Jess Movold

Ali on the Run Show Episode 147: Jess Movold, Running & Strength Coach

“He said, ‘I get it. The mountain’s too steep.’ And I said, ‘No. It’s just the wrong mountain.’”

Jess Movold is perhaps best known as the super positive, super uplifting, super kind and empowering run and strength coach at Mile High Run Club and The Fortitude Strength Club in NYC. She’s the current face of Runner’s World (check her out on the cover!), and is the official “Runner’s World Coach.” So surely the 3:13 marathoner and 1:29 half marathoner from Missouri always envisioned this über-fit life for herself, right? Not quite. Jess began her career in the fashion industry, and she has stories that rival the ones in The Devil Wears Prada. On this episode, she shares her journey from high fashion to ultramarathons, and it’s one that’s packed with endearing and hilarious stories along the way — including the best “nothing new on race day” story I’ve ever heard. Up next: Jess wants to break three hours at the Berlin Marathon.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How it feels to see herself on the cover of Runner’s World (2:55)
  • How Jess got her start in the fashion industry — and found running along the way (7:00)
  • The crazy stories about what being an executive assistant in the high-fashion industry looked like for Jess (31:00)
  • Why Jess left the fashion industry and went all-in on fitness instead (41:15)

What we mention on this episode:

The Fort

Mile High Run Club

“The Workout That Helped This Runner Trim 20 Minutes Off Her Marathon Time” via Well+Good

The Speed Project

The Great New York 100 Mile Running Exposition

Falmouth Road Race

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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