Her Story: Beth Jackson, Lacing Up Again

Because nothing motivates us to stay healthy and active more than hearing stories of other athletic women, Her Sports + Fitness brings you Her Story, profiles of women like you.

Beth Jackson
Salem, Oregon

Sports: Running
Age: 27

Profession: Program coordinator for a federal advocate agency.

How I got started in sports: In 6th grade my class entered a one-mile run. Although I thought I was going to die, finishing that race led to my love of running.

Favorite spot to be active: Bush's Pasture Park in Salem and the piers in San Francisco.

Favorite fuel: Oatmeal with brown sugar and a piece of fruit.

Favorite indulgence: Homemade macaroni and cheese.

Life/sport philosophy: Exercise should not be a chore. Mix it up, enjoy your surroundings and be proud of what you accomplish.

Athletic highlights: The 2006 Hood to Coast Relay, where I achieved a PR on the first leg--an elevation drop of 2,000 feet.

Athletic goals: Continue running and complete a triathlon.

When I'm not running, I'm: Spending time with my family--Jeff and dogs Bongo and Kobe--and friends, volunteering at the Alzheimer's Network of Oregon and dancing '80s style.

Other interesting facts: I stopped running for 10 years before I was recruited for a relay race with my husband. When my feet hit the pavement again, my love for running returned, and I haven't looked back since.


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