About Jen

Hello! Welcome to my blog, Jen Bendewish | Running Down a Dream. This blog is about training, racing, motherhood/mothering, raising a competitive gymnast, and memory keeping (photography/journaling).


Chasing 50 (50 marathons in 50 states)
26.2 – 10x ~ PR 4:45:56
13.1 – 5x ~ PR 1:59:19
6.2~ PR 52:49
5k ~ PR 24:40


IRONMAN TEXAS (IMTX) 140.6 ~ 15:59:39
(Half Iron) 70.3 – 2x ~ PR 6:07:51
(Olympic) 1x ~ PR 2:50:29


Tough Mudder – 2x (2013, 2014)
Spartan Sprint – 2x
Spartan Super – 1x
Spartan Beast – 1x
Spartan Trifecta (2017)


Find me at:

I created this blog as a way to share my experiences as a mother, an athlete, and woman of faith. I am an Army Veteran (served active duty), former law enforcement professional (both sworn and non-sworn), owner of True Arc Welding Services, LLC, and real estate investor. I have earned a bachelor’s degree in design studies, master’s degree in accounting, a Certification in Motherhood Studies, and several more.

I am the mother of one stepdaughter and three daughters:

  • Chenelle, (2001)
  • Madalyn, aka “May May” (2008),
  • Jossalyn aka “Joss” or “Jo-Jo” (2010), and
  • Gwendolyn aka “Gwennie” (2020)

And our family is not complete without our brown tabby cat, Brodie, and our two French Bulldogs, Kash and Khloe.


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