Jessica has been coaching with me since summer of 2016. In these past months, I have gotten to know the fantastic runner, Jessica. Always working hard and determined, it’s easy to see Jessica’s work pay off!
Let’s hear from Jess:
My goal is always to better my last best (in this case, 1:35:41), but my long term goal is to break 1:30:00 in the half marathon.
I find that the most challenging part of training or racing is finding my “edge” and staying there. Hard training or racing takes an equal amount of mental focus and physical effort. That’s why consistent training is so important. Nerves are abundant enough on race day…you don’t want to add stress by having to figure out how hard you can push yourself and still make it across the finish line. The most rewarding runs are those where my body is fatigued but my mind remains fresh.
Everyday can bring a new motivation; seeing my body and time progress is motivating because it’s confirmation the training is working; following elite women like Sarah Brown, Stephanie Bruce, Kellyn Taylor, etc… on social media is motivating because it’s a reminder of the human body’s fullest potential. These women train hard and remain competitive while balancing motherhood. Most days I look at my next goal time or picture myself winning a race, and that’s motivating enough.
One thing I’d love to tell a beginner runner or someone who is slower: There’s no big secret here: set a realistic short-term goal (3-6 months) and a stretch long-term goal (1 year+) and then take a disciplined approach to training. Don’t expect to be motivated everyday. Embrace the grind and do it anyway.
Thanks Jessica! Jessica answered a lot of these questions back in October, and more races have happened since! Jessica finished the 2016 PNC Milwaukee Running Festival in 1:35:34 (7 second PR) and placed 5th in her competitive age group. Jessica’s #1 race goal is a half marathon in May 2017 that she races annually. She has been racing more often to help prepare her and working a lot on her mental game (including taking 5th place female overall in one!). I can’t wait to see what 2017 brings for Jessica’s running!