Jennifer Figgins Rooks

My road to running began with a wedding anniversary. Looking for a unique way to celebrate our first anniversary, my husband and I signed up for a Warrior Dash taking place on that same day. I’d never been much of a runner up to that point, but I loved the energy, comradery, and overall sense of accomplishment running races has given me.

Since then, I tackled many more 5Ks, along with 10Ks, 10 milers, and a half dozen half marathons. I have even participated in several triathlons despite an unreasonable fear of sharks lurking in lakes.

I’ll be honest, running may not be my best sport, which is a funny thing for a running coach to say. But I do believe running is one of the most incredible ways to challenge both your mind and your body, and you meet some pretty darn great people along the way! I have found running to have one of the most supportive and positive communities around.

I am a Road Runners Club of America Level I certified running coach, and I love motivating people to start moving, get outside, and test the boundaries of what they think they are capable of.

I believe that as long as you are willing to keep putting one foot in front of the other, you can achieve more than you ever thought was possible. Just remember, forward is a pace!