Meet Jessica H., one of our Wearsafe Running Ambassadors.
Between work and being a mother of 2, training at 4 am is nothing new for Jessica! 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: jessgowithit.com
Follow Jessica on Instagram: @jessbug1122
Favorite song to run to?
Run solo or with others?
How long have you been running & why do you love it?
A little over 2 years and I love it because it's given me quality time with myself again. I'm an only child and enjoy being alone- but I'm very social, work a lot, and enjoy doing fun things with my kids. I never have any downtime just alone and running gave me that back- even if it's at 4 am on the weekdays!
What was your biggest achievement as a runner? What obstacles did you overcome to get there?
Even though I ran my first full marathon last year I don't consider that my biggest achievement but I had a hard training cycle and my foot was hurt for the race. My biggest achievement yet was finally breaking the sub 2 half mark earlier this year. I hadn't tried and failed many times before but I kept signing up for races and didn't let it get me down. I knew I could do it- so when I finally crossed the finish line at the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February with a 1:57 it was an amazing sense of accomplishment. Since then I've ran another half at 1:56.
“...From happiness, to focus, to just pure JOY of finishing with a PR! “
If you could relive any race you’ve done in the past, which would it be?
My first marathon. You just never know what is going to happen and you don't know the pain of a marathon until you do it. I had a rough summer training with many personal life things going on and I feel like I didn't put all of me into the training when it was time for a run.
Are you training for any upcoming races? If so, which one(s)?
I have one more half in the Spring- the Bayshore Half Marathon... and then the Chicago Marathon in October.
"All you need is courage to believe in yourself and put one foot in front of another" -Katherine Switzer
What’s the biggest race on your bucket list?
The Boston Marathon- obviously. :) I feel like I am still far away from reaching that goal but if you don't set goals you will never obtain them!
Favorite way to fuel up: Before, During, & After?
Protein Shake and Run Gum before, Sports Beans during, Usually some type of light sandwich and a shake right after.
What’s your go-to spot for awesome running gear?
“First 7 miles in my new Brooks Ghost 9's(my fav shoes ever)...Also I had to see what all the fuss was about with Run Gum and I'm obsessed!”
What's your favorite brand of running shoes?
What are a few of your favorite running blogs?
I love reading race recaps- so anytime a friend on IG posts their recap I read it.
What are your running essentials?
How has Wearsafe changed your fitness routine?
I run really early in the dark but it never gets easier, it's scary! I feel more protected and have peace of mind when I'm running.
What’s your favorite thing about Wearsafe?
The networks you can build! I know certain people in my area that are awake during the time I run so I know they would get my alerts.
“...I'm now wearing my "Tag" from @wearsafelabs which makes me feel 100% more safe on these dark early runs or any run for that matter!!”
What’s your favorite way to wear your Tag?
On my pants or shorts but I also put in on my gym bag if I'm going to the gym early in the morning and I need to walk through a dark parking lot.
What are your running goals for 2017?
Train hard and run Chicago much better than I did my first full. Leave it all out there!
Where do you look for fitspiration?
Instagram. The people I follow inspire me every day and the people who follow me and give me support are inspiring as well.
What was the best training advice you ever received?
Build confidence with smaller races. My Running coach told me that when I first started training with her.
What advice would you give to new runners, or people just getting back into running?
Don't worry if every run is not perfect. Run most of your training runs at an easy pace so you don't injure yourself and trust the process. You can't cheat in running - it gives you back what you put in. I've learned that the hard way.