March 4 2016
The WR cover runners continue to inspire our editor-in-chief in their strength and resilience.
On occasion, I enjoy posting quotes from real women runners. Whether barely a
beginner, an experienced elite, or any level in between, all of us gals are
bound together by the common themes of our running experience.
I had always wanted to run but was never able due to poor health – until medicine
improved in my early 30’s. My first goal was to run one mile, then a 5k. I
began by walk/running. At this time, I was also embarking on my journey as a
single mother of three young children. Running and cycling became my meditation
in motion. The endorphins, escape, meditation and positive self-esteem I gained
from my new hobby and new circle of healthy friends made all the difference in
making it through several near-impossible years. My motto became, “Be the
Turtle.” It is not about how fast you go but the fact that you are training for
life – just keep moving forward!
this vision in mind I have now competed in numerous triathlons and running
events, including thirteen Ironmans and seven World Championships. I have also become
an endurance coach and am very passionate about helping regular people meet
their athletic goals. I believe that training has to fit into our very full lives,
as opposed to our lives fitting into our training. –Jene, 44