Jennifer "Jen" Fritzsching-Rulon MS

Life. Endurance. Strength.

Jen Rulon is an inspiring multisport coach in San Antonio, TX, specializing in strength-mind, body and soul. She is the founder of Endurance Fit, a lululemon athletica ambassador, "I am Betty" Ambassador and a Pose Method Run Coach.

"All our dreams can come true, if you have the courage to pursue them." ~ Walt Disney

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014
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The #2 reason why endurance athletes should lift weights...
HAVE A BETTER FINAL KICK!!!

A heavy lower body strength training program will make you faster because you can generate more force when you kick off the ground. Along running efficiently, you will have that better kick!

One reason strength training will increase your speed is that you will increase your type IIA muscle fibers that fatigue slowly and are able to produce speed and power. The type II fibers are the "fast-twitch" fibers and sprinters have a larger concentration of them because they train these fibers.

I suggest to endurance athletes...train like a sprinter. We all have Type I, Type II and Type IIA fibers....it is just how you utilize them and how we can fire them at the right time.

This photo of me was at Soler's Sports Damn 09' (Great race by the way) heading into the finish. Man, I was spent BUT knowing that I can push it only 100 meters to the finish. It hurts but it's worth it!

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Posted on 04/16/2014 7:00 AM by Coach Jen
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Monday, 14 April 2014
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The #1 reason why endurance athletes should lift weights... TO GET FASTER!!!!

Strength training will make you faster. You will find your pace increasing as you start to lift weights. Strength training will increase leg strength and improve your body’s efficiency to use energy and oxygen.

The best results...a heavy lifting program for the lower body will produce the best results!

You will NOT look like a body builder. You will NOT get bulky. If you are training for endurance sports, you will be lean with muscle, which turns to you going faster.

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Posted on 04/14/2014 9:00 AM by Coach Jen
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Friday, 11 April 2014
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“Run Your Own Race”

Most of my life, I have been a goal setter. I always had big goals and desires at a very young age. I was a mid-west girl born in Detroit, MI but raised in Whitewater, WI, a very small town and that never seemed to stop me…since I knew what I wanted. In 7th grade, I made that decision that I would be working with Marine Mammals. My love and passion was over the top for all types of marine mammals and I KNEW in my heart of hearts that I would make it happen.

Why did I know? That is just who I am…I knew I would make shit happen. I knew I would succeed at what I wanted in life because it was MY DECISION to make it. Now, getting through this journey was not an easy journey but music fuels my soul and I remember listening to Garth Brooks, “The River”.

“You know a dream is like a river

Ever changing’ as it flows

And a dreamer’s just a vessel….”

“I’ll never reach my destination

If I never try

So I will sail my vessel

‘Til the river runs dry…”

 

I am happy to say that I made a 14-year career out of working with marine mammals and it was some of the best years of my life. Those moments with the animals will always be in my memory bank and no one can take that away from me.

Motivation for re-thinking my life came in the last six months of 2008 with the death of my father at only sixty-two years of age and two miscarriages.  In the crisis I relied on three important resources:  1) a renewed interest in religion and the power of prayer 2) support from my family and friends, and 3) self-help in the form of physical activity, whether it was running, triathlons, CrossFit, yoga, dance classes, cycling, and swimming. I lost that desire to make shit happen in my world after my losses. I knew that if I didn’t go back to “Sailing my Vessel” for my other passion, inspiring people through health and fitness, that I would never “reach my destination.”

When I decided to leave my “dream job” to go back to school to get my Masters in Kinesiology, pursue my passion of coaching endurance athletes, develop a strength program specifically for endurance athletes and wanting to elevate San Antonio to be a healthier place, I got a TON of questions and comments:

·      Why would you leave Sea World? That is a dream job.

·      Won’t you miss the animals?

·      What? We don’t get to see you swim anymore?

·      I will miss you being here with us.

What I realized was that if I stayed in my “dream job”…would it be my dream job anymore? Why would I stay, if I weren't’ as passionate or happy about my job?  I needed to go back to that 7th grade girl from Wisconsin and make “shit” happen since it was MY DECISION to move on and inspire people on a daily basis through coaching…mind, body and soul.

As a triathlon coach and an athlete, I always tell my athletes and I go by this motto as well…”RUN YOUR OWN RACE.” Don’t worry about the athlete behind you or ahead of you. Concentrate on what your goals are for this race. If you look funny running…who cares? If you backstroke the whole time in the swim portion…who cares?  You do these events because YOU CAN. YOU made the decision to do it. YOU are the one that is making “shit” happen.

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Posted on 04/11/2014 8:00 AM by Coach Jen
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