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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Exercise Guilt.

Remember how I said I was going to run after school yesterday. It didn't happen.

Gasp. I know.  I came home tired, lethargic from way too much V-day candy, wanting to spend time with the Billster and make dinner.

Someone else got good use out of the treadmill though.  Um, yeah.....that is the hottest thing I have ever seen.


It is funny because anytime I am talking to a friend, student or blogger that is feeling bad for not working out one day, it is so easy for me to say, "Your body NEEDS a day off, this won't effect your training and your next run will be that much better because you gave your body a break."

Am I that nice to myself...sometimes, not.  I started saying to myself, "Welp, there goes that training.  We shall see if you have lace up those shoes again. Sub 3 my eye" I know I am very ridiculously dramatic at times and my estrogen levels are all over the place.

Here is where it gets good.

I had a breakthrough moment yesterday.  I caught myself mid-sentence and realized I was lying to myself.  I ran 60 miles last week, taught 3 spin classes and did 2 hours of cross-training.  My body was SCREAMING for a break.

I am quite proud of myself.  In the past when I have skipped a workout, that negative dialect went on in my head until my next workout.  Yesterday, it lasted about twenty minutes.

I was able to enjoy the rest of my day and realize that missing a workout isn't the end of the world!!

So instead of running, I ate pizza.  It is what my body and soul needed.


We used this recipe and it was absolutely delicious.

Billy's half had pepperoni and mine had a corn, bean, onion, tomato salsa that my bff Sarah made me. Topped it off with fresh avocado. I melted with each bite and asked my pizza to be my valentine,   It was better than ever. Oh yeah, we always cook it a few minutes with olive oil, pizza seasoning and garlic before putting on the toppings and finishing it in the oven.


Billy surprised me with Dean Karnazes, "The Ultra-Marathon Man."  IT WAS AWESOME!!! If you want running inspiration, watch this movie now.  I will meet him someday but for now I will just have to hug him through the screen.


Do you have exercise guilt when you miss a workout?  How do you deal with it?

-Check out Megan's post about this....she is awesome!

I just try to talk myself through it and be rational.  I am learning to talk to myself the same way I would talk to my best friend.

Favorite running/workout quote?

-Billy just got a poster made for me that says, "The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare." -Juma Ikangaa (won NYC marathon in 1989).

What is your workout today?

-I have a feeling it is going to be a good run this morning:)


At February 15, 2011 at 7:25 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes you young lady, you NEED THAT DAY. Listen to your body!! I never, ever did this and each time I would push myself because I had to keep going. I tell my hubs about you all the time, the girl who wants to run sub 3 at Boston and qualify for the olympics.. I have no doubt you will do it. Fav quote..I'll get back to you. I've got tons.

Today I've got 7 miles to do!! Happy Tuesday to you!

At February 15, 2011 at 7:29 AM , Anonymous Matt @ The Athlete's Plate said...

Good job listening to your body! I need to do that more ;)

At February 15, 2011 at 7:35 AM , Blogger Kathie said...

That pizza looks sooo good!!

My hubster does not look so hot and sexy when he's on my treadmill. However, he does get me all hot and stuff when I see him in the weight training side of the room. LOL!!!

Everyone needs a day off from time to time. I had to take a week off because I had bronchitis. It killed me but i went back to it yesterday and I did better than I had the week before I got sick. It was amazing!!

At February 15, 2011 at 7:40 AM , Blogger Liz said...

Janae took a day off?! Oh my goodness, she's human! ;) Good for you!

At February 15, 2011 at 7:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! I am in your shoes, when someone else complains about missing a workout I'm always telling them it's better for their bodies.

When I was running varsity cross country and swimming, which ended up being about 50 miles weekly of running and 12 hours of swimming, I couldn't even bring myself to take Sundays off.

Needless to say that stopped, real quick and I layed in bed all day on Sunday watching reruns and eating chocolate.

At February 15, 2011 at 7:43 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so glad someone of your caliber has the same thought process as I do when I miss a day. I honestly thought you were a robot ;) Kidding. I'm glad you took that well deserved break!!

My body has been craving a long run, and the feeling of "it's gonna be a good one" has been flowing through my veins for a couple of days now. I think I'll get in 9 miles with the stroller.

I don't have a favorite quote, mainly because I can't remember. But I DO have some that I read and think "OH SWEET QUOTE!!"

At February 15, 2011 at 7:43 AM , Blogger Katy said...

I love your treadmill setup!

I think I take too many days off... Haha. Plus, didn't you run on Sunday, which is usually your rest day? See. You actually didn't miss a day at all.


At February 15, 2011 at 7:44 AM , Blogger Jogging with Fiction said...

Is billy watching Arrested Development in that picture? I've been working my way through the seasons while running. It never gets old!

That is genius about baking the crust before the toppings. I'm totally doing that next time we make homemade pizza! I learned so much from this post :)

I'm hoping my workout today will be a good 8 miler on my parents' treadmill. I feel like I'm in HS again!

At February 15, 2011 at 7:45 AM , Blogger LindseyAnn said...

My quote is a classic from Pre: "To give less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." :)
Good job on listening to your body. I have a hard time with days off, too, but you just have to remember to listen to your body.
6 miles today! And, the fiance has his YMCA orientation tonight, so I'm going with him and biking, too.
I'll have to find that movie--thanks for the tip!

At February 15, 2011 at 7:47 AM , Blogger Big Daddy Diesel said...

You need rest, you have to take it, if you are itching that much to workout, then do some yoga or a stretching session, but the legs need some r&r, I am not sure about running, but in triathlon training, we get full recovery weeks built into our plans, where we dial back the intesnity and go easy for a week, and the longer your in this game, the more you learn to love recovery week.

My favorite quotes are:

"If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, triathlon must have taken him completely by surprise." ~ P.Z. Pearce


"You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” ~ Rosalynn Carter

At February 15, 2011 at 7:49 AM , Blogger brooke @ E.F.F. said...

i have the SAME tv. 46" LG from costco? haha. i heart costco.
good for you for not feeling bad about taking a break. you deserve it!!

At February 15, 2011 at 7:49 AM , Blogger Angie said...

Yay!! I'm so happy you only felt guilty for 20 minutes!! I know how hard that is! Glad to see Billy is enjoying your new toy :)

At February 15, 2011 at 7:51 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That pizza looks so good! I might try out the same recipe tomorrow :D

At February 15, 2011 at 7:54 AM , Blogger Stephanie said...

I often guilt myself for skipping a workout, but like you said, someimes you just need it!

I was supposed to have a tempo run today, but my legs are still kind of mad from this weekend's race, another day-o-crosstraining and back to the track tomorrow!

At February 15, 2011 at 7:56 AM , Blogger Lisa {} said...

Hi! I'm a new follower (that always sounds weird!). I'm a college friend of Amanda over at Runninghood, and I know she loves reading your blog so I thought I should check it out. Your energy is amazing--seriously, I wish you could bottle it and send me some. But, this post really hit home with me. I tend to think of myself as *inferior* in the running dept. when I read all of these amazing running blogs. The training you do is incredible!! It was really helpful for me to read that you have days like this too. I'm getting to a point in my running where I feel really stressed about missing a scheduled workout/run, but life happens and sometimes it's unavoidable. Thanks so much for so eloquently sharing your struggle. Can't wait to hear about your next run! : )

At February 15, 2011 at 7:59 AM , Blogger Kassie said...

Good for you!!! You need a break! I have been tired this week and have taken 2 days off in a row so far, and didn't let myself feel guilty about it! The Pizza looks amazing!

Fave quote: "It's a race, it's suppose to hurt!" I love this quote because I am a wimp and usually shy from the pain of pushing myself too hard, even in a race.
Not sure what today holds in store as far as running, but we'll see!

At February 15, 2011 at 8:05 AM , Blogger michael. mindy. dane. said...

it makes me happy that you skipped a workout. not in a haha kind of way, but i was just thinking yesterday..doesn't she ever just want a break?? so i am glad you got one! good for you! i have not-working-out-guilt every day of my life. because i work out almost never. i am trying to be better though! and your blog is making me want to run every day! and then i go home and still don't do it...maybe tonight?

ps. the pizza looks to.die.for! it seriously looks like it's from a restaurant. yummo!

At February 15, 2011 at 8:06 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guilt myself too, but I know my body needs a rest day every week, and it feels so good when I take the day off.
Favorite quote: The real purpose of running isn't to win a race; it's to test the limits of the human heart. - Bill Bowerman
You should subscribe to the Runner's World quote of the day - I get an email with an awesome quote everyday.
Today is a yoga day and possibly a spin class later!
PS: Could you do a post about your favorite running books & movies?

At February 15, 2011 at 8:07 AM , Blogger misszippy said...

Good for you! I know exactly what you are saying--I'm the first to tell someone to "listen to your body" and take some rest. But when it's me, well...not always so smart. Wonder why I am injured?

At February 15, 2011 at 8:08 AM , Blogger Melissa said...

Yep, you need a break. :) I used to have exercise guilt when I missed a day but I've since learned that my body is better off taking a break so I can push hard later.

At February 15, 2011 at 8:13 AM , Blogger theAlmostRunner said...

JANAE! You are such a little preshie! I just wanna give you a big hug. I am so proud of you for working hard AND taking your break and feeling good about it. Your husband is stellar and you're truly blessed. Have a super day!

At February 15, 2011 at 8:14 AM , Blogger Mallory said...

It's funny how much we hold ourselves to when we are the first ones to support a friend who needs a rest day! Sounds like you really needed it! So good for you for resting. It will help you more than pushing yourself to run when tired. I feel bad when I skip a workout but then I remember my goals and realize all is not lost.

At February 15, 2011 at 8:14 AM , Blogger BigHappyFamily said...

I hate missing work outs. Hate it. Generally, when I do, there is nothing I could have done about it, and since I don't race (normally), it doesn't really effect my "end game". It's simply a missed opportunity for mental health on that particular day.

Today ... day off from running, but not off from exercising. This will either mean 3000 yards swim in the pool, or just a 1 mile warm up followed by some upper body lifting and yoga.

That pizza looked superb. Where can you find fabulous Boston Pizza? T Anthony's Pizza is my fav at 1016 Comm Ave (2 miles west of Fenway) ... also next door to T Anthony's is ice cream and sandwich heaven, Angora Cafe, and a quick walk down Babcock Street and you'll be at JP Licks and Trader Joe's.

At February 15, 2011 at 8:16 AM , Blogger 5 Miles 2 Empty said...

Rest Days are like the hardest workout--mental workout.

I have a spin class on the schedge today. Stupid pool is closed so I am making it a recovery week of sorts.

That pizza looks delish!!

At February 15, 2011 at 8:16 AM , Blogger Southern Sober Girl Runs said...

I so value your honesty. It is so attractive.

At February 15, 2011 at 8:24 AM , Anonymous Kimberly @ Im Not Done said...

Zero workout today because I have bronchitis. And I've definitely been hard on myself about it, even though it is out of my control!

Seriously about to go crazy!

At February 15, 2011 at 8:28 AM , Blogger Stephanie said...

I ran 6 miles this morning on the treadmill at the Y.

At February 15, 2011 at 8:28 AM , Blogger Erin said...

You should not feel guilty for listening to your body, that's the BEST thing that you can do for Boston training! I learned my lesson the hard way that you should always listen to your body.

A few weeks before my marathon I did my last 20 miler on a sunday, and woke up Monday feeling incredibly, incredibly tired. I thought about not going to work, but then though "who misses work because they're tired from running?" Well, I got up, went to work, and felt exhausted all day. I ended up coming down with a horrible cold that I battled for the next week and a half and it messed with my training and made me so nervous my marathon would suffer from it. I wish I had listened to my body and stayed in bed that Monday!:)

Long story short, don't feel guilty--feel proud!:)

At February 15, 2011 at 8:28 AM , Blogger Chunky Monkey said...

Thanks for this post. I have been beating myself up. I know you took a day off. Has anyone taken a week off because you just felt so exhausted? Is that ok? I have been hitting it hard for a month and then *bam* hit a brick wall. Help!

At February 15, 2011 at 8:31 AM , Anonymous Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) said...

I'm SO glad I'm not alone!! I hated taking days off, and really thought it affected my running performance, but I read 'Run less, Run Faster' and it totally changed me! Have you read it? My speed has defo increased since then:)

Love your honesty girl! I have a run today, and a REST tomorrow!! Someday I will be watching the Olympic marathon, seeing you, and hugging MY tv, k?

"Running is a mental sport...and we're all insane!"

At February 15, 2011 at 8:32 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ohmaigawd girl, we are telepathic, I am posting on this later today! I absolutely love you, I am so glad you ate delicious pizza because you deserve it! Kick bootay later mmk?

At February 15, 2011 at 8:39 AM , Anonymous Dorry said...

That pizza looks so delicious! I'm so so so glad you listened to your body and took a rest day. I bet your body is so thankful and I know you had a great run this morning. I know I've been there - I start feeling lazy and tell myself I should be working out, sweating, etc. I'm glad you weren't too hard on yourself yesterday - for us endorphin junkies, it's part of our mental wellness to get in a workout, but but the truth is that our bodies really need to take a break. I think it's crucial! Good for you for doing what's best for your body!

I'm going to do some cross training today - probably the elliptical and some weights. :)xoxoxoxo

At February 15, 2011 at 8:40 AM , Anonymous Holly said...

I have MAJOR Exercise guilt..and I mean MAJOR. It has gotten better over the last couple of months & with all of the blog reading- that has really helped too! I realize how important it is to take a rest day..even though I tend to beat myself up over it..but then I just TRY to remember that my body NEEDS the rest.
I tend to take my one day off a week on Fridays- it makes Friday THAT much better :) Then I can save extra long workouts for the weekend!
My workout today was 5.5 miles- not too long, but it felt good to get in a run!
Hope you're having a good day so far!!

At February 15, 2011 at 8:41 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I usually build in one rest day (TOTALLY off, no x-training) per week when I'm training for a race, 2 or more when I am just running 'for fun'. I am all about setting schedules and hitting a certain # of miles per week so when I have to take an unplanned rest day it kills me! But, I know that my body (and mind!) probably deserve a break so I try to enjoy it without too much guilt.

Glad you enjoyed your rest day and refueled with delicious-looking pizza!

At February 15, 2011 at 8:43 AM , Blogger Reese's Runner said...

Wish i had that problem. I take WAY too much time off. Good for you, you always inspire me to get my butt a moving!!! You will get that sub-3!!

At February 15, 2011 at 8:43 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting this! It makes you seem more human. :D
It's also something I'm working on right now both with exercise, a potential small injury/twinge, and eating. I can't thank you enough for the post!

At February 15, 2011 at 8:48 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously thank you for posting about this! My #1 struggle is exercise guilt. If I miss a workout because I'm too busy, I beat myself up and sometimes end up taking my anger out on the people I love because I'm so disappointed in myself. But I have to constantly tell myself that giving my body a day off is the best thing I can do for it!
(P.S. This morning I was tempted to stop my run at 5 miles instead of continuing on to the 7 I had planned, but I legitimately thought of you and your crazy awesome running and finished my goal. So thanks :])

At February 15, 2011 at 8:49 AM , Blogger Meghan said...

That pizza looks awesome! I do feel guilty for skipping a workout but I try to plan rest days. About ten years ago, I worked out every single day and NEVER rested. I did that for a few years and then I wised up. I am in much better shape now because I let my body heal. It's definitely something that takes some getting used to but I think you did the right thing and next time, the rest will be a little easier. Good luck!

At February 15, 2011 at 8:52 AM , Blogger Jen said...

What a good girl! I think it's a really hard thing to not beat yourself up for missing a work out. You did a really good job with only spending 20 minutes until you could see the big picture. Young and wise!

At February 15, 2011 at 8:57 AM , Blogger Emily said...

I go through the same exact thing. I have no problem reassuring everyone I know to take a day off and explaining to them why it's healthy. But when I have to miss a day? The world ends and every race goal goes out the window. I'm glad you got over it real fast last night because seriously, with that training volume you DO need a break!

My fave running quote is "anything less than the best is to sacrifice the gift" steve prefontaine.

My workout today started with a swim with a fast guy who kicked my ass, coaching some new triathletes at running and I plan to get a tempo run in either at lunch or as my evening commute home!

At February 15, 2011 at 8:59 AM , Blogger Caroline said...

Yes guilt. Major. Especially if I follow a plan. It is bad. What Is that movie? Can you give the title please?
Today; XT not my favorite..elliptical and bike plus darn weights!

At February 15, 2011 at 9:00 AM , Blogger ashley & sundance said...

Can I come eat dinner at your house? That pizza looks yummy! And it's totally ok to have a rest day, you are an amazing athlete girl! You are going to rock Boston!!!

At February 15, 2011 at 9:13 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Dean Karnazes is doing part of his "Run Across America" campaign at the high school where I teach in Riverside, CA later this month- no joke! I am really tempted to shell out the $50 to run with him but am scared I'll be left in the dust in front of all the TV cameras!

You should check the website to see if he'll be in your area.

At February 15, 2011 at 9:18 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's Arrested Development Billy is watching, right? Where Job swallows the key?

At February 15, 2011 at 9:21 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great post! I think exercise guilt is what everyone goes through. I know I caught myself nodding along with this post, all of your feelings have been my feelings at some point! It's definitely good sometimes both mentally and physically to take a break.

At February 15, 2011 at 9:29 AM , Blogger Jessica Joy Daly said...

I have been contemplating this whole "exercise guilt" thing this past week. I have had to completely stop all cardio because I can't walk due to an injury I gave myself during a training run last week. I refuse to see a doctor, and I am just trying to rest. From what I learned from a previous injury, it is actually amazing what our bodies do for us in our time off. Trust me Janae, you are lucky that it was only one day off :) You are beautiful!

At February 15, 2011 at 9:30 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post! I think it's so common to beat ourselves up over missing a workout. I even found for a while that when I did decide my body needed a break and skipped a workout, I spent the whole time off feeling anxious and guilty which clearly ruined the relaxing time off bit.

Sometimes the body and soul just need a little pizza :)

At February 15, 2011 at 9:42 AM , Blogger Beth said...

I am so guilty of telling people how important rest and recovery is, then pushing my body to the absolute limit or feelnig bad for taking a rest day. Whoops! But seriously, good for you for taking a rest day! Your body will thank you :)

At February 15, 2011 at 9:43 AM , Anonymous Bess@Bess Be Fit said...

you are my idol and you're kinda gorgeous, too. Um can I please have that pizza? Mike and I went out to a nice dinner and I'm going to put up a post about that soon. I am glad you enjoyed your day off :) I am inspired today to have an even better run today than ever. I have to have a positive outlook and just have fun with it! Also thanks for being my #1 fan/stalker because I am totally yours too :)

At February 15, 2011 at 9:47 AM , Blogger Laura said...

I love that quote! You are the queen of preparation for Boston, no matter how many rest days you take!

At February 15, 2011 at 9:50 AM , Blogger Run with Jess said...

Pizza looks awesome!!!
I've got that Juma quote taped to my treadmill!
I'm totally unforgiving of myself when I miss a workout, usually make up with it by a punishing one the next day.
On the docket today... interval training. ugh.

At February 15, 2011 at 9:57 AM , Blogger norcalchick4 said...

That's so good you took care of yourself and took a break! You need that especially with all the training you're doing!

To deal with missing a workout, I just keep telling myself I'll do better the next day because I'll get out there and my body won't be exhausted.

My fav running quote is: "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift"-Steve Prefontaine.

My workout today is a quick 3.5 miler and maybe some leg strengthening exercises. I have 2 midterms to study for so working out is not my biggest priority today.

At February 15, 2011 at 10:09 AM , Blogger Kate said...

60 miles/week! You are a machine. You are MY inspiration. I do love that movie with Dean. Completely inspiring. It gets me all fired up and ready to run!

I also made pizza last night for V-Day and ate every last bite. I have been taking it easy trying to let my body recover after the marathon but I have to admit, it's hard! All I want to do is RUN RUN RUN! I did the elliptical instead yesterday and it was bo-ring.

I have treadmill envy now. I need to do some online shopping and see what kind of deals I can get. If I would have bought that exact treadmill you have on Valentine's Day, I could have saved $800! They had a v-day sale! But then again, I don't have $1,000 buckaroos lying around.

I want to come visit you and we can run side by side and watch modern family, okay? Deal? can't wait. buying my plane ticket now.

At February 15, 2011 at 10:09 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey girlie!!
I go through the same exact feelings of guilt...I am always telling others to listen to their body and make sure they take a rest day, but when it comes time for me to take one I try to push right through it! I have gotten so much better in the past 3 months at RESTING, it's so hard, but so important to your training! Your run will be amazing today, and BOSTON will be even better because you are going to arrive at the starting line healthy&happy (ready to rock WAY under that 3-hr mark!) <--I know it! I believe in you so much, if you ever need a crazy run sister to talk to you can email or text's so important to rest during marathon training, even if it's just once a week, if you need additional moral support I will skype you from my couch with a bag of peppermint patty's (and try to pass them through the computerscreen!) hehehe!
Don't ever doubt the work you've put in or the miles you have ahead of you, take it one day at a time! weeeeeeee I get so excited just talking about it! I wish I could jump in the race from the sideline and run with you girls! NEXT YEAR!!!
I hope you have a great Tuesday!
"When your legs get tired, YOU run with your heart!"
“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”~ Ayn Rand
"Believe in yourself and all that you are. know that there is something inside YOU that is greater than any obstacle".
(sorry this was long!)

At February 15, 2011 at 10:27 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My new years resolution was "To take my own advice." It has actually helped me sort out my life a lot better than before. I am sure you would tell someone they need to rest their muscles and body if you were coaching them. Take your own advice :)

At February 15, 2011 at 10:29 AM , Blogger Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

I'm so glad you listened to your body and agreed! I constantly ADMIRE your work ethic, preparedness and God-given talent!! I KNOW your run this morning was fabulous!

Billy earns high praises for his B'day and Valentine's day gifts to you!! So meaningful!!! Love the treadmill set-up btw. I bet a race is in his near future too! :D

I can't wait to meet you one day!! We will definitely dance it up and enjoy lots-o-fro-yo with endless toppings!!!

At February 15, 2011 at 10:36 AM , Blogger Sheanna said...

I was terrible to myself yesterday. It was my first workout back after taking some time off from P90X due to mega illness in the family (flu, migraines, etc., etc.). I did terribly. I wanted to sit there and cry, and I found myself in the act of berating myself DURING my workout! Sometimes I'm just a huge jerk to myself. Luckily, my husband was there (sucking at the workout just as bad as I was) with some kind words..."So maybe today wasn't the best workout, but give it a week and you're going to be a superhero again. You're pouring sweat, so you've obviously done some good, and it's better than doing nothing."

Along the lines of my husband being awesome...He knows how hard it is for me to get a good night's sleep, so he downloaded some soothing music, got me some "bedtime tea" and looked up some breathing exercises to de-stress. Wow. He really takes good care of me.

I need to work on talking to myself like I would talk to my best friend too.

At February 15, 2011 at 10:38 AM , Anonymous Amanda (Eating Up) said...

I love that quote! The will to win... It applies to a lot of things in life.

At February 15, 2011 at 10:41 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's so hard to practice what you preach!

I did speed work today!

At February 15, 2011 at 10:47 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for you to take a break, sounds like your body REALLY needed it! I also love that you were hugging Dean :) I need to treat myself to that movie, I'm such a sucker for motivational flicks, especially when they involve running!

At February 15, 2011 at 10:53 AM , Blogger Aron said...

I completely agree, it's so much easier to tell other people that of course they just need a rest day, but when you try to tell yourself its SO much harder! great job for listening to your body and iving it a very deserved day off!

At February 15, 2011 at 10:54 AM , Blogger Lindsay and James Cotter said...

You are so wise. Our body talks to us so vividly yet our minds like to tell it to shut up, right? I love how you embraced this rest day. It is a break through moment and your training will be better for it. I need to tell myself that today as well! HUGS!

At February 15, 2011 at 10:58 AM , Blogger Sam {} said...

you totally deserved the rest :)

and that pizza looks so yum! workout today = some yoga!! woohoo :)

At February 15, 2011 at 11:01 AM , Anonymous Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner said...

Janae, way to go on letting yourself have a break and not beating yourself up for it. It's funny how it's hard to take our own advice sometimes, isn't it. i love how you say you "talk to yourself the same way you would talk to your best friend" that is such a great way to look at it.
i am the same way.. i totally beat myself up if i miss a workout (i'm getting better though!) and then stress the rest of the day about it and worrying about what i should/shouldn't eat. i have realized though (with the training plan i'm doing now) that sometimes its better for your body to take a down week to help prevent injury and let your body recover so you can go back that much harder the next week.

i ran 13km today and it was amazing!! i had a wicked run and feel so good about it :)

Have you ever seen the original Steve Prefontaine movie?? it's really good and very inspirational!!

At February 15, 2011 at 11:03 AM , Anonymous Briana said...

Oh my gosh I am having major exercise guilt it's been four days because I have strep throat along with a major head cold and havent moved from the couch! It's killing me I need a workout!

At February 15, 2011 at 11:21 AM , Blogger Nicole said...

I have massive exercise guilt and cant seem to get in the swing of things this training cycle.. running is not working for me right now and i need help! ahhhhhhhhhhhh :(

At February 15, 2011 at 11:24 AM , Blogger Mara... said...

avocado on pizza? that looks interesting, I will have to try it!! I like to beat myself up when I miss a workout. And I'm missed the last 2 weeks so i'm really beat and sore right now. :-) Seriously, I am usually pretty good at scheduling rest days but more than a day or two off and I start going crazy. I have to really talk myself down off the ledge sometimes.

No workout today. Still nursing my ankle. One of my favorite running quotes:
The miracle isn't that I finished, but that I had the courage to start (John Bingham).

Happy Tuesday!

At February 15, 2011 at 11:28 AM , Blogger Holli Marie said...

I struggle with the same exercise guilt! I just took a nice educational vaca with some friends in which I worked my bum off before hand so I would be ready for a couple days of R&R! It was still very hard and I broke down and did put in an hour on the elliptical 1 morning. It's a precise balance of working out for the body and optimal performance as well as staying sane.
I have too many favorite quotes to pick just one, but you can check out the motivation page at my blog!
Workout today was 3 mile run this morning f/b 1750m swim. This afternoon calls for 6 miles of speed-work followed by a weights session! Ah, so nice to be back at it!
Keep your eye on the prize!

At February 15, 2011 at 11:32 AM , Blogger blondevue... said...

"So instead of running, I ate pizza. It is what my body and soul needed." This is so awesome!! Your body DID need a rest. You are super woman, and super woman chills sometimes!! Ok?! :D What a great night to take time off too and spend it with who you love!!! *awww heart!* :) Hope you had a great workout today and have a beyond awesome week woman!

At February 15, 2011 at 11:35 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest days are a must but I totally get exercise guilt. It's no fun :)

Quote: The more I run, the more I learned. I learned how to be defeated but not beaten. I learned how to admire those who were faster than me without allowing myself to believe that they were better than me. And I learned that the real high was finding my limitations and exceeding them.

Have a good run today!

At February 15, 2011 at 11:38 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I should have been more like you and skipped my interval workout this morning. I was feeling run down and just plain tired, but I did it anyways. I got through it and feel good about that, but I know deep down that my body probably needed a rest. Why is it so difficult to give ourselves a break?

Your pizza looks delicious!

At February 15, 2011 at 11:45 AM , Blogger ShortSkirts said...

I struggle with exercise guilt. Out of 10 weeks of training I skipped one 3 mile run during a taper week, because I was exhausted from running, frisbee, elliptical, and yoga. So I did give myself the break, but had a mental battle about it for a day and a half. Sigh..

It's something I'm still working through. But my next yoga class and run felt amazing because i was like oh this is what its like to not be tired and do this.

At February 15, 2011 at 11:52 AM , Anonymous Stephanie @ The Travelling Tastebuds said...

I can't wait to get back into running. First I injured my hamstring... and when it got better... went out for an 8 mile jog... then SPRAINED MY FREAKIN' ANKLE!!! So I am taking a week off to completely heal... my ankle has been swollen for the past 3 days... is that normal? By the way... not sure if you got my e-mail... but I'll have your interview questions in a few days... it's so hard to balance work and blogging!

At February 15, 2011 at 11:54 AM , Blogger Rose said...

Today's workout is The Bachelor Workout! Whoohooo!

Usually, when I skip a workout I slash the tires on the week. If I miss one workout I may as well half ass them all!

At February 15, 2011 at 11:59 AM , Blogger Jenn said...

I know what you mean about having exercise guilt, but since I'm not at the level you are I can imagine how you get down on yourself!! I didint know you were trying to qualify for the olympics?!!!! Janae, your seriously amazing girl and I really want to be just like you! You totally deserve a day off!! Probably two!

I feel very inspired to run today, I'd like to do 7 miles again!! It just about killed me :) haha
Yum for that pizza, we had pizza for Vday too :)
Hope your having a great day!!!!! :)

At February 15, 2011 at 12:00 PM , Blogger my little celebration said...

My workout today will be 5 miles on the tredzmill and then 15 minutes on the stair mill. Yipee!!!!

At February 15, 2011 at 12:15 PM , Blogger Christina said...

I also feed myself all those negative comments until I actually force myself to just veg out in self pity, then I'll snap out of it and get back on the treadmill. I'm getting better at it though, mine will now last like 20 minutes and I'm good to go.

Oh and I use the same pizza dough recipe! Isn't it amazing!! Oh man, now I want pizza lol. Maybe this weekend :)

At February 15, 2011 at 12:30 PM , Blogger Rose said...

I wish I had your self discipline for exercise! We're our powers combined we are CAPTAIN PLANET!

At February 15, 2011 at 12:31 PM , Blogger Maria said...

You are so right about seeing it in other people but not in ourselves. Although I am getting better at knowing when I need a break. No workout for me again today, I am going to be having resting days until at least friday now, but instead of feeling guilty I am going to accept that I need it :)

At February 15, 2011 at 12:37 PM , Blogger funderson said...

AMEN to the rest days, sister!

At February 15, 2011 at 12:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love that quote-I like Ali too-Impossible is nothing. Dean Karnezes said something about how the human body has limits but the spirit is limitless.
Unscheduled rest days are HARD to take-I can get so cranky. I think your idea of talking to yourself in the same way you talk to your best friend is great.
I will do that too :)

Today is my first race, it was meant to be 23km but I *just* found out that its 12.5km now because of legal reasons blah blah blah..

Now I need to mentally plan my attack
I would love you to do a post on tapering, I guess we will see that soon cos you will be tapering for your half!

At February 15, 2011 at 12:45 PM , Blogger Kristen said...

It's so easy to tell people what to do, but it's hard to listen to yourself. You may be surprised that you might run better tomorrow!

At February 15, 2011 at 12:57 PM , Blogger Chicago Cuisine Critique said...

Janae, you run a TON. As in a ridiculous amount. As in more miles than I probably do in total of all of my 5 to 6 days of exercising combined on different types of equipment. You definitely can take a day here and there. I know it can be hard, I definitely get the exercise guilt. I'm loving your new treadmill setup and am sure you got back on there today and gave it everything you have and more. You are definitely an inspiration.

At February 15, 2011 at 1:36 PM , Blogger MuncherCruncher said...

You are amazing my dear. Seriously. Thanks for helping me not feel so crazy! ;) Your pizza looks SO DANG GOOD, and I love the treadmill set up. I am so glad I have you in my life, and I get to stalk you online and in person :) You are the best, and I adore you!! xoxoxo

At February 15, 2011 at 1:54 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't remember if I have already commented on this post (I know I have read it...) so forgive me if I double comment. Okay number 1 that pizza looks SO GOOD! I love anything with black bean and corn. I definitely struggle with exercise guilt as well as food guilt. It's a struggle every day, but I talk myself through it. Would you for real be my texting BFF?!! What an honor!!! :) Email me your number and then I will text you, weeeeeee!

At February 15, 2011 at 1:57 PM , Blogger Stephanie said...

Way to talk yourself out of that self-demise. :) That pizza looks out of this world good. :)

At February 15, 2011 at 2:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am obsessed with Dean. I read his Ultra-marathon book over the summer and I have since been stalking him. ok not really. But did you see his new challenge? Regis and Kelly are following Dean as he runs from California to New York...I'm so hoping I am able to stop by when he visits St. Louis!

And I totally had no idea there was a movie out. I must go find it!

At February 15, 2011 at 2:05 PM , Blogger winstead family said...

i think you deserve like, a WEEK off after all you do! i'm tired just thinking about it.

i ran 5 miles today. i was quite impressed considering my 1/2 marathon was the day before yesterday! i guess i recovered faster this year than i did last year. :)

At February 15, 2011 at 2:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i totally have exercise guilt.. but thats becuz when i do exercise it does not compare in teh slightest to the amoutn you run... yeah u def run more in a week than i do in a lifetime- jus sayin''' so you DEF do not need to feel it.. like in the slightest. mmk!?

on the other hand.. YUMMY PIZZA!

At February 15, 2011 at 2:09 PM , Anonymous Just Run With It said...

That pizza looks so good. Mmmmm. Anything with avocado is a major win in my book! Happy Valentine's day to you and Billy! I hope you had a great run this morning :) I know I did! The weather has been GORGEOUS lately out here in Colorado, so I loved running in just my capri tights and a long sleeve. Perfect weather!

At February 15, 2011 at 2:25 PM , Anonymous Maria said...

Wonderful post! And that pizza is seriously making me drool. I'm with you on the days off though. I don't like taking them but when my workouts start to suffer, I know a rest day is what my body needs

At February 15, 2011 at 2:31 PM , Blogger Stefanie D. said...

Definitely have exercise guilt. For sure. Good job on turning it into a positive! I struggle not thinking about it for the rest of the week. Ugh.

Cross training today! Have a great Tuesday!

At February 15, 2011 at 2:45 PM , Anonymous Michelle @ a Whole Lot of Life said...

Since I said out loud that I'm going to do a half marathon in April I've been feeling the worst exercise guilt ever. Because I feel so bad about it, I think I'm skipping more workouts.

I understand that the heart of the issue is that I am a little bit scared to do it. In my mind I KNOW I can, but I just let these pockets of self-doubt seep in and I feel like quitting.

Anyway, I think we all feel guilt over missing a workout. Good for you for stopping the cycle in its tracks and enjoying an evening with your husband. Go girl! Rock it!

At February 15, 2011 at 2:55 PM , Blogger XLMIC said...

Good for you for listening to your body!!! And awesome that you stifled the little guiltvoice after only 20 minutes :)

Your pizzas always look so good... and I always seem to see them right before I go make lunch! Now I want one :)

I miss workouts all the time and don't sweat it. BUT back in the day I would totally beat myself up about it... "the competition is getting the edge", "i am going to suck", that sort of nonsense. So glad I am not there anymore.

At February 15, 2011 at 2:55 PM , Blogger Alyssa said...

Thanks for being so honest in this post - I have severe exercise guilt. I am totally the same way, I would always tell a friend its good for them but even though I try to avoid it I mentally attack myself the entire day. Even if I miss a morning workout and I know I can make it up in the afternoon, I still feel guilty and irritable all day. I need to work on that.

At February 15, 2011 at 2:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i like that quote too. my dad used to say it a lot when i was growing up. now my favorite quote is from a friend who says "the body wants what the body wants and when it wants it" so good for you for listening :)

At February 15, 2011 at 3:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I HATE my rest days because I feel like I can't get my act together without a morning run. They definitely make me feel a lot better though during my next run. I get wicked exercise guilt, especially if I miss a scheduled run because I'm sick or in pain

At February 15, 2011 at 3:28 PM , Anonymous Kate (What Kate is Cooking) said...

I have major workout guilt if I skip a workout! I know that everyone needs a rest, but for me, if I skip one day, it usually leads to a whole lot of skipped workouts.

At February 15, 2011 at 3:31 PM , Blogger J said...

I love rest days! But when I miss a planned workout its tough. I want to stay on schedule and not miss a workout. Its a tough balance.

That pizza LOOKS SO GOOD!! I just found some coupons for wood fired pizza that expire soon so either we will go there or I will make pizza in the near future!!

At February 15, 2011 at 3:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also get exercise guilt and generally try to make myself feel better by eating lots of chocolate and sitting on the couch.

Also - I could totally see my husband and I splitting a pizza up the exact same way! I think the girly half is WAY better!

At February 15, 2011 at 4:05 PM , Blogger Jen said...

I always feel exercise guilt, I hate it!!! I woke up at the usual 4:15 this morning to do some Turbo Sculpt, I have been so incredibly sore all day today, I'm excited for cardio day tomorrow :)

P.S. I think I'm in love with your treadmill!!!!


At February 15, 2011 at 4:33 PM , Blogger Amanda@runninghood said...

Love this Janae! So glad you gave yourself the day off! I found myself feeling a bit guilty today for thinking about taking the day off after Sunday and Monday off due to hamstring pain ( I guess it is my hammy...low by my knee.) but I did get in a 6 miler at a slower 8ish pace and didn't try to push it. I think taking time off is sooooo important when you feel you need it. I love your little running nook! sooo flippin cool!! I want one in my house!!

At February 15, 2011 at 4:33 PM , Blogger Amanda@runninghood said...

Your running area is like a running journal on the inspirational!

At February 15, 2011 at 4:40 PM , Anonymous Lizzi said...

Definitely relate. Yesterday I had my first TOTAL rest day in a really long time. I needed it, badly (on every level imaginable... my body and my mind and my emotions and my LIFE was just crying out for it), but I still felt guilty.

I felt like I should be doing things to 'compensate' for my 'laziness'.... eating less/'better', or getting more incidental exercise (grocery shopping like a mad woman on a mission... anyone else do this!?), or planning a particularly hard workout for today to make up for it.

But I also had a breakthrough. I told myself to CHILL OUT. I sat on the couch. I ate ice cream. I watched nerdy documentaries with my mum. I did crosswords. I reorganised my pantry. I enjoyed the fact that a rest day allows me the time to do things I wouldn't have time to do otherwise. And mannnnnnnn, it was good. I'm left looking forward to my workout this afternoon, but also excited for my next day of complete slothery! It's a good feeling :)

At February 15, 2011 at 4:41 PM , Blogger Jenn said...

Ok-is Billy running on the TM with a polo shirt on-LOVE it!

I cannot tell you how much I understand the first part of this post.

I love the Ultramarathon man documentary. I've met Dean. We aren't as tight as he and SUAR but we're buds! I mean, I'm sure he remembers me from our 30 second conversation..... Other awesome documentaries: Spirit of the Marathon, The Long Green Line, Without Limits, Prefontaine....I'm a junkie:)

That pizza looks just awesome. I am eating eggs because we have no food here. I would like PIZZA!

I'm pretty sure you kicked butt on your run this morning! I'm glad you cut yourself some slack! You're one hardcore chica and deserve a little guiltless break every now and again:)

At February 15, 2011 at 6:45 PM , Anonymous Katie @ Healthy Heddleston said...

I think Dean is the ultra marathoner that is running across country for the Regis and Kelly show right? Anyway, I think that starts soon -- set your dvr :P

At February 15, 2011 at 8:09 PM , Anonymous Pam said...

Hey Janae,

Yes, I do have a lil' guilt when I miss a workout. But, I know my body needs the rest days! My mind just doesn't like them!!

Favorite running quote: "Running is the perfect metaphor to what you put in is what you take out." -Oprah Winfrey...saw this quote at the Surf City Marathon on the course and it is SO TRUE!!! :)

Workout- 7 miles w/strength training :)

p.s.-I met "Karno" at the LA marathon last year!! I was soo excited to meet him. He's a really humble, sweet man. He even signed my book to wish me luck in LA. You never know Janae Jacobs maybe one day you'll have a line of fans waiting to meet you!!

Have a great evening sweetie!! :)

At February 15, 2011 at 9:03 PM , Anonymous Kristin said...

You worked out on your rest day, so technically you didn't miss a day! Either way, you are a machine and definitely deserved the break. I always feel guilty but am also working on not being so down on myself! Your blog has definitely helped up my motivation, though! Also- I need to try avocado on my pizza asap!

At February 16, 2011 at 4:00 AM , Anonymous blackhuff said...

A 108 comments - I hope you read mine as well ;)
I'm a new reader of your blog.
I do get exercise guilt when I don't exercise. I just tell myself that my body needs time off and that it is not such a big thing missing a workout when I do exercise 6 times a week.

At February 16, 2011 at 11:14 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wathce something on Dean.. It was as how called super human or something.. His body doesnt create lactic acid when he runs right?? So he can just run for ever and ever and his body never gets tired.. CRAZY!

At February 16, 2011 at 3:29 PM , Anonymous Caitlin said...

I love this post. I ALWAYS experience exercise guilt and am not sure if I will ever feel ok about skipping a workout - although I know I should! I guess our obsession helps make us better runners. :)


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