Run Long ~ Run Strong:How old are you?
RLRS: Tell us a little about yourself (kids, married, job)?
JJ: I am an English teacher at a technical high school. No kids, and I’m eternally single. Sigh.
RLRS: When and why did you start running?
JJ: I started running as a senior in high school. I was incredibly shy in high school and it was out of character, but a teacher pushed me to join and I haven’t stopped running since.
RLRS: What keeps you motivated to train?
JJ: I like to push myself, and I love the feeling of being REALLY physically fit. It keeps me much happier mentally, as well, but what I love most about running is the time spent with great friends in the outdoors, which is priceless (both the friends and the nature).
RLRS: What are your hobbies outside of running?
JJ: I have a “special” dog and an elderly horse that I spend a lot of time with. I also love reading and movies.
RLRS: What is your favorite race?
JJ: Sehgahunda! I’ve done the full marathon twice, and it is quite the (awful? marvelous?) experience.
RLRS: What is your bucket list event?
JJ: I’d love to run a big race in a country like Scotland or Ireland… Or New Zealand?!
RLRS: What is the funniest thing to happen to you during a race?
JJ: Hmm….too many crazy moments to choose from, but there is nothing quite like “trail talk.”
RLRS: What is your proudest race moment?
JJ: Probably the first Sehgahunda full. It was the hardest thing I had ever done, the conditions were rough, and I really wanted to quit. Finishing that race taught me that when you think you can’t keep going, just keep going.
RLRS: What is the one thing you wish you knew when you first started running?
JJ: It is okay to walk the hills sometimes!
RLRS: What is your best piece of advice for new runners?
JJ: Compete against YOURSELF, and don’t ever judge yourself against someone else. Enjoy the journey… Each and every one.