Music Monday

Thursday Tunes no more, enter Music Monday. It rolls off the tongue a little more smoothly and as a self proclaimed social media junkie is much more hashtag appropriate.

I’d love to share some of my favorite playlist downloads from the week. I know I’m not alone when I confess that there is nothing like some fresh songs on your playlist to really amp up your run. You may be shocked to hear that I rarely run without music. The only time you can find me wire free is super early in the morning (like that ever happens) or any time darkness is at a maximum. Safety first, kids.

Feast your ears on the following:

1. Knife Party- Power Glove
It is literally impossible to not think you are as fast as Shalane while listening to this song. It will make you MOVE.

2. Liquid Stranger- Ripple
Twitch danced to this during one of the audition episodes of this season’s SYTYCD (obsessed!). I had to download it right away.

3. Kanye West-Black Skinhead
Love him or hate him, you can’t deny this track.

4. Seven Lions- Below Us (feat. Shas Sparks)

5. QOTSA- My God Is the Sun
Buy the new album and thank me later.

And last but certainly not least….I dare you to watch this little clip and not want to completely destroy some mileage afterwards. Gets me pumped every. single. time.


A secret …and a confession

 I have a secret to tell you. A secret that you may judge and ridicule me for. A secret that for some is an absolute monstrosity. A secret that you may or may not “get”.

You ready?

I cannot stand “fun runs”. I would go as far as saying I loathe these gimmicky, for profit exhibitions. I want no part of mud, foam, color, zombie or electric themed anything. I’m quite certain I would rather run 10 miles in 905 degrees clothed from head to toe in cotton than allow some undead joker chase me and rip flags off my body.

Yea, not fun. And don’t even get me started on the fact that you have to pay for such madness!

So needless to say when three of my very best non runner friends started talking about doing a color run I secretly cringed inside. Despite my personal convictions on the fun run subject, I had no intention of being the Debbie Downer of the group and smash their little color running dreams. So, I took one for the team, bought the damn Groupon, registered and virtually pencilled in my little fun run on to my Google calendar for June 8th. My expectations for this event were minimal at best….wait, not timed? What the hell does that mean? The fierce clock crushing competitor robot in me does not compute such data!

Ok, so ready for the confession?

We had an absolute BLAST!!!!!






We did the Color Mania 5K this weekend in Columbus and it really was the happiest 5K on the planet. I ran with three other girls who are not runners (yet!) but were totally gung ho on embracing the challenge of a 5K while having a blast doing it. I’m pretty sure the furthest J and M had gone prior to race morning was maybe 2 miles?? None of them were confident they could run the whole way. Secretly I made one and one goal only for that race…..keep these girls motivated, stick with them the whole way and don’t let them stop running!

Although they are not runners I knew that they all had been working out pretty regularly and had a solid enough base cardio wise (hello Jillian Michaels’s 30 Day Shred) to handle the 30+ minutes. I am so proud to report that they ALL ran the whole way, finished strong AND (tear!) are excited to sign up and run their next one!

Sigh, Mama is oh so proud!!

Welcome back summer!

Summer is officially here!! My absolute favorite time of the year. The Florida girl in me is jumping for joy these days. I love everything sun, flip flops, lazy days outside, cookouts, baseball, summer dresses and pool fun. I detest everything winter and am still reeling from our 50 degree Memorial Day weekend (you better make up for that shit Mother Earth).

Our weekend was full of lots of fun surrounded by these fabulous ladies…


and these crazy kids…


I still can’t believe my little boy is moving on to 2nd grade. He’s loving the later bedtimes and his first season of Coaches Pitch. Wet bathing suits and towels have already become staples on the bathroom floor.


But Jess, this is a running blog….what about all the sweat sessions you’ve endured the past few weeks?? How many miles have you logged in your Mizunos? Are you clocking a sub 8 minute pace yet? Are you foam rolling your IT band after every run, are you even stretching after your runs? You’re not refueling with Summer Shandy again, are you?

………(crickets chirping)…….

Did I forget to mention that although I love summer, I absolutely hate running in the heat? Combine that with an absolute loathing for the treadmill and your left with some pretty narrow windows of opportunity. I seriously need to work on my hydration issues because that right now is my biggest struggle. I feel like I get dehydrated very quickly even on super short runs and Nuuning it up during the day when I know I’m going to run after work. I don’t carry a water bottle and continuously end up in parks with chronically malfunctioning water fountains. Any nuggets of wisdom would be welcome!

Despite the heat I was able to run 3 whole times this week including 6 miles on Saturday, my longest run since the half. So much for base building…


Thursday Tunes

So, I’m pretty confident that Thursday Tunes will easily become one of my favorite regulars on the blog. Music nerd doesn’t even begin to sum it up. Without further adieu here are three music faves from this week.


Tonight prior to bath time, Maddie and I had our own mini dance party to Sara Bareilles’s new single Brave. Secret is out, I looooove Sara Bareilles. Her voice is one of my absolute favorites in pop music today. She’s a fantastic songwriter and completely owns the piano like a badass. She’s gorge, hilarious and swears like a sailor…my kind of gal. We love this song and the video is even more fun.


2. Ellie on BGT

I’m a huge Ellie fan.  Ever since I heard her on Skrillex’s track Summit, I was hooked. She is always doing these amazing covers that I just love, love that may be magnified slightly by the fact that she’s a pretty serious runner too. Exhibit A…


3. Modern Vampires

OK so this clip may be from a couple weeks ago but I had to share. Obsessed doesn’t even begin to describe my current relationship with this album. Easily my fave of the year so far. Kids go get your boat shoes and button downs.

Thursday Tunes- My fantastic Earth Day Half playlist

So initially the goal of starting and (ahem) maintaining this blog was really more to share my new found love for running and racing above all others. However, for those who know me it’s no secret that I am equally as passionate (if not even more so) about lots of other things including music.

I grew up in a very musical family. Thanks to my mom and dad music was always a common denominator in our daily lives. All of my childhood memories have specific soundtracks attached. I started playing piano when I was 5 years old and was formally trained beyond elementary school and into high school (with a brief hiatus due to adolescent rebellion shrouded in lots of black eyeliner, Nirvana t-shirts and Doc Martens). I sang a lot too… Show Choir, Cincinnati May Festival Youth Chorus, on and on.

It’s no secret that mommy hood introduces such a potent concentrated passion into your life that there are times when your passions must fall to the wayside…at least temporarily. One of the best things about being a mom is, as your children grow, learning and NURTURING their passions. Thankfully for me, I’ve got a little girl who is equally as geeked about music as I am.


Yea, more on that later.

And a super speedy little boy…


Bases covered.

So today I declare Thursday officially Tunes day on RunJessRun. To kick it off here is my fantabulous Earth Day Half playlist. Happy listening!!



#2 is officially penciled in…

It’s been a while since I’ve posted….about four weeks since I ran my very first half marathon.


Quite possibly still on a runner’s high from that dang race.

I unfortunately haven’t been doing that much running the past few weeks as a result of a busy end of the school year schedule, however I’m squeezing in my miles as much as I can to maintian somewhat of a base. The first week in July starts training session #2 of the year for something I am super stoked about…..

Sunday, October 20th 2013

And no crazy kids I will not be doing the full….yet. Half Marathon #2 coming at ya in October. I’ve heard so many amazing things about this race, the course (flat flat flat) and how flawless of an event it is, so I’m really excited to finally add this one to my race list.

Am I crazy to already be obsessing about my training plan, analyzing every detail and already entering it into my Google calendar??

Nah, I didn’t think so.


My biggest cheerleaders


My first 13.1

Spoiler alert….I ran 13.1 miles last Sunday. I ran them fastish (for me). I ran them smart and I probably ran every single one of them with a ridiculous grin on my face. I can honestly say that I loved every minute of that race. Everything went on plan, to schedule and my body responded the way I hoped and prayed it would.

It was no secret that Carly and I’s goal was to finish in sub 2. A goal that seemed trivial and irrelevant in light of the horror that unfolded the Monday before. Although we both were pumped x 1000 and so amped for this race, a part of us almost felt guilty for the giddiness and excitement.  We both strived to lay everything out on that course and run strong for Boston. Still shaken and saddened by the attacks come race day morning, we pinned our blue and yellow ribbons on and took our first strides in memory of all affected.

The weather was beautiful….sunny, high 40s and zero wind. The course was absolutely gorgeous and predominately flat. It was an out and back course with the start and finish on the track at Kenyon College. The only hill was just shy of the first mile marker with the first 3 miles running thru campus and some residential areas. Once we split from the 4 milers we hit the bike trail for the remaining 9+ miles. We were running thru dense woods, over bridges spanning sparkling rivers and streams with nothing but rolling green hills all around. Once we hit the bike trail we really got in our groove and were nailing our pace mile after mile. I had some Chomps at mile 5, passed on the Hammer Gel that was handed out at mile 8, more Chomps at mile 10 and threw some Gatorade up my nose somewhere along the way. The first 5 miles I was obsessing over my watch, glancing every 5 seconds paranoid we were running way too fast and couldn’t hang on. Our initial plan was to run the first 6 relatively conservatively, ramp up a bit mile 6-10 and then kick it into gear once we hit 10. Did we do that? Uh, not really. Did we crash and burn and go out way too fast? Nope, didn’t do that either. Did we hang on and surprise the shit out of ourselves. Hell to the yes.

Carly and I stayed together the entire time and finished within one second of each other. 1:57:03 (moi) and 1:57:04 (Carly).

1 1.00  9:19

2 1.00 8:57

3 1.00 8:33

4 1.00 8:40

5 1.00 8:58

6 1.00 9:16

7 1.00 8:51

8 1.00 8:40

9 1.00 9:01

10 1.00 8:53

11 1.00 9:04

12  1.00 8:50

13  1.00 8:42

14  0.18 7:44

1:57:04 13.18 8:53 (Garmin)

1:57:03 official chip time

10th AG (30-39), 111 overall

Proud doesn’t even begin to sum it up. Carly ended up shaving 19 minutes off of her old PR. Still so excited for her. Running with the little sis is such a blessing. I couldn’t have done it without her.

More pictures to come…..