904’s Fittest: Jen Vogel
Name: Jennifer Vogel
Birthdate: June 16, 1981
Weight: 125 lbs
Iron Horse 50 mile – 1st Female, 2nd Overall, 7:00 hrs
Tampa Double Iron Triathlon -1st Female, 4th overall; Badwater 135 ultra marathon- 2nd Female, 8th overall; Great Floridian Iron Triathlon- 1st Female 8th overall; Key West Tri- 2nd Female, 10th overall
Jetty to Jetty 35 mile beach run- 1st Female, 2nd overall; Keys 100 mile ultra run- 1st Female, 2nd overall; Marathon de Sables Self supported 155mile Sahara Desert run- 6th Female, 1st American female
Today if you look at Jen Vogel’s lean and sculpted frame, it’s easy to think she’s one of those women who has always been fit and never gains weight, no matter how much pizza she eats. If you consider the fact that she runs 100-mile races for fun and regularly places amongst the top finishers, you’d just know she had to be raised in Kenya to run like she does or must have been birthed on a treadmill.
Now maybe I didn’t make those exact misconceptions about Jen before interviewing her but the last thing I expected to hear was that she was chubby in high school and didn’t start running until her early years in college. She explained that her running form from the start has never been pretty and still isn’t but she gets the job done. I had a chance to ask her a few more questions and this is what she had to say:
Q How did you overcome your lack of natural athletic ability to accomplish all that you have?
A I trained my ass off! I don’t run a lot in comparison to
other ultra-runners. I do a lot of cross training.
Q Do you have any secret training weapons?
A My husband Lane is my secret weapon. He’s my biggest supporter and a very accomplished ultra-runner and triathlete who makes so many sacrifices to help me with my training.
Q Now for the most important question. What’s your favorite cheat meal?
A Any adult beverage from Bistro Aix after running the downtown bridges. I love their wine and martinis.
To find out more about how Jen Vogel stays amongst the elite, check out her blog at http://jenvogel.wordpress.com/.
Photography by Brian Solano. To see more of his amazing work, please visit http://www.briansolano.com.