Update: On Friday, August 27, 2010 the love of my life, Chris, asked me to marry him. I immediately said yes!
My name is Jessica, but I also go by Jes (with one s). I am 29 years old and live in Orlando, FL. I love running, reading, cooking, hanging out with friends, chemistry (yes, I'm a nerd), skydiving, hang gliding, and just being happy. Let me begin by giving you a history of my blog, life, and how both have progressed since I started running.
|Chris and I, Easter 2010|
In January of 2007, my roommate at the time and I decided we wanted to start running. We were both going for our Master's degrees in forensic science, so we had similar schedules. We both wanted to get in shape, and I was craving the strength and independence that I imagined runners had. We figured what better time to start than a new year. We started with a half a mile around the track at the gym. It was hard! Each week we started adding another quarter of a mile, until we hit a mile and a half. Keep in mind that we knew little about running, and we were both running with cheap shoes. (I wanted to make sure I was going to stick with it before spending my precious starving-graduate-student-money on expensive running shoes.) Eventually I was so proud that I started telling a co-worker, Joe, about my running success. Joe was a triathlete, so he understood my excitement. His encouragement helped keep us going. He eventually challenged us to run a 5K. The roommate and I trained, and eventually we ran our first 5K! From that point on, I was hooked! I felt amazing, confident, and happier than I had been in a long time!
|Our First 5K!!|
|Last picture I have with my dad.|
Graduating with my BS degree in August 2005.
In February of 2008, I ran my second half-marathon with the roommate (her first). It was the worst race that I have ever run. I even cried at the finish. Between having a tough time mentally over-coming the terrible race, and my very quickly approaching thesis defense, my running took a drastic decrease along with my blogging. In April of 2008 I successfully defended my thesis, and in May I graduated (a few days after finding out my godson, Nicholas Danger was born...best middle name ever!). I spent the summer working long hours, and studying for my proficiency exams. That is also when I found our first kitty, Zack, while out for run, and I spent lots of time taking care of him. I also gained a niece (Joy) about a week before finding Zack, and she is just the most precious little girl in the world!
|Cruise picture of old roommate/running partner at left |
and marathon training partner, Caitlin, at right
|London, in front of St. Paul's Cathedral|
By the end of 2009 I finally had the freedom to focus solely on my research and no longer had my nights and weekends consumed with homework and studying. My confidence in my self image had dropped since I had not been working out consistently, and I was being more negative than positive when it came to my self image. I also had not been eating as healthy as I had been wanting. I decided to change all of that! I made two New Year's resolutions / 2010 goals:
- To be less critical of myself and more confident in myself.
- To see how many of the 52 weeks out of the year I can run at least 3 days in the week. I am not putting any distance, pace, or time limits on this goal. I personally prefer to run outdoors, so I imagine most of the runs will be outside; however, I will run indoors if the weather is bad. If any knee injuries spring up, as they have in the past, I will try using the elliptical (of course I won't do any running if the injury is too bad); otherwise, I prefer not to use the elliptical.
My friend Caitlin and I decided that we wanted to run a marathon. I finally chose the 26.2 with Donna The National Marathon To Finish Breast Cancer, because a family friend, Linda, very recently passed away from breast cancer.
|Caitlin, her bf/my friend Ryan, and I after our latest race in April 2010.|
Photo taken by Caitlin@HealthyTippingPoint.com
Keep on smiling!
P.S. I also really want to accomplish my goal of becoming a triathlete. I
"The essence of intelligence is skill in extracting meaning from everyday experience." ~Unknown~