Head on over to Health on the Run and you'll find a girl who seriously loves running and isn't afraid to show it. Lauren manages a hectic racing schedule, a busy work life and keeps up with, well, her health, while donning her famous watermelon color combination. Throw in a social life and wedding planning (she's recently engaged—congrats!) and we wonder how Lauren juggles it all. So we figured we'd ask. Read on to find out what keeps her pushing through tough runs and where her happy place is.
On my fit life list: If you ever read my blog, you may figure out rather quickly that I'm sort of obsessed with 200-mile relays—when you pile into two vans with 11 other crazy runners and run for 24-plus hours straight. My life's goal is to find a sponsor who will allow me to be a professional relay runner (although I'd create a super official-sounding title for myself, of course). I will bring my bright watermelon race outfits and enthusiasm; you bring the coffee and snacks. But since no sponsors seem to be coming forward, other big items on my fit life list are:
- Hike the Appalachian Trail
- Run a major marathon in another country, especially London
- Run a three-hour marathon
- Start my own race/race series—the medals may or may not be in watermelon colors
- Become a high school cross country coach. High school is where I fell in love with running and I would love to be able to inspire young athletes the same way that my coaches motivated me.
I'm happiest when I'm: Outside in the mountains. I know I live in the city, but I'm really a country girl at heart. Give me a cabin on top of a mountain and I'll be a happy camper. Well, as long as I have my fiance, EC, and my dog...and the Internet...and maybe a group of friends to run with, too.
Most embarrassing song I'll admit I work out to: "I Am Woman" by Jordin Sparks. It's so incredibly cheesy and the lyrics are pretty awful, but I still belt it out when I need a motivation boost.
My fitness mantra: "Mentally tough, physically strong." Back when I was just getting into the sport of running and struggling with managing my asthma, my mom used to repeat that phrase whenever I seemed to be fading on a run. It's simple and sort of rhythmic when you say it over and over again. To this day, I still repeat it whenever I'm struggling during a long run or race.
My biggest indulgence: Ice cream. I love it year-round and can never seem to pass up a sale at the grocery store. I'm slightly ashamed to admit that it's not unheard of for me to have three or four open cartons in my freezer at one time. And yes, I live alone.
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