Seems this Charm City runner is as active as a typical type-A runner - running, other workouts, volunteering, blogging and with some free time to qualify for Boston! Is there anything this marathoner, Emily Lobaugh, does NOT do? Let's find out:
YOUR NAME: Emily Lobaugh
CITY/STATE: Baltimore, MD aka Charm City
RUNNING GROUP, TEAM, OR CLUB: November Project, Rip It Team, Nuun Ambassador, Athletes Serving Athletes Captain, Gundalow Juice Ambassador
Describe what RUNNING is to you, in 5 words or less.
Running is...beauty, freedom, exploration, limitless
How did you get started running and/or what inspired you to run?
I’ve always been a runner and into sports. I grew up playing field hockey, basketball and running track. It wasn’t until college that I picked up running long distances. After graduating college I continued to do group fitness and fell in love for longer distance running. I signed up for my first half marathon in 2012. The passion for running spiraled from there and I continued to run and sign up for races. In 2013, I found a group called Athletes Serving Athletes that enables those with disabilities to participate in mainstream running events. This organization has changed how I look at running and has enabled me to run for those that can’t. They inspire me to push hard, to never give up and to overcome all challenges that I face with running and with life. I continue to better myself and with that continue to inspire this community to get out and live the best life possible!
My love for running has led to the completion of 2 full marathons (1 BQ), 15 half marathons, 3 triathlons and in September 2017 I’ll tackle my first Ironman 70.3 in Lake Placid.
Your favorite running moment?
It’s hard to choose one moment, but some of my most memorable moments are with Athletes Serving Athletes. My favorite moment was during the Baltimore Ravens 5K and pushing James onto field at M&T Bank Stadium and seeing his face light up on the big screen. It was such a memorable moment.
Another moment came during the 2016 Chicago Marathon when I crossed the finish line with a BQ time of 3:28. It’s hard to describe the emotions of that day, but to see everything come together and know that I’ll get the opportunity of a lifetime to run in Boston is a moment I’ll cherish forever.
Who/what do you think you'd be like today if you did NOT run?
I would not be living a full life if I didn’t run. Running has enabled me to meet some of the most amazing and inspiring people over the years. My ASA family and the entire Charm City fitness community have pushed me to become a better person. I simply can’t imagine my life without them and would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for running. It’s amazing what a pair of sneakers and a set of legs can do and the places that it takes you!
Why do you keep on running? and running and running...
I run to better myself, I run for others, I run because it’s a gift that enables me to rise up, start fresh and see the bright opportunity in each new day!
What is your favorite post run/race indulgence?
I love post run coffee!!! I’m also a huge fan of acai bowls and a good pizza (minus the cheese because I’m lactose intolerant).
Oddest, most unusual, weirdest running experience...
Ever heard of November Project? I’ve been attending the Baltimore Tribe for over 3 years and I have to say it can be odd, unusual and weird, but I wouldn’t change a thing. You should check it out. It’s free fitness and who doesn’t love FREE!!!
You can find Emily running, blogging and all over the internet at:
EmilyTheHealthyNut - a journey to living a full and healthy life while inspiring others every step of the way: https://emilythehealthynut.wordpress.com/
@Emily_thehealthynut on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emily_thehealthynut/
@LobaughEmily on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@lobaughemily/
Athletes Serving Athletes: http://www.athletesservingathletes.org/