Ragnar tips and date night a night early.

June 7, 2012

Silly headphone cord got in the way of my artistic photo.

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Poor Billy has to try so hard to keep up with me.  Okay, I was and walking (I did 8 miles in the morning) while he rocked his speed workout.  I just love being at the track and I love singing out loud to my music and I love sunshine.

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Thursday nights are our usual date nights but we moved it to Wednesday night this week because of a dinner with my girlfriends that I am going to tonight.  You know how we love free date nights more than anything in this world?  Well, we were able to use a gift card from this gorgeous girl to get SANDWICHES (I would choose a sandwich over a donut now, my body has gone completely nuts).

Black forest ham and pepper jack cheese for me:

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I don’t remember what he got because I can’t get past the fact that he put olives on his sandwich:

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We finished season 1 of White Collar and I don’t think it was the pregnancy hormones that made me cry…dang, this show is addicting, I feel so invested in these characters lives.

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Say hello to 19 year old Billy.   Wasn’t he just the cutest?!?!

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So the guy in the middle needed a runner to join his Ragnar team and Billy decided to join!!! Neither of us have ever done a relay race and yes I am borderline really/beyond/better do one someday jealous.  I can’t wait to go and cheer him on next weekend.  The Wasatch Back is the original Ragnar and he is running leg 11.

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Doesn’t that elevation gain look fun on his first leg.  1830 feet elevation gain over 7.3 miles:)

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Have you ever ran Ragnar?  Ever ran a relay race?  Any tips for the Billster?  Anyone running Wasatch Ragnar?

Olives or NO olives?  (I will love you unconditionally…)

Last show/movie/commercial/book that made you cry?

What is the age difference between you and your significant other?

-We are 6 months apart (this random question came from 19 year old Billy picture because I was thinking about how I was in high school when that picture was taken).

Becky Przy June 7, 2012 at 5:56 am

I bet Billy will have a great time running Ragnar–I have heard such good things! I am sure Billy will miss you belting out the tunes while he runs;-)

No olives, I don’t hate them, but I would never put them on a sandwhich.

My husband is 5 years and 3 months older than me.

Have a wonderful Thursday Janae!

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Heather @ Run Eat Play June 7, 2012 at 5:58 am

I hope Billy has fun – good luck to him!

I hate olives…and tomatoes and raisins…anything squishy really.

Danny and I are 2 years and 11 months apart. I like that I’ll always be the younger one…lol!

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Holly June 7, 2012 at 5:59 am

GOOD LUCK to Billy!!
1.I’ve never run a relay, unless you count running a relay race at a track meet?? :) (like the 4×400)
2.NO olives. Yuck.
3.Last show that made me cry: Giuliana & Bill. Makes me cry every.single.episode. I just love her so much (& her name ;) ), her story is incredible & it all hits SO close to home with the breast cancer stuff.
4.Craig & I are 6 years apart. (he’s the older one! :) )
& did I read that correctly, or am I still half asleep….you prefer Subway over donuts?! Ok, these hormones ARE out of control:D

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Claire @ Live and Love to Eat June 7, 2012 at 6:05 am

No olives, ever ever. I hate when olives are added to vegetarian things without disclosure – too salty! My husband and I are 2.5 years apart – right now he’s 29 and I’m 26. :)

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Khushboo June 7, 2012 at 6:10 am

From the Ragnar recaps which I’ve read, it sounds like such a blast- I am sure Billy will have the time of his life! I never normally put olives in a sandwich but when it comes to Subway, they’re always on- it just seems necessary!

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Heidi @ Idlehide June 7, 2012 at 6:10 am

there is a relay race I want to do next year in Cape Breton on the Cabot Trail, it looks awesome.
Umm, noooo olives. just extra pickles:)
there is 3.5 years between us, he turned 30 this year so I made lots of ‘fun’ of him. He keeps telling me I’ll get there, but it’s so far away lol;)

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Kari @ Running Ricig June 7, 2012 at 6:12 am

I’ve never run a Ragnar, but I’m volunteering at the Chi Ragnar this weekend.

Mike and I are three years apart, he’s older.

I like olives, but I have to be ready for them. Surprise olives are the worst.

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape June 7, 2012 at 6:14 am

What’s wrong with olives on a sandwich?? lol When I was little, my go-to Subway sandwich was ham with black olives. It was delish!

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Trisha June 7, 2012 at 6:15 am

i LOVE white collar. my whole family is addicting. just wait til you watch more!

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Trisha June 7, 2012 at 6:16 am

i LOVE white collar. my whole family is addicted. just wait til you watch more!

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char eats greens June 7, 2012 at 6:18 am

I think I need to suggest date night to my hubby. I feel like we don’ t see each other enough because he works an hour away and I have a 45min commute to school on Mon, Wed and Fri’s! So implementing date night hahaha

You two are seriously so cute and how does your hair ALWAYS look so nice. I might need pointers soon. Maybe curling is the key haha

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Ashley June 7, 2012 at 6:22 am

I love White Collar! I went through all the episodes on Netflix way too fast… it is just such an amazing show, and I love the relationships between the characters. :)

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Teresa June 7, 2012 at 6:23 am

Um, olives just completely gross me out. I’m not even saying that just to be your BFF, I don’t even like the looks of them!

My hubby is 3 years older than me.

Last thing to make me cry was a movie I had already seen, Fireproof. What a tearjerker, even when you know what’s going to happen!

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Nicole June 7, 2012 at 6:36 am

I haven’t run a relay…yet! Ragnar is at the top of my list, but not this year, unfortunately. I’ve heard that it’s incredibly fun, though!

My bf is 4 months older than me.

Love olives! especially on Subway sandwiches and pizza

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Sara June 7, 2012 at 6:37 am

Relays are fun. I ran Rouge-Orleans last yr and thought it was great fun. I don’t know if it’s already planned or can be planned, but having a driver is super helpful..and I would prefer a running partner, especially for the night runs, but that’s just me. Pack full changes of clothes for each run he does..and dry stuff for the end.. Lots of stomach friendly snacks, and drinks, of coarse..
Never olives, but my son somehow loves them.
I cry at everything (pregnant, but I definitely cry more since becoming a mom.. Guess it doesn’t stop with pregnancy).. So probably dr Phil.. Or criminal minds.. Maybe the basketball game..
My husband is 3 yrs older than me..not that I’m keeping track or anything..

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Jessica June 7, 2012 at 6:37 am

Wasatch Ragnar was my first race a few years ago! It was so much fun, he’ll love it. Know the routes, because some were mis-signed, and I particularly remember that our runner 11 got lost and added like 3 miles to her last leg (I was #12 so was waiting on her). I hope they fixed the parking at the end, cuz my team wasn’t able to get up to the finish in time, and so I was just like hanging out there waiting for them so we could all cross.

I love olives. In my family it’s like a sin if you don’t like them. :) I cry at way too many things now with all the hormones…I cried during So You Think You Can Dance auditions the other day…but the worst was when I absolutely bawled at the theatre over The Vow. There are 3 years and 4 months between us.

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Katie @ Peace Love & Oats June 7, 2012 at 6:40 am

I hope you’ll still love me: YAY FOR OLIVES! And I’ve never run a relay but I’d REALLY love to! (I’d even give up olives… for a little while. haha)

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Christine June 7, 2012 at 6:48 am

My man and I are 24 days apart. My birthday is oct 5th and he’s the 29th! There was definitely something stupid that made me cry last month when I was pmsing and I’m having a hard time remembering it. Something stupid on tv no doubt. Sometimes you just gotta let it out!

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Diana June 7, 2012 at 6:54 am

OLIVES!!!! I love them, I’m sorry I’m not sorry. I’m a country music fiend and sometimes country songs make me cry…while I’m driving, it’s fine.

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Jaren@Kiwi Fit Blog June 7, 2012 at 6:55 am

Olives all the way. I add them to a lot of stuff = pizza and mexican food.

P.S. I Love You makes me cry every time, but I’ll watch it just or Gerard Butler

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Katie June 7, 2012 at 6:59 am

I’ve done the wasatch back twice. It’s always fun for me until I only get an hour of sleep then I vow to never do it again :). I was runner 11 last year but they must have changed the course a little bit, my first leg was only about 3.5 miles! He’ll have a great time, they are addicting!

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Brooke June 7, 2012 at 7:00 am

Hi! New reader! Love the blog. Definitely olives. Yum!

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Janae June 7, 2012 at 2:01 pm

HEY BROOKE!! Thank you so much for commenting and your sweet words. I will send you my olives:)

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Sneakers2Sandals June 7, 2012 at 7:00 am

I love how you guys make sure to do a date night each week. My husband and I really ought to do it. I think it’s easy to get swept up in the craziness of the week. We see each other a lot but it’s hard to get that good quality time that comes from just being alone somewhere WITHOUT a TV. Anyways, even something as simple as subway is a good and fun idea.

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Lindsey June 7, 2012 at 7:04 am

I have never ran a relay race but want to, I just put it on my fitness bucket list I blogged about :)
HATE olives.
The Glee finale, haha…
16 months, he is older.
Good luck to Billy!

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Bethany June 7, 2012 at 7:08 am

I have never run a relay and don’t think I will, I do not do well with no sleep. I did volunteer in May for Ragner Cape Cod. Two of my friends ran it. I looks like most people were having a great time.
NO OLIVES!
My husband and I are 18 months apart he is older.

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caitlin June 7, 2012 at 7:12 am

Billy is just so cute, I definitely have a thing for engineers. My husband is 4 months older then me, but was a grade older then me in highschool.

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Britt @ Chicago Runner Girl June 7, 2012 at 7:16 am

cute pic! when is the relay? the midwest ragner is this weekend, not doing it but would like to one day.

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Billy June 7, 2012 at 5:19 pm

It starts a week from tomorrow. I’m pretty excited about it…

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Cat @ Breakfast to Bed June 7, 2012 at 7:23 am

I’ve done a run to the beach relay!

olives, by the bucket, but not at Subway. Those are canned. eew.

The cop is 11 years older than I am.

What can I say? I like older men.

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Laura @ Backstage Balance June 7, 2012 at 7:24 am

Billy will love the Ragnar experience! I’m running my first one this weekend (yikes!) and so far, everything about it has been awesome. Two big things for him to work on prior to the race are to make sure his team has two vans (my team only had one arranged and are now scrambling last minute) and to make sure he gets a safety vest. I’ll let you know of any tips I pick up along the course!

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Tiffany June 7, 2012 at 7:29 am

Never run ragnar, but I want to.

I like olives; have you ever seen the How I Met Your Mother episode where they talk about the olive theory? Where if one person likes olives an the other doesn’t they are meant to be? haha

Me and my hubby are 6 years apart so when he was 19 (in the MTC) I was 13! Ha! Gross. lol

Don’t know if you looked at the Utah Valley Expo info, but one of the biggest loser peeps is speaking at the symposium and I know you like that show almost as much as me.

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Steve June 7, 2012 at 7:33 am

I’ve done 2 relays (1 Ragnar, Florida Keys, highly recommend it). Have Billy pack each running outfit in a ziploc bag, then it’s easy to get to and after running in it the bag helps keep the smell out of the van (although that will happen regardless).

Second is that at some point in the predawn before sunrise, you hit a low that is just plain misery. You’re cold, tired, and usually have 1 more leg left to run. Once the sun comes up and you start running the last leg, it is the best feeling in the world and all that misery goes away.

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Kristy June 7, 2012 at 7:37 am

I’ve ran it the last 2 years and it is AWESOME!!! No doubt he will be addicted! My only advice….suck up every moment! It truly is the funnest race experience I’ve ever had!!! Oh and pre race training…..one thing I would recommend is doing the 2 day runs! Didn’t do it the first year, and I was in van #2…so wish I would have! :)

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Megan D June 7, 2012 at 7:38 am

I have been invited by different groups of friends to run Ragnar every year for the last 6 yrs and I have yet to do it! What is wrong with me?? I have done the Red Rock Relay though and I had a blast! Billy will too, I am sure. Gotta love pre- mission pictures where they look so young. It’s like they look the same, but they don’t. Makes total sense, right?

Make sure you strecth reaaaaally good after each run before you sit in a van again for a long time. And bring your foam roller.

Olives. I could eat a whole can in 1 sitting by myself. Can we still be friends?

My hubby and I are 2 and 1/2 years apart.

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Theresa June 7, 2012 at 7:42 am

woohoo, how exciting for Billy, i cant wait to hear how he does!

sorry, i’m a solid olive lover here…Billys sammich kind of made me drool a little. I hope we can still be friends ;)

I teared up over the last episode of Mad Men a little bit…so sad :(

Me and Kev are 6 years apart..i always tease him about the age difference (aka, hey when I was in 8th grade you were already in college, bahahaha) but our birthdays are in the same month so we are both libras. pretty cool!

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Margaret June 7, 2012 at 7:47 am

NO olives (sick!). My husband also loves them though, ick!
Husband and I are 6 months apart also! Almost to the day. And his bday is tomorrow, woooo!

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Emily June 7, 2012 at 7:49 am

Negative on the olives…

My boyfriend & I are 5 1/2 years apart, he is almost 28, and I will be 23 in October. Age is just a number… ;)

The last show that made me cry was the CBS evening news on Monday. They did a segment on an 11 year old boy with cerebral palsy who was running a 400m race in his school’s track & field day and was behind everyone else, clearly in pain, and so his teacher ran up beside him, and then the rest of the kids followed and cheered him on to the finish! His Mom was there and caught the whole thing on video. I’m such a sap for a touching story (and no I’m not pregnant lol).

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57446940-10391704/boy-with-cerebral-palsy-goes-viral-with-inspirational-field-day-run/

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Janae June 7, 2012 at 1:59 pm

EMILY!! Thank you so much for sharing that video with me. I got goosebumps and cried at the same time. What an incredible little boy and the classmates made me so happy!

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Ashley June 7, 2012 at 7:52 am

HEY!!! I’m runner 11 on my Ragnar team. Lord knows he’ll fly by me!!! :)

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Janae June 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm

ARE YOU SERIOUS!?!? Who is on your team again?

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Katy June 7, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I’m runner 11 too! That first leg looks like a beast. Seriously. I’m SO excited though. I’m on Jen Cavanaugh’s team so it’s guaranteed to be awesome!!

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Tina June 7, 2012 at 7:53 am

Haven’t run ragnar but hear its a blast! I love green olives but dont care too much for black olives. But i can eat them if they’re in something and i’m feeling lazy and dont want to pick them out. The hubs and i are 7.5 years apart.
Where are those sunglasses from? I love them!

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Lisa J June 7, 2012 at 8:03 am

one of my best friends who I run a lot of relays with ( a guy) did wasatch back 2 years ago. He had that same leg listed in the elevation photo– he said that every.single.person had to walk part of it. The hill was just too steep to waste energy trying to run up it. Although its going to be hard, at least everyone else will be in the same boat when they get to the neverending ‘mountain’

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Whitney June 7, 2012 at 8:05 am

Ragnar is awesome! Leg 11 isn’t super bad especially compared to the Ragnar leg that thing is a beast I think it’s leg 10. I’m sure he’ll do awesome! I’m so jealous I want to do another one so bad!

I used to love olives a lot but now there just okay.

My husband is ten months older than me so after my birthday on Sunday we’ll be the same age until August.

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Laura @ LauraLikesDesign June 7, 2012 at 8:06 am

That’s so cute that you walked around the track while Billy did his workout! I didn’t know you guys were so close in age–that’s awesome!

I actually love olives! Both green and black!

Andy is 5.5 years older than me!

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Megan @ Run Like a Grl June 7, 2012 at 8:06 am

Ew I HATE olives, with a passion. My boyfriend loves them too and it grosses me out. Luckily I never buy them so I only have to see him eating them at his parents house when we go visit.

A Ranger looks awesome! I’m actually running the Reach the Beach relay in October in NJ. Same concept, different name haha. Can’t wait to hear how he likes it!

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Aubrey June 7, 2012 at 8:07 am

My husband (who is 8 months younger and graduated high school a year later) and I LOVE white collar and olives….

This is my 5th year doing Ragnar and my 6 relay total. I LOVE it! Billy will have so much fun! Make sure he enjoys every sleepless moment, especially running across the finish line with the team. Eat and drink whenever you think about it, get to exchanges early just incase you need to use a honey bucket, don’t pee on the side of the road (it is against the rules), cheer for other teams, soak up the craziness, encourage those you pass (the roadkills), enjoy the awesome feeling of running in the dark (it is very peaceful), get a headlamp that clips to a visor (they don’t bounce as much- I got sick one year watching my headlamp bounce), a race number belt is helpful (get 2 and rotate between runners- then you don’t have to worry about your number when you change clothes), make sure your team stays with you as long as possible (we had a runner get hurt 2 miles in on a 9 mile run), most importantly HAVE FUN!

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Janae June 7, 2012 at 1:57 pm

I will forgive you about the olives because you love white collar. WOW!! 6 relays…you are awesome. Thank you so so much for all of the advice and I will definitely let him know about not peeing on the side of the road! Actually he reads all of the comments so I am sure he already read yours so I will say thank you for him!

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Erica June 7, 2012 at 8:13 am

Advice for Billster: double knot your shoes.
All joking aside, everytime I race now I think about it. In the tri last weekend, in T2, bike to run, double knot and a shout out to B.

Last cry: the song Fields of Gold by eva cassidy.

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Janae June 7, 2012 at 1:55 pm

I am SO SO HAPPY that you think of Billy before your runs/races and double knot your shoes. I need details about how your tri went! I am going to youtube that song right now, wahoo!

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Yellow Haired Girl June 7, 2012 at 8:15 am

OLIVES! Sorry Janae :)

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Amanda June 7, 2012 at 8:16 am

I haven’t done a relay yet, but me and 3 co-workers are doing the Atlanta Marathon relay in October!
NOOOOO olives. About the only food I can’t stand!
I cried when I was at Hunger Games and the preview for Titanic 3D came on. Gets me every time . . .
My boyfriend is one year and 28 days older than me!

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Kaitlyn June 7, 2012 at 8:19 am

So exciting for Billy! I always say that I keep in shape so that when someone calls with a cool opportunity like that I am always ready to go.
JWail and I are 8 years apart. Sometimes generational stuff gets in the way.

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Shauna @ Balancing Bites June 7, 2012 at 8:27 am

No olives for me. Last night we watched Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition and that made me tear up. It was a good episode. My husband is 14 months older than me.

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Alicia Clouse June 7, 2012 at 8:30 am

Billy is going to LOVE Ragnar!! Still holds the title for best weekend of my life. I wish I could run in the mornings, I’m do jealous you get to take advantage of this amazing weather. I hope I run into you guys at the race this weekend, I’m convinced that we should be friends:)

On that same note, if you know any cute single LDS runners, send them my way! None of the guys I date understand my obsession with half marathons :)

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Kristine June 7, 2012 at 10:16 am

I am a single LDS runner! Fun times! :) I live in Arizona though!

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Kristine June 7, 2012 at 12:07 pm

I’m sure our runs would be filled with some “awesome” dating stories!

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Laura is Undeterrable June 7, 2012 at 8:32 am

Sorry, but I’m an olives girl. I also don’t put cheese on my sandwiches.

My husband is 9 months older than me, but of all my friends, he’s the closest in age. Most of my friends are 5-15 years older than me.

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Chels R. June 7, 2012 at 8:35 am

Ohh Ragnar looks so fun! I so badly want to do one, one of these days…maybe the one in Napa…

I love black olives in my Subway sandwiches!

My S.O. and I are total opposites! I can be fairly high strung at times but he’s always the laid back cool guy…and always very supportive. It’s nice to have someone that appreciates my craziness.

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Michelle (Better with Berries) June 7, 2012 at 8:41 am

I do put olives on my sandwich – I love them!! And I love the cute shadow picture of you two :-)
The age difference between me and my boyfriend is 4 days – and I’m older!

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Renee June 7, 2012 at 8:42 am

I did a local 60 mile/6 runner relay and had a blast. We weren’t very competitive which annoyed me a little. But if I ever have a chance to do one again, I’d love to.

I very much dislike olives on sandwiches…

I cry at everything anymore…

I’m 8 weeks older than my husband.

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natalie@ southern fit foodie June 7, 2012 at 8:45 am

I’m usually a no olive person, but every now and then I’ll find something with olives that I do like. Never on a sandwich though!

Daniel is four years and two months older than me. I can’t help but make jokes about it on a regular basis. :)

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Ali Mc June 7, 2012 at 8:50 am

There are 4 years between Colin and me :) but it’s actually more like 5 b/c I’m a december baby and he’s a January….so as soon as we’re 4 years in age he turns 1 year older making it seem like 5 ;) this year I’ll be 30 and in jan he turns 35

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Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More June 7, 2012 at 8:56 am

The first race I ran was a 6-leg, multi-sport relay race. I had the 5K leg. My leg was the last part of the race, I didn’t like that since it was my very first race. But overall, it was so much fun! My tip would be to train in the part of the day that your race is. I didn’t. Big mistake. I usually run early morning. My leg was mid-afternoon. It was 40 degrees hotter than I was used to. It hurt.

Olives! Lots and lots of olives! Glad we can still be friends.

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shelly June 7, 2012 at 9:13 am

I’m jealous too!!

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Brie June 7, 2012 at 9:17 am

I’ve never actually done a race. I am a new runner and so scared to sign up for anything yet!

No olives on sandwiches, but when they are mixed in other stuff sometimes I like them, but only if they are cooked.

My boyfriend is actually 5 1/2 years YOUNGER than me! We think it’s way funny, but people always think we are about the same age. Apparently I am immature, YAY!

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Christine Jensen June 7, 2012 at 9:18 am

Ragnar is awesome, this year will be my 4th Wasatch Back! He just needs to make sure he eats plenty and doesn’t really plan on sleeping :)

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Sandy June 7, 2012 at 9:23 am

Good luck Billy! That is a crazy 7.3 mile run but he can do it!! Love his 19 year old photo!!

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Amanda N June 7, 2012 at 9:30 am

I’ve never run a relay but am thinking about trying to do the Reach The Beach relay next year! My husband has done 2 Ragnars on Ultra Teams and loved the experience.

I like olives in my salad, by themselves, or sometimes with pasta, but not in a sandwich.

Greys Anatomy ALWAYS makes me cry.

We’re actually only a day apart! His birthday comes first though so he always jokes that I don’t know how it feels to be as old as him :)

Oh and LOVE the shadow photo!

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Dina June 7, 2012 at 9:32 am

I hate black olives, but once I had some green olives in Italy and they were soooo good!
Good lucky Billy! I did a relay once, the run leg of a triathalon with my two sisters. My husband is 2 1/2 years older than I am.

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Jessica June 7, 2012 at 9:52 am

I’m running Ragnar from Madison to Chicago starting tomorrow!! This is our 2nd year in a row…..it is SOOO much fun!! Billy will have a blast, and you’ll have fun watching!!!! :)

We also run our Fall 50 relay race in Door County, WI each fall. Each person runs 2 legs totalling about 10 miles.

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Billy June 7, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Have fun at Ragnar! Let us know how it goes!

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Christy June 7, 2012 at 9:57 am

I’ve never run Ragnar but I ran Reach the Beach last month and had a blast! You’ll have so much fun!

I’m definitely a NO olives person!

The last book that made me cry…I’m reading “Bowerman and the Men of Oregon” right now and cried like a baby at the part during Prefontaine’s Memorial Service. TEARS galore!

My boyfriend and I are exactly 1 week apart!

Enjoy Ragnar!!!

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Leyna June 7, 2012 at 10:16 am

I’ve never run Ragnar, but someday I hope to. I just think it would be awesome to compete at running as a team sport rather than the solitary race environment.

My husband and I are about 8 months apart (he’s older).

I’ve been crying at the drop of a hat lately. Makes me want to go take a pregnancy test haha Seriously, though, I got teary eyed yesterday while my kids watched Backyardigans. My hormones must be going crazy.

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Claire @ Let's Go On A Living Spree June 7, 2012 at 10:27 am

I’m almos 2 years older than my bf. I know, cougar, right? I’m just about to turn….gasp…30 this year. And he’ll still be 28. jerk ;-)

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Rachelle June 7, 2012 at 10:32 am

Oh my gosh Billy looks the exact same when he was 19. haha I love it! He will love Ragnar. It is all just about having fun. :)

We need a runner on our team…..want to join? I am being dead serious here. There are 4 of us running UVM so we are just doing Ragnar for fun. I am running with Holly & Stephanie and they’re Hubbys and we just had the 6th runner drop this week. Free Costa Vida for life……..think about it!!! It is the easiest leg and we will pamper you and take extra good care of you……

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Janae June 7, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Hey GORGEOUS!! How long are each legs? I am down to a 10 minute mile ha….you really don’t want me I am sure:) I didn’t know you are running UVM on Saturday. Are you shooting for a pr?

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Lisa June 7, 2012 at 10:35 am

LOVE Ragnar!
-Have 3 diff running “outifts” complete with fresh socks separated into ziplock bags..one for each leg.
-extra pair of shoes just in case he encounters mud/water
-don’t expect to sleep for 36 hours
-bring lots of yummy snacks easy on the tummy
-head lamp/reflective vest and a blinkie light for the backside as well.
That’s just a few off the top of my head…he will have a blast!

Last show/movie/book that made me cry: ugh..16 and Pregnant. Shameful I know.
No olives on sammys
10 year diff between me and my hubby…he is ooooold ;0

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Angela @ Happy Fit Mama June 7, 2012 at 10:42 am

I’m doing to do a relay! All the ones that are local to me are scheduled when I have events planned. One day!

Olives – no thank you.

5 years age difference between me and the hubs. He is an old man! :)

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Sierra June 7, 2012 at 10:46 am

We are also 6 months apart, but my husband is really mature and makes me feel young (in a good way)!

I like olives…sorry. I crave them after running. Hello salt.

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Coley June 7, 2012 at 10:55 am

Tell Billy good luck! I ran leg 11 a few years ago. He’ll love it. The up hill climb on the first leg isn’t too bad and the last leg will totally make up for it. It’s pretty much all down hill!! Anywhoo… good luck!

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Stephanie June 7, 2012 at 11:03 am

I used to be strictly no olives on anything but I have since grown tired of picking them off of things (the bf LOVES olives on everything). The last thing that made me cry was the latest Google commercial…the one where the guy is listing off reasons why his ex(?)-girlfriend should meet him for lunch (I just think it’s so cute…I don’t know why I cry everytime though). Erik and I are 2 1/2 years apart – he’s the older one.

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Kaylee June 7, 2012 at 11:17 am

New reader and fan! I’m also pregnant too and craving feeling good running again!

I ran the Wasatch Back two years ago. It was a blast. I think the hardest thing was balancing what to eat in between legs. It was also hard for me to get back in the van after running each leg and sit for so long. It was so much fun! And exhausting from getting no sleep! Good luck to him!

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Janae June 7, 2012 at 1:52 pm

HEY KAYLEE!! I am so happy you commented:) Congrats on your pregnancy and I can’t agree with you more…we need some GOOD feeling running again asap! That is so cool you did Wasatch Back! I bet that was killer to sit in a van after running ha..wow!

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Jen Correa @ Mom's Gotta Run June 7, 2012 at 11:52 am

Never even heard of a Ragnar!
No olives ever!
Watched The Vow last week – cried like a baby
Hubby is a year and a few months younger than me, but I look younger :)

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Rene June 7, 2012 at 11:55 am

I almost signed up for that Ragnar with a friend but the friend backed out so not Ragnar for me :(. My hubs and I are 2 1/2 years apart. This summer is the 21st anniversary of when we started dating.
I hate olives. Period.
I’ve been blog stalking a friend of a friend about their little boy’s battle with a brain tumor. I can’t get through a post without bawling http://echansen.blogspot.com/ Just be warned, grab kleenex.

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Ashton June 7, 2012 at 12:49 pm

janae, i feel inclined to tell you that i’m an olive lover. regular black olives, green olives stuffed with blue cheese, green olives stuffed with almonds, greek olives, and then green olives stuffed with pimentos, in that order.

billy looks soo young. that picture reminds me how little guys are when they go into the mtc! aww. and i CANNOT believe you are still such an avid runner. you are awesome.

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Kristen @ notsodomesticated June 7, 2012 at 1:01 pm

No olives! Bleck!!

And I am 1 month older than Brandon. I’m such a cougar. ;)

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Allison @ Running Through Red Lights June 7, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Oh my goodness–I want to do a Ragnar so badly! The Chicago Ragnar is this weekend, and I’m SOOOOO jealous of everyone running! I’m hoping to put a team together for next year. :) They look like so much fun!

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Danica @ GirlsThatRun June 7, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Oh my gosh he’s going to have a blast! I ran So Cal just a couple months ago and it was SO fun! You seriously have to do one someday :)

My biggest tip is to bring febreeze for the van!

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Siobhan @ SiobhanMcCarthy.ca June 7, 2012 at 1:58 pm

I’m CONSTANTLY singing out loud when I run! I love it and sunshine.

I’m an olive girl. They are just so yummy!

I’ve never done a relay (unless 8th grade track counts than yea- I’m pro!). But- I really want to try one! They look so fun!

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Siobhan @ SiobhanMcCarthy.ca June 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Wait- about those olives… I can’t always eat them whole. Sometimes they disgust me. Is that weird to have a love/hate relationship with food?

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Alex @ Healthy Life Happy Wife June 7, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I am running a relay in October & i am super excited!!

My husband is 4 years older than me…cradle robber, for sure :)

…& I love olives…eep. Don’t judge me!

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Erika@YouJustDidWhat June 7, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Ragnar: Best. Race. Experience. Ever! I loved it and can’t wait to do it again. I joined at the last minute so I wasn’t super prepared, but I would definitely train on hills next time around! Speaking of training on hills…that elevation climb does not look fun! Good luck to him!!
My husband and I are 2 years apart…I’m older. : )
I usually cry at everything, so I could probably hand you a list…I’m such a sap!
NO olives!!!

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Coreyanne Armstrong June 7, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Definitely olives…although I may have to stop looking at your blog until I’m back in the US because I’m pregnant and your food pictures are KILLING me making me want them, and of course, there’s no Einsteins here. Can’t even get cheese on my Subway sandwiches because they only have American cheese here in the UK at Subways (go figure) and no real cheese. At least I haven’t seen any Mexican yet…

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Amy G June 7, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I’m currently in Madison, WI to start the Chicago Ragnar tomorrow! I’m super excited! & in true blogger fashion, I’ve never met my (incredible) teammates in real life! It’s going to be awesome!

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Billy June 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Have fun! Let us know how it goes!

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Stephanie June 7, 2012 at 4:23 pm

You can come run Ragnar with us :) We don’t mind pregnancy hormones!! I don’t have any tips because my first Ragnar last year didn’t go so well for me :/ Hopefully this year is better. If you or sissy want to run it let me know!! Of course, maybe the elevation would be a bit much for a prego, although I’m sure you could do it!!

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Erin @ The Grass Skirt June 7, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Once again, you’ve triggered my Subway cravings. I love olives- but only black olives. My husband and I are five years apart. He’s older, and I love to remind him of that each and every single day. :)

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jamie June 7, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Hey Janae!
I am running the Cumberland, MD to Washington, DC Ragnar! I am so excited!
My pops ran the Wasatch 100 miler a few years back.. Billy is going to have oh-so-much fun with that elevation.

http://www.ragnarrelay.com/race/dc there’s the link for the race I’m doing. :)

xoxo!

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Kristen June 7, 2012 at 7:57 pm

I am doing the Madison to Chicago Ragnar tomorrow! So nervous/ excited!

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Billy June 8, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Good luck!

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natalie(thesweetslife) June 7, 2012 at 8:03 pm

I loooooooove RAGNAR–my favorite kind of race! We’ve done Madison to Chicago 2x, plus DC…next September we’re doing Napa! I can’t wait to hear what Billy thinks and how this one is…we plan to eventually do them all :)

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Losing Lindy June 7, 2012 at 8:08 pm

I hate olives! I love pepper jack cheese though ;)

you both are super cute

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Gracie (Complicated Day) June 7, 2012 at 9:25 pm

I love olives, sorry! They are like my favorite food!
My husband is 8 years older than me. I didn’t realize this for several months of dating – he looks younger than he is and I just assumed and didn’t ask. One day he was talking about his 10-year high school reunion and I was like, “What?! How old are you?!” Big surprise. I thought he was maybe 4 years older than me if I had to guess!

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Jan J June 7, 2012 at 10:24 pm

I’ve done Wasatch Back twice & the Vegas Ragnar once. It is THE BEST!!! Skipping out this year :(, but hoping to do it next year!

Instead I’m doing a 2-man marathon relay on June 30th… the Wasatch Back Marathon in Midway. I’m runner 1, and the 1st 7 miles has an elevation gain of 2500 feet. I AM NERVOUS. I’ve been trying to train hills, but…. nothing like that!

Good luck to Billy- He’ll LOVE it!

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Monica June 7, 2012 at 10:43 pm

I was supposed to be running the Sawtooth Relay this weekend but our team captain missed the sign up deadline. Boo. I’ll do it next year for sure. And hopefully Ragnar too.

Love me some black olives!

Lots of stuff makes me cry lately. I would think I was pregnant if I didn’t know any better. I love the olympic moms commercial. It makes me cry every time.

I’m 16 months older than my husband which was awesome while we served our missions because he left before me and I got home 3 weeks after him and we wrote each other every week while we were both serving. Loved it!

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Kay June 8, 2012 at 11:46 am

Wow, good luck Billy – and good luck to you cheerleading!!

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Lora @ Crazy Running Girl June 8, 2012 at 7:35 pm

I am running Ragnar in September — Adirondacks! So excited!! I heard that it helps to pack your outfits in separate bags so you can change fast. And to bring lots of deodorant.

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Marla B June 8, 2012 at 11:28 pm

SLOWEST blog comment-person!
Second year doing Ragnar. Last year runner #6, this year runner #3. LOVED it.
Tips to Billy-camera-take a picture the little moments to share with janae. Even the LINES at the porta potty’s, traffic, cool van decor and costumes.
Have cash handy for food, showers, small town lemonade stands. know where it is in your bag.
Good luck balancing snacking & eating between runs. HYDRATE!
The hangover on Sunday will be the WORSE! oh just wait!
Get out of your comfort zone: be willing to cheer on strangers and make small talk with strangers.
Don’t feel too bad when BYU XC team passes you….they are amazing.
Look for people you know. You will be surprised the random people you see along the route.
I made the mistake of taking a nap before we got to a school to sleep. I didn’t sleep well cause I had the nap. grr.
Obey the volunteers!
Really-the worse will be having to walk. Don’t hurt yourself, but accept if you have to walk. Your mile pace should be a lot slower on your last run! accept it too!
Trust your captain or person putting it all together. but also ask questions about the details you gotta know-food, driving, costs

Love olives.
Last time I cried? HBO movie: Taking Chance
Age difference: 3 1/2 years. My non runner hubby is going Ragnar with me again. He says the team atmosphere drives him to do it again.

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Jaeme + Randy June 11, 2012 at 10:27 am

Oh my gosh I am so jealous he is running the Wasatch Back! My family did it 4 years in a row and then it was full this year (even though I would have been out this year anyway, its still sad) :(. Tell him he needs to bring more food and water than he thinks he will need and warn him to sleep at any chance he gets because you don’t really get any.

My husband did leg 11 the last 2 years. He loved it!

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