This week’s Women’s Running magazine Blogger On The Run is a multi-talented mother of a five-year old son who began running as a way of doing something active with her husband! Meet Jenn from Runs With Pugs - she’s a new racer who loves the way she feels after a hard speed workout. Read Jenn’s story to find out why she lives by the advice of putting one foot in front of the other.
Women’s Running: How would you describe yourself?
Jenn: I am a 36 year old wife and mom to a five-year-old son, living in Northeast Florida with three pugs. I’m a bit of a domestic engineer, dabbling in a little bit of everything. My hobbies include photography, cake decorating and writing. I am a bookworm and film buff and I love traveling with my family.
WR: How did you begin running?
J: I started because of my husband. He was very impressed with a friend of ours who went from Couch to 5K, and onto running a half marathon. He’s had a hard time finding an activity he really enjoyed and while I didn’t really want to run, I told him I would do the Couch to 5K program with him for support. He agreed and here we are.
WR: What keeps you running and training?
J: My motivation is a combination of things. I love the way running makes me feel physically and mentally. I also love seeing how far I can go. There is no overnight or immediate payoff, but seeing the improvements in my pace, distance and stamina from week to week and month to month is so satisfying. I want to keep pushing past what I think are my limits to see what I can actually really do out there.
WR: What type of run is your favorite?
J: Right now, I’m enjoying speed work. I love the way it pushes me physically, as well as how it breaks up some of my runs. It keeps things interesting.
WR: What’s your favorite race memory?
J: I have only run one race (so far), but seeing my son at the finish line, waving and calling to me, was so overwhelming.
WR: What do you hope your readers will get from reading your blog?
J: I hope readers will be encouraged. We are average people, not elite athletes, and I hope readers can identify with that. It’s so important to be healthy and an active lifestyle is such a huge part of that, but getting started can be intimidating. I transitioned to running from power walking, but my husband went from very little exercise to running his first 5K in under 40 minutes in about 11 or 12 weeks of training. I hope readers see that and realize all it takes is putting on your shoes and getting out there, whether it’s walking, running, cycling, or whatever strikes their fancy.
WR: How do you reward yourself for accomplishing your training/running goals?
J: It depends. After recently completing my first 5K, I want to get a new iPod (mine is seven years old and on its last leg). So it might be a new piece of gear, or something like registering for another race.
WR: Are you currently training for a race? If so, which one?
J: I am. I have the RunDisney Tower of Terror 10 Miler in October and the Space Coast Marathon in December. I am hoping to squeeze in a few more local 5Ks before the end of the year, but we’ll see.
WR: Best running advice you’ve received or given?
J: The best advice I’ve received is “just keep putting one foot in front of the other.” Nothing else really matters but that.
Want to read more? Head over to Runs With Pugs!
Jenn just completed her first 5k and loved seeing her son cheering at the finish line. What’s your best finish line memory?
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