Mentoring is sharing life in healthy relationship. It began for me when I opened to a part of my past, now three decades gone. This was the time in my childhood years where the onset of low self-esteem and insecurity took root, and then lay buried. I was inspired to unbury and revisit this time, to look at it for its potential, for the possibility of a changed outcome. Self acceptance and being enough were struggles I endured growing up. I suffered anorexia as an early teen and then bulimia until I was almost 16. As I look back over my life, I see not only the physical stage of recovery, but also the mental, emotional and spiritual growth and healing that mark milestones in my journey to well-being. After 3 decades physically recovered from bulimia without a single relapse, I found a better outcome than a piece of my past buried and “dead”. As a volunteer mentor for women in recovery from eating disorders, I partner in defining a desired relationship, encouraging recovery, and if desired by a mentee, giving from my own experience.
I began running as an attempt to engage in an interest of my husband’s. He’d been running since high school, and I after we had two of our three children. Those first miles, in 2006, weren’t easy, but starting to run brought many benefits, including physical energy, mental clarity, and the natural endorphin “feel good”. I began to notice that I was sleeping more soundly at night and my digestion was soothed and smoothed. I also recognized a breakthrough in that distance running, even a couple of miles at the time, wasn’t a vision of myself I ever had. And, here I was doing it and receiving benefits from it. These were compelling enough to keep me running. I enjoy learning about others’ running journeys – learning about how running has become an interest or is an interest in other’s lives. I also enjoy sharing my own running journey, as it relates to strides I experienced in physical, mental, and emotional well-being. My coaching focuses on running as a potential positive, helpful source for those who are seeking physical options as a means for better well-being.
Why be coached by Jennifer? See what one runner had to say about her experience with Jennifer
Supportive Certifications & Qualifications: Mental Health First Aid (National Council for Behavioral Health), USATF (USA Track & Field), Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) Endurance Coaching, Boston Qualifier
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