Meet My Friends: The Fit Chick in the City

Meet Jess from Fit Chick in the City. Jess and I met via social networking, Twitter I think, and I invited her to some lululemon events and suggested my team use her expertise for the lululemon Run Club. Jess has a MS in Exercise Science and Health Promotion, which means she’s wicked smaaaht and back up her stuff with science, a rare combination in this industry.

She’s also willing to try pretty much anything with regards to exercise and chronicles her fitness and nutritional experiences on her blog. It’s a great resource if you’re looking for a new way to sweat but you don’t want to walk into something blindly. Chances are, if it’s in the city and worth trying, Jess has tried it or one of her readers has and there’s an awesome write-up.

Jess is currently training for the New York City Marathon this fall. Read about her journey on her blog and take part in her Say It, Do It! posts every Sunday night to stay motivated. And now, heeeeeeeeere’s Jess!

Name: Jess Underhill
Age: 36
Occupation: Blogger/Fitness Professional
How many years you’ve been running: 23

How did you get into running?

I played basketball for several years and during pre-season conditioning I was faster than all the high school girls. My coach kindly suggested I switch sports.

Who/what inspires you to run?

Keeping sane inspires me to run.

What is the one thing that has made the most difference in your running ?

In my adult life I originally always kept my runs nice and easy, even during races. As I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to embrace working hard and loving the feeling that I’ve given my run everything I’ve got.

What is your favorite non-running way to sweat?


If you could run any race in the future, which one would it be?

I’ve run it before & I’m signed up for it this year, but I still have to say NYCM. (New York City Marathon)

Do you run in the morning or at night?

I run when my schedule allows, but I prefer mornings. Because I don’t have to figure out when or what to eat and nothing else in my schedule gets in my way. However, my favorite reason for a.m. workouts is that Central Park is at it’s quietest early in the morning.

Why should someone (anyone) start running?

To have a life changing experience and to learn more about themselves then they could ever imagine.

Rapid-Fire Questions 

-Run alone or with others: Alone

-Favorite piece of running gear: a good sports bra

-Run with or without music: without

-Treadmill, love it or hate it: hate

-Race fuel: none or if absolutely needed honey stingers

-Gatorade or Water: water

-Dream PR: I use to focus on times and now I’m just focused on doing my best so whatever that means.

-Runner’s World or Running Times: Runner’s World

-Favorite speed workout: Cat Hill Repeats

-Favorite running gear store: Does Lululemon count? (Ummmm, hello! Totally!)

-Favorite place to run: Bridle Path

-NYC Marathon or Boston Marathon: NYC FTW! (FTW = For The Win, for those of you not familiar with the lingo)

Many thanks to Jess for taking the time to guest blog for me while I’m out. You’re the best, Jess! She’s also the reason I got to meet one of my fitness heroes, Dara Torres. More on that later.

Now go out and run!