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Throwback Thursday: Glory Days

Like many runners, I ran cross-country in high school. Freshman year was the first time the brand-new school had a team, and there were eight of us. Practices were simple, neither us nor the coaches had any idea what we were doing. “Run to this point and back” were the only instructions. We ran without water or watches, in cotton t-shirts, and fueling usually involved a candy bar from the vending machine. The size of team grew over the next three years, but nothing else really changed. The irony of it all? I was fast back then! This picture is from my sophomore year, when I placed second at the league meet with a time of 21 minutes and some seconds (way too long to remember anymore).

Cross Country #TBT

It’s been fourteen years since I raced. I tried channeling 16-year old Jessica in this morning’s 5K run and pushed myself for a faster time. I think teenage me laughed a little bit, but hopefully still feels proud! I’m certainly a lot healthier than I used to be, and the vending machine snacks and poor training are distant memories. 28 minutes and some seconds is quite a bit slower, but all things considered still feels pretty awesome.

❤ Jessica


Hello, RunShine!

Morning sunshine!

That is often my first text of the day, sent bright and early from my running buddy. I know that this is partly because I am a bonafide morning person. I’m often up before the rest of the house starts to stir, lacing up my shoes for a run, finishing up orders, or getting a jump start on a project-in-progress. But I also like to think it’s because I wake up with energy, a positive feeling that today is going to SHINE.

The energy I’ve felt since I launched RunShine a few short weeks ago has been electrifying. The running community (the small portion of it that I have found through social media) is one of the most supportive and creative groups of people I have ever seen. My small goal of getting back in shape after having my daughter has sparked a passion with serious staying power. I’m beyond excited to see how this seedling of an idea grows in the upcoming weeks, months, and years.

Enough of that! There are plenty of bloggers out there who wax poetic about life and dreams and goals. You won’t hear that from me unless I’m discussing my PR for a half marathon. This blog will be about race recaps and bling and beer, because well, you know…

Will Run For Beer

So check out the new site, let me know what you think, and join the community!

❤ Jessica