Meet Jennifer K., one of our Wearsafe Running Ambassadors.
Jennifer is currently training for the Chicago Marathon this October! Learn more about her running routines, goals and her first hand review of the Wearsafe personal running safety device.
Marin County, CA
Where to find her:
Follow Jennifer on Instagram: @jbirdruns
Check out her blog: jbirdruns.com
Favorite song to run to?
Run solo or with others?
I love running with others, but it is often difficult to coordinate schedules and I have come to appreciate my time alone in the mornings before the day starts.
How long have you been running & why do you love it?
I have been running since college, but didn't start racing until Oct of 2014, when I ran my first half marathon. Before racing, I loved (and still do) having quiet time to organize my thoughts. Everything always seems to fall into place in my mind when I'm out running. And now that I get to race, I love always having a different goal to work toward. Fitness is really hard to stay motivated for unless you actually love what you are doing and running gives me that. It's also helped me learn how to better fuel myself to achieve those goals.
What was your biggest achievement as a runner? What obstacles did you overcome to get there?
I think for any runner, injuries are one of the hardest things to deal with. You hear so often that running will ruin your knees, your hips, that you will hurt yourself. When you do get injured, sometimes the answers you get from doctors are, "stop running so much." Overcoming those injuries and finding what is causing them often requires relentlessness and not taking no for answer. It also requires a great deal of patience - sometimes taking 2 steps forward, 1 step back to find the methods that work best for you.
"6 recovery miles at 9:05 average..."
If you could relive any race you’ve done in the past, which would it be?
My first marathon, the California International Marathon in December of 2015. It was a magical day and I Boston qualified. Plus, you never forget for your first marathon.
Are you training for any upcoming races? If so, which one(s)?
The Chicago Marathon in October.
What’s the biggest race on your bucket list?
I want to do the 6 Abbott World Major marathons SO badly! I've done Chicago and Boston. So New York, Tokyo, London & Berlin are left.
Favorite way to fuel up: Before, During, & After?
Before: I love oatmeal or an english muffin - both are topped with peanut butter and bananas. During: I like Huma Plus gels and the Margarita flavored Clif Shot Blocks. After: I love a good cheeseburger, sweet potato fries and a glass of wine (usually Pinot Grigo).
What’s your go-to spot for awesome running gear?
I love Lululemon's clothes. They have some of my favorite styles of running shorts and always have fun colors.
What's your favorite brand of running shoes?
Nike - I train in the Pegasus and Vomero and race in the Vaporfly 4%. I love Brooks and Saucony's too. Lately my feet just seem to like Nikes a lot.
"53.5 miles this week!..."
What are a few of your favorite running blogs?
Hungry Runner Girl, Laces and Lattes, SoCal Runner Gal, Iron Will Iron Jill- there are so many good ones!
What are your running essentials?
Ear buds (I love Jaybirds the best), watch (Garmin), good shoes, Road ID, Wearsafe, and either a hat or sunglasses.
How has Wearsafe changed your fitness routine?
It makes me feel more confident knowing that my family are just one push of a button away. This past summer I was running in Alaska, and came face to face with a moose!! I was too afraid to get my phone out (I didn't want to startle him by moving around a bunch), but wished I had some way to alert my boyfriend that I was in freak out mode! Luckily it turned out ok, although I wish I had gotten a photo of my moose friend.
What’s your favorite thing about Wearsafe?
How small and discrete it is. I hardly notice my Wearsafe Tag clipped to my clothes, but its right there if I need it.
"I've been wearing my @wearsafelabs throughout all my miles and loving the feeling of a little extra security..."
What are your running goals for 2017?
To run a personal record in the marathon.
Where do you look for fitspiration?
Instagram has so many great accounts, so there are a lot of resources there. But I take inspiration from everything. I like learning about Pilates, Yoga (practicing my handstand!), Crossfit (thrusters are so hard), riding my bike and any other type of fitness out there! I think they can all be a compliment to running.
What was the best training advice you ever received?
Stop when it hurts! One day off now is so much better than 4 weeks off down the road. Figure out WHY whatever it is hurts and fix the problem, don't mask the symptoms.
What advice would you give to new runners, or people just getting back into running?
Don't compare yourself to anyone & take it one day at a time. What they say about comparison being the thief of joy is very true, and it can squash your desire to keep going. Also, if you have a bad day where you just aren't feeling it, that's ok!! Everyone has them and you should just let it go and try again the next day.