Jill Grunenwald is the founder of The Year of the Phoenix blog, where she talks all things body image, being in the back of the pack, and being your own hero. She is also the creator and host of the Running with Police Escorts podcast. In this podcast Jill talks to us about who she is, her journey in running, and she give gives advice and resources to new runners to help them crush their goals.

“Just go out there and run!” – Jill Grunenwald

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Show Notes

  • 00:44 – Learn who Jill Grunenwald is and why she is excited to represent the back of the pack.
  • 1:33 – Jill shares how she first discovered running. – “The annual mile is gym class was the worst day ever!”
  • 3:15 – Learn about the reactions Jill received when she first started her running journey.
  • 3:53 – Jill talks about the obstacles she faced as a new runner. – “It’s frustrating to do something you really like but are not that good at.”
  • 5:14 – Jill discusses what kept her motivated during the difficult times of training. – “I have no idea…I discovered some I enjoyed and I was going to find a way for it to work for me.”
  • 6:00 – Learn about the impact running has had on Jill’s life.
  • 7:23 – When did Jill start to feel like a runner?
  • 8:55 – Jill’s favorite product. – One clue..it’s a tech tool!
  • 10:56 – Jill gives advice to those that are new to running or starting a weightloss journey. – “Go get fitted for shoes!”
  • 12:28 – Jill gives her favorite weight loss and running resources.  
  • 13:49 – Jill’s Goals.
  • 16:33 – Words of advice from Jill

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What you missed in the last episode?

In episode 9, we sat down with Tekia Denwiddie and we talked  about why she decided to train for a half marathon after her son who is a patient at St. Jude encouraged her to do so. Check out 300 Pounds and Running Podcast episode 9 now!

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I read each and every comment and really take them all to heart. They provide encouragement that what I am doing is getting noticed and that the show is getting listened to.

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A million thanks in advance!

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That’s it for now. Keep crushing those goals, and we’ll be back next time!