Fit Six: Jill Adelson

Fit Six: Jill Adelson

Every other week, the Louisville Women’s Sports Network highlights a local woman by asking her six questions about her health and fitness routine. This week’s guest is Jill Adelson. If there is a woman you’d like us to feature, feel free to email your suggestions.

I am an Associate Professor in Educational Psychology, Measurement, and Evaluation at the University of Louisville. I teach advanced statistics and research courses and conduct research on gifted and talented education. Currently, I am working with Jefferson County Public Schools on a program that provides services to young students (kindergarten to third grade) with high potential, especially targeting students in high minority and high poverty schools.

I have a 4 ½ year old son named Caleb, a 2-year-old daughter named Zoe, and very supportive husband named Jon. We just recently bought some new bikes and a bike trailer for family rides. Zoe and Caleb do parent-child aerials classes with me at Suspend, where I also do some adult classes. They also run the children’s races that follow many of the races I run.

My interest and involvement in sports is something I really developed and pursued as an adult. When I lived in Virginia, where I was a fourth grade teacher, I played volleyball, indoor co-ed 6’s and beach women’s doubles. When I lived in Connecticut as a doctoral student, I was strength training and ran for the first time in my life, running a 5k a month for one year before moving to Kentucky. Once I moved to Louisville and prior to having my children, I was training in Muay Thai kickboxing and boxing. After having my two children, I decided to return to running and joined the Fleet Feet No Boundaries 5k program last fall. My first post-children 5k was October 2015, and I have run at least one race every month since then. After NoBo, I joined the Fleet Feet Louisville Distance Project (LDP) and trained for the Triple Crown of Running and the Kentucky Derby Festival Mini-marathon, followed by the Summer Speed Series. Currently, I am an LDP mentor, training for the Urban Bourbon half marathon. Two weeks after the Urban Bourbon, I’m also running the Disney World Wine and Dine half marathon, which I am raising money for Covenant House, which supports homeless and at-risk children and youth ( My cross-training includes strength training at the UofL Get Healthy Now gym. I am one of the moderators for the Fit Mamas of Louisville Facebook group.

1) What is your weekly training/exercise routine?

My weekly training centers on my half marathon training with the Fleet Feet Louisville Distance Project. We usually run 4-5 miles on Monday, either run hill repeats or a speed workout on Wednesdays, and run our long runs on Saturday. On Tuesdays, I do strength training. In the spring, Thursday was a day I ran on my own. This fall has been a little busier with work and the kids’ school, so it has been a cross-training day at Suspend doing aerials class, a run, or a rest day. On Sundays, I go to Open Fly at Suspend, which really works my abs and arms.

2) How do you prepare for a workout?

On Saturdays, I get up early so I can breastfeed my daughter, eat some breakfast, and get to Fleet Feet early as a mentor. During the week, it’s about fixing my water or Sword and heading out. The biggest consideration I have to make to prepare for a workout is being careful about what I eat as my stomach can be quite sensitive when I do not make healthy choices and then do a hard run.

3) What do you eat, drink or do for quick energy?

On a long run, I drink berry Sword and every few miles I have an apple-cinnamon or strawberry Huma gel. Post run, I reach for a Cookie Doughness Picky Bar. I do not eat or drink any type of caffeine (including chocolate), so during the day, I am generally a water drinker. At home, I reach for a natural applesauce pouch for a quick bit of energy.

4) What is your daily nutritional meal plan when training?

Now that I do both fall and winter half marathon training, I am training most of the year. Eating healthy is something I am trying to focus on anyway, for my own health and for my kids. My husband cooks dinner, which tends to be on the healthy side, and I usually pack my lunch for work. We do eat out a fair bit, so it is about making healthy choices even when we are out to eat. When training, I am particularly careful about not eating Mexican or ice cream the night before a long run or before a speed workout.

5) What do you snack on between meals when training?

I love grabbing a natural applesauce for a quick snack, and I’m a big fan of fruits and veggies. I’ll have a handful of pretzels or for a more substantial snack a Kind bar.

6) What are your fitness & health goals?

My goal is to continue to run fall and spring half marathons, improving my times on races I have done before. Once the kids are a little older, I may decide to run a marathon, but for now, a half marathon is enough of a time commitment for my family. I also want to continue running at least one race each month. My health goals center on being active and eating healthy so that I have energy, feel good about myself, and am a role model to my children.