About Me

Thanks for stopping in.  I’m Jessica a runner and mother from Janesville, Wisconsin.  My story isn’t like that of a lot of other athletes.  I didn’t run track or cross country in high school, in fact I didn’t play any high school sports.  I did love my gym class when we weren’t swimming.  I knew I was always good at running but never had that push to pursue it any further than gy
m class.  In middle school I played sports (soccer and basketball) but once I got to high school, insecurities took over. jess

Shortly after college I discovered running.  I struggled a bit in the beginning and ran into injuries because I was a bit overenthusiastic.  I remember the moment that I decided I wanted to “go big or go home.”  I wanted to improve my running, and in order to do that I had to be dedicated.  From that point on, I made sure to put forth more into my running. I became more focused and eventually I improved.

I started running in late 2011. By 2012 I ran my first half marathon, 50k and full marathon.  Running has become a HUGE part of who I am.  Dare I say, running defines me.

In those years I met some really amazing, epic people who inspired and pushed me to test my limits.  I fell in love with the trails and ultra marathons.

Year to date, I’ve run one 100 miler, eight 50 milers, countless 50k training runs and races,  and 4 marathons.  Of course I’ve run 5ks and 10ks but distance running is my jam.

Speaking of jam, I enjoy vegetables! A lot.  I’ve been vegan since the end of 2011.  It has been the best thing I’ve ever done for myself.  Not only did I learn to cook in the process but I’ve also tried foods that I would have never even looked at before.

When I’m not running, I’m working. I’m a notorious over-scheduler.  I’m currently juggling 3 jobs but at most I’ve had 4.  I like to keep busy but sometimes things get unbalanced.  2 of my current 3 jobs are photography jobs.  Seasonally, I photograph high school seniors throughout Northern Illinois and assist a photographer in Beloit, Wisconsin.  Even though I find myself outside of my comfort zone with photography occasionally I’ve loved every minute of the journey.