Jessica Rodarte was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Her running journey started at the age of 5 when her parents signed her up for track and field. Running has always been a big part of her life. Her love for running has grown throughout the years and has led her to become a marathoner. Jessica signed up for her first marathon in 2015 which was the 30th Los Angeles Marathon. Since then she has run 5 marathons and 8 half marathons, and she has only just begun. In 2016, Jessica was diagnosed with major depression and anxiety. During those very dark days, running saved her life. Jessica has become a mental health advocate. She has been able to share her battle with depression and anxiety, as well as her love for running with people all over the world. She hopes that by sharing her story with people that it will inspire others to do the same. It is Jessica's tremendous courage and strength that keeps her going every day.
What is your passion and why?
I have a big passion for mental health. I myself, battle depression and anxiety on a daily basis and I have a passion for helping others who go through the same struggles. I share my story so that it will inspire others to do the same and let them know they are not alone in this fight.
What pushes you to be the best person you can be?
I strive to be the best person I can be every day. What pushes me to do this is knowing that every day is an opportunity to be better than I was yesterday. It is never a competition against anyone else, it's me vs. me. I owe it to myself and the people in my life to constantly work on being the best version of myself.
Besides running, what other hobbies/activities do you like doing?
When I’m not running you can find me hiking in the mountains or soaking up the sun at the beach. I love being outdoors and around nature. I also enjoy spending time with my 1-year old golden doodle, Indie, he keeps my hands full. He’s my little adventure buddy who comes with me everywhere I go. When I’m not out and about, I love to be at home reading a good book.
What is a quote you like to live by?
The quote I live by “Trust the timing of your life.”
Goals for 2020-2021:
• My current goal is to become a stronger runner. In the past couple of years, I have dealt with a few injuries that have forced me to stop running for months at a time. In order to become a stronger runner, I have to focus on the maintenance work my body needs. This includes: strength and band workouts, stretching, and foam rolling regularly.
• Gain muscle
• Be injury free
• Run Happy