Jessi (Jessilynn) was born in a small town in Southern Alberta Canada. She grew up on a ranch and has always loved being in the mountains. She moved around quite a bit as a child and is now living in Sandy, UT, USA.
Jessi started competing in cross country in high school but stopped due to illness, which later was diagnosed as Lyme Disease. After going through treatments in the United States, Jessi spent three consecutive summers in Kerala, India where she learned the value of meditation and building a relationship with herself.
After having her daughter, who is now seven, Jessi decided to run her first marathon. She went on to compete in many ultra-marathon distances and recently won the female division at Moab 240 in October 2020.
Jessi recently wrote a book called, Defying the Odds, which talks about her journey and how she used mental fortitude to become the person she is today.
CONTENT WARNING - Rape is mentioned and miscarriages are discussed in detail.
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Growing up in Alberta, Canada on a farm
Moving to Texas with her mum when she was in the 10th grade
Going to 15 different high schools
Her passion for ultra running, yoga and meditation
Staying in Utah
Trying different sports but never sticking at any one sport
Getting into running and falling in love with it
Becoming a PT
Having her daughter and running her first marathon
Not being a natural runner
Doing the mile test
Running at night around the farm
Running while pregnant
Having multiple miscarriages
Being active during pregnancy
Running her first marathon 4 months after having her daughter
The Boston Marathon bombing
48 hr labour
Why her first marathon was a disaster
Signing up for her first 50 mile race
Using running for therapy
Increasing the mileage and going outside her comfort zone
Feeling so nervous doing her first 100 miles
Hearing about the Moab 240 race
Breaking down the race into smaller distances
Why she enjoys the longer distances
Nutrition and problems with digestion
Having chronic lyme disease
Staying on top of hydration
Mindset and mental resilience
Why running ultra’s is like life
Being the fastest woman running Moab 240
The final stretch
Winning her first race
Being humble and wanting to be relatable
Book - Defying the Odds
Final words of advice