Interview with a Runner

Sometimes the best inspiration comes from hearing what inspires others. This week's runner, Jenna Horne, is one of those examples. We got to know Jenna through her dedicated training and involvement with Team Fox last fall. Jenna lives on the North Shore of Massachusetts with her husband and their two (very) fluffy cats. She works in the Wedding & Events industry and loves all things party planning, so it's no surprise that her most recent obsessions include DIY projects in their new home and her veggie garden as well as local craft beer (she loves checking out breweries in New England and has even dabbled a little in home-brewing). I think we know what Jenna will be drinking at the finish after her next race!

When did you start running?
I started running about 4 years ago as a way to get in shape. I’ve never been one to enjoy working out in a gym so running was a great way to get moving without being stuck inside. I ran my first 5k in 2011 and then a few months later I completed my first half marathon. Most recently I completed two marathons (New York and Boston) in the past 6 months. I'm totally hooked and can't wait for my next marathon!

Who or what inspires you to run?
My sister, Lauren, first inspired me to run. I watched her & my brother-in-law complete the Chicago Marathon in 2010 and it was so inspirational! After that I had so much more respect for running—especially marathon running. Two years later I watched her complete the Boston Marathon in 90+ degree weather. That proved to me that running a marathon is so much more than just logging miles; it’s about setting a personal goal, committing to it, and accomplishing it. Lauren is the reason I became interested in distance running. However, it was my Uncle Frank’s resolve to achieve anything while living with Parkinson’s Disease that made me want to run for my 1st marathon with Team Fox this past November. It was so amazing to have my whole family in NYC to cheer me on—especially the two people who have inspired me the most! Seeing them on the sidelines that day was a great reminder of why I love running.

What is your favorite running route? Why?
My favorite place to run is along the back shore in Gloucester, MA. I found the perfect 7 mile run right along the water. You get a nice breeze and a beautiful view- nothing better!

Favorite post-run meal?
Anything that is accompanied with a good beer.

Best piece of running advice?
Listen to your body. It's so important to be in-tune with your body and its limitations. A great piece of advice from my friend Brittney who is also a runner and NYC marathon finisher!

Are you running for fun or sport?
I run for fun and the sense of accomplishment. Growing up I was never really athletic. I love that running is something you can do at your own pace and for your own reasons.

Who would you love to run with (doesn't have to be a runner)?
I would love to run with Shalane Flanagan because she’s a hometown hero on the North Shore of Massachusetts and I’d love to get advice from her.

Favorite way to sweat other than run? 
I love to swim. Not only is it a great way to cross-train because it’s low impact on your body, but the water is also so calming.