Mentor Spotlight: Jennifer Faircloth

Jennifer FairclothQ: How long have you been a runner?

A: I've been running on and off for about 15 years, but since I started doing Fleet Feet programs in the fall of 2012, I've been able to stick with it, even through the icky winter months.

Q: What do you like best about running?

A: I love the sense of accomplishment, and all of the great friends I've made. Plus, it's a great way to spend quality time with my dog!

Q: Where is your favorite place to run?

A: Shelley Lake

Q: Favorite race experience?

A: The Army 10-Miler. I've run it 3 times and it's still my favorite race. Starting and finishing at the Pentagon and running past all of the DC monuments is inspiring and amazing. I haven't done it since I left the DC area many years ago, but hope to go back and do it again someday.

Q: Other favorite running moment(s)?

A: Seeing people I mentored in No Boundaries become half marathon finisher at Rock 'n' Roll Raleigh this past April. I hope they know what an inspiration they all are to me.

Q: How has running changed your life?

A: It's improved my health, given me life-long friends, and gets me outside on a regular basis.

Q: How many times have you mentored FF programs?

A: Four

Q: What's your favorite thing about being a mentor?

A: Watching people who start off full of self-doubt become confident runners.

Q: Any tips for new runners?

A: Take it easy. If you start off trying to go too fast, or do too much distance, you'll get frustrated and probably won't stick with it. Find a program (like NoBo) that eases you into running, and give yourself permission to start off at a slow pace.

Q: Favorite piece of running-related equipment?

A: My Garmin Forerunner 10. It's pink and it's awesome.

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