During college, Jacob agreed to train for a marathon with a friend, not imagining that he'd actually go through with it. But over four months of training, he discovered he loved distance running. He met his wife while they were both working at Fleet Feet Carrboro. After a three-year stint in Berkeley, CA, where Jacob worked at a local running-specialty store, they returned to the Triangle. They live in Raleigh with their dog, Aston, an exercise freak who makes sure they never miss a workout.