Stepping Out of my Comfort Zone

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Each morning I wake up to a motivational quote from Runner’s World. This couldn’t have been more perfect for yesterday, as I was preparing for my VERY first trail run with a girlfriend.

We met at Ridley Creek Park bright and early for a brisk run through the woods.

I think I was most worried about getting injured or falling, but nearly an hour later and we were done. No fall, no injuries! Time flew by, and it was one of the most challenging and fun runs I’ve ever done. I was blessed to have Des lead me through and guide me on how to climb and take downhills.

It was simply gorgeous and serene, the perfect way to start the day. It was just us, our breath, and the leaves crunching below us, while the sun rose.

Ridley Creek Park | White Trail



Ran some additional road miles up to speed to round out 10 miles to start the day before the snow!

Spent the afternoon getting a tune up at Massage Envy; a 90 minute deep tissue to help my sciatic nerve pain. This week I crushed it on taking care of my body…

Monday: Ortho

Wednesday: Chiro and PT

Friday: Trails and Deep Tissue



Massage Envy
Massage Envy


Eye doctor and first coffee in two weeks! And of course head-to-toe Oiselle.

Needless to say, dinner included all the pasta with the fam!!!

Before we even left dinner the snow was coming down… so we had perfect reason to snuggle up and stay in to finish Netflix’s “Making A Murderer.” And finish up Suzy Favor Hamilton’s memoir, “Fast Girl.”



Hope you have a fun weekend! Stay warm, and bundle up if you are on the East coast. If you aren’t, then I’m just jealous.

Living with Purpose and Passion…

As each year comes to a close, we begin to prepare for brand new chapter, a new beginning and set goals for the year ahead. A number of people focus on resolutions to get healthy aka lose weight, travel aka finally take that vacation, accomplish new household task, do more, do less, the list is never ending. I never spent much time on resolutions, I guess I never really focused on the beginning and the end so much. Time just kept on going.

That all changed when I was 29, and entering the year I would turn 30. Something shifted as I reflected on what had been amazing decade of love, adventure, and excitement. I’m not sure if it was out of fear or of the general curiosity of how much things in life would change.

Spoiler alert for those of you preparing for this. It doesn’t. Life keeps happening for better or worse as it always had.

However, I made a commitment to myself to do things with purpose from that point and focus on the things that truly made me happy, cherish the sweet moments, and appreciate everything that comes my way. So it was that January were I began writing out my goals for the year.

Is it me or when you actually write something down do you feel more accountable to them? Things written down, just become, well, more real. I supposed that’s why this blog. and many others are so meaningful. It’s real.

My first list, looked something like this: 2014 cal

Every so often I’d take a moment to review it and see how far I’ve come. It was gratifying to see that just with living my life with a purpose and more passion, it was easy to accomplish the things I had wanted.

As you’ve probably have guessed, I’m a runner. Life as a runner can involve a lot of dedication and training and goal setting so a number of my goals were related to my training, but that made it even more exciting to accomplish. Writing down my running goals was something I had already done, so it gave me the mindset.

I ran races, crossed trained more effectively, cooked more, traveled, and focused on myself. Each year since, I’ve gotten into a routine of goal setting, and it’s truly made me more optimistic person, as I reflect on the year and see that I’ve accomplished what I set out to do… with purpose.

So why am I telling you this. Well for one it’s January — and excellent time for planning ahead, but really because each year there was only one goal that I never even made headway on. Why? I’m not so sure. But it’s been eating at me and I just had to do something about it. I always put it back on the list, because I knew inside it was something I wanted to do.


While, I may be a runner by morning… I am a writer by day, professionally. However, I’ve always dreamed of writing a novel, but as my love for running and the community around the sport has grown, my focus has shifted.

So, while January is coming to an end. This is just the beginning for “Jenny Runs the World.”

Live with purpose. Live with passion. Live the hell out of this life.