meet jess

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.

Running Accomplishments

  • 2020 Jackpot Ultra Running Festival (48 Hour)
    2nd woman, 3rd overall with 165 miles
  • 2019/20 Across The Years (10 Day Run)
    2nd woman, 5th overall with 622 miles
  • 2019 Hamster Endurance Runs (32 Hour)
    1st woman, 1st overall with 140 miles
  • 2019 Mogollon Monster 100 Mile Run
    3rd woman, 37th overall
  • 2019 Badger Mountain Challenge 100
    2nd woman, 26th overall
  • 2019 Pacific Rim One Day
    1st woman, 2nd overall with 110 miles
  • 2019 Coldwater 100 Mile Endurance Run
    2nd woman, 12 overall
  • 2018/19 Across The Years 48 Hour Run
    1st woman, 2nd overall
  • 2018 Cruel Jewel 100 Mile Run
    4th woman, 19th overall
  • 2018 Badger Mountain Challenge 100
    3rd woman, 13th overall
  • 2017 Stagecoach 100 Mile Endurance Run
    1st woman, 8th overall
  • 2017 Cascade Crest 100 Mile Endurance Run
    3rd woman, 15th overall
  • 2017 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run
    22nd woman, 108th overall
  • 2017 Badger Mountain Challenge 100
    1st woman, 8th overall
  • 2016 Uwharrie 100 Mile Endurance Run
    1st woman, 4th overall
  • 2016 Cascade Crest 100 Mile Endurance Run
    5th woman, 20th overall
  • 2016 Badger Mountain Challenge 100
    2nd woman, 7th overall
  • 2016 Coldwater Rumble 100 Mile Endurance Run
    1st woman, 8th overall
  • 2015 San Francisco 100 Mile Endurance Run
    1st woman, 3rd overall
  • 2014 Rio del Lago 100 Mile Endurance Run
    1st woman, 11th overall
  • 2014 Cascade Crest 100 Mile Endurance Run
    5th woman, 32nd overall
  • 2013 Pinhoti 100 Mile Endurance Run
    7th woman, 40th overall
  • 2013 Plain 100 Mile Endurance Run
    2nd woman, 11th overall
  • 2013 Cascade Crest 100 Mile Endurance Run
    6th woman, 33 overall
  • 2013 Massanutten 100 Mile Endurance Run
    7th woman, 49th overall
  • 2013 Rocky Raccoon 100 Mile Endurance Run
    10th woman, 56th overall
  • 2011 Javelina Jundred 100 Mile Endurance Run
    5th woman, 34th overall
  • 2011 Cascade Crest 100 Mile Endurance Run
    3rd woman, 33rd overall
  • 2011 Badwater 135 Ultramarathon
    7th woman, 36th overall
  • 2011 Keys 100 Mile Endurance Run
    3rd woman, 16th overall
  • 2010 Mother Road 100 Mile Endurance Run
    1st woman, 11th overall
  • 2010 Pine to Palm 100 Mile Endurance Run
    5th woman, 34th overall
  • 2010 San Diego 100 Mile Endurance Run
    7th woman, 26th overall
  • 2010 Pacific Rim One Day Run
    1st woman, 2nd overall
  • 2010 Rocky Raccoon 100 Mile Endurance Run
    8th woman, 56th overall
  • 2009 Hundred in the Hood 100 Mile Endurance Run
    4th woman, 28th overall
  • 2009 San Diego 100 Mile Endurance Run
    7th woman, 39th overall
  • 2009 McNaughton 100 Mile Endurance Run
    2nd woman, 9th overall
  • 2008 San Diego 100 Mile Endurance Run
    3rd woman, 23rd overall

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