Meet Janelle, one of our Wearsafe Running Ambassadors.
Janelle is taking her race season to the next level and is training for her first full marathon! Learn more about her running routines, goals and her first hand review of the Wearsafe personal runner safety device.
Where to find her:
Follow Janelle on Instagram: @run4daysss
Favorite time and place to run:
First thing in the morning. I work a 12-8:30pm shift Monday through Friday, so mornings are my run time! During the week I’ll run from home, but on the weekend I do my destination long run, or a long run with my run group.
Favorite part of a run:
When I head out on a cloudy run and halfway through the sun peeks out. I love cloudy runs turned sunny. #SunsOutRunsOut
Favorite song to run to:
Anything by The Chainsmokers!
Run solo or with others?
Both! For the past few years I’ve been running alone (usually with music), but more recently I found an AMAZING run group to pass the miles with and have been meeting up with them a lot. And since running with them, my pace has improved so much.
How long have you been running and why do you love it?
I started running in high school to train for soccer and have been ever since. After college, running became an escape and something to set goals for.
What was your biggest achievement as a runner? What obstacles did you overcome to get there?
My biggest achievement is definitely running my first half marathon — the Seattle Rock and Roll Half in 2014. I trained for the race almost entirely by myself and ran the race solo with no one there to cheer me on. I was living in Seattle after getting out of a long-term relationship and running gave me something to do and something to work towards. I finished the race in 1:53, and I was so happy with my time and super proud of myself. My family was cheering me on back in PA, but that was something I did on my own and entirely for ME.
If you could relive any race you’ve done in the past, which would it be?
My first half marathon above!
How do you stay motivated?
Running for those who can’t. I appreciate that I’m healthy enough to get out the door and run because there are so many people out there that aren’t physically able to be active. I remind myself of this every day, and that’s what keeps me motivated.
"Because there are people out there who can't lace up their shoes and run out the door like us. Run for them 💙 5.5 miles to shake out the sore legs from this weekend..."
Where do you look for fitspiration?
Through my friends in my running club, but also through Instagram. There are so many “friends” I’ve met on Instagram that I am inspired by and give me motivation. I’d love to go on a road trip one day and meet up with each of them for a run!
Are you training for any upcoming races? If so, which one(s)?
It is a big race year for me, thanks to a not so gentle push from my running club! The biggest race I’m training for is my first FULL marathon — the Philly Marathon in November. I said I would NEVER do a full marathon, but things change. I met some amazing friends to run with and I’m in for the big one. I’m also doing a few half marathons this year and a bunch of shorter races, but my eyes are set on the prize for Philly. I’d love to do it under 4 hours!
What’s the biggest race on your bucket list?
While living in Seattle I really wanted to run the Whistler Half Marathon in British Columbia but I never made it. It’s still on my list.
Besides running, what’s your favorite form of exercise?
Road biking and hiking!
“#tbt to a quick summit of Cowles Mountain in San Diego this past September while sporting my local @knockaround ( local while there ) sandiego #cityhike #knockaround”
Favorite way to fuel up: Before, During, & After?
Before shorter runs, I don’t eat anything. Before a long run, I’ll do either toast with PB and honey, or a natural gel (I recently became hooked on Spring Energy). During a run of 10 miles or more, I’ll do a gel mid-run.
After the run, always chocolate milk or a smoothie right away. And then my favorite meal… either a big breakfast at home or out at one of my favorite coffee shops.
What’s your go-to running outfit?
In the summer: shorts, a tank top, and compression socks. In the winter: tights and a wool base layer. Oh, and a headband — always!
What’s your go-to spot for awesome running gear?
Roadrunner Sports — awesome shoes and apparel selection!
What are your running essentials?
I always have my Garmin, Wearsafe Tag, iPhone, Armpocket, and earbuds (if I’m running alone). And sunglasses always. I have a sunglasses problem.
How has Wearsafe changed your fitness routine?
I feel safer running alone with Wearsafe. Some people might feel like it’s just one more thing to forget on your run, but I keep it next to my Garmin and I never forget it.
What’s your favorite thing about Wearsafe?
How convenient and easy it is to use! It’s so tiny and easy to clip on whatever you want.
What’s your favorite way to wear your Tag?
On the band of my shorts or tights.
What are your running goals for 2017?
To finish my first marathon in under 4 hours!
What was the best training advice you ever received?
To introduce strength and mobility into my training program. I’ve always known cross training is important, but never realized how important it is to injury prevention until recently. I’ve had my fair share of injury flare-ups, but never any major injuries from running. I plan to keep it that way.
What advice would you give to new runners, or people just getting back into running?
Go to your local running store and get fitted for shoes! You need to wear the correct running shoes for your form and feet. And get out there and have fun! That’s why we do it, right?