Hi and welcome to my web site! I’m Jess. I love running and spend my days coaching runners, drawing runners and seeking safe and healthy ways to live a balanced and joyful life – sharing my passions, knowledge and experiences here – and with everyone I meet!
I ran my first marathon in Philadelphia in 2000. It took me over five and a half hours and was a brutal, and also beautiful, experience. I knew when I crossed the finish that it was in fact a new beginning for me. The beginning of lessons that keep on coming. The beginning of a journey that keeps unfolding and evolving, one step at a time.
I have completed 20 marathons, including three Boston Marathons. I have run marathon times as slow as almost 6 hours and as fast as just over 3 hours. I have completed races of every distance from the mile to the 50 miler. Each experience unique and transformative, each helping to shape me into the person I am today. Each one teaching me to dream and to take chances on myself, insisting that I hold onto my faith and my belief that anything is possible.
The irony is that as I have grown, I have realized that running is revealing to me that the best way to get where I’m going is to actually stay right where I am, no matter how uncomfortable it may feel or how badly I want to rush in or dive head first. To embrace and be present in the moment, to trust myself and my journey. I have taken myself to extremes at times, pushing beyond my limits (learning by falling flat on my face!) and discovering new possibilities, but where I have found the greatest depth has been in doing it little by little, step by step, and trusting slow and healthy growth.
I started this blog over 8 years ago as a way to connect with others. I want to share my journey with you, with brave honesty. My hope is that by writing my story here, I will inspire you to believe in yourself, too, and to have the courage to walk (or run!) along your own path, living true to yourself, and creating your best life.