RnR San Jose Race Recap

October 8, 2012

Brooke was not very happy with me when I tried to wake her up before she was ready to the morning of the race. She is especially not happy with me because I am posting a picture of her crazy morning hair on the internet.

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Brooke had slept all day on Saturday so that night she was ready to hang out and so both Billy and I got about 4 hours of sleep. I think Brooke was so excited to go to her first race that she couldn’t sleep. Luckily they say the night before the night before a race is the really important night for sleep and Friday night we slept a lot. I sure hope that sentence made sense.

The race didn’t start until 8 so I started getting things ready at about 6. Race morning has changed big time now because before we left I needed to pump. make sure that everything was packed for Brooke and I didn’t take my usual (because I am breastfeeding) caffeine and beta alanine I had my normal white bagel with jam breakfast and also had some pretzels purely for the salt on them:) I used to put pb on my pre-race bagels but learned that pb and running don’t mix well for me.

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The race start was about 10 minutes from our house but when we got close to the start the freeway was completely stopped and so I just jumped out and walked to the start. Yes, I do realize that my eyes look extremely tired hence why I wore sunglasses for the whole race.

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Because I am an obsessive mom I brought my phone (good thing the cup of gatorade I spilled on myself didn’t break my phone) with me just in case Billy needed something or Brooke wouldn’t take the bottle. Good thing I did so that I could take pictures and text billy before the race started to have candy ready for me when I saw him on the course because I forgot my fuel. Fuel for this race = Gummy Life Savers… they worked perfectly.

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There were 18,000 runners yesterday for the 1/2 Marathon and Mini-Marathon. You get the best of both worlds with this race. You run around the city for a while and then you head into beautiful residential areas. I love how organized RnR races are and that they ALWAYS start on time. Late starts make me crazy.

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Sorry man in front of me for taking pictures of you.

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I got to see Billy and Brooke at the 10k mark and that gave me a huge burst of energy plus he gave me my candy and that helped big time too. My Brooks PureFlows are my new favorite racing shoes in the history of my life.

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I forgot to set up my Garmin to lap at each mile so I don’t know my mile splits but my main goal was to keep a consistent pace throughout the race and not go out too fast. This is a pace chart over the 13 miles. I am a nerd and could look at this kind of stuff all day long. I finished in 1:31:55, 7.5 weeks after having Brooke.

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Can you believe the top ten finishers times?!?!

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I definitely started getting tired at around mile 10 but the three things I kept thinking about were:

1. The tiredness you are experiencing now is NOTHING compared to how tired you were during labor and you made it through that!

2. Pump your arms faster and your legs will follow… it’s science.

3. The faster I run, the faster I get to see these two people.

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The handed out Jamba Juice at the end and it tasted so good, I think that should be a requirement for all races to provide.

Brooke wanted to wear her ‘my mom is faster than your mom shirt’ and I let her even though I thought it was kind of prideful of her.

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Thanks Brooks Running for sponsoring me for this race so that I could RUN HAPPY!!!

Today and tomorrow Billy has Fall Break so today we are going to San Francisco to eat crab sandwiches and show Brooke the actual houses from Full House.

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What are some of the things you think about when you start getting tired as you run?

What is your favorite race start time?

-8 was perfect for yesterday’s race but I love Utah’s early morning race start times that are usually around 6.

Have you ever been to San Francisco? What are some of your favorite things to do there?

If you had to choose only one type of race to run in for the rest of your life would you choose big races or small races?

Julie @ Sweetly Balanced October 8, 2012 at 4:45 am

Congrats on the race!! I love Brooke’s shirt! Very cute!!

When I’m getting tired, I try to distract myself and think of other non-running things. One time I planned out my friends entire bachelorette party for a good 5 miles!! Worked like a charm!

I’ve been to San Francisco once and loved it!! Definitely want to go back soon- I took a bike ride over the golden gate bridge! That was my favorite part!

I would love to run half- marthons, I’ve only done one so far, but loved it and can’t wait to do another!

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Bridget October 8, 2012 at 5:01 am

They handed out soft pretzels at the end of my half! Totally kicked the pants off bagels.

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Katie October 8, 2012 at 5:09 am

Girl- you are such an inspiration to new moms everywhere! your time was incredible especially only 3 months after giving birth. I am in awe of you. way to go!!!

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Khushboo October 8, 2012 at 5:12 am

I knew you’d rock the race but I am amazed at the extent of it…so proud of you :)! Love Brooke’s onesie…damn right her mom is faster haha! So jealous you’re going to see the Full House houses- I loved that show, especially Uncle Jesse!

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Lynsey October 8, 2012 at 5:15 am

I went to San Francisco in December and made it a priority to get pictures of the house in the beginning of Full House.

Way to go on the race! You are truely amazing!

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Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale October 8, 2012 at 5:17 am

I think that a 9am start time is perfect for half-marathons (yay for extra sleep/digestion time!), but would prefer the 8am for the full (so the weather doesn’t get TOO hot before finishing).
I’m a fan of the middle-sized races — 7,000 to 9,000 — otherwise, I think that wave starts are totally necessary.
I’ve never been to San Francisco, but I would love to run across the Golden Gate bridge, climb the hills, ride a cable car, and OF COURSE check out the Full House house. Full House = my childhood. Had my brother been a girl, he would have been named Meghan Michelle (Michelle was my pick — because of Michelle Tanner. I was 2 1/2).
It’s the thought of snacks at the finish line that get me running faster!! That, and it might be weird, but I always tell myself that the faster I run, the faster I can stop. (It doesn’t really make sense because you’re making yourself more tired by running faster, but I’d rather push harder for a shorter time … I think most people would actually. hm. Maybe not so weird!)
Congrats again on your time!! Enjoy San Fran!

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Katie @ msfitrunner October 8, 2012 at 5:19 am

amazing. that is really all I have to say. I ran a half 3 months after my third, and didn’t run through the pregnancy and did it in 1:43, and I thought that was good. you are unbelievable! You are going to rock some races mama:)
I have never been to CA, and want to so badly! Trying to convince the hubs I need to go out there to run a marathon – he’s not really going for it;-)
8am is my ideal start time and if I had to pick, I would run small races for the rest of my life – so much less stressful and I don’t need all the support of big races. Let me run and be done:)

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Laura @ the things i love about life October 8, 2012 at 5:22 am

I’ve never really been into racing because I always just wanted to run for fun. I’ve only ever done two races in my life – a 5k and 10k – the 5k was before I even started running so I basically walked it and the 10k was a virtual online race.

But this post just makes me wanna train for a race so bad!! My competitive spirit is coming out like crazy thanks to you and I think I’m starting to see the fun side to races… Once my knee is better I am DEFINITELY signing up to one pronto!!

Thanks for the inspiration :)
And that shirt Brooke is wearing, tooooooo cute!
x

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Becky Przy October 8, 2012 at 5:28 am

Awesome job Janae!

I love early morning start times….6 a.m. sounds perfect! I would pick smaller races over large. Large races make me nervous and its hard for me to get in the ‘zone’ and tune everyone out.

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emma October 8, 2012 at 5:40 am

well done Janae!!

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Molly October 8, 2012 at 5:41 am

Awesome job!!! I’ve only ever ran 5ks (hoping to do a 10k soon!) and since I live in Florida I WISH they started at 6aM. The 4th of July race I did this year was absolutely miserable. Maybe I’ll move to Cali =) Anyway- way to go on your first post-baby run!!!!

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Hayley @ Running Down the Runway October 8, 2012 at 5:46 am

Congrats!! Talk about consistent pace- thats amazing! I think my favorite start time is 830 since usually the races I run are in Boston- so it takes me a good 40 minutes to get there so a later start is always much appreciated. Whenever I start to get tired I always think about how far I’ve gone and the faster I run, the faster I finish! I love big races since they are much more exciting- but the one thing I hate is the first 2 miles when its so crowded! So if you could do away with that, I would say big races :)

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Kelsey October 8, 2012 at 5:57 am

Holy smokes! Way to go!! K isn’t Brooke like 2 months old?! You are superrunner! So jealous your going to San Fran. It’s one of my all time faves, though my husband doesn’t love it as much. Which is why I will be going with my mom in January!! :) Can’t wait! Have fun you three!

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Lindsey October 8, 2012 at 6:05 am

Awesome run Janae!! You truly are an inspirations to all new moms (or moms to be like myself or even mom’s with several kids) Thank you!!

I love Brooks morning hair and onesie!!

I prefer early morning starts- enough time to digest but not to much time to get nervous heh heh. When I feel myself getting tired I either picture myself as gazelle or thoroughbred horse with energy surging through my body or I find someone ahead of me and chase them. Also, thinking of how awesome I am going to feel once I am done and re-fueling.

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Erica October 8, 2012 at 6:07 am

The earlier the better on race start times.

Have fun in San Fran. You will have no problem just walking and eating really good (but expensive) food. Enjoy!!!

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Lisa @ Lisa the Vegetarian October 8, 2012 at 6:12 am

Congratulations! Looks like you ran a great race.

I have never been to San Francisco but it seems like a really nice place. Someday I’ll make it out to California!

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Karen October 8, 2012 at 6:14 am

Your ability to take a picture while maintaining a 7 min pace and not face planting (like I would have done) is by far the most impressive thing about this post. Congrats!

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Shelly October 8, 2012 at 7:44 am

I totally second that, Karen! ;)

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Shari October 8, 2012 at 6:31 am

So jealous that you’re going to see the Full House area! Such a great show. Did you see the pictures from their 25th reunion?!

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Suzanne October 8, 2012 at 6:31 am

Congrats on a great first race back!!

Definitely take a walk or run across the golden gate bridge!

Get Boudin’s sourdough bread, or eat a big bread bowl (boule?) of clam chowder on the wharf. It’s awesome!!

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Belinda October 8, 2012 at 6:43 am

Try to grab breakfast at Mama’s. You’ll have to wait in line for a while, but it is definitely worth it :)

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Sarah October 8, 2012 at 6:45 am

I need that tank that you’re wearing, where is it from?! Please post pics of the actual full house house! My 7 yr old just discovered full house on Nick at Nite last week & is obsessed!

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Janae October 8, 2012 at 8:27 am

It is from lululemon and it is my absolute favorite! It is so comfy!

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Lindsay October 8, 2012 at 6:46 am

Congrats on your race, you did so awesome! I can’t believe you were able to run that time and take pics while you were running! :D Have fun in San Fran!

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Tiare October 8, 2012 at 6:55 am

just walking along pier 39 is awesome. you can watch the huge group of sea lions! crazy!! ghirardelli’s square is a MUST! AND boudin’s! oh the sourdough! they have these really cool sourdough creations…like alligators and stuff! try to spot the Bushman…there are just a ton of street vendor people to watch! the guys who paint these amazing pictures with cans of spray paint in like 5 minutes are so entertaining. china town is pretty dang awesome too! just walking around and seeing everything.
if you looking to pay for something the exploratorium is non-stop fun! (but it’s expensive…my in-laws paid for us when they came to visit) a boat trip and self-guided tour on Alcatraz is super cool! they sometimes have an ex-con who actually was jailed in Alcatraz (when it was up and running) selling books they wrote at the end. yikes!
san fran has so much to offer, you’ll definitely have to go back several times!!!

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Kayla @ Keep Moving Forward October 8, 2012 at 6:58 am

Sounds like a perfect race!! I agree on jamba juice as a requirement!

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char eats greens October 8, 2012 at 6:59 am

I definitely think about the pumping your arms faster when I get tired running. It’s amazing what arms can do – especially since mine are monkey arms haha.

I’d like a 8am start time. The first half I’m running after giving birth also happens to be the morning after a wedding my husband’s in. So obviously I’ll be going light on the drinking for the next morning. That one starts at 7:30am, but I’d be fine if it was 8 instead. I told the hubby that as long as him and the baby meet me at the finish line, that’s all I need haha

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Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries October 8, 2012 at 7:02 am

I just love that little onesie – too cute! Once again, way to go! I hope you and your cute family have a fun time exploring San Fran today! It’s such a cool city!

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Megan S @ gourmet or go home October 8, 2012 at 7:15 am

Wow!! Well done you, congratulations!
She is so cute in that little onesie!
I’m from San Francisco and my favorite things to do there are walk and eat! At some point you should visit the Japanese tea gardens and china town and when brook is a little older you have to take her to the exploratorium, the coolest place ever!

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Ali Mc October 8, 2012 at 7:21 am

GREAT RACE!!!! I love Brooke’s choice of race day clothing :) You look AMAZING Janae. Really moms probably want to hit you you look so good ;) You should be super proud of yourself for all that you’ve achieved :) ps: what was your time??

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Heidi B. October 8, 2012 at 7:34 am

I love 7-7:30 race start times!!! Being a 4:30/5 am. runner, the earlier the better. For some reason I always feel sluggish for later starts!!! Congrats on totally rockin’ your race. Woot woot!!! I much prefer small races. When I first started running I enjoyed all the stimuli that went along with large races. However, now that it’s been quite a few years, I definitely prefer smaller races. 3-5,000 is perfect!!!
When I start to tire during a race I always think how lucky I am to be able to be alive and healthy enough to be running a race. I think how many people have failing health and would give anything to be healthy enough to run/race!!!
Again congrats on an awesome race and enjoy your San Fran food!!! (I’ve not made it to CA yet but would like to…..someday.) ;)

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margot October 8, 2012 at 7:40 am

Janae you are NUTS!!! I can’t believe you ran such an amazing time so quickly after having Brooke. Seriously.

There are some moms that get even faster after they have kids, and maybe that’s you? Anyways, congrats on your first california resident race – this state definitely agrees with you :). Nice job!

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Shauna @Pleasure, not Punishment October 8, 2012 at 7:41 am

Awesome speedy time! I ran it yesterday too – my first half!

How perfect was the weather?!

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cait October 8, 2012 at 7:41 am

Great race Janae!!!
I like as early a start as possible…well-if you run the SF Half you can opt for the first(5:30) half or second…it was a little early.6 I could go for tho’!!
You guys look great!I recognise that course….and i live in Marin so I love the food here!!Can’t go wrong on Pier 39-and weather is looking nice so enjoy!

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Natalie @ Free Range Human October 8, 2012 at 7:43 am

Have so much fun!! I’ve always wanted to go to San Francisco!

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Lauren October 8, 2012 at 7:48 am

I love San Francisco, I am heading there on Thursday for the NWM. I lived there for a year growing u

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Lauren October 8, 2012 at 7:50 am

I love San Francisco, I am heading there on Thursday for the NWM. I lived there for a year growing up and one of my fondest memories is eating at Za Pizza it’s so yummy, it’s still around http://zapizzasf.com/ Congrats on your race, you killed it!

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Charissa Steyn October 8, 2012 at 7:51 am

Way to go girly!!!! You are such an inspiration to me!!!!

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CatieB October 8, 2012 at 7:52 am

You did awesome Janae!!! I knew you’d rock the half!
I love San Francisco! You three will have a blast! It’s so pretty there!
My favorite start time is 8 or 8:30am :)

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IDK My BFF Jes October 8, 2012 at 7:58 am

You killed it! You are def a motivator for me.

When I get tired I think: You’ve run a marathon before, so you can finish this half. If you slow down you are going to feel the muscle pain more. The faster you finish the faster you get to eat!

I like starting 7 or 730.

I love San Francisco. I love to walk around the city to take it all in. Fisherman’s warf is great.

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Crystal October 8, 2012 at 7:59 am

Wow! I could never run that fast. That’s absolutely amazing! I can’t believe you were able to do that just a few short weeks after having a sweet, new baby. You are a rock star.

Plus you looked great before and after. Nice recap!

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Josie @ happycorredora.com October 8, 2012 at 7:59 am

Congratulations!! Great race :)

If I could run one type of race- definitely small ones. Not a huge crowd fan although I guess the swag bags and expos are kind of fun :)

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 8, 2012 at 8:01 am

Awwr I just love the motivational thoughts you used to push yourself through, especially the one about being able to see your favorite two people :) I use something similar, but in my case favorite people is replaced with whatever my current food obsession happens to be.

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Leah October 8, 2012 at 8:02 am

Congrats on your super speedy time, Janae! I ran portland and qualified for Boston, it was a pr of 14 minutes! What a great weekend!!!

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Kim@hungryhealthygirl October 8, 2012 at 8:03 am

Love the pictures! Where did you get your tank top that holds your earbuds….that would be perfect for me, but I’ve never seen one. I agree with you, 8:00 is the perfect start time. When I get tired running, I just think about how lucky I am that I’m able to run and how I want to be running when I’m an old lady. ;) Have a great day with the fam!

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Janae October 8, 2012 at 8:50 am

Hey Kim! I got it from lululemon and I actually just put the headphones under my shirt because my iPod is on my shorts! I love it that way!

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Brittany @Berries and Barbells October 8, 2012 at 8:05 am

You are so inspiring. Your time after just having a baby is incredible! Keep up the good work.

You’ve got to go to Pier 39 and watch the sea lions! Ghiradelli square is also a CRUCIAL stop in SF. If you like shopping they have the largest Macy’s in the world. Have fun. I’m jealous.

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BeautyAgainstTheBeast October 8, 2012 at 8:10 am

Congrats on your race. I ran my first Half Marathon yesterday!!!! My time was no where as good as yours though lol i finished in 2 hour 27 mins lol I love reading your blog! Any post race suggestions?

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Janae October 8, 2012 at 8:49 am

You are incredible! Congratulations!!!! Rest rest rest! I usually take a few days off from running and try to stretch more than ever and get extra sleep! Oh yeah….refuel with delicious foods! Way to go!!!!

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BeautyAgainstTheBeast October 17, 2012 at 5:26 am

Thanks!!!! My goal one day is to run your times. Lol

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Tabaitha October 8, 2012 at 8:13 am

You truly are an inspiration to me! First race post baby and with such an amazing time. I can’t wait for my first half at the end of the month, but I’m just hoping to finish. I’m not running for time, but plan to for my next half. I know each race will bring more wisdom, experience, and hopefully better times.

Living in Texas, I prefer 7am starts. I’ve never run in large races, so I right now I prefer small to mid-size races.

Have fun in San Fran! We loved visiting that city and the food is amazing down by Pier 39.

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Katie @ Peace Love & Oats October 8, 2012 at 8:22 am

I like earlier start times so I’m done earlier – like 7 or 7:30. The marathon this weekend technically started at 7:30, but I was in the 8am wave. Worked out well though because it was SO COLD! Congrats on your race! And 1:03 as a finishing time?!?!? That’s crazy fast, congrats to that guy!

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Lauren @ Powered by Oatmeal October 8, 2012 at 8:26 am

I have heard that women get faster after giving birth, since no race could ever be as hard as labor. Are you feeling like your fastest races are ahead of you?

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Janae October 8, 2012 at 8:47 am

I definitely am! I feel a lot stronger mentally and physically after having Brooke!

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Jade October 8, 2012 at 8:34 am

Awesome shirt on your little girl! I can’t get over your speediness so quickly after having her!

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J October 8, 2012 at 8:41 am

Congrats on an awesome half! You totally rocked it especially only 7.5 weeks after having Brooke! I wear the flows too and LOVE them! I raced my last half in them and it was great!

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Amy October 8, 2012 at 8:45 am

Congratulations!!! You are a rockstar! And such an inspiration to me. I’m training for my second marathon (Disney in January!) and I’m super competitive so following you/your blog is a huge motivator. I’m looking to PR (obvi ;)) and am using this training cycle and race to learn how to “train to race” a marathon so next fall I can BQ! Have a fantastic and relaxing recovery day =)

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Kari @ Running Ricig October 8, 2012 at 8:47 am

I love that taking it easy for you is 7 minute miles. You had an amazing race!! Congratulations.

Usually when I’m getting tired during a long run, I try to find someone else in the same place as me during the race and run together. It helps for encouragement and keeps my mind occupied!

I love Brooke’s shirt!

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Megan D October 8, 2012 at 8:51 am

I think I have told liek 20 people your race time less than 2 months after having a baby because you are friggin amazing. Seriously. You are my hero.I told you I wouldn’t be able to keep up with you if we went running over Thanksgiving break!

Earlier start times all the way. I know I have complained to you before, but I am still bitter about the 10AM start time for my marathon.

I always think, the faster I run, the sooner I will be done. That is what I used to push myself those last miles…but it only lasted so long before nothing could keep me going. It is much easier to do when running halfs or shorter. I will be stronger my next marathon though!!

A sundae from Ghiradelli’s a SanFransisco MUST! Tell Danny Tanner I said hello and have so much fun with your little fam. What a fun little trip!

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Shannon October 8, 2012 at 8:53 am

I used to live in Orinda and work in San Fran. If you read this before/while you are visiting San Fran make sure you go to Fishermans Wharf and order some Clam Chowder served in a sourdough bread bowl…delish! This is a favorite of mine and my hubby. There is so much to see ….have a great time!

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Nicole@TheKidlessKronicles October 8, 2012 at 9:09 am

Smaller races, definitely. The RnR have just gotten CRAZY expensive and I feel like the smaller races are more about supporting the local running community and not making the RnR people rich.
The earlier the start, the better.
I think about the pain now for a short amount of time is better than the pain of kicking myself for weeks to come because I quit.

The Kidless Kronicles

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Ashley October 8, 2012 at 9:10 am

You are so flipping fast! Are you sure you had a baby less than 2 months ago?!?

Your race sounded awesome. RnR San Jose is on my ‘to do’ list, my parents live in Fremont, so it would be an excuse to visit them..

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Janae October 8, 2012 at 9:20 am

You really should do it! I loved every part of it!

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Angie October 8, 2012 at 9:23 am

Wow! Good job!! That’s very impressive. San Francisco, go to ghiardelli factory! Ice cream is soooo good there and the portions are massive.

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Stacey October 8, 2012 at 9:34 am

Congrats!!!!!! Love Brooke’s hair and shirt!!! You so totally rocked!

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Katie October 8, 2012 at 9:54 am

I am so incredibly inspired by the fact that you got out there and completed that race (in an AMAZING time, by the way!!!!!) so quickly after having Brooke!!! Like, Janae, you are so inspirational! (But you already know that ;) As for San Francisco, I’ve lived 1 1/2 hours from it my whole life and LOVE that city!! My favorite things to do are: Giants baseball game, hang out on the wharf and pier 39 and watch the seal lions, eat a clam chowder bread bowl, go shopping (BEST shopping!) on Union Square, go to the Golden Gate Park, walk on the beach. I could go on and on. Have so much fun!

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michelle kim October 8, 2012 at 10:10 am

It really was a well-organized race with so much crowd support and plenty of volunteers. Glad you had such a wonderful first race following (shortly) after the birth of your adorable daughter!
My boyfriend has today and tomorrow off from SCU Law, too so he’s coming up to visit me in SF as well! We’re probably going to go for some cheap dim sum (80 cents for a huge BBQ pork bun!)

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Jake October 8, 2012 at 10:15 am

Great job Janae!!!

Start time totally depends on season… right now its already cold enough in Utah where unless you’re running 26.2, you don’t want to be starting before 9am :-)

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Megan@ The Running Doc October 8, 2012 at 10:38 am

Girl, you did so awesome! I mean you’re less than 10 minutes off the top 10 female finishers only 7.5 weeks after having a baby!

My favorite race time is 7. That way the temperatures haven’t gone up too much by the end of the race.

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Kate October 8, 2012 at 10:44 am

Janae — you are a running god(dess). You just had brooke and you ran a half marathon that fast!? YOU NEVER CEASE TO AMAZE ME!! Congratulations!!!

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SkinnyRunner October 8, 2012 at 10:59 am

you are pretty much just plain amazing to be racing at all that soon after having birth and then SO FAST!

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Meaghan October 8, 2012 at 11:16 am

You are SUCH an inspiration to women everywhere!! Congrats on an incredible come-back race sister!!

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Annette@FitnessPerks October 8, 2012 at 11:24 am

NICE work! I bet it was beautiful. You are speedy, my friend!

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jan October 8, 2012 at 11:24 am

Great race Congrats!

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Crissy October 8, 2012 at 11:25 am

Yay Janae! It sounds like you had an awesome race. Congratulations, Speedy!

I have been to SF more times than I can count, honestly. And all of those trips were work related so I never really had time for fun stuff. It must have something to do with the fact I work a lot with my colleagues in our SF office! (Boss included– and I am on the east coast). I know, those last few sentences made no sense at all. I’m sure you will have lots of fun. My husband and I did the Ghost tour/walk and had a great time (He tagged along with me one year since my trip fell over our 1 year anniversary). We try to do one in every city we visit. Our favorite is the Vampire Walk in Newoport, Rhode Island.

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GreenGirlRunning October 8, 2012 at 11:27 am

You are unbelievably awesome!!! Yesterday I had a craptastic long run and was really mad at running (easier to blame running than myself! ) but after reading this post, I am re-inspired! You are not only awesome as a runner, but as a mom you are already setting such a wonderful example for Brooke. Lucky little girl!
I tend to prefer the earlier race starts but only because I love running when it’s cold. Those top finishers times are pretty amazing. The woman who won, Clara Peterson, runs the trails that I run, so I see her super speedy self often which always puts a fire under me to get moving :)

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Anne Marie @ Rocky Road Running October 8, 2012 at 11:41 am

Congratulations on setting a new post-baby PR, Janae! FYI, Jeannette Faber WON the Twin Cities marathon and set another PR too! Great weekend for you speedy runner gals!! xoxo

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Jessica@SweatismySanity October 8, 2012 at 11:46 am

Never been to SF but it’s on my list. I love how organized the RnR races are but was a little annoyed by the amount of runners there were, mostly because too many people were walking when they should have started further back…so annoying. Congrats…that’s crazy you only had Brooke 7.5 weeks ago??!!?!?!! Have fun on Billy’s day off.

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Elizabeth October 8, 2012 at 11:47 am

What a great race! That is amazing that you are back racing already post-baby! Your dedication and hard work are inspiring!
I think Billy needs a “My wife is faster than your wife” shirt.

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Nelly October 8, 2012 at 11:59 am

Nice job on the race! Sounds like it went perfect for you. 1:32 is insanely fast for a first race on the comeback!

I had a couple friends that did the race, they said it was fun. I hopefully will be back to do it next year, couldn’t this year due to still coming back from injury.

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Rachelle October 8, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Seriously you are super women. Wow, wow, wow Janae you are simply incredibly my friend. So freaking proud of you little Momma! Your time 7.5 weeks after giving birth trumps any of those leader board times by a very long shot.

Good things to come for you my friend. Very, very good things! OTQ in 2016 for us both. Yes I think so. :):)

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mary @ minutespermile October 8, 2012 at 12:30 pm

awesome job! speedy! i used to eat PB before races too…until i learned it was responsible for those porta-potty trips. TMI? oh well.

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Nicole V. October 8, 2012 at 12:33 pm

When I’m tired, I think of my Mom. Yesterday I ran a marathon in Long Beach, CA. My mom died a month ago after battling cancer for 5 years (she was only given 6 months to live….she was a fighter!!). In the past month, my training went completely downhill, but I still wanted to finish the race (my third full). Along the course, I had to walk, stretch, restart myself several times. I wanted to drop out on several occasions, but then I thought to myself, “My mom had tougher days than this – you can push through!” So, I kept on moving and thoughts of dropping out went away.

I love early start times, like 7:00 a.m.

In San Fran, go to Ghirardelli Square!! OMG! Hot Fudge Sundaes **AAND** free chocolate samples in the store.

I like big races – the energy of the crowds really perk me up!

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Kristen @ notsodomesticated October 8, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Yay, great job, Janae!! And I love the first pic of Brooke … she looks like Curly when she has the ‘pouty face’ on! ;)

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Cathryn @ myheartscontent October 8, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Incredible girl. Well done a million times!!!! I thought of you and your arm pumping on my long run on Saturday – I’ll be doing that come race day!

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Melissa October 8, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Congrats on such an amazing race and a killer way to come back post-pregnancy. You’re incredible!

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Heather @ Run Eat Play October 8, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Great job, Janae! You are amazing!

I actually prefer small races! I’m running a Hot Cocoa 5k on Saturday. I’m going to run fast so that I can get my hot chocolate fast! :)

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Krissy @ Shiawase Life October 8, 2012 at 1:12 pm

In-FREAKING-credible, Janae! You are a rockstar running mama!!!!! :D Congrats on a fantastic race, post-baby or otherwise! DANG!!! :D

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Gracie (Complicated Day) October 8, 2012 at 1:37 pm

You rock way too much! That is such a speedy time and you are a brand new mom! Great job!

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Sarah @ Blonde Bostonian October 8, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Go speedy mommy go! Sounds like you had a great race. I ran a half marathon yesterday too, but I finished a half hour after you did. Speedy girl! I’ve been dying to try the pure flows. I used to run in the Brooks Ghosts and loved them. I definitely prefer races that start at 8. Anything earlier just seems wrong haha.

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Jacqueline October 8, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Congratulations girl!! Your speediness is uber impressive. I couldn’t run a 7 minute mile if I tried. Ha!
I was hoping to make it out there to cheer you on, but it just didn’t happen. Next time for sure.
Speaking of that, what’s your next race?

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Holly October 8, 2012 at 2:34 pm

AMAZING run!!!! Best reason I think has to be #3 :D
I LOVE Brooke’s shirt- it is perfect! She will have to get one in each size, so she can wear it as she gets older.
I hope you guys have a great trip!! Xo

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Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More October 8, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Great job!!

I’ve only been to the SF airport. But would love to explore the city someday.

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Shannon October 8, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Awesome job on the race!! 7.5 weeks post partum and you’re killing it!!

On a totally random note..Brooke looks SO much like Curly in that first pic. It’s incredible!

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Amylee October 8, 2012 at 3:51 pm

JANAE!!!!!!!!!! That is an incredible time, and I can’t believe you did it only 7.5 weeks after having Brooke. A-mazing! So happy for you.

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Abby @ Change of Pace October 8, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Wow- congratulations on such a fabulous race! That’s amazing how fast you went so close to having Brooke!

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Hugh Jass October 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm

I also love my Pure Flows!!!!!

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Danica @ It's Progression October 8, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Congratulations, Janae!! Amazing time. You’re an inspiration, girl!

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Dani @ Run Daniella Run October 8, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Proud of you! You did an awesome job and you owned that race!

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Irina @ Chocolatea Time October 8, 2012 at 6:31 pm

You are ridiculously awesome. A time of 1:30 7 weeks after having a baby? AMAZING!!!! Share some coolness with us please :)

I think I prefer larger races. Running with others helps during tough times and spectators are great. My first half marathon was a RnR one and I loved it!

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Kay October 8, 2012 at 6:31 pm

I love all of the race pics, it’s practically like I ran it myself….. Hahahh

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Missy October 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm

My fave motto-the faster you run the faster you’re done!
Congrats on a great race!!

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ewa_cn October 8, 2012 at 9:59 pm

You are amazing. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I am injured now (had a motorbike crash in Vietnam) and for the first time ever i have not been able to run for more than 10 days. Reading about your speedy race makes me want to hop on a treadmill but i guess that will have to wait a bit longer…

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Rachel October 8, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Wow! Well done, you are amazing and such an inspiration! I would SOOO love to be able to run that fast even without having just had a baby! Good job!

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JenJ October 9, 2012 at 7:14 am

You are amazing. And SO fast. Even without having JUST given birth. Huge congrats!!!

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Jenny @ simply be me October 9, 2012 at 10:05 am

Congrats on your first race back! I ran a 10K on Sunday 2 months after having baby #2 – I beat my 6-month pregnant self by 5 minutes so I was happy about that!

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Tonya October 11, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Awesome time!!!!! You are incredible – this would have been a 20 minute PR for me. Keep up the super work :)

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Amanda November 2, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Holy smokes, girl, you are amazing! Is that a new half PR for you?? I like a 7am start for summer races because I hate running when it’s hot…8am is good for winter months. Though, there weren’t really any winter races in the northeast, with good reason. The 7am start of the Philly marathon in November last year was rough because it was so dark when I got up & left my house.

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Sharisse March 5, 2013 at 9:43 am

Best of Sacramento:

1) Eat at Squeeze Inn (burger joint featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives),
2) Walk around Old Sacramento, and
3) River raft on the American River!

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Emily April 15, 2013 at 4:55 am

What are some of the things you think about when you start getting tired as you run? I frequently repeat mantra’s in my head ’1 mile to go’ ‘kick that guys butt in front of you’ ‘mind over matter’ and then I also grunt and randomly yell when I feel like I’m at the breaking point – the hyena scream is my warrior cry that I will win out fatigue. It usually startles a few people too around me – so that only helps! :)

What is your favorite race start time? 8am is perfect

Have you ever been to San Francisco? What are some of your favorite things to do there? I have but not in a very long time – I remember loving it though!

If you had to choose only one type of race to run in for the rest of your life would you choose big races or small races? I would do a 10k for the rest of my life I think, it’s a nice short distance – the race is quick yet you still feel like you’re out there for a decent time.

PS this post makes me love your blog even more. You and the family are simply adorable!

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