Mentor/Coach: Jennifer Fish
Location: Iowa City, IA
Years of experience mentoring: 2
Years of experience coaching: 4
Certifications: Mental Health First Aid (National Council for Behavioral Health), USATF (USA Track & Field), Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) Endurance Coaching
Mentoring areas of specialty: Women with or in recovery from eating disorders
Coaching areas of specialty: Women’s endurance running
Running Achievements: Boston Qualifier
Why be mentored/coached by Jennifer? See what one runner had to say about her experience with Jennifer
I begin with embracing the person where she is, as she is. Self acceptance and being enough was a struggle I endured growing up and into my early adult years. I suffered anorexia as an early teen and then bulimia into my mid-teen years. As I look back over my life, I see the stages of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual recovery that mark footprints in the journey. I found the answers to my struggles. When I realized that those answers were accessible for all women with similar esteem, acceptance, and finding purpose struggles, I knew I had to share. I wanted to share. I wanted other women to know. As a volunteer mentor, my role is to partner in defining a desired relationship, to encourage recovery, and to give from my own experience in the recovery walk of another. For more information about eating disorders mentoring, contact: ANAD
My interest in running was a hope to introduce a positive, healthy activity in a time of life transition. I began running after my husband, Ben, and I 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 blissful feelings from the release of endorphins. 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. I am happy and open to introducing running as a potential positive, helpful activity for those who are seeking physical options as a means for better well-being.
The things I enjoy most are reading, writing, and mentoring relationships.
Let’s get started: I connect through referrals. For more information, please email or call me with the contact who has referred you.