Lauren is a full-time research scientist and occupational therapy student, and part-time health and fitness nut. Lauren is addicted to running, cooking, watching TV & films, trying new restaurants and bars, working out with November Project-Baltimore, and exploring all the fun things Baltimore has to offer. She became hooked on running after her first 5K 4 years ago and is currently chasing a Boston marathon qualifying time. Besides running, she loves dabbling in CrossFit, yoga, spin, and group fitness classes.
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What is your favorite part about running?
My favorite part about running is how it’s a wonderful mixture of challenges, pain, happiness, stress-relief and exploration. Each run gives me something different or can have a different purpose. Running is one of the first things to really give me more self-confidence, make me feel strong, and help me appreciate my body. I also love how amazing and supportive the running community is and all of the awesome people I have met through it.
How did you get started?
I started running initially to lose a few pounds right after graduating from college and realized that this former high school athlete had gotten really out of shape. I signed up for a local 5K that I trained for all summer, and after that it quickly snowballed into longer race distances. I ran my first half marathon a little less than a year later, which is when I officially became hooked on running.
How many races have you completed?
I have run 2 (soon to be 3 in less than a month!) full marathons, 12 half marathons, and a slew of other distances including 5Ks, 10 milers, and everything in between.
How long have you been running?
I started running in the middle of the summer in 2011 and ran my first 5K that fall.
What is your favorite distance to run and why?
My favorite race distance is probably a half marathon-it’s long enough for me to get into a running groove and has its own highs and lows. I like that it is a challenging race, but a manageable distance to train for and recover from! For regular runs, I really like running around 6 miles – it’s my perfect mid-week distance.
What is your best training tip?
My best training tip is to be flexible and listen to YOUR body. What works for someone else’s body or life, may not work for you!
What keeps you motivated?
I am motivated by constantly being surprised at what my body can do. I love feeling strong, confident, and healthy. That feeling of crossing finish lines also keeps me motivated to keep running!
What advice would you give someone who is just starting on his or her fitness journey?
If you are running, I definitely recommend going to a running store and getting fitted for shoes. It may be a little pricier than buying a super cute pair online, but at least you know how your gait is and that you are in the correct pair of shoes. You should also make small and large goals. Start out with working out maybe only twice a week and slowly increase-trying to do everything all at once is a recipe for disaster.