Jessica Rohlman - VESPA

Jessica Rohlman

Certified Health Education Specialist, College Health
Professor, Licensed Zumba Instructor, Certified PiYo Instructor, Certified TurboKick Instructor


I started actually running at a women’s run clinic in March 2012.  That first night I wasn’t able to go 60 seconds without feeling I was out of shape. I would walk for four minutes for every 45-60 seconds I would run.  In April of that year I ran my first 5k.  I had been through other 5ks over the years, but never ran the whole thing.  I always walked and would sometimes sprint a few yards at a time.  The following weekend I got a wild idea to train for my first half marathon.  I registered for one in December to give me plenty of time.  I actually signed up for two because I didn’t want to be one of those people who ran a half and then swore to never do it again. December came around and I ran my first half.  I barely remember the race.  I was in so much pain that I literally stopped when I got to the finish and I sat down. Then realized everyone around me was yelling for me to get up because I was still half a track from the actual finish line.  I hobbled across the finish and found the nearest soft spot of grass I could find.  It took everything I had to get up and I lay on that cool grass wondering what in the world I was thinking when I registered for two of these crazy things.  My husband carried me on his back to dinner that night because I hurt so terribly.  I hurt for days. By March of the next year (2013) I was running my fourth half marathon and eating real food every three miles.  Real food as in I had to take actual food with me.  I had tried so many gels, beans, wafers, etc. and all of them just made me nauseated and more tired after about 15 minutes.  I was tired of carrying a heavy pack loaded with carbs around with me.  I was also tired of being so exhausted and sore.  I had about decided this distance running wasn’t going to be for me.

Then, one day at a local running store, I picked up my first pack of VESPA, along with a variety of other products.  When I got to the counter, I actually gave the VESPA back and told the cashier I changed my mind.  I went on to explain how I am struggling to find what works for me and thought about this, but really kind of uncomfortable with it.  I still remember what he said to me, “I am sorry to hear that.  I think you’ll regret it.”  I told him okay, I would give it a shot.  And I am so glad I did because I have never looked back. I started with VESPA just because I loved how I wasn’t sore the day after a race.  I then realized that I wasn’t needing to eat every three miles, and would just take in some extra energy around mile 7 of a half.  I also started to notice that not only was I never sore, but I wasn’t ever sick to my stomach on my runs either.  I even was able to train without taking any carbs in while running.

IMG_20141025_070014Learning more and beginning to apply the science of OFM, along with the VESPA products has changed my whole running experience, as well as my body. I have now ran a total of 19 half marathons, I have two more this year and am training for my first marathon that will be at the end of the year.  I can go up to 16 miles without taking anything extra other than my normal breakfast, a CV-25 and a Junior.   I can do all my training runs of up to 10 miles without taking any calories at all, including being able to skip breakfast.  This is huge for me because usually I was so sick to my stomach that I couldn’t eat, yet I would be completely out of any energy to run either.  VESPA really has transformed my running and my body.  I have shaved 18 minutes off my PR for the half marathon distance.  I have sat stagnant at the same weight and body fat percentage for years.  I have not lost any weight at all, but have toned up a lot without much extra effort.  I look forward to seeing what VESPA and the OFM lifestyle is going to do as it continues to change my endurance, my energy, and my body.