Describe what RUNNING is to you, in 5 words or less.
A happy, stress-relieving, fun challenge.
How did you get started running and/or what inspired you to run?
I started running post-college because I wanted to shed a few leftover pounds from college and get back in shape. I remember trying to run that first mile on the treadmill and thinking it was really hard. I had always been active and played sports in high school so I was motivated by that. I also made the decision that summer to sign up for a fall 5K which motivated me not to quit and give up.
Your favorite running moment?
Finishing my first marathon, the 2013 Baltimore Marathon will always be a really special memory. I came in at my goal time and after sitting down post-race this weird sense of calm came over me-I actually did it! It was great finishing the race in the city I live in and have run in hundreds of times.
Who/what do you think you'd be like today if you did NOT run?
Cranky, more stressed out, and less happy. I also wouldn’t have these strong legs and be so inspired to be into all sorts of fitness and fit activities. Running has completely changed my life, in a totally corny way. I have made so many friends and had the opportunity for so many amazing experiences all because of running!
Why do you keep on running? and running and running...
Because I like to eat and drink. Also it just keeps me sane and centered in some weird way. Sometimes running is the most calming and least stressful part of my day. On the other hand I love that there is always new ways for running to challenge me to become the strongest, fastest, toughest, lady I can be.
What is your favorite post-run/race indulgence?
Definitely a cold beer and either brunch (pancakes!) or a burger and fries, depending on my mood! [What should you eat BEFORE a race you ask? We've got you covered...]
Oddest, most unusual, weirdest running experience...
I flew across the country to Oregon to run Hood to Coast 2014 with 12 strangers who were fellow Team Nuun athletes. Spending 6 hours in a van running across rural Oregon is definitely a way to get to know people!
Would you fly across the country to run a relay race with total strangers? Are you a pizza-and-green-smoothies kind of runner too? (We are!) You can find Lauren on her blog, Twitter @BreatheBlog, Facebook, and Instagram @BreathDeeplyAndSmile.