Name: Jessica Karazsia
Age: 36

Location: Alexandria, VA

Twitter Name: @irun26at8

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How long have you been running: I have been running for about 11 years, but racing for 6.

Favorite race distance and why: I love the marathon because it’s so much more than just the race. It’s the journey to the race that I love the most.

How many marathons have you run: 7

Where you started to where you are now:
5K: 28:07 in 2006 – Current PR: 22:02
10k: 54:38 in 2007 – Current PR: 45:49
10 Mile: 1:33:07 in 2006 – Current PR: 1:14:35
1/2 Marathon: 2:04:35 in 2005 – Current PR: 1:41:48
Marathon: 4:35:21 in 2005 – Current PR: 3:39:45
50 Mile: 9:12:07

If you had to pick one running apparel item as your favorite what would it be: This summer I became obsessed with Saucony’s PE Revival Running shorts. They are so soft, light and comfy. They fit me perfectly. I bought one pair, wore them once and immediately ordered 4 more.

How did you get into running: I was a competitive tennis player in high school and have always loved working out. My gym workouts got really boring, so I started running outside. One February morning in 2005, I was running and decided that I needed a goal.  I had never done a race longer than a 10K but really wanted to do a marathon before my 30th birthday. I thought I would give training for the Cleveland ½ Marathon a whirl and if that went well, then I would continue my training and run the Chicago Marathon in the Fall. I haven’t stopped running yet!

What accomplishment are you most proud of: Hands down, I am most proud of qualifying for Boston at MCM 2010. I didn’t even think that was a possibility at that race. I was just trying to run a sub-4 hour marathon. Everything came together that day and I ended up running a 3:39:45.

Favorite Quote: “So this is about life….It’s about risk, it’s about agenda, and it’s about balance. It’s about teeing the ball up high and hitting it hard while trying not to lose control. And if you shank it, then go find your ball and try it again…because the way you live your life, the perspective you select, is a choice you make every single day when you wake up. It’s yours to decide.” Lance Armstrong, Every Second Counts

How did you make time to train for an Ultra: I knew going into the 50 Mile race training cycle that it would be time intensive. I didn’t quite realize how time intensive it would actually be though. I definitely thought it would be more manageable. I thought if I started out early enough on a 4 or 5 hour run, like 6am, I would still have most of my day to do other things like clean, run errands, hang out with friends, etc.. Not so. After a 4 or 5 hour run so much time goes into the recovery process (stretching/ice baths/refueling) that I wasn’t ready to start my day until 2 in the afternoon! Because the core of Ultra training is back to back long runs, anytime I ran over 20 miles, I would take an ice bath. I would not have been able to run the next day without them. They are by far the most effective means of race recovery along with proper nutrition. Considering I went to bed at 9pm most Friday and Saturday nights, and got up at 5am, that left 6-7 hours to get stuff done. When you are exhausted, it’s hard to find the motivation. Needless to say, many things got pushed to the side from August 1 (Day 1 of training) to November 19 (Race day). It was all totally worth it, but I sacrificed a lot. Did I need to make all the sacrifices I did? Did I need to take such an aggressive approach to training? Well, I figured that if I was going to do this, I was going to give 100%. I didn’t want to be a mile 37 wishing I would have trained harder/smarter.


  1. Jessica is the best. :)

  2. Great bio! I dread the ice baths, but this is good motivation to do them for proper recovery! :)

  3. This is great!

  4. Ysy for Jess! I love her and love reading her bio. Her progression as a runner is really wonderful to see, too. She is living proof that we can do amazing things with hard work, patience and determination!!

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