Kansas City, Mo

 
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1st & 3rd Monday of the month.

6:15 PM Meek Mill Park- meet at the JC nicholas Fountain

 

Meet Your Leader

Hi Badass Ladies! I am Jess (in purple), your KC BALG leader!

Hi Badass Ladies! I am Jess (in purple), your KC BALG leader!

Throughout middle & high school, running was a punishment for not making a free throw or placing the perfect bunt. I didn’t play sports in college, the weight packed on year after year. In June 2010 at a paintball event I made it till noon before I overheated. I was embarrassed that I couldn’t do it. That is where my running journey began, I wanted to run to lose weight. Easy right? 

Nope. I recruited my coworker and we set out to run together. We couldn’t even make it to the end of the park without stopping. We keep at it and soon ran our first 5k. The love of running grew from there. It became more about what I could do vs what I looked like doing it.  

I took a break in late 2014 to mid-2016, I lost 2 grandparents and 1 great grandparent in a 6-month span. It was a rough time, that I still can’t speak about it out loud without tearing up. I couldn’t get my routine back, I ran but I was mostly doing it to try to stay in shape.   

Mid 2016, I found November Project KC and slowly my mind and heart began to change. I worked my butt off (had a blast doing it) and managed a PR 4 distances in late 2017-2018. I love the community of runners I have found online and in person. I can’t wait to connect people through the BALG!