Hey everyone! I hope you are all having a great week so far. I am super excited about today’s guest on the blog, Jenna Kinz. You may know her as Jennaruns on social media, and today we are going to get to know a bit more about her running journey. Along with being an avid runner, speedy racer, and marathoner, Jenna is also a dog mama who rescued her sweet greyhound, Derby. We actually met through Instagram, and it has been fun to follow along with her racing, training, and of course the videos and pictures of Derby are amazing too! I mean, who doesn’t love dogs, right? I will stop chatting there, though. We have lots to cover, so let’s get into the interview : )
1. Thank you for coming on the blog, Jenna! I’ve loved following you on social media & reading your blog, so it’s great to have you here. Let’s start with a warm up! Tell us who you are, what you do, and where you’re from.
My name is Jenna, I am from Dallas, Texas although my family is from Kansas and Minnesota, so that makes for an interesting accent! I work for AVID, a college-career readiness system for underrepresented children and I tutor math. My hobbies include running, playing the cello, and snuggling my rescue Greyhound!
2. What inspired you to lace up & run?
Well, a girl friend of mine Facebook messaged me one day and asked if I wanted to go to Las Vegas. That sounds fun!, I thought. She said she wanted to run the Rock n Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon and asked if I wanted to go, too. Hmm… seems like a big commitment… But I thought this would be a fun girl’s trip opportunity. So I got on the Rock n Roll Marathon website and noticed they were having a “special.” The full marathon was the same price as the half! Woohoo! I thought, well, if I’m going to Las Vegas, I might as well go all out! SO! There you have it. With the click of a button, I’d committed to running 26.2 miles. I honestly don’t even think I knew a marathon was 26.2 miles at the time. BUT! I took it seriously, trained my butt off, and on November 13, 2016, I became a marathoner. I’ve just kept on going ever since!
3. When it comes to distances and racing, what is your favourite distance to race? How come?
Right now I’m loving the Half Marathon distance. The distance is challenging, yet I feel that I can work on some speed with it. It’s not over as quickly as a 5K, yet doesn’t wear you down like a Marathon. In fact, I have yet to run another full marathon since Las Vegas. I’m focusing on the 13.1 distance and hoping for a PR in the 1:30’s this year!
4. When was your “Aha! I’m a runner!” moment?
Well, I truly believe that if you run, you are a runner. There is no distance or time that “justifies” someone as a runner. But since I didn’t truly commit to running until registering for the marathon in Las Vegas, that is when I look back and consider myself a “runner.” So, this was about April of 2016.
5. If you could run anywhere in the world, where would you run and why?
If I could run any race – the Boston Marathon because of it’s prestige, which I VERY quickly noticed once joining the online running community. A location I’d love to run is Berlin. I’ve never been out of the US and the Berlin Marathon just looks like an amazing and completely new experience.
6. Any big races on the horizon for 2018!?
Yes! I’m running Rock n Roll New Orleans which I’m REALLY excited about because 1. my cousin lives there so I get to spend time with her 2. I’ve never been to New Orleans and 3. I’ve recruited my dad to drive down with me! It’s going to be a great experience.
7. And finally, brag about yourself! Share a few of your most memorable & proudest accomplishments!
In 2017, my first full year of running, I snagged two huge Half Marathon PR’s that I’m really proud of in Portland and in College Station. I’ve raced less than a handful of Half Marathons and my current PR is 1:42. I’m excited to keep growing stronger as a runner and hopefully get into the 1:30’s! I’ve also placed in my Age Group in a few 5Ks, which I have never trained for! My 5K PR is 21:59. I think I have potential as a speedy runner and just need to keep on keepin’ on!
A big thank you to Jenna for joining me on the blog. Be sure to follow her blog
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to keep with her adventures!