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The Runner’s Life

“Thank you Mrs. Incredible for taking a picture with me!”

“Are you kidding? You’re the one running this half marathon! You are the real Mrs. Incredible!”

Jenny and Mrs. IncredibleMeet Jenny! She’s our Mrs. Incredible of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Jeff Galloway Training  Group. What makes her so incredible? Well, Jenny began running just a year ago and she’s already completed her first half marathon–the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February 2013. Anyone who can start running and cross the finish line of a half marathon in less than a year is incredible in my book.

But wait! There’s more. Jenny did it all as a military spouse and a new mom! When her husband returned from an overseas deployment as a runner, and her son was only 9 months old, Jenny decided to give running a try as well. After months of being in survival mode as a new mom, in a new job, living in a new city, Jenny said to herself, “Okay. So, I’m going to start this. I’m going to do this for myself.” Making healthy lifestyle changes became a priority.

Jenny runs because she enjoys it. Jenny says, “It’s stress relief therapy because I can do it and not have to think about anything. Plus there’s variety in running like getting to be outdoors, completing races in different places, and trying different running courses.”

Jenny first joined a running group for mothers as a beginner using interval training similar to a couch to 5k program. Incredibly, she completed her first 5k within two months of becoming a runner and keeps running to get better and to accomplish longer distances.

Because Jeff Galloway is the official RunDisney training consultant, Jenny began training using the Jeff Galloway Run/Walk/Run™ method to train for the Disney Princess Half Marathon.

 It’s more conservative than other training programs. And the body gets a chance to re-energize and the long runs don’t seem quite so long.

Jenny doesn’t like training alone because the long runs can be boring, especially during Minnesota winters when indoor running becomes a requirement. She once had to complete 100 laps around an indoor track for a training run! Not fun. During her half marathon training season, Jenny kept looking on the website for a local Twin Cities training group to join.

Although the Twin Cities Jeff Galloway Training Group kicked off its first season after Jenny’s first half marathon, she joined the group anyway. “It’s like you’re family. Everyone is so welcoming and encouraging,” Jenny says about the group. “There’s a variety of running experience, and the men bring a different perspective because they make it more competitive.”

Although she’s in her twenties, Jenny is accomplishing goals most people spend their lives dreaming about. Like slashing 4 minutes off her 10k personal best time. And she plans to complete her first marathon by January 2014. Go Jenny! I’ve never met a runner like Jenny who starts running for the first time in her life and within a year makes completing a marathon a reachable goal.

I appreciate Jenny so much because since the Jeff Galloway group first kicked off in the Twin Cities she has always been present to help and always has positive suggestions. She didn’t hesitate when I asked her to become a Pace Group Leader to support and encourage our other group members. And just last week after having to stop during one of her weekend races to help a fallen stranger get emergency help and attention, Jenny suggested we have a brief clinic on the importance of carrying ID during all runs and races.

 Jenny is the type of person you want running in your group. She’s young, ready to run, and full of drive. With the goal of accomplishing a marathon, I want to be with her every step of the way.

Although Jenny’s husband is not shown in the picture above with Mrs. Incredible, he did run the Disney Princess Half Marathon with her. She says, “it was living hell for him, but he is really supportive and ran every race with me last year.” Cheers to Jenny and her incredible journey!

We’re looking for new members to train with us! Do you have a goal of finishing a 5k, 10k, half marathon, or marathon? The Minneapolis/St. Paul Jeff Galloway Training Groups kick off new training groups this June! We’ll get you safely across any finish line including the Disney Marathon and Half Marathon in January 2014!

Jeff Galloway, Minneapolis Registration page

Join us for a FREE run and informational session on Saturday, June 1 at the Minneapolis Washburn High School track at 9:00 a.m. One lucky participant will win a FREE 12 week training session. For more information about Jeff Galloway visit his website

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