Born on New Year’s Eve, Jessie Hunnicutt came into this world ready to party. She grew up in the small town of Milledgeville, Georgia, where famous author (and one of Jessie’s favorites) Flannery O’Conner had once lived and written short stories. As an only child and latch-key kid, young Jessie spent a majority of her early life receiving an education from cable television, especially MTV. Classic shows such as Yo! MTV Raps, Headbangers Ball, and 120 Minutes helped her figure out what was and wasn’t cool.
For college, Jessie headed off to the University of Georgia. She majored in English and minored in Film Studies, which allowed her to read books and watch films all day while her peers were busy cramming for Statistical Analysis and Accounting exams. From Athens, Georgia Jessie moved to Austin, Texas for her first post-collegiate job as a Project Manager for a book publisher.
It was in Austin that Jessie began her running career. A friend asked her if she would like to join her in running a marathon, and since Jessie had been living sedentary for her entire life thus far, she said why not. So they began training with the Team in Training group of Austin, using a run 2 minutes – walk a minute strategy. Of course, with training she worked that pace up to a run 6 minutes – walk a minute pace, but when it came time for the actual marathon her only real goal was to finish. One would think, however, that the most logical place for Jessie to complete said marathon would be in her new home city, but instead she decided the head up to Anchorage, Alaska for the 2004 Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon.
She finished the marathon, but alas, the running bug had yet to really bite her. After Anchorage, Jessie put up her running shoes for a two year hiatus. She moved up to Connecticut to work at Yale University for their book publishing department. A few years after that, she moved down to Nashville to work at Vanderbilt University Press. It should be pointed out that Jessie works in the academic side of the book publishing world, helping professors get their scholarly writing out for the world to see, and NOT in some room making copies for people.
Jessie came to East Nasty through reading about our group in the local newspaper. According to her, she needs both the goal of having to run a certain distance and having others around her to keep her motivated. After last years’ Country Music Half Marathon she has competed in a couple of 5Ks throughout the city. Jessie finds joy in the 3.1 mile races, because she finds excitement each time she finishes with a faster time.
Some other interesting facts about Jessie are that she loves to read (everything from letters written by Elizabeth Bishop to graphic novels), she likes buying 1976 BMW’s (but not wrecking them), and she has a red pair of running shorts that have been with her since 2004. Also, she has spent a night in jail.
Postscript: If you would like to get a group together for a Sunday long run, please put a post in the comment section.