My name is Jessica Couture, and I’m a runner in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. My other

hobbies include coffee, making art, cheeky tweets, and cute animals.

Finishers' medal from the 2016 Lululemon SeaWheeze Half Marathon
Posing with my bling at the 2016 Lululemon SeaWheeze Half Marathon

Where it all began

Me in 2010 when I was at my heaviest and most unhappy.

My running story started in summer of 2011 when I found myself underemployed and overweight. I didn’t have enough money for a gym membership but I did have some running shoes. I was your typical noob runner, going out too fast and getting frustrated at my lack of endurance.

In winter 2011 I got an awesome new job, and in fall 2012 I learned that my new job had a learn-to-run group and a corporate team that was training for the Vancouver Sun Run (a HUGE 10k). I signed up to run with them and never looked back. I learned so much training for that race, including that I needed to start with run walk intervals and lots of slow running, and that the shoes I was running in were absolute crap.

Where I am now

Me in 2017 running my strongest race to date.

5 years later and I feel like I know a lot, but it wasn’t enough to prevent me from getting injured. 2016 was not a great year for me, and 2017 is only just starting to get good again. I’m dealing with bursitis in both of my knees, but I’m working through it (physio is helping a TON).

Can I run a marathon?

My decision to train for a marathon didn’t come lightly. I’ve been tossing that idea around since 2014. When I first started running, I thought the 10k was enough for me. I don’t remember when or why I decided to run a half marathon, but I do remember exactly when I decided I wanted to train for a marathon (because it was only a couple of days ago!)

I started to feel much stronger after a month of working with a personal trainer to build up my strength, and I’m finally excited (instead of scared) about running again. I made a list of running goals and posted it to my Instagram Stories. Later that evening I was chatting with my boyfriend about it, saying “I wonder when I’ll run a marathon”. He said, “I’m sure you can get there soon.” Literally, that same moment I had an Instagram notification from a friend who said that she’s been considering running the BMO Vancouver Marathon next year and that we should train together. That was all I needed. I replied and said I’m in, let’s do this!

It’s still a while before I’ll start my official marathon training plan, but in the meantime, I have a couple of goal races, some base building, and some more strength training to do.

Starting line