We are truly enjoying getting to know more of you this way! Between now and race day, we’ll be featuring Hogeye runners past, present, and future in the “Meet a #HogeyeHopeful” series. If you’d like to share YOUR story, please contact racedirector@hogeyemarathon.com — we want to hear from you!

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Meet Jennifer!Jennifer_Hogeye Hopeful

We asked Jennifer a few questions that will help you get to know her better as a runner and as a #HogeyeHopeful. Thanks for chatting with us, Jennifer!

Hometown: Transplant from south Arkansas, been in Fayetteville since 1999
Profession: Owner of Senior Transitions of NWA

When did you start running?
I have always enjoyed running.  It was a stress reliever during high school and college.

WHY did you start running? 
While I had always dabbled with running, I didn’t “officially” start until about 2003.  I took a 5K training course through Feet Fleet with a friend of mine.  I have been hooked ever since.

Where do you prefer to run? Do you have a favorite route? 
I love the trails of Fayetteville.  I also love to go home to my mom’s for a long country run.  Although, I have had a few scary experiences with dogs on those beautiful Clark County roads.

What was your “I’M A RUNNER!” moment?
The 1st time I ran 18 miles.  I remember coming home with blisters and bruised toenails (plural).  I couldn’t believe that I’d just done that.

Have you run the Hogeye before, or will 2015 be your first Hogeye?
I will never forget the “HogWash of 2012”.  I ran it with a friend.  She & I got caught in the lightning and rain. Our poor husbands (read: support team) actually had it worse than us.  To read that story CLICK HERE.

If you could go back and give yourself a piece of advice as a beginner, what would it be?
Your body is stronger than you think.  It’s your mind that’s wanting to quit.

Do you run solo or with a group? 
I am without a doubt a social runner.   The old saying, “If your friends were jumping off of a bridge…?”  Yep, I’d jump.  They’ve talked me into 5:30 am runs, Marathons, running in 15 degrees, the rain, the heat, the snow. They’ve also talked me through life’s heartbreaks, rough patches, and celebrations.  I have made new and reinforced existing friendships while running.  I have loved every mile I’ve ever run thanks to my friends.

Do you have a running motto or mantra or favorite quote? 
I have several.  My favorites are “We are lapping every one on the couch.” and “If it was easy, everyone would do it.”

Why do you run the Hogeye? What makes it special? 
The Hogeye is my hometown race. I am so proud of the city of Fayetteville.  I want everyone to love it as much as I do.  The Hogeye is a perfect way to experience Fayetteville.

Is there anything we didn’t ask that you want to share? 
It doesn’t matter how fast you are.  Just get out and enjoy yourself.  You never know who you are going to meet, adventures you will experience, and sights you will see.  Oh & you might just get healthier while having all of this fun.

Thanks for sharing your story, Jennifer! See you on the trails!

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If you’d like to share YOUR story, please contact racedirector@hogeyemarathon.com — we want to hear from you! {To read past #HogeyeHopeful spotlights — CLICK HERE.}