Hey! I’m Jess.
Originally this blog was meant to share my running, racing and traveling adventures, but well, life. It just happens. Constantly. And you can’t stop it.
When I started writing, I was living on my own (read: with my parents), running a lot, with big dreams of traveling. Then I moved across the state to live with my boyfriend and start a new job. Then I had a serious colitis flare that lasted months. Then my boyfriend proposed. Cue the craziness that is long distance wedding planning. Then, November 8, 2014, we got married- the best day of my life!
So here I am, a newly wed with a passion for life. Wanderlust Running sounds like it should be about traveling and running, but in truth, it’s about so much more than that. It’s about a desire to chase down adventures, to experience life wherever it may take me. Sometimes it’s big races, other days it’s traveling somewhere new, still other days it’s simply baking a batch of cookies or having a T. Swift dance party with my husband…or both.
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.”
-Henry David Thoreau
That’s what I want my life to be about. Sucking out all the marrow of life. And I admit, with an 8-5 job in a cube farm it can be difficult to see it that way. But that’s my challenge to myself.
If you’re really intrigued, keep reading for a little more about me!
I was born and raised in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, but now live in Pittsburgh, PA.
My senior year of high school I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, an autoimmune digestive disease. I am still trying to figure it out and this can make running…or even leaving the house…very difficult some days. It plays a large, stubborn role in my life.
I played rugby (#7) and ran track (55, 100, 200m sprints) in college. It wasn’t until two years after college that I got “serious” about running and started distance running and signing up for races.
I co-founded and co-coached my old high school’s boys rugby team for three years and we went to championships every year.
I LOVE FOOD. Period. End of story.