IMG_6327Hi! I’m Jackie. I’m a twenty-something, marathon running, veggie loving girl on a quest to run 26.2 in all 50 states!

I moved to Vermont in January 2014. Shortly after, I decided I wanted to run a marathon. 16 weeks and countless training miles later, I crossed the finish line with a huge sense of accomplishment, feeling instantly hooked & craving more. The rest is history. So far, I’ve completed 5 marathons!

I can’t say exactly when I made the decision to run 26.2 in all 50 states but it was somewhere in between signing up for my 2nd marathon and finishing it. Something about crossing that finish line and the thought of doing it 49+ more times, in every state was just something that really lit a fire inside of me. This is a lifetime goal of mine but plan on running as many states as possible in the next few years. Suggestions are welcome!

Early on in 2015, I made a decision to eat a plant-based diet because everything I was reading led me to believe that it was going to help me achieve my running goals. So, I stopped eating beef, pork, and poultry and couldn’t be happier. Some days I do find myself craving some chicken wings or a steak bowl from Chipotle but other than that: I really love this lifestyle change! At first I made this decision for a positive influence in my training. However, after doing much research, I now feel my reasons behind the change are a 50/50 between the running benefits and ethical reasons. I truly believe this change has made a huge impact on my running, in a good way. This isn’t my first attempt at going veg. I tried in HS. I tried in college and was bound to fail. I tried in fall of 2014, after reading Scott Jurek’s ‘Eat & Run’, but it didn’t stick. I wasn’t in the right frame of mind. I really can’t say for sure what clicked for me this time around but my body & running are thanking me.

My whole world doesn’t revolve around running though. I’ve got a wonderful boyfriend, the most amazing group of friends & the greatest family. I love to snowboard. I’m an animal lover and can’t wait to have a puppy of my own. Huge Taylor Swift fan. I could eat avocado with every meal. I can’t say the word breakfast. And a whole list of other things that make up my crazy beautiful life!

Join me on my quest to conquer each state 26.2 miles at a time!

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Yeaaaahhhh another 50 stater!! Awesome, sister!!! I’m excited to read about your conquests!!!

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    1. I’m excited to read yours as well!!!!!

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  2. Sabrina Alexandra says:

    That is really awesome! I can’t wait to follow you on your quest.

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  3. Lorrain Best says:

    Life is a journey and goals are a great part of it…. Glad you have yours… Good Luck with them and let us know when you make it to a marathon in Florida… Doesn’t Disney have one? Princess Marathon or something?

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    1. Love you Lo! I’m running Disney in Jan!!!!!!


  4. I am also a plant based runner! That’s awesome that you are aiming to run a marathon in all 50 states! I look forward to following your blog! 🙂


    1. i love your blog name, super cute! It’s all still relatively new to me but I’m enjoying the transition 🙂

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      1. Thank you very much!


  5. WOW that is such a cool goal to run a marathon in all 50 states! You go girl!
    I’m excited to read about your accomplishments 🙂

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    1. Thanks! Lifetime goal but a goal none the less!

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