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Running with Soul: Meet Jenna (#8)

Featured Runner: Jenna

Name/Nickname: Jenna/ Fitness and the City (blog)

How many years have you been running?

 I have been running organized events for about 4 years now and addicted!

Little bit about yourself:

I am a full time working gal and absolutely LOVE my job in the cosmetics industry. I live in the beautiful city of San Francisco and when I'm not working I spend every moment I can dedicating myself to all things health and fitness. I love running through my neighborhood to the golden gate bridge, hitting the gym with my amazing gym buddy and boyfriend, exploring new restaurants and living life to the fullest. I love to travel, write, shop, the usual girly things. :)

Who or what inspires you to run?

I inspire myself! It's up to YOU to find your own motivation.

What is your running mantra?

 I don’t stop when Im tired, I stop when Im done.

What is your favorite running/fitness blog?

 Mine ;) no just kidding; I love MizFit, Fitnessista, FitSugar, Blogilates and many many more.

What has been your most memorable race?

 My first marathon- San Francisco Full this past year!! I will never forget it. I went into the race only planning to run the half. I didn’t even train for a full (nowhere near!!). I ran it with a close friend who was running the full and said to her in the 3rd mile or so "How amazing would it be if I ran the whole thing." And that's exactly what I did. I decided when I got to mile 13 and took the full marathon route. Called my boyfriend and told him I was running the full and of course he didn’t know what to say. The motivation from my friend Luba was incredible. I couldn’t have done it without her! I was hurting in the last few miles, but we made it and got extremely emotional as we were approaching the finish line. We both finished our first marathon, with an amazing time. It was the best experience of my life so far!

What is your dream race? (Besides Boston)

Paris Marathon...and I'm running in 2014!!!

What are you currently training for?

 I will start training for Paris in January. Can't wait.

What one piece of running gear can you not live without?

 My compression sleeves!! I use them on my legs and would not survive a long run without them.

If you could share any words of advice/encouragement to a new runner, what would it be?

 KEEP GOING. Don’t give up. It takes time to reach any fitness goal and nothing happens overnight. Be consistent and you will see results. Start now and a year from now you can look back and see how far you've come.

 Be sure to follow Jenna on her journey:

Thank you so much Jenna! Congrats on completing your first full marathon! We cannot wait to hear all about your training and marathon in Paris. It is so amazing all the places running can take us.

Be sure to stop by next week as another runner share their journey of running with soul.

Happy Running!

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