Thursday, December 20, 2012

A Sporty Little Christmas - Jen

Happy December 20th, 2012!

Today is my 4th wedding anniversary! I'm kind of of a nerd (if you read my blog, or know me personally... you already knew that). I got married on 12/20 AT 12:20. ... haha Yes, I thought  think that's pretty cool. I'm so blessed to be the wife of Christopher. He is and always has been my #1 fan. He is [literally] my BEST  friend in the world. (Sorry, I've been watching a lot of Parks and Rec lately ... haha)

Chris, thank you for being the best husband ever. I'm so thankful for our friendship.

Not only is today my anniversary it is ALSO our last GGSA spotlight.  I hope you enjoyed learning about Girls Gone Sporty and the Ambassadors.

In an effort to stop the sentimental "I love my husband" post I will NOW introduce you to Jen!

What is your favorite sport?
Running: I love the flexibility of the sport, I can head out on stress relief run for alone time or grab some friends for a social run. Hills, speed, long distance there is always something different to focus on. I love being outside and getting lost in the world around.

What is your favorite race distance and why?
It depends on the day but either half or full marathon. I love the distance and time spend training to de-stress and focus on me. I feel so accomplished afterwards and love being out on the course running with so many other people. Standing at the start line of a marathon is so invigorating and such an accomplishment in itself and then knowing what has been achieved to cross the finish line makes me feel great!

How long have you been running?
11 years

What advice would you give to someone who has never run a race?
Do it! The races is the peak of your training and the reward for all the hard work. Until you have stepped foot on the start line and crossed the finish line you will never know the amazing feeling and emotions that arise. Grab some friends, find a fun race or one supporting a cause you believe in, find a training plan and reward yourself along the way.

What is your favorite race memory?
8 months after my daughter was born I ran my best marathon up until that time, a 13 minute PR and my first Boston Qualifying time. It was such an emotional experience when I realized what I had finally achieved. As I crossed the finish line I was thinking of my daughter and how I was showing her what we can still accomplish as moms.

What is your favorite Holiday Movie?
The Grinch

What are you most thankful for this Holiday Season?
This year things are finally all falling into place so I have a lot to be thankful for: my family, good friends, a job I really like, my running ability and how I am the strongest and healthiest I have been in years.

Inspirational Quote:

Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. - Joshua J. Marine

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