Jill likes to go fast. She likes to run fast, talk fast, and she even thinks fast. Just like Monica, Jill is a lifelong runner. She was a high school track and field athlete, and valedictorian of her class, we might add. Jill went on to run Division I Cross Country in undergrad before turning her attention to law school where she graduated Order of the Coif from McGeorge School of Law. As an active attorney, Jill brings her legal skills and knowledge to rabbit. Jill is also actively involved with the local community and in her spare time she coaches athletes from the weekend warrior to the Olympic hopeful, and she has also been invited to be the feature speaker for various youth organizations. Most recently, Jill and her husband Gene welcomed their son Jett into the world and Jill is loving life as a new mom. And Jill’s running resume is just as impressive! She has a marathon PR of 2:48 and a half marathon PR of 1:20. She has dabbled in multi-sport events and in 2015 was the Duathlon Long Course Age-Group National Champion. And in 2017, she was the overall female winner in both the Carlsbad Marathon and the Mountains to Beach Marathon! From the 1500m to the marathon, look for Jill at the front of the pack.
Q&A with Jill Deering
- What supplements do you take and why? When/how do you take them? (i.e., morning/night, with/without food)
Liquid iron (floradix) 2x per day with vitamin C on an empty stomach because I suffered from iron anemia a few years ago, and prenatal vitamin because I am post-partum and breastfeeding my baby. I also take a calcium supplement.
- How would you characterize your diet? Keto, vegan, or vegetarian, Paleo, Mediterranean, restricted eating, or ‘I do my own damn thing?’ Elaborate, if needed.
I eat a lot of food and cook 99% of all my own meals. I generally eat low fat, high carb and high protein, with an emphasis on whole organic foods.
- Do you fast? If so, what kind of fast? 5-day? Intermittent? How long and how often?
- Do you drink coffee? If so, how much and what do you put in it? (Cream, half and half, butter, MCT oil, sugar or artificial sweetener?)
Yes, although I only recently started drinking coffee this past year. I put a lot of creamer in it to make it taste lovely and delicious.
- Do you have a morning ritual? What do you do the first hour you are awake?
Since having my baby 9 months ago, my morning rituals have changed dramatically. Now, my morning ritual depends on the baby and my workout schedule. My husband and I take turns having the early workout shift, and the other one stays home to get the baby when he wakes up and to give him a bottle (or I nurse). If I have the early workout shift, I wake up to my alarm, make coffee, pump, drink a lot of water and have a light breakfast (typically always fruit and oatmeal), and then head out for my run. If my husband has the early workout shift, I generally use the baby as my own alarm, so I wake up when he does, then I grab a cup of coffee, and take care of the baby.
- Do you train on your own or with a coach/trainer?
I am coached by Terry Howell.
- Describe your weekly training regimen. (Lift weights, run trails, track, cycle trails or road?) How often? How far/long?
My weeks are rarely the same, although it typically consists of 7 day of running (and often 9-10 separate runs as I double a few times per week), with one track workout, one road workout and one long run. I try to lift light weights two times per week and try to do it on the same day as my running workout days. I stretch, foam roll and do core work about 5 times per week when I can fit it in.
- What do you do for recovery after training? Stretch, roll/smash, ice, cryo, compression, eat a glazed donut with those little pink sprinkles? Nothing?
Most importantly, EAT. I eat really well all the time hard workout sessions. I also drink a lot of water and get a lot of sleep. Those three things are by far the most important tools for my recovery. I also stretch, foam roll, and get an occasional massage.
- How many rest/recovery days do you take per week?
- Athletes hate injuries. What do you do that helps you avoid getting hurt?
Eat really well all the time and get a lot of sleep. I make it my top priority to fuel my body, hydrate and get a lot of sleep, which aids in recovery and helps me stay healthy. I really also listen to my body and take care of any slight nag and wiggle that comes up with ice, massage, stretching, etc. I won’t attempt a workout if I am sleep deprived or under-fueled because that’s when I get hurt.
- Do you meditate? If so, do you attend classes, use an app like Headspace?
- Do you practice yoga? If so, what kind of yoga?
- Do you have a nighttime shut-down routine? If so, what’s that look like?
Not really. After the baby goes down, I often spend time on my computer getting caught up on work. I own my own business and the reality is that requires me to spend a lot of time at night getting caught up. I wish I had more time for myself to read and do more relaxing at night, but that’s life!
- 3 books you wish everyone would read about fitness or health?
How Bad Do You Want It, by Matt Fitzgerald.
- What’s your favorite sports movie of all time?
A League of Their Own
- Do you wear a heart rate monitor during cardio exercise? If you don’t, why?
No. I trained using HR for awhile but I didn’t actually find it very helpful. I found myself getting too caught up in the data, rather than just running by feel, and I didn’t see any beneficial use for me.
- How often do you get your blood/urine/saliva work done?
Once per year.
- What’s still on your bucket list of fitness goals?
- Who inspires you the most?
Every single mother runner out there. Physically, mentally, logistically, having children and running consistently is incredibly challenging and I am so incredibly inspired by all the moms who figure out how to make it work!
- In the world of sports and fitness, who is your hero, guru, or mentor?
Steph Bruce and Kara Goucher. As a new mom, I am so incredibly astounded by these amazing professional runners who have been able to have children and continue to run at the highest level. Having a child and returning relatively quickly to intense running and training has been more challenging than I could have ever imagined, but the female body is truly a remarkable and adaptable thing!
- Top 3 favorite health or fitness podcasts?
I rarely listen to podcasts.
- Favorite Santa Barbara trail for running and/or mountain biking?
- On average, how may hours do you sleep each night?
- Who’s your favorite fictional superhero and why?
- You compete. Or used to. What drives you? Or drove you back in the day? If “Because I love it and I’m good at it” is your answer, great! But if there’s more to it, and you’re willing to divulge, we’d love to know.
Because I am capable of so much. Because I am capable of so much more than I have ever accomplished. Because no one, not even me, knows my own limits. Because I learn something about myself every time I toe the line. Because each time I cross a finish line, I instantly dream about the next one. Because I want to be really DAMN GOOD at something, and every day I work to be my best. Because I enjoy the grind of training and I am willing to train diligently every day to continue to improve. Because I can’t even dream about the things that I am capable of that and that gives me goosebumps. Because the desire to be my best, challenge myself and feel that addicting satisfaction of accomplishment runs through my veins. I am enamored with running because the boundaries are endless. I am a dreamer and I am willing to dream big and give it my everything to try and accomplish those dreams.