Introducing Welcome Committee members Jessica Ippolito and Jenn Monroe!
How many years have you been running?
Jess: 5 or 6?
Jenn: Five consistently but off and on for nine or 10
What made you start running?
Jess: I needed to get off my butt and do something, so I started Couch to 5k and my first race was the Rock n Race in Concord, NH.
Jenn: When I first moved to NH it was because I was asked to be part of a Reach the Beach team. Since I’ve been running consistently it has been to stay healthy and active.
What keeps you motivated to continue running?
Jess: The feeling I get when I’m done. I feel so accomplished. Also, I love that my 4-year-old feels like he wants to be a runner some day because he sees me running.
Jenn: Running is how I stay connected to nature and my friends, and how I manage my anxiety.
What do you do when you are not running?
Jess: I spend most of my time with my little guy. I also read a LOT- just about anything! I can also crochet and knit.
Jenn: I mom, I write, and I teach writing.
What was your first race?
Jess: As I said a bit earlier, it was the Rock n Race in Concord. I did it with my sister and a friend, and I felt incredible and so accomplished when I was done.
Jenn: Reach the Beach.
What was your favorite race?
Jess: My favorite race was Wallis Sands—my 2nd 1/2 marathon. I ran it with my BRF and my family was there waiting for me when I was done.
Jenn: Right now I’d say it is the NH Half Marathon in Bristol. I’ve run it twice and PRed both times. The course isn’t easy, but the race is small, well-organized, and I’ve always had one of my BRFs as company.
Most memorable run?
Jess: The end of the Jingle Bell 1/2- I was super emotional and just wanted to be done, so I’m running to the finish line and my husband and 4-year-old–who I didn’t know were coming–were there to surprise me. I had blinders on, and all I could see was the finish line, so my little guy started running after me yelling, “mama, why won’t you stop?!” “Mama, I’m right here!” I finally saw him and just started crying and he said, “mama, why are you crying?” and I said “that was a really hard race and I didn’t finish like I wanted to”and he said, “but you finished didn’t you?” Made me cry even harder!
Jenn: My 28-mile training run in preparation for my first ultra marathon. It is memorable because I suffered through most of it. I did the majority of it outside in the cold but had to complete it on a treadmill at the YMCA. I was crying and trying not to vomit for miles 27 and 28. The next day I had to get up and run 15 more miles, and I did, fueled by the knowledge that 1. How I felt the day before most likely would be the worst I’d ever feel and 2. It didn’t break me.
Why do you love SRTT-NH?
Jess: I have made some of the best friendships I’ll ever had and joined a community I didn’t even know I could be a part of.
Jenn: I would not have done any of the crazy running things I’ve accomplished without this group. This includes a 55-miler and running (sort of) up the Mt. Washington Auto Road. There is almost always someone willing to run with me, even when I make them do miles and miles of hills. Also, I’ve made such good friends who I would not have met otherwise.