Jessica Croisant Quickly Went from Non-Runner to 100-Mile Finisher

Today I’m going a few easy miles with fellow podcaster and Altra Ambassador Jessica Croisant.

Jessica Croissant at the Finish Line

Jessica Croissant at the Finish Line

Jessica has only been running for a handful of years, but in that time she’s gone from a casual color run to a 100-mile ultra!

Quest for the Crest 50k

A few days before I chatted with Jessica, she was participating in the Quest for the Crest 50k.

At least until she wasn’t.

Jessica Croisant

Jessica Croisant

Jessica is a solid runner, to put it mildly, so she doesn’t really worry too much about cut off times for the races she runs. But she got pulled from the course at Quest for the Crest at the 18-mile mark.

She missed the cut off by 5 fricking minutes.

To put it mildly, this was a difficult race.

There was a lot of climbing at the start of the race, and Jessica admits that she may have underestimated how difficult this race was before the start. And obviously, she got burned.

Lesson learned.

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All Things Sugarstride

When Jessica started running, she was like all of us: unaware of the things she didn’t know.

As she got more and more into the sport, Jessica wanted to pay the lessons she learned forward to other runners.

And that is the focus of the Sugarstride blog and podcast.

In addition to those lessons, Jessica also shares the good, the bad, and the ugly from her running and racing. If you want to hear more about her experience at the Quest for the Crest race, I’d definitely encourage you to check out that episode of her show.

Eat Clean, Run Dirty

Jessica leads a weekly group run in Northeast Ohio (Cleveland and Akron).

Jessica Croissant & the Eat Clean, Run Dirty Crew

Jessica Croissant & the Eat Clean, Run Dirty Crew

The runs are open to anyone, so if you’re in the area check it out!

The name of the group/club is Eat Clean, Run Dirty, and each run starts and finishes at a local restuarant that serves good food and includes a free post run beer. #score

While we were talking about the group, we also went off on a tangent about clean eating and real food sources for mid-run.

As a proponent of all things real food, I asked Jessica what she prefers when it comes to real food fueling.

Jessica mentioned dried fruit, specifically mangos, as a fuel source of choice. She also agreed with me about the power of oranges after a couple of hours of running.

If you’d like to connect with Jessica, visit her website and say hi in Twitter and/or Instagram. And I’d definitely encourage you to check out the Sugarstride Podcast as well!

Also Mentioned in This Episode:

Who finishes a 100 miler after just a few years of #running? @jessicacroisant did! #zerolimits #ultrachat Click To Tweet

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