Jen started running with the Progress House team in early January. The cold weather sometimes makes it difficult for some people to commit, but not Jen, she runs every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday with the team since joining. Jen has become the resident photographer and we always look forward to seeing the candid photos she has captured with her Iphone!
Shoe Size: 10
Favorite post-run food: Pancakes-definitely
How many marathons/half marathons have you done?
I have actually only done 2 half marathons so far…but planning on 10 this year, and MAYBE the Monumental Marathon….still debating.
Favorite race you’ve ever done?
My favorite race so far has been the Colorado Half Marathon in Fort Collins (which I did last May). I trained and ran with a good friend of mine and we dressed up in matching outfits. It was really fun running through the mountains!
I like various types of music, but my favorite band (as most know) is Dave Matthews Band. I’ve been to TONS of shows throughout the years, and look forward to more this summer
Favorite athlete: Dallas Clark
Favorite vacation spot: Boston!
Why do you run?
I’m really big on routines, so running daily is part of my schedule. It helps me clear my mind and always puts me in a better mood when I’m not feeling that great. I run mostly, though, for the health benefits that it provides me.
Most of my family is in the Indianapolis area, except my sister who currently lives in Alabama. I have a 7 year old Akita named Carter, who is basically the best dog EVER.
Currently, I work at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown in the Front Office. I have worked in a hotel for about 10 years (Marriott for 8), since before I graduated from college in 2004. Recently, I decided to finally go back to school to become a high school social studies teacher, after many years of wanting to do so. Wish me luck!
Why did you choose Progress House over HVAF?
I actually chose Progress House because it was closer to my home. The later I can sleep in the morning, the better!
What has BoMF meant to you?
I feel really lucky to have found out about Back on My Feet. I initially heard about it through my company in May and I was interested, but when I heard about the 5:45 runs, I immediately said no way. Over the next few months I kept thinking about the group, and finally in December I decided that maybe I could run in the morning just one day a week. After attending orientation, I was really excited and now I can’t imagine NOT showing up! (Thank you Marriott Downtown for sending Jen our way!) It is truly a wonderful group of people and I enjoy spending my mornings with them. I love seeing how dedicated some of these guys are. It inspires me.
You have a pretty strong connection with some of the guys, what made it easy to connect with them and why?
Well, for me, I am very social and I really like to get to know each individual and learn about their background. I bug them in the mornings and ask them what is going on in their lives, etc. I see them as good friends.
Advice for people who might want to start running with BoMF:
There is no way you will regret it!! Running together with these guys as a group is a great start to your morning, and the connections that you make are lasting.
Anything else you want to share with readers:
I like quotes, so this is a good one that relates to running and moving forward in life.
“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”