Jessica is a trail runner who enjoys a sprinkle of road races now and again. She is a lifelong runner and began trail running in 2018. Originally from the flatlands of Iowa, Jessica now lives in San Diego, California.
Jessica’s background is in scientific research and education – she has a B.S. in Biology & Environmental Science and a Master’s in Science Education. While at Iowa State, Jessica was a Women’s Captain of the Iowa State University Running Club for 2 years, where her main jobs were to co-create training plans and lead training runs while also creating an inclusive environment for women on the team.
Jessica is a certified ultrarunning coach through UESCA and is the first recipient of the Coaches of Color Initiative (COCI) apprenticeship grant. Through COCI, Jessica has had the opportunity to connect with and shadow some of the top coaches and figures in the running world.
Have you ever seen a poppy Right before she blooms? Head held heavy, hung low sinking You'd think filled with sorrow But she's teeming with new life And flourished with dreams And although harsh winters are woven in her seeds She punches through, her resilience stampedes Wake up It's not the end It's just the beginning
1)Science-based approaches – As a huge science nerd, I enjoy staying up-to-date in the latest research in training, nutrition, and all things running. There is a lot of research out there that can help us guide our training. On that note, I also recognize that there are many biases present in the science-world, such as gender and accessibility to certain resources. My goal is to apply scientific principles as best possible to my athletes as individuals, while also making sure they are educated in best practices so they know the “why” behind the basis of their training.
2) Being human comes first – “The perfect workout is the workout you can do, right now, perfectly.” Science is cool… but we do not live in a lab! Training should take into account the athlete’s life, stresses, and current abilities. We all have busy lives, jobs, families, etc. and we cannot devote all of our time to running (as fun as that would be!). There’s no “catch-all ‘perfect’ workout” that we can apply to everyone, we must consider an athlete’s life first!
3) In it for the “long run” – Longevity and overall happiness is key when it comes to our life as athletes! A large portion of training should be at ‘low-intensity’ not only to maximize performance, but also to promote excitement towards training, to allow time for adventuring, and so we can really push on those hard efforts. Nutrition, REST and recovery, and strength and mobility and just a few key things to focus on throughout the process to promote longevity in the sport. The goal is to have a lifetime of happiness in running so we can continue to enjoy the process as long as we wish!
4) Running on kindness – I think it can be really easy, especially as athletes, to be really harsh on ourselves. This is NOT the goal! While also promoting kindness to others and our planet, I think it is most important to display kindness towards OURSELVES. I hope to promote a safe environment for ALL, no matter your background or identities, and encourage a space for you to be proud of yourself. Running isn’t always easy, and life isn’t always easy either, but you are a badass with the potential for anything you set your mind to!