Ever wonder what it’s like to be an Olympic torch bearer? Check out someone who knows the feeling personally – our latest Women’s Running magazine Blogger On The Run– Jennifer from The Fit Fork! This busy mom of three ‘tween boys manages a hectic schedule while fitting in time to train and prepare healthy meals for her family. Read on to find out how Jennifer began her love of running by breaking a secret sorority pact to never sweat:
WR: How would you describe yourself?
J: Mom of three teen to ‘tween boys who keep me on my toes, not one can outrun me (yet)! Creative type who types creatively, freelance writer and recipe developer. Flora and fauna aficionada. Connoisseur of competition. Smitten with sundresses, strappy sandals and summers at the beach. Believer that life is like a box of fine chocolates, literally. It’s all good!
J: The funny thing is that as a kid, I did gymnastics quite ungracefully for years, oblivious to the fact that I was mediocre at best. However, during PE, I would always lead the girls’ pack around the track, but it never dawned on me that running might be “my thing.” Breaking a secret sorority pact to “never perspire publically,” I started running after college graduation to stay in shape. It wasn’t long afterward that I set my sights on a marathon and then was hooked for life!
WR: What keeps you running and training?
J: Mostly what keeps me going is that I love to run, probably 95% of the time my workout is the hands-down highlight of my day – aside from time spent with my family. And, when I can get my husband and kids involved, it’s all the better! There are those days when my body or brain doesn’t feel like running — and I don’t. In my twenties, veering one inch from a training plan would have caused a freak out; but in my forties, I now realize it’s better to just feel it and go with the flow! Plus, twenty years later, my race times in all distances are nearly the same!
WR: What’s your favorite race memory?
J: Oh, there are so many! Running the Athens Marathon in 1996 and then watching my husband bravely finish in a darn-respectable time with virtually no training at all other than a few 5 mile runs! Running (a whole 0.2 miles) with the XIX Winter Olympic Torch in December 2001. This year, getting a hug from Uta Pippig at the end of the Boston Marathon was quite memorable, she was the “it” girl when I started running in the 90s and a true inspiration!
WR: Best running advice you’ve received or given?
J: I was told to become a faster runner, I need to get stronger. I’m not talking about bodybuilder muscles, but gaining enough functional fitness so that I’m not complaining about a sore back after a 10-mile jaunt. For the past year, I’ve been following the CrossFit Endurance training plan and can tell I’m much fitter with less mileage – the result has been a master’s PR in every distance from 5K to marathon.
WR: What do you hope your readers will get from reading your blog?
J: I would like a reader to be inspired to take a “healthy bite out of life” by whipping up one of my recipes, incorporating a new workout move into a routine or gaining a useful nugget of health information that will change a body and mind for the better.
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