Jenn Lutz: Race Ambassador
New for the 2019 Reebok Boston 10K for Women, we are pleased to introduce you to a group of fun, strong, creative, and powerful women that you should know. They are our Official Race Ambassadors!
Running has taken many different forms in my life over the years, but one thing is constant: my love for this sport. In high school and college, my passion for running was about pure competition and racing. During my post-collegiate days as a competitive athlete on New Balance Boston, I also fell in love with the training aspect of this sport (I finally started to really enjoy long runs of 12–14 miles, especially when most of these runs were along the scenic Charles River or on the Boston Marathon course!). Now, as a mother of two young kids and no time for serious training at the moment, running is largely about self-reflection, meditation, and time for myself. No matter what phase of life you are in, running can offer something great for everyone.
Where do you live?
What is your favorite distance for a race?
At this point in my life, 5K is perfect (due to my limited ability to log miles and get workouts in with two very young children)! In the next 3–5 years, I’d love to run the Boston Marathon and get some serious training beforehand. I’ve never done a marathon before and its on my “to do” list.
Do you have a special race-day ritual?
Being a mom, I’ve learned that flexibility and adaptability are essential. I aim to arrive at the race ~45 minutes beforehand to give myself time to pick up my number, get in a 10 minute warm-up, stretch and finish up with 3–5 good strides before the gun!
What races are you running in 2019?
I’m planning to sign up for the 5K at the USATF NE championships at the end of July (qualified with a 18:46 at the BRTC Twilight Series in Waltham), other than that, my calendar is open. I am entertaining the possibility of running cross country this year which would be very fun (haven’t raced xc since 2011) and a couple fall road races in New England.
If you could have diner with one person, living or dead, who would it be?
Joan Benoit Samuelson. She is someone I very much admire in this sport, especially for her ability to continue her passion for running in her later years. I was a competitive D-1 athlete at Boston College (an All-American my junior year in the 3K steeplechase), and I hope to be a competitive masters runner in several years once my children are older and I have more freedom to train. I also would love to continue logging miles with my children once they are in their 20s and beyond.
Do you belong to a running group or track club?
No, but I am entertaining the possibility of joining a running club soon with cross country around the corner—I’d like to start getting workouts in once a week, rather than regular road runs. Once my son is one year old, I’ll have much more freedom. He is currently breastfed and does not take a bottle, so I’m sort of attached to him for the time being.