This week on That Girl we are celebrating Jessica Sebor, the editor of Women’s Running Magazine, who of course, loves running. But more than that, Jessica says that this sport makes her feel strong, powerful and confident–feelings that can totally transform a woman. Take a look at her story and be inspired to go for a run today!
St. Petersburg, FL
Editor in Chief of Women’s Running Magazine
What inspires you to get fit every day?
Running makes me feel strong, powerful and confident. I’m completely addicted to this sensation, and it inspires me to hit the roads out on a daily basis.
What do you do when you don’t feel like working out?
I’ve made running a part of my routine, so it’s really as much a part of my day as drinking coffee in the morning or brushing my teeth at night. Developing a running ritual helps me take the question, “Do I feel like working out today?” out of the equation. Even still, there are days that I just want to go home , order take out and lounge on the couch. When this happens, I put on my workout clothes, lace up my running shoes and head out the door. If I’m really not feeling it, I tell myself that it’s okay to head back inside and skip the workout. But most of the time, that’s enough to get me moving.
Favorite energizing meal:
I have an annoyingly sensitive stomach, so I can’t really indulge in pre-workout snacks. However, I love a good post-workout smoothie. I start with almond milk, add protein powder or pasturized egg whites and mix in berries, plus lots of ice. The combination of carbs, protein and hydration brings me pack to life after a long run.
What’s your favorite way to chill post-workout?
After a tough workout, I take incredible pleasure in taking a shower, changing into clean, comfortable clothes and letting the post-run satisfaction sink in. It’s the simple things. When I race with friends, I like to head to brunch afterward and refuel with some crispy potatoes and a mimosa or two.
What is your top kick-ass workout?
Anything with hills. There is nothing on earth that gets my heart rate up higher. My favorite hill workout is performed on a long hill that crests with a plateau: sprint 400 meters up hill then immediately transition to a 400 interval on the flat surface. I moved to Florida a few years ago where the land is flat as a pancake, but luckily, this workout is easy to perform on a treadmill as well.
Where is your favorite/most unique place you’ve ever exercised?
I love to run when I travel. You always find little pockets of culture when you sightsee by foot. One of the most interesting places I’ve ever discovered is a public garden in Amsterdam full of decorative sheds that looked just like miniature houses. Irrigation ditches lined the sheds, giving the impression of a tiny river.
My favorite place to run is Colorado. I’ve only been there once, but as a life-long East Coast girl, the mountain landscape completely blew me away. Honestly, I didn’t know trails that beautiful existed.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned through sports?
Confidence. Before I joined the cross country team in my freshman year of high school, I was unsure of myself and quiet to a fault. Being part of a team helped me to come out of my shell. More importantly, I started pushing myself to do things I previously thought I couldn’t. When I started the season, I wasn’t able to run half a mile without stopping. By the end, I ran a varsity 5k race. Seeing that hard work had direct dividends gave me the confidence to apply myself in other areas of my life.
Photo: courtesy of Jessica Sebor