We are so excited to introduce this month's influencer, Jessica! We asked her to test out our Active Heel Cushions to see if it could help with her marathon training goals! Read on for her story and use discount code 'ACTIVE20' for 20% off a pair of our Active Heel Cushions now through September 18, 2020!
- Name – Jessica Patterson
- Where do you live? Anaheim Hills, Ca
- What type of athlete are you (recreational/pro/leisure)?
Definitely not a pro but a little more than recreational. I take my races seriously and hope to qualify for Boston in the near future.
- How long have you been participating in this sport?
Since mid-2015. So, a little over 5 years.
- What is your training regimen?
Most of the time I run 5 to 6 days a week. This includes speed work, hill repeats, easy and long runs. Usually ends up being around 35-40 miles a week but can get up to 50/60 during peak week of training.
- What challenges did you face as an athlete before using our product (pain from contact running/walking/etc.)?
I sometimes suffer from symptoms related to plantar fasciitis especially walking around during the day after my runs. Sometimes by the end of the day my heel hurts so bad I can barely walk.
- What is your impression of the Silipos product we sent you? How did it add value to you? What did you like about it? How has using this product make your life easier/better? Did it help with the pain you were experiencing?
I was impressed with the sleekness of the Active Heel Cushions. Once I slipped them into my shoes, I completely forgot they were there. I went for a hike and walking around all day with no heel pain whatsoever.
- Would you recommend this Silipos product to other athletes? Why?
Yes, I believe the Active Heel cushions would be a valuable addition to a healthy injury prevention plan.
- What is something that your followers do not know about you, that you find to be very important to your personal lifestyle?
I’m pretty open about myself on my social media accounts. People tend to only share the best of the best. I try to share the ups and down of my life. Be as real as possible. I’m pretty much an open book.
- What keeps you motivated when you are faced with challenges?
Motivation can only get you so far. When faced with challenges in life, during a grueling run or strength session its pure determination, dedication and discipline that get me through. I know if I just push through, I will come out stronger on the other side.
- How do you structure your days?
Being a full-time working mom of two very active boys and wife to my amazing husband having my days structured is a must. My alarm goes off between 4:00 and 4:30am. I get out for my run within a half hour. Two to three days out of the week, my run is followed by 20-30 mins of strength training. Followed by getting my sons fed, dressed and ready for school. Once I get them out the door, I start my work day. Before Covid I had appointments all day; now I work 100% from home, which is a blessing and a curse. I pick up my kids from school, cook dinner, then I have about an hour of “down time” before bath and bed time. I am usually in bed shortly after my kids just to do it all over again tomorrow.
- Who are your biggest influences? Who do you admire most?
I’ve never really been on to look up to “famous people”. However, I am a big fan of Des Linden. She always seems to be able to put a positive outlook on things. I am also heavily influenced by my fellow moms/women out there who wear many hats yet still find time to achieve their goals. The person I admire most is of course my mom. She is one the strongest women I know. I call her probably once a week for advice or prayers.
- How do you care for your body and health aside from your sport?
Eating the right foods, taking daily vitamins, strength training and knowing when I need to take a time out and rest, whether it be from my kids, job or running.
- What is one piece of advice you would give to an aspiring athlete?
Besides staying dedicated, determined and disciplined, set goals and respect them. On of my favorite quotes, and one I repeat to myself quite often, is Respect your Goals. “The first step to achieving your goal, is to take a moment to respect your goal, know what it means to you to achieve it” – Dwayne Johnson
Follow Jessica's story at @msrunningandweights on Instagram!
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