Janae Baron

Ali on the Run Show Episode 179: Janae Baron BONUS EPISODE!

“That’s running — all of us are having major fails along the way! That’s what keeps bringing us back. We’re chasing that perfect race and that perfect day.”

This past weekend, Janae Baron — Hungry Runner Girl — ran a 2:49 at the St. George Marathon. It was a 9 minute 55 second personal best time at the distance. It took Janae nine years to go sub-3:00 in the marathon. Last year, she ran a 2:59 — and thought she was good, done, and satisfied. Her potential, she thought, had been reached. But then: a 2:49, just one year later. On this episode, Janae recaps this breakthrough race, sharing every detail of the weekend, including what it was like being part of the elite start (and getting her own fuel and hydration bottles on the course!). She talks about how, exactly, she’s gotten faster, and about joining a team and what that looks like. (She now trains with a group of “big dreamers,” she told me.) Janae also opens up about what it’s like racing when you’re a public-facing person and have thousands of people following along: Does that add pressure, motivation, or both?

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Recapping Janae’s 2:49 race at the St. George Marathon (4:00)
  • Does being a public person affect Janae on race day? (35:30)
  • How Janae went from a 2:59 to a 2:49, and what it’s been like running and training with a team (42:00)
  • Janae’s experience experimenting with carb depletion before her race (55:00)
  • What it means to Janae to be stubborn about her goals (59:20)
  • What’s next for Janae? (1:01:00)
  • Janae’s messages to marathoners in all stages this season (1:03:50)

What we mention on this episode:

Janae Baron on Episode 89 of the Ali on the Run Show

Janae Baron on Episode 50 of the Ali on the Run Show

St. George Marathon

Let Your Mind Run by Deena Kastor

How Bad Do You Want It? by Matt Fitzgerald

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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