February 21 2018
Karen Lyons started running to escape hardship–and couldn’t stop.
We’re thrilled to showcase this week’s Women’s Running magazine Blogger On The Run- Jill from Jill Will Run! We know you’ll love this self-professed “web geek,” who started running in hopes of doing “something big” after her mom fought breast cancer for the second time. Check out what she recently shared with us:
WR: How would you describe yourself?
J: I am someone who was a band-geek in high school, never dreaming that I would not only CHOOSE to run, but actually enjoy it and crave it! I am a web geek, telecommuting for my full-time job, so I spend a good chunk of time sitting at a desk. Running is a great way to break out of that unnatural position!
WR: How did you begin running?
J: After college I had several moments where I thought I “should” run because it would be a “healthy” thing to go…but after a few weeks I always gave up. After my mom’s second diagnosis with breast cancer, we decided that we would do “something big” when she was better. That “something big” ended up being a marathon. Training for that event with a greater purpose than just “getting in shape” motivated me, and crossing that finish line ignited a fire in me that made me want to continue doing that over and over!
WR: What keeps you running and training?
J: I guess I just feel like something is missing if I remove the running now. It’s kind of like it was a missing piece in the puzzle that makes up me, but I never knew that part was gone until I fit it into my life.
WR: How do you reward yourself for accomplishing your training/running goals?
J: Rewards come in different forms…sometimes I reward myself by signing up for another race. Sometimes I reward myself by going out to a fancy dinner. Sometimes I buy myself some new running gear. I guess it all depends on what strikes my fancy at any given moment!
WR: Are you currently training for a race?
J: I am not currently training for a race… unless you count labor as a race. I am pregnant (due in August) and having a hard time keeping a consistent training program. It seems like I can swing from feeling great to horrible in just a moment, so right now I’m just listening to my body and trying to take care that both the baby and I are doing well. (Congrats Jill!!!)
Want to know more? Head on over to Jill Will Run to read more from Jill!