10 Ques­tions

Cover Ath­lete Jes­sica Mueller

Canadian Running - - SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER 2017 -

Cal­gary’s Jes­sica Mueller took a crack at her first marathon in 2011. “Run­ning a marathon was on my bucket list so I set off to Van­cou­ver to ful­fill a life dream,” she says. To her sur­prise, she crushed it with lit­tle train­ing and even scored a Bos­ton qual­i­fy­ing time. “The rest is his­tory,” she laughs, look­ing back, as to­day she’s ob­sessed with the dis­tance. Mueller has now com­pleted 22 marathons (and count­ing), ran the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim-to-rim in a day and won two Cana­dian na­tional 50k ti­tles. She’s also got an ob­ses­sion with Bos­ton. “I’ve run it six con­sec­u­tive years now, and I hope to run 10 in a row,” she says.

1 What would you say are your defin­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics as a run­ner?

I’m pretty men­tally tough and com­pet­i­tive. I have learned to work through the highs and lows of marathon train­ing and rac­ing. Along with men­tal en­durance comes pa­tience, per­sis­tence and con­fi­dence. I al­ways do the very best I can in each race.

2 What do you ad­mire most in an­other run­ner?

I am al­ways amazed at all the run­ners who get out to run, es­pe­cially phys­i­cally chal­lenged ath­letes. I ad­mire their per­se­ver­ance and know each one of them have over­come some sort of chal­lenge to get where they are to­day. They give me the mo­ti­va­tion and in­spi­ra­tion to keep me go­ing.

3 What is your idea of hap­pi­ness?

Hawaii is my favourite place on Earth. Also, com­plet­ing a morn­ing run be­fore I start a busy day.

4 Who are your ath­letic he­roes?

All my in­cred­i­ble run­ning friends. All of them have in­spired me in some way. My fa­ther, who just turned 60 last year, started run­ning only a few years ago and he con­tin­ues to in­spire me with his ded­i­ca­tion to his new found sport.

5 Where would you like to live?

I love Cal­gary. I am proud to be a Cal­gar­ian and hope my life’s jour­ney keeps me here.

6 What is your great­est run­ning-re­lated re­gret?

I fell in love with run­ning when I was 11 years old. I com­pet­i­tively fig­ure skated in my youth and I sadly had to pick one over the other.

7 What is your great­est fear?

Run­ning into a bear. I ab­so­lutely love trail run­ning but I am so scared of bears that I tend to stay on the road. I am a ner­vous wreck when run­ning in the wilder­ness. It’s a strug­gle for me be­cause I’m oth­er­wise ad­ven­tur­ous. My friends know I’ll only go to the moun­tains when there’s a huge group of us.

8 If you could change one thing about your­self, what would it be?

I’m too hard on my­self if my race re­sults aren’t what I had hoped. But over time, I am learn­ing that not ev­ery race is go­ing to re­sult in a per­sonal best so I just do my best on that day.

9 What’s one thing you can’t live with­out?

I can’t live with­out my train­ing. I’m so thank­ful for my morn­ing runs with my best friend and I love the run­ning com­mu­nity as a whole. Run­ning is more than just putting a pair of shoes on. It keeps me phys­i­cally and men­tally fit and I have a lot of fun do­ing it. Run­ning is my life.

10 What is your motto?

No pain, no gain. Head up, spirit up!

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