About Me and My Life

Hi and welcome to Jess Runs Blessed. My name is Jessica Tondre and I’m a mom of 2 precious kids, Carleigh and Parker and wife to an amazing man, Dustin.

I love all things running, dogs (especially dachshunds), coffee, reading, wine and champagne (real clean), and shopping. I may be a better shopper than runner … It’s a toss up. I began collecting lululemon workout clothing in 2010 and have over 60 pairs of speed shorts for running and more jackets and winter pieces than should be allowed for a Texas gal.

This blog will be a chronicle of my running, my semi-clean eating, and other things fitness and lifestyle. I love talking about anything to do with running and fitness and love inspiring and motivating people go get moving! (Even if they aren’t running – I’ll eventually talk them into it). I enjoy talking to people and finding out where they are in their journey of life and where they want to go. So often people have gotten lost in themselves and running can really give you the time it takes to find yourself again.

I’ve been running since high school where I ran track (though cheerleading was my bread and butter). Then in college I began distance running and fell in love. As a sophomore in college my game plan was to run 6 miles a day everyday and that did me well until an overuse injury led to knee surgery in 2005. Throughout that time period I began racing 5ks/10ks sporadically and had a first marriage that ended without children. Running helped me through that tough time and has always helped me through times of uncertainty and anxiety. But as you’ll learn more about me, anxiety is pretty much my middle name and I just manifest it via focus and discipline.

I met my husband Dustin in 2007, locked him down in 2008, had our gorgeous daughter in 2009 and ran my first marathon in 2010 (before my first half). I realized I wasn’t half bad at the long distance thing and decided to continue at it in between having another child, a son in 2011, and suffering with 4 stress fractures along the way (2 tibial, femoral and second metatarsal). I also made it a goal to run throughout both my pregnancies til the end and that’s a huge belief of mine (if you can) because I loved it and it made me feel so good. So while I’m often the poster child of what not to do, I love sharing what I do (for learning purposes for myself to look back on) and maybe my blog will touch someone and impact them in a positive way. If not, that’s ok, too.

My biggest goal on the horizon right now for 2015 is to have a good fall/winter racing season. I’ve been injured left and right for the past two years (stress fracture metatarsal, torn quad, still nursing high hamstring tendinopathy) and I just want to train smart, race hard and not plateau. I have 2 more half marathons on the books for Dec 2015 and January 2016 and plan on a full for spring sometime IF I feel good. My ultimate dream is to Boston Qualify. But I want to be ready! No more disappointments. I hope you’ll follow me in my blessed journey.