Runner Redeemed: Knowing runner & fitness influencer, Jenna

Runner Redeemed, as she goes by on Instagram, is a brilliant, hardworking runner and fitness icon. Jenna, like most athletes, was born for this! During her childhood, she loved everything sports– and even aspired for a career in soccer. But now as a fitness coach, she’s making other interesting strides. In this interview we get to probe a little bit more into Jenna’s life, passions and her views on influencer marketing. Enjoy!

 

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Tell us a bit about your childhood. What were your aspirations?

Jenna: I was super active as a kid. My dad got me involved with soccer when I was 4 years old and if I wasn’t playing soccer or at school, I was playing in the backyard with my brother and sister. As a kid, I wanted to be a professional athlete from a very young age– which obviously I wasn’t- but I did want to play college soccer, which I did. 

Anything you do for fun? Hobbies? Favorite meal? Music?

Jenna: I love to run, go to the beach, hang out with my husband, Landon, and our pup, Nala. We also love watching Netflix on rainy days or going for long drives by the seaside. My favorite food is Mexican- we served it at our wedding!

 

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Very well then. So how did you become a fitness influencer/ personal trainer?

Jenna: I have always been involved with sports. When I was in college, I knew I wanted to continue being around athletics after I graduated. I played for my schools intercollegiate womens varstiy soccer team, so I was always in the gym, and around our athletic trainers.

After graduating and going through a few desk jobs, I realized that I needed to do something that let me use my passion and love for being around others. So I got in contact with a local fitness studio and worked on my certification. I started my Instagram way before this though, and would post workouts and tips for running and I got to connect with like-minded individuals and it kind of just took off from there.

 What were some of the challenges you faced when you first started? Were friends and family supportive? Did you want to/ were you under any pressures to do anything else aside this?

Jenna: Some challenges were more so internal challenges such as “what if I ‘fail’?” or fear of not being good enough. But my family and husband and friends were very supportive because they knew how much passion I had for it. There were times where I would go back and forth between wondering if I needed to do something else to feel “secure”, but I didn’t want to be so drained that I no longer enjoyed doing what I loved so I powered through and growth comes from uncomfortability, right?

 

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At 25, you sure have achieved quite a lot. How is the feeling? What is your biggest achievement so far?

Jenna: I’m actually 26, ha! But I would just say personally it’s been an amazing feeling and achievement just to reach women who I otherwise never would have had contact with if it weren’t for my social media platform. It has given me a voice to share my story and what I’ve gone through and be able to speak into the lives of others who I most likely would have never met. I also can’t believe some days that I actually am doing something that I love waking up every morning to do, because I know that’s not always the case for a lot of people.

“Personally it’s been an amazing feeling and achievement just to reach women who I otherwise never would have had contact with if it weren’t for my social media platform”

We see you interact with your followers a lot. How does that contribute to your success?

Jenna: I think being open, honest, vulnerable and real is what helps form relationships- that’s really what people want. And that’s what I want also.. I want to be able to share personal experiences and help those who are either going through the same thing or can at least relate. There are certain things I share that I have gone through, but I never had anyone to turn to that had walked through it before me. So the fact that I can be that person for some of these women I connect with is the greatest feeling.

 

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Runner Redeemed: Knowing runner & fitness influencer, Jenna
You look very fit and your body looks great too. Can you share some brief fitness and nutrition tips with us?

Jenna: Honestly, listening to your body is the best advice I can give. I know that can seem confusing or daunting, but I believe that our bodies are so smart and they truly tell us what we need. I have been at war with my body in the past and that didn’t do it or my mind any good.

Finding a lifestyle that has moderation is key- and by that I mean fueling your body with things that are ultimately good and nourishing for it, but also letting yourself enjoy the foods and experiences that make your soul happy. I choose movement and workouts that feel good for my body and while I believe discipline is huge and sometimes you have to do things you don’t want to do, I think it’s super important to make sure that with your workouts you are listening to your body and moving it in a way that feels good and empowering, and for everyone that probably looks a little different. 

“I think being open, honest, vulnerable and real is what helps form relationships-I want to be able to share personal experiences and help those who are either going through the same thing or can at least relate”

 

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People often who have low self esteem because of their bodies. Have you come across any like these? How did you motivate them?

Jenna: Yes, I come in contact with people like this every single day. I have been there myself; I think almost everyone has. And honestly I encourage them to focus on the fact that we are more than our bodies. Yes, we want to fuel them properly and exercise for our health, but in order to progress, we have to accept ourselves for how we are in this present moment. That doesn’t mean we can’t change or cant look towards change, but accepting ourselves for the state we’re in at the very moment is key, in my opinion.

Also, I encourage people to look in the mirror and say to themselves at least 5 things they love about themselves, every single day. Because I believe the mind is so powerful, and the more we feed it positive self affirmations, the more we start to believe it and then we can change the way we feel and think about ourselves.

 

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As a fitness influencer, how do you usually spend your day? How do you balance family life with your work?

Jenna:  Well since I’m a personal trainer at a local fitness studio, I spend a majority of the day there. You know, working with clients and then planning during my break times. But I have set a personal boundary to be done work by 6, so that way I can be home with my husband.

I also only work a few hours on the weekends as well, because my husband is home then and I think that time together where we don’t have to focus on work or tasks is incredibly important.

Great! How about a little secret? Let us in on something your followers don’t know about you.

Jenna: Something people may not know about me is I have 3 tattoos; 1 that is my moms handwriting, 1 is a special saying with my dad and the last one is an extremely important word that is a constant reminder to me. 

“I encourage people to look in the mirror and say to themselves at least 5 things they love about themselves, every single day”

Do you encounter negativity often in this career path? How do you deal with it?

Jenna: Yes I mean I think the type of negativity I encounter is more so people being negative towards themselves, which brings me back to my response in question 8. Thankfully, I don’t really ever deal with anyone being mean or negative to me which I really appreciate.

 

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Finally, some people think influencing lacks the element of “authenticity”. What’s your view on this? Do you think everyone is faking it?

Jenna: I know a lot of influencers who are not faking it. At least a majority of the ones I’m constantly in contact with. Most people have a certain type of “population” or community that they influence, because they are incredibly passionate about a topic which draws people in. At least those are the only influencers I follow- the ones you can tell are incredibly genuine, consistent, and passionate about what they share. 

You can keep up with Jenna on her Instagram, Runner Redeemed 😉

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Amanda Lucy

AMANDA IS A 25 YEAR OLD COLLEGE GRADUATE. LOVES MUSIC,DANCE AND IS AN ARDENT USER OF THE INTERNET. YOU CAN FOLLOW HER INSTAGRAM @nana_yaba. SHE STARTED WRITING FOR INFLEUR IN NOVEMBER 2017

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