My name is Jessie Gruca and I am from Northville, MI. I began my running journey in 2009 during college and tackled the full marathon in 2011 during graduate school. I graduated from the University of Michigan in Civil Engineering and when I decided to start visiting friends and completing a marathon on my trips. That began my goal to complete a marathon in all 50 states. Twenty-two states have been completed along with qualifying and finishing Boston Marathon (2013) and NYC Marathon (2016). While running my workouts and enjoying time outside, I am a mom of two kids, work full time as a civil engineer, and a running coach after I received my RCAA certification. My coaching business is Running with Roses, named after my running partner, my dog Rose.