Find Your True North

Our community is constantly looking for the right tools—the right routine, the right nutrition, the right mindset—to live active, energized lives. Together with adidas, we collected tips, recipes, and advice from Wanderlust 108 yoga teachers and run leaders on how they operate at their peak performance every day. Dive in! And discover the formula that fuels your journey. 
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Jana Ross’ Fuel Formula

Jana Ross is a runner, coach, and blogger based in Boston. She started running long distance in 2010 and has since run more than 10 half marathons and 7 marathons with a Boston qualifier in 2014. She's also the Boston Coach for the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Team Momentum training group. For the last 3 years, Jana has been an avid member of November Project, a free fitness community that started in Boston and has grown to 30 cities across the world. When she's not moving, she works in communications for a food innovation lab.

Advice for Avoiding Injuries

My best advice for avoiding injuries is to diversify your practice.

I love running and I’d do it every day if I could, but I know my physical and mental health benefits greatly from other activities like strength training, stair climbing, hiking, and yoga.

Best Life Advice I've Received

It’s hard to be kind to others when someone is yelling at you all the time. This is a testament to positive self-talk and it rings so true.

We often speak to ourselves in a way that we’d never speak to someone we love, and I’m trying to be kinder to myself so I can offer that positivity to anyone I encounter.

Finding Healthy Balance in Life

I find a healthy balance by doing different types of exercise every week, eating balanced meals to fuel my training, sleeping as close to 8 hours as I can, and also saying yes to exciting things even if they throw all that routine out of whack.

I Feel Powerful When...

I do a long run with a few of my training friends early on a Saturday morning.

I’ve found a handful of strong women who challenge my pace every week, and I feel so powerful running together as we talk about everything under the sun.

Miles tick by and before you know it, we’ve accomplished something that felt insurmountable hours before.

Mantra When Life Gets Tough

“There will come a day that you cannot do this. Today is not that day.”

I found this mantra before I started training for my first marathon, and my mom had just been diagnosed with a neurodegenerative muscle disease.

I felt like as she was losing her ability to move her body, I had to take full advantage of that privilege.

It reminds me to do everything I can when I can and never take my health for granted.

Most Important Running Advice

A friend once told me that running is supposed to feel hard, which has been surprisingly freeing because it helped me accept that it’s ok if some runs just feel like a struggle.

You can’t get that runner’s high every day, and as you start to set aggressive goals and work towards getting faster or running longer, it’s going to be tough.

When I start to get uncomfortable, I tell myself that I can do hard things.

We can always push so much further than our minds tell us. “

Smoothie of Choice

One of the best things about smoothies is you don’t really need to measure the ingredients closely.

Plus, who has time for that in the morning? Here’s my favorite basic smoothie recipe where some freestyle is encouraged!


• Unsweetened vanilla almond milk (just a few splashes to keep it nice & thick)

• 1 spoonful flax seeds & chia seeds

• 1 spoonful almond butter

• ½ cup plain Greek yogurt

• A handful of spinach

• ½ a frozen banana

• ¼ cup frozen pineapple

• Cinnamon (lots of shakes here to taste)

• Top with a little more almond milk to get things moving!

Spice Up Your Running Routine

I like to run the Harvard Stadium stairs with November Project in place of an interval run.

It’s incredibly intense, challenges different muscle groups, and easily the hardest workout in town.

You lunge up the big steps and run down the small steps with quick feet as you recover. Your calves and quads will feel it for days!

Dream Superpower

I want to teleport because I love traveling but I’m terrified of flying.

I also want to experience as many things as possible but logistics get in the way of so much! If I could kickoff the 5K at Wanderlust 108 Charlotte then teleport to a trail race in another city with a bunch of my friends, I’d be in heaven.

Training Routine for Beginning Runners

Start small!

Before every run, do a quick dynamic warm up routine to get those legs loose.

Think lunges, squats, hip circles, leg swings, and butt kicks.

After a few minutes, start running at a comfortable pace and alternate with walking segments.

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