Jess Mullen MS, RDN
RRCA Certified Running Coach
I’ll admit it. Like most people, I used to eat a lot of junk. At 20, I remember going for a 30-minute bike ride and promptly getting sick. It was a wake-up call – the first time I really thought about the importance of what I chose to put in my body.
After studying accounting and working as a corporate auditor, I had a realization: I wanted to do something that would help real people. I went back to school and earned a Master of Nutritional Science degree from Bastyr University, which combined a focus on whole foods with solid research.
Since then, I’ve broadened my knowledge even further. As an inpatient dietitian at Stevens Hospital, I gained considerable experience with major medical issues such as diabetes and diverticulitis. Now, in private practice nutrition and as a running coach, I work with people who have a wide range of abilities, needs and goals.
I’ve also tried lots of diet approaches myself, so I understand what it’s like. I continue to read as much as possible and keep an open mind. Overall, my philosophy is to build from the positive.
My passion for long-distance running also informs my approach. I’ve run more than 50 100-mile races and even more 50-milers, which has given me a lot of opportunity to figure out what works and what doesn’t. I’ve learned how to maximize my ability to burn fat and minimize stomach distress during long events. But even more than that, logging all those miles has provided a window into the power, and the pitfalls, of our minds. Seriously, getting through 100 miles without quitting is as much about your legs as it is about working the problem in your head, about not spiraling into negative self-talk, about coming up with solutions when you’re having a really hard time. That’s what I want to share with you.
What I really love most is helping active people figure out what works for them and what they can sustain.
I truly believe you can feel better, look better and perform better, even as you age.