July 27 2017
Mirna Valerio, future author of her own book, shares that there's no secret to getting brave. You just do it.
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!