Running On Average

About WR

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.


  1. Leave a Reply

    February 18, 2015

    I am new to your blog, but am also a distance runner with newly diagnosed colitis. Trying to figure it all out, get healthy, and start running again! Very happy to have found you 🙂

    • Leave a Reply

      March 6, 2015

      Hi, and thanks for stopping by! So sorry to hear about your diagnosis- it’s a tough disease!
      I’m still trying to figure out how to balance it with running, too. It definitely can be hard to navigate. If you have any questions, just let me know, and I’ll try to help you out, although I only have experience to speak from, no professional advice! haha Good luck on getting healthy! 🙂

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