Meet Jessica, one of our Wearsafe Running Ambassadors.
Jessica is an endurance athlete who loves lattes almost as much as she loves to run. Learn more about her running routines, goals and her first hand review of the Wearsafe personal running safety device.
Where to find her:
Check out her awesome blog: Lacesandlattes.com
Follow Jessica on Instagram: @lacesandlattes
Favorite song to run to?
This changes regularly, but I really like Ah Yeah So What by Will Sparks
Run solo or with others?
I would say about 50/50.
How long have you been running & why do you love it?
I’ve been running since 2010, and I love it because it really fits with who I am. I love the intensity, the social aspect, and the part of it where you’re always reaching to be better than you were before with very clear benchmarks of your success.
What was your biggest achievement as a runner? What obstacles did you overcome to get there?
This is hard. I find that every year I raise the bar a little bit, but I think maybe my greatest achievement was my very first ultramarathon in 2010. I had no business running that far without a proper base but I put in hours of solo training and raced through some of the harshest conditions of my life. Not finishing was not an option but I sure worked hard to get there!
If you could relive any race you’ve done in the past, which would it be?
I think the Boston Marathon. I executed a perfect negative split and the energy of the crowd when you are coming across the finish line is electrifying.
Are you training for any upcoming races? If so, which one(s)?
This year, I’m training for my first ironman ( Lake Placid) and competing in the ITU World Championships in Penticton this summer!
What’s the biggest race on your bucket list?
So many. I want to do some of the bigger ultras like Western States, UTMB and the Barkley Marathons, the world championships for adventure racing and someday, maybe, go to KONA for the Ironman.
“Healthy Chocolate Frappuccino from @genuinehealth on the blog today. ”
Favorite way to fuel up: Before, During, & After?
Before a big race, I have a good breakfast. I do a lot of endurance events so I have a carby product like quinoa, oats, or a bagel with peanut butter and honey and a banana. I’ll also have Hammer electrolyte water and a coffee.
During, it does depend on the sport. I like the hammer gels and water for a fast race, Perpetuem on the bike, and as much real food as possible during my adventures races like PB & J sandwiches, trail mix, and food bars.
After, it is protein and fast. Either protein powder or Recoverite in nut milk, followed by a delicious celebration meal to replace those lost stores!
What’s your go-to spot for awesome running gear?
I love my local running store and I order online at newbalance.ca often.
“Jumping right back into training after three unstructured months off. Easing in with my go to run route and feeling excited for a healthy, happy 2017!”
What's your favorite brand of running shoes?
New Balance! When you find a shoe that works, you stick with it.
What are a few of your favorite running blogs?
What are your running essentials?
A hat when it is sunny or rainy, my Polar V800, Wearsafe and my smartphone, and a happy mental outlook!
How has Wearsafe changed your fitness routine?
I never used to carry my phone with me which opened me up to some potentially unsafe situations. Wearsafe has completely changed that game for me.
What’s your favorite thing about Wearsafe?
That no matter where I am, I know that I am safe.
What’s your favorite way to wear your Tag?
I like to wear it clipped to my sports bra!
What are your running goals for 2017?
I would love to run a speedy spring half marathon at the Mississauga half, run a strong marathon on the back half of the ironman and run a fun California marathon late this year with friends.
Where do you look for fitspiration?
From real heroes and role models in my life. The women who have been in the sport for decades and have taken care of their bodies, their minds and their relationships and have been doing this for a lifetime. They are the true heroes because they have figured out the secret to longevity.
What was the best training advice you ever received?
Train smart, not hard. Rest days are building you as an athlete too.
What advice would you give to new runners, or people just getting back into running?
Take it slowly and enjoy the process. Running is something that is a journey so rushing it will lead to injury. Find your joy in it and enjoy the ride!