TSR Runner of the Week-Jenna Traube
By: Kayla Dodd
Congratulations to TSR Runner of the Week Jenna Traube! She has been on her running journey for 6 years now and loves it. Her first race was The Good Samaritan 5k in Kenova, WV in September 2012. Her current half marathon PR is 1:52 and her 5k PR is 22:40. Jenna’s current running goals are to finish the Charleston Distance Run 15-Miler on September 2 without stopping, and to complete her first marathon in October at the Peak to Creek Marathon in NC!
When asked what motivates her to run she said, “Running is a great way for me to relieve stress. I am a student at the Marshall Physical Therapy School, so running is a wonderful way to improve my fitness level as well as relax after a day of schoolwork and studying. I also love being a part of the running community and meeting people who love to run and be active.”
Her coolest running experience was at the Richmond half marathon, when a mother sprinted past her….while pushing a triple jogging stroller. “It was so inspiring to see her running with her children and completely fly by runners (like me) who were struggling to run alone.” Jenna’s current races that she is working towards are the Charleston Distance Run in September and the Peak to Creek Marathon in October. Her dream race is the NYC Marathon, one day! Jenna’s favorite running/motivational quote is “Quit waiting for an invitation. Go live your life.” – Bob Goff
Jenna’s best experience from running was finishing her first half marathon in Richmond in November 2015. “I had never run more than a 5k before and honestly never thought I would want to run a race longer than that. Being able to finish a half marathon without stopping was a great accomplishment for me, and my husband was there running the full marathon, which made it even more special.”
Her favorite brand of running shoes are usually Brooks, but currently she is running in a pair of New Balance shoes and is really enjoying them! Her favorite piece of running gear is her iPhone. “I love listening to podcasts and music while I run by myself, and I even listen with one earbud in when I run with a friend. The music in the background helps distract me from some of the more painful miles towards the end of a long run.”
When asked what advice she would give to a beginner runner Jenna said, “I would just advise them to not give up on running if they experience a bad run. Some days the last thing I feel like doing is going for a run, but those are the workouts which are the sweetest to finish since they were the most difficult to begin.” Running has not only benefitted her overall fitness, but has also helped in setting goals for herself and persevering through the difficult times. Jenna said, “Running can be very humbling, and it always reminds me to thank God for the ability to run at all. Also, one of my favorite things is to go on a run with my husband. It is nice to be able to spend quality time together while also positively impacting our health. We both love to run and hope that one day we inspire our future children to want to be active as well!” Congrats to Jenna on all of her running accomplishments, Team TSR will see you at the finish line!!!