Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thumbs Up Thursday...Janae

This week's spotlight is on Janae of The Hungry Runner Girl (here). After you read her interview head on over to her blog. Trust me you won't be disappointed but make sure you have eaten first because she is known for posting pictures of very delicious looking food! Without further delay I give you Thumbs Up Thursday!!

Janae: First of all, I wanted to thank Jodi for having me over on Thumbs-up Thursday. I absolutely love her blog and I always get excited when there is a new post….admit it we are all a little stalkerish. :)
Jodi: I didn't even pay her to say that. You are too sweet girl! Thank you!!

Jodi: How long have you been running?
Janae: I have been running off and on for twelve years but really got into the sport in the last 5 years.
Jodi: Why did you start running?
Janae: My first experience with running was when I was 12. My sister was a senior in high school and my mom wouldn’t let her go running by herself… partly, because she wanted to go at 11 pm. I was enlisted and started running with her every night until she moved out.

Jodi: How many years have you been racing?
Janae: I started doing triathlon’s, ½ marathons and 5k’s about five years ago. At the end of my ½ marathons I always thought there is NO way I could do a marathon! I did my first marathon 6 months ago.

Jodi: What is your favorite distance to race and why?
Janae: Marathons! As unhealthy as it sounds, I love pushing myself far beyond what feels good. I love that I have 26.2 miles to think, learn about myself and compete.

Jodi: What is your favorite race memory?
Janae: My favorite race memory was at the Salt Lake City Marathon, my first marathon. I asked everyone I knew what their advice was for the race and they told me to hold back for the first half of the marathon. I did and I was bored. At mile 5, I thought why in the world am I holding back, this is so fun and I feel great! I increased my pace and finished long before I thought I would.

Jodi: What is your least favorite race memory?
Janae: My worst race memory was at the starting line of my second marathon it was 34 degrees and pouring rain. I questioned my training, why I run and everything under the sun. It rained the whole race but progressively the endorphins started kicking in and I started making fun of myself for being so dramatic.

Jodi: What is your proudest running moment to date?
Janae: My proudest running moment was during my last marathon, Top of Utah. At mile 8 I had an aha moment!! I am very competitive and quite the perfectionists so a lot of times during races I am not very positive with myself. I.E. How can you let her pass you? You are moving like molasses etc. At mile 8 I became my own biggest cheerleader. All of the sudden I was telling myself I was the and for the first time I realized how important it is to be your own best friend! I changed my whole attitude and set a PR at 3:04. I am proud of a huge mental accomplishment that I made that day and it didn’t hurt to make a little money. :)

Jodi: What one item do you absolutely have to have with you on a training run?
Janae: A sports bra….ha that would really hurt without one!! For reals, I have to have my Garmin. I feel naked without it. That little screen keeps me so entertained.

Jodi: What is your favorite fuel during a race?
Janae: Shot blocks, black cherry with caffeine. It might be the placebo effect but I feel an instant burst of energy right when I take it! Gu’s make me gag!

Jodi: What is your favorite post race snack? 
Janae: Not much, I experience ‘Runners Flu’ to the extreme. Chocolate milk always sounds good though. The day after a race my hunger is on crack and I love to treat myself to a burger and a shake.

Jodi: Who do you admire most and why?
Janae: My late Grandad. He was such a strong runner and coached a lot of people to reach their running and life goals. He ran in college and did extremely well. As a runner did I admired him but he was also the most honest, kind and hardworking man I have ever known.
Jodi: Do you have a favorite quote?
Janae: Like a million:) “Attitude determines altitude.” “Pain is temporary, quitting is forever.” Pretty much anything Dr. Seuss ever said.
“Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t, you’re probably right.”
-Henry Ford

Jodi: Finish this statement, when I run I feel___________.
Janae: Like I was born to do this! All of my stress melts away and I realize how many blessings I have.

Jodi: What is your current goal?
Janae: Sub three-hour marathon….only 240 seconds away. :)

Jodi: Please feel free to add anything else you feel will help others lace up their shoes and get out there and run!!
Janae: No matter what your fitness level is I promise if you just get yourself out on that pavement, you will never regret a run! (Unless you were to get run over by a bus or something) Your health will improve, your relationships will get stronger and you can enjoy the benefits of carb-loading!!

Thank you so much for the opportunity to give you a Thumbs Up Janae. Best of luck in achieving your current goal of a sub three-hour marathon!

Keep running, you're simply the best, and Janae YOU inspire ME!!


  1. Awesome interview! And those cupcakes look delicious!

  2. Lovely interview. Wow, Janae is fast! Those cupcakes look to good to be just in a photo.

  3. loved this interview jodi! :) Janae is super speedy!

  4. Thanks so much for having me on your blog:) I am blushing! You guys are the greatest. What do people do without blog friends???

  5. There are some great stories in here and a very upbeat gal to learn from!