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Name: Jen Rawson

Location: Calgary, AB


Twitter: prettylilgrub

Instagram: prettylilgrub

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Jen Rawson

Favorite Quote:

“The miracle isn’t that I finished, the miracle is that I had the courage to start.”  Running has never been something that came naturally to me. I signed up for my first half-marathon on a whim because I wanted something to challenge me. Even now, years into running and after completing my first marathon, running is still a huge challenge. I work for every single step that I take. I never thought I would have finished a marathon but I persevered and it’s my goal to inspire others to take that first step and prove to themselves how strong they are and what they can accomplish.

Why do you run?

I run for so many reasons. I run to keep myself healthy, I run for the fun of it, I run for the challenge but I probably mostly run because of the running community.  Since getting into running I have learnt that the running community is filled with so many supportive people. There is nothing more bonding than going for post race beers and talking about the course with new found friends you met during the race.

Favorite place to run:

Anywhere and everywhere. I use running as my sightseeing. I love exploring not only my own city but every city I travel to. There is nothing quite like seeing a place on foot.

Running gear you can not live without:

My Mizuno Wave Inspires, my Garmin watch & an awesome playlist to keep me motivated.

When not running where would we find you?

Hopefully traveling. I make travelling my life mission and one of my top priorities. Putting running together with traveling makes it even better.

Favorite post race fuel:

Immediately after a race I like chocolate milk because I can’t stomach any food for a while. But a few hours later I want doughnuts. All the doughnuts…

Song you want to hear at the finish line:

I’m a Survivor by Destiny’s Child.  I know it seems super corny but during my first half marathon I forgot my iPod. I struggled through that race but I just kept singing that song over and over to myself to keep myself moving forward. Now every time I run a race I make sure that song is on my playlist and every time I cross a finish line I truly feel like a survivor!