Who is Hot Bird Running?

Hot Bird Running believes running is fun, social and a lifestyle sport! We promote long-term wellness and a fitness focused approach to running. Our coaches work closely with each client to create a plan that matches their lifestyle, fitness and goals. Whether you are looking to start running, run a marathon, achieve your personal best or return from an injury, Hot Bird Running will help you achieve your goals.

About our namesake: Jessica and Meghan started Hot Bird Running in 2011.  While training together for their respective marathons the Hot Bird Bar-B-Q mural became a landmark point on their long runs. The bright yellow “Hot Bird, New York's Best Chicken & Ribs 4 Blocks Back,” advertisement painted on the side of a building for a BBQ joint that closed back in the early 1990's provided endless conversation and stories. It became a goal: get to Hot Bird and we’ll get water; get to Hot Bird and we’ll refuel.  Hot Bird helped them get through their long runs and accomplish both of their goal marathon times. It only seemed natural to name their coaching business in honor of it. 

Co-Founder Jessica Green, is an outdoor enthusiast and believes in the unlimited power of outdoor activities to improve one’s life.  Jessica is a USATF and RRCA Certified Running Coach, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and certified Pre- and Post-Natal Corrective Exercise Specialist.

As a multi-sport athlete growing up, she started running as a way to train for soccer, downhill skiing and tennis. At the culmination of her collegiate soccer career, Jessica replaced soccer with running. Jessica’s coaching philosophy focuses on proper running education and inspiring the individual to commit to running for life. Jessica is available for private and group training in Portland, Oregon in addition to virtual coaching. Since the birth of her first child in 2013, she has a special interest in working with pre- and post-natal runners.

Co-Founder Meghan Reynolds, a USATF  and RRCA Certified Running Coach, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and Yoga Instructor, is a runner, a yogi and a fitness enthusiast. Meghan credits her running accomplishments over the last 6 years to her dedication to cross-training, yoga and allowing herself and her body to recover properly after her rigorous running schedules. As a coach, Meghan uses her extensive background in endurance sports, yoga and cross-training activities to create fun and balanced training programs enabling runners to achieve their personal goals. 


Rebecca "Bex" Burkett is a USATF Certified Running Coach. In addition to running marathons, ultramarathons, and countless half and shorter distance races, Bex practices yoga, takes Crossfit and spin classes, swims, and rock climbs. After being in charge of lululemon athletica’s run club in Brooklyn, she decided to get her coaching certification so she could help others achieve their fitness goals. Bex recently received her MSW and plans to take a holistic approach to mental health, integrating health, wellness, and fitness with her therapeutic practice. She loves learning about people and helping them become their best selves.


Ashlee Willaman is a marathoner, ultramarathoner, RRCA Certified Run Coach and Yogaworks 500-hour certified teacher specializing in Yoga for Runners and Athletes. Having been a runner and yogi since her teenage years, she knows the importance of restoring balance to the body in order to recover faster, avoid injuries and train harder. She teaches yoga at various locations throughout NYC. Her classes focus on alignment and practicing awareness of the body in real practical terms. She finds that yoga and running have a lot of crossover. The deep breathing and quieting of the mind practiced in yoga can be very helpful in the last miles of a marathon. Ashlee is a founding partner of Samamkaya, the only cooperatively owned and run yoga studio dedicated exclusively to back care & scoliosis where she teaches yoga for athletes with a focus on back care and dealing with athletic injuries.