Follow This Mother!

Jessica in a post-5K glow last month
Jessica Washburn, 34, of Phoenix, is a woman who sets a goal and goes for it. Her 2011 New Year's Resolution was to run a half-marathon: She's signed up for one in November. Last month she set out to lose 20 pounds, and she's almost halfway there. And after deciding to complete her family by adopting a baby girl, she was holding her newly adopted daughter in her arms a year later. Find out more:


Best recent run: My best run as far as time was last week when I ran 3.1 miles in 25:30. I not only had a lot of energy, but felt stronger than I ever have. It was pure enjoyment…even in 90 degree heat!

Sassy Sophia.

Girl power: My 4-year-old daughter was brought to us through adoption. After having two sons, and unable to carry anymore children, I knew I wanted to have a daughter. One weekend, we were vacationing in Mexico and saw two little girls begging and playing in the dirt. I felt strongly prompted to start the process. Fast forward one year: We were chosen to adopt an adorable full Mexican girl in Las Vegas. (I share our complete adoption story on my fitness blog to spread the message of what a miracle and blessing adoption is.)

Lost but not found: Since April 18, I’ve lost nine pounds and several inches. I started off with the Medifast plan, but quickly realized I wanted to tweek it a bit so I had the energy for longer workouts. I drink tons of water, eat five or six small meals a day high in protein, one big salad per day, and for now have tried to stay away from pasta, rice, breads, and I eat fruit sparingly. I’d like to lose about 10 more pounds and continue to tone up. Eventually I’ll go back to eating everything…in moderation.

Half on the distant horizon: I’ve only run in three races but loved every one. The energy and motivation races provide is so addicting. My favorite race so far was the recent 4.2-mile Pat Tillman Run, honoring the Arizona Cardinal who joined the military after 9/11 and was killed in combat. It was great to take part in such a huge event with such an inspirational backstory. I’ve also run a few 5K’s and will attempt my first half in November and another in January.


Drinking problem: I have been amazed that by staying hydrated throughout the day, I’m able to run farther without needing water. As the temps are rising fast in Phoenix, I’m on the hunt for the perfect water carrier. I currently just carry a water bottle when running outside.

Rise and shine: I’ve always been a morning person so getting up at the crack of dawn is no problem for me. I find by getting my run in early, I can enjoy the peaceful mornings and get my day started off on the right foot. If you struggle with morning workouts, I’d say the best two tips are:
#1 Give yourself a bedtime.
#2 Set out your running clothes the night before.
Works like a charm!

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13 responses to “Follow This Mother!

  1. Unquestionably believe that which you stated. Your favorite justification appeared to be on the net the simplest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I definitely get irked while people think about worries that they just do not know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top as well as defined out the whole thing without having side effect , people could take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

  2. I know this is an old post, but her blog is now private. 🙁 If any of you have access to it, I would love you to get me the quote on her sidebar. It’s something about as soon as you see someone smiling when running, then I’ll enjoy it. Can anyone help??

  3. How inspiring! First of all, it is so touching that you saw children in need and decided to adopt one from that country. Also, it’s nice to see someone who has set goals and is reaching them! For me, signing up for races is what helps keep me motivated to workout during the week. Cheers!

  4. I love your story. And I’d also like to hear which water carrier you eventually choose. I’m in dry Colorado and need a better water solution too. Maybe a CamelBack? Anyway, looking forward to following your blog.

  5. A beautiful story, thank you for posting it. Your little girl is a darling! You’ve got a great attitude~

  6. You go Jessica! I too live in the Phoenix area and my first 1/2 marathon will be the one in November – I’ve told so many people that I am going to run it that I surely can’t back out now. I started running a little less than a year ago at age 50, so I’m rather slow, but determined!

  7. This is a woman with a mission! I love her philosophy of setting a goal, then going for it. And Sassy Sophie is absolutely adorable! Jessica, I have no doubt you will do well when you run the half marathon. You go girl!!

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