Eleven days ago, elite runner Jess McClain crushed Grandma's Marathon in an incredible time of 2:29:24! That performance landed her in fourth place AND a ticket to the Olympic Trials Marathon in February 2024! It was such a treat to chat with Jess five days after her race and she shares about her training for Grandma's, her transition from the track to the roads and what she is looking forward to in her running career. 

In the second half, Jess paints a beautiful portrait of where she lives and trains in Phoenix! Jess shares her favorite places to RUN, dine out, hang out, fun races in Phoenix and a lot more. You are definitely going to want to listen to this!

Jess's recommendations for Phoenix:


1. The Canal System (A flat route that you can jump on anywhere from Phoenix to Tempe)
2. Trail running in the Superstition Mountains or White Take Mountains
3. Phoenix Mountain Preserve (beautiful trails with views)


1. Persepshen (Organicially grown, menu rotates every Friday)
2. Pizzeria Bianco
3. L'Entrata
5. Glai Baan (Thai food)
6. Frost Gelato
7. Hash Kitchen (DJ in the mornings and mimosa flights!)
8. La Grande Orange


1. Hotel Valley Ho (Boutique hotel and they also have Zuzu Restaurant - best happy hour!)
2. The Phoenician Hotel (Fancy!)
3. Rent a house near Camelback Mountain


1. Phoenix Rock n Roll
2. Pat Tillman Race (4.2 mile race in April)
3. Mesa Marathon (They also have a great half marathon and 10k!)

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Photo credit: Marnnie Kinnaird

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