Meet Jennifer. The woman who stole our hearts and kept on running… Literally.
I met Jenn on June 27th, 2016 on the first day of No Boundaries 5K 1, where I had the pleasure of running with this amazing woman. One of the first things Jenn told me was “I started a journal. I am going to write in it; however, I am going to start from the last page.” I asked her, “why?” She replied simply, “Because I will only be moving forward from now on.” Once she said that I thought “Wow, this woman is pretty remarkable.”
I want you to get to know the Jenn we, Fleet Feet Sports mentors and staff, got to know and love.
1. What made you get back into running?
I wanted to get back into running because I wanted to challenge my mind, body and spirit. I wanted to remind myself of how strong and capable I really am, and that all it takes is to put one foot in front of the other and commit myself to conquering my goals! I also ran Cross Country in high school and longed to return to the sport that gave me a greater sense of self, inner peace and so much happiness!
2. What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to face?
The biggest obstacle I have had to face with getting back into running has been fear. Fear of failure and fear of the unknown. In the past I let self-doubt get in my way and couldn't see past what I believed I couldn't do. This time I approached every run with a can-do attitude. I saw the obstacles as stepping stones to where I wanted to be and continued on the path to get there one workout at a time.
3. What keeps you coming back each week?
What keeps me coming back each week is the unwavering support I get from each and every member of the Fleet Feet sports team. When you decide to recommit yourself to something that you didn't think you could do or haven't been able to do in a while, you need a lot of support and I have been able to get the support I needed. They also are a wealth of knowledge in all things related to running. The other point that keeps me coming back each week is the opportunity to continue to challenge myself. Running is such a personal journey and you're the only one who can do the work and get the job done. This has been a tough but humbling realization for me.
4. What is your next goal?
My next goal is to continue to succeed in the Fleet Feet Sports No Boundaries 2 program. This program is the next step after finishing the No Boundaries 1 program which for me was an easy and obvious choice to sign up. I have worked hard to get myself mentally, physically and emotionally ready to run the 5K race and at this point there's nothing stopping me from continuing to perfect my running and stay the course. I'm also so excited to continue to train with everyone at Fleet Feet Sports that have helped me on my journey!
5. If you could give any piece of advice to someone who is looking to start walking or running for either the 1st time, or the 1st time in a long time, what would you say to them?
My best advice for someone starting to walk or run would be to just get out there and give it your all! Don't get caught up in trying to be the fastest. Just make sure that you always push through your hardest days and remember that in the end it is going to be so worth it! Remember that eventually all of your time and effort will pay off and you will be so grateful that you decided to start your journey when you did! I look forward to seeing you on your next run!!!! Now let's do this!
Jenn has been a pleasure to get to know and is an absolute inspiration. She has taught all of us here at Fleet Feet Sports, Gaithersburg that you can do anything. Your body is an amazing machine that can get through so much more than you have ever dreamed of, and she is living proof.
Jenn has gone through all 10 weeks and plans to run the Kentlands/Lakelands 5K on September 3rd.
- Stephanie Green, Director of Training Programs
If Jenn’s story inspired you or you want to start running or walking - join us this fall! WalkFIT 1 and 2 and No Boundaries 1 and 2 programs start the week of September 12th.