About Jess

Welcome to Mile High Jess!

When I started this blog nearly a decade ago, it was purely as a way to keep my friends and family updated on training for my second marathon. I was training with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Association’s Team in Training Program and working hard to raise money for the cause. Over the years it’s transformed into more of a lifestyle blog where I share the ins and outs of my life as a runner, wife, mother of two beautiful kids and 30-ish year old woman.

We relocated from Colorado to the Twin Cities a few years ago. In a quest to make new friends I joined my local chapter of Moms Run This Town. This group is so much more than a running group. I’ve found friends, training partners and so much love and support. It also made me realize that I can do more than achieve my own running goals, I can help others reach theirs as well. I recently became an RRCA Level 1 Certified Running Coach. I’m really excited to get started while continuing on my own journey. I am currently training for my first Boston Marathon after qualifying in May.

I recently started the Twin Cities affiliate of Support the Girls. Feeling a need to get back into the nonprofit sector, I’m excited to be involved with this organization. Support the Girls collects gently used/new bras, new underwear and feminine hygiene products for homeless women. All donations are distributed to homeless and domestic abuse shelters, as well as, other organizations that support women and at-risk youth. We’re off to a great start. If you are interested in more information or getting involved, please contact me.

Thanks for stopping by!

6 thoughts on “About Jess

  1. Hi! I just found your blog after you posted the link in a babycenter post about being a working mom and wanted to introduce myself! I live in Laramie, WY so we’re neighbors and I am really wanting to take up running too but, like you when you started running, not because I enjoy it. I just want something I can routinely do that is good for my health! I have two kids – a son born in September 2010 and a daughter born in May 2012. I work full-time as an accountant. I’m wondering if you have any tips for starting out with my running habit?

    • Hi Nichole! Thanks for coming over to visit. What really helped me in the beginning was starting off slow and setting small goals. This was especially helpful when I starting running again postpartum. I started with a program like the Couch to 5k (C25K). That way I had a goal and I had a plan for running each week. Once I was able to run a mile without walking, my next goal was to run two miles with out walking (or not feeling like I may die) and so on and so forth. It was not at all about pace in the beginning, just trying to build endurance. Feel free to shoot me an email at walker.jessa@gmail.com.

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