Gwen Jorgensen

After all that you accomplished, what drives you to continue running?

I strive to improve every day. It doesn't always happen, but it keeps me motivated. I know every day I can't improve a ton, but if I can do one thing better every day, slowly I can get better. I also just love to swim, bike and run.


How do you motivate yourself on days when you don't feel like running?

Running is part of my job, and there are many days I wake up unmotivated. It could be cold and rainy outside or I could be sore, making every step painful. Days like these are hard, but I gain motivation from knowing that I am blessed. Not everyone is able to swim, bike and run.


On average, how many times and miles do you run a month?

I run about five to seven times a week and average around 60km a week.


What's the weirdest or funniest thing that ever happened to you while running?

This is a tough one! Sometimes I have bathroom emergencies, but these are not funny matters and I'm very grateful for port potties on trails when this occurs.


What are your favorite types of fuel for running and why?

I love Red Bull (tropical edition). It is easy on my stomach and helps give me energy on the days that I'm struggling.


What's your favorite cheat food & drink?

I love all foods and eat a lot of rice, potatoes, oats, meat, veggies, fruit, cheese and yogurt. I also eat chocolate every day. Not sure if chocolate is a "cheat" food if I have it after every meal. I find that you shouldn't restrict something in your diet. If your body is craving it, you should likely give it to your body. I also have a glass of wine some nights.


Do you like ice baths? Why or why not?

I do not use ice baths, but know that a lot of runners do. I believe more in foam rolling and massage to aid in recovery. I do use a cold shower to help cool my body down after a hard workout.


What's the most important tip you like to give new runners?

Start out slowly. Don't drastically change your weekly mileage. You need to gradually build into running to keep your body healthy. The first few weeks of running are the toughest. I find that once I'm in shape, I enjoy running a lot more.


What is your favorite running accomplishment so far?

I have goals that I have met, and that have been very special to me, but honestly my favorite thing about running is that I'm able to do it. I'm so grateful I am healthy and able to run. It clears my mind and refreshes my soul.


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