bouncing your digestive organs around for a LONG time as you run and it just kind of upsets things. It gets better with time….the more long runs you do the more your body adjust to it. Does this make sense? I bring fuel for any run longer than 90 minutes….everyone is different and that is what works with me:) I eat about every twenty minutes after that ( a few shot blocks).
I am thinking around 1 or 2 the Saturday before the marathon…does that work for you?

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Hannah @ PalmBeachRunner October 21, 2011 at 7:05 am

Amazing pace and distance!!!!! When I used to do my long runs I would usually only stop for water 4 times and was fine. Othertimes I would find a bush and throw a waterbottle in it before hand. It really just depended on the route.

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Danielle October 21, 2011 at 7:13 am

congrats Janae! You will do amazing at NY, and what an accomplishment after all that you have been through. You are such an inspiration!

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Katie May October 21, 2011 at 7:16 am

Dang girl, i feel like it wasn’t too long ago that your doc said you can only run 2 miles and just like that you’re back to running 21!! you are an amazing athlete! It takes me months to build up to that, I have no clue how you do it (any tips?). I just want to let you know that you are a total inspiration for me to not get discouraged after having an injury. Thanks for setting such a great example and having a positive attitude the whole time! :)

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CatieB October 21, 2011 at 7:30 am

Great 21 miler!!! You’re going to do great in New York!
Remember to go to 16 Handles! It’s my favorite frozen yogurt place in the city!

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Nicole October 21, 2011 at 7:34 am

You amazing girl!! You’re going to rock it. I am so happy for you.

I bring my water in a Nathan’s handheld for long runs. It’s 10 oz. I run around a lake where there are 2 water fountains, and if I need more, I refill it. :)

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Mara BHF October 21, 2011 at 7:44 am

I am excited for you to get back to running marathons. Good job taking it “easy” (easy for you) and staying healthy and strong!

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Holly October 21, 2011 at 8:05 am

You never cease to amaze me- another awesome run!!! :D
Yay for tapering- it will just make you stronger..and now you KNOW that you can run the marathon without any issues since you JUST did 21 miles- only 5 more to go on race day!
I can NEVER carry a water bottle either- I don’t know why, but I just have the hardest time..and I kind of hate carrying one- such a pain.
I can’t believe your sweat got frozen on your sunglasses- how crazy! It is SO scenic there- GORGEOUS!!

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Brittany October 21, 2011 at 8:24 am

You go girl!!! That is wild! I would prob die in that cold of weather for 21 miles with no water!! I’ll usually just stop at water fountains or bring water with me. Gorgeous scenery!

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michele October 21, 2011 at 9:11 am

Wow! I can’t believe that the sweat froze on your glasses. Pretty crazy stuff!

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Tricia October 21, 2011 at 10:06 am

I am in awe! Good luck in New York…you will do great!

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Tori October 21, 2011 at 10:16 am

Wow girl!! You leave me speechless! 21 miles AND at that pace???! You are totally the bomb. :)
p.s. I’m a little jealous ;)

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Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner October 21, 2011 at 10:21 am

21 miles?! AMAZING!! wow, you have such a beautiful area to run around… the mountains look so beautiful!

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Alyssa @ Life of bLyss October 21, 2011 at 10:57 am

WAHOOOOO for final long runs! mine was yesterday, too. ah, yeah!

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Jina October 21, 2011 at 11:45 am

WOW! Awesome job on your run, speedy lady! I have a little handheld water bottle. I should emphasize “little.” It didn’t hold enough for me on my 9-mile run … I guess I need to look at a fuel belt. Once I get in a groove, I hate to stop at a water fountain.

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AliMc October 21, 2011 at 11:51 am

as someone that has never run more than 4 miles at a time how are you stopping for water and still running just over 8min miles?!?!? that’s so fast! does your watch stop when you stop? all this running stuff sometimes confuses me, not gonna lie. :)

I am going for my first “long” run this sunday – I joined a running group! YAY

love all your iphone run pics looks like a great place to run

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Mrs.CJ October 21, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Glad you had a great long run! I actually hate taper and recovery time, it feels too idle. I hope you have a great time at NYC!!

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Kelly S. October 21, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Great job on the LONG run…..wow, that is so amazing. What do you think about for all that time (food?) I get so bored during my runs sometimes, even with music playing on my Ipod. I wonder if putting a book on my Ipod would help me with my brain boredom??????

GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Allison October 21, 2011 at 12:36 pm

That is an awesome run!!! You are so speedy! You’re gonna kill NYC!!!!

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Heidi October 21, 2011 at 10:22 pm

I am a caffeine addict but caffeine before a run = NIGHTMARE!!

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MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College October 22, 2011 at 11:43 am

Janae you never fail to impress me AND make me laugh!

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Jess @ Blonde Ponytail October 22, 2011 at 1:30 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!! Loving your perspective of embracing running after your injuries. Such an inspiration. NYC will be such an experience REGARDLESS of your time.

Utah certainly is breathtaking–gorgeous scenery makes a run, doesnt it?

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Elizabeth@GenuineEfforts October 22, 2011 at 3:32 pm

I carry a Camelback for my runs. I live in Florida and if I want to run at all from April to September I must carry a serious amount of water, even for shorter outings.

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Camilla October 24, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Um, that is my favorite drinking fountain EVER! Sometimes I want to drive up there with 5 empty Nalgenes and stock up on that amazing water! It is the best!

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Amylee October 24, 2011 at 8:56 pm

AAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!! 21 miles at 8:16 like it’s no big deal. What does it feel like to be you? So exciting!!! On long runs I plan my route and drop water bottles and fuel along the way the night before. I can’t carry water either- drives me totally nuts. I’m so glad it went well. I hope you are still feeling good!

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