With out the ache, we wouldn’t know the great–> An inventory of my failures + Spring breaking.

(Shirt, pants)

Lauren is getting me out on the hills once more. There’s a highway that we used to run, and it begins on the very base by the river after which climbs up 350ft in a single mile. The burn you expertise on this hill deserves a reward, and often, that reward is the automobiles that go by and yell out ‘good job’ as a result of the hill is so steep.

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My sister deliberate yesterday’s spring break actions; whereas random, it was an enormous success.

On the Shri Shri Radha Krishna Temple, you may hire llamas.  The llamas had been there earlier than the temple and so they assist to fund the temple and grounds now.  Our information taught us all concerning the llamas and took us out for a stroll with them.

We completed up with a picnic subsequent to the llamas whereas watching The Emperor’s New Groove.

These children develop up so quick.

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I’m pleased with Curly overcoming her llama concern.

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The opposite night time, I used to be awake at about 2 am, and I got here up with the thought of compiling a listing of races that didn’t go my manner.  If it is a unhealthy concept and boring, then I can blame it on the truth that I got here up with it in the midst of the night time.  Whether it is a good suggestion and helps anybody on the market who has had a awful race just lately and it conjures up them to attempt once more, then I can name it inspiration as a result of I considered it in the midst of the night time;)

Every time I’m going via one thing onerous or fail, I like to remind myself that with out discomfort and ache, we might by no means know what it feels wish to really feel good.  If we succeeded in working greater than we failed, I don’t suppose the chase for the PRs could be as enjoyable or as satisfying.

So, here’s a record of a few of my races that went sideways. I both didn’t begin or completed far-off from my targets (I’m not together with the entire mediocre races or medium unhealthy races, simply the worst ones I can keep in mind):

*Dogtown 1/2 Marathon 2011->  My objective was to run below 90 minutes, however I had began experiencing a little bit of ache in my quads main as much as the race. I popped some ibuprofen the morning of in order that I may run the race, and never solely did I not hit my objective that day, however I made my accidents a lot worse.

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*Boston 2011-> I by no means made it to the beginning line as a result of accidents talked about above, aka what became femoral stress fractures.  I used to be not giving my physique the vitamin it wanted and placing an excessive amount of stress on it.  The physique saved rating, and I misplaced that recreation.

*CIM 2013-> I had PRs left and proper in my fall half-marathons main as much as CIM, however as I received nearer to the race, I mentally couldn’t proceed marathon coaching.  I used to be going via my divorce and within the thick of it with attorneys and stress and by no means made it to that beginning line.

*Utah Valley Marathon 2014-> Nonetheless a large number from my divorce, and Brooke was additionally picked up for one of many first instances since I had her ON THE COURSE.  I used to be a wreck.  Oh, and I additionally had been injured and took 5 weeks off and solely did pool working to coach for these 5 weeks main as much as the race.  I positively ought to NOT have began that day, however at the very least this race gave me loads of footage to make use of the place I seem like I’m dying from ache.  Keep in mind how my sister ran 6 miles in her flip-flops and denims to assist me get to the end line that day?

She has worn trainers to each race she has spectated at since then in case she is named in once more.

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*CIM 2019-> This one stung.  I dreamed about an Olympic Trials Qualifying time (when it was 2:45 and beneath).  Emilee and I believed we had it.  We labored our buns off to get sooner.  I knew a mile in that it might be a battle on the market, and I completed 13 minutes slower than I had wished.  

*Boston 2023-> I skilled in all probability more durable than I ever have for this race and made a objective to complete within the 2:40s—> however as a substitute, I hit up the porta potties just a few instances, felt horrible, and completed in 3:02.

Don’t let the failures and unhealthy days cease you.  We be taught a lot from these unhealthy days; they make the great days really feel higher after we get there!  I’ll be chasing PRs my complete life, which can imply I’ve to create races for random distances and make you all come out and do them with me, however I’ll be chasing them.


The place have you ever had your hardest races?  What did these races educate to you?

Any random actions that you’ve accomplished just lately?

Is anybody headed someplace this month?

-We’re leaving to chase the solar down in Southern Utah at the moment! 

Inform me what your exercise is at the moment!

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