Thanks for stopping by Laces and Lattes! My name is Jessica from Ontario, Canada and I am addicted to running and caffeine in that order. At this point, I don’t hang my hat on one particular distance in running, but I have explored the whole spectrum from varsity 5 km races to a 100 mile ultra marathon.
I haven’t always been a runner, in fact, as a child, I was absolutely useless at sports. I would spend recess eating twinkies instead of playing baseball, but it was after winning a track and field 1,000 metre dash by accident that I knew I had landed on something I could do!
I ran high school and varsity cross country and began to branch out into other types of running, getting more and more serious about it post graduation.
Some of my greatest achievements in running have been completing two ultra marathons – my first one in 2010 with a distance of 50 km and another one in 2013 for a distance of 100 miles.
When I am not running and drinking coffee, I work in marketing and advertising which translates into a lot of sitting. To combat this, I begin most of my mornings at the gym, teaching fitness classes. I have been a certified Canadian Fitness Professional through CanFitPro since 2012 and have taught everything from spin, pilates, boot camps, aerobics to a foam roll class! My personal favourite classes to teach are spin because it is fabulous cross training for running and bootcamps because you can stand and yell at people.
A huge motivator for me to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle stems from my sister, Jolene who has struggled with anorexia since the age of nine. Every run that I push through, every race I finish and every moment of discipline that I face, I think of her and her decade-long struggle with anorexia. As a result, you will read a lot about self acceptance, goal setting, team work and occasionally discussing eating disorders. I have a passion for females to embrace their beauty, their strength and their abilities and achieve more than they think possible.
Laces and Lattes is a blog about running and how it relates to life. I share the best tricks and tips I know from being a certified fitness professional and a runner myself.
To hear more about my running story, listen to my recent podcast interview on the Healthy Living Podcast Channel.
If you are brand new here, a good place to start is my top posts page to check out more of my running story and find resources for running.
Thanks for stopping by!