Hi there! My name is Laurel and I love to run.
I grew up in Vermont, studied exercise and movement science at UVM, and am now living near Boston.
I discovered my love for running very early on in life. Back in elementary school I joined a summer track program and fell in love with the sport. For a determined and competitive little kid, it fit me perfectly.
I then went on to run cross country and track in middle school and high school. I liked the 800, mile, and 3200. Once in a while I would even try out the 4×400 for a laugh.
Since high school, I haven’t stopped. I’ve run two marathons, roughly 8 half marathons, a few 10k’s, and some 5k’s.
I recently started branching off and trying out some new activities also. I absolutely love hiking. I’ve done plenty of hiking in the White Mountains and my friend Ellie and I hiked the Long Trail a year ago.
I’ve also become really interested in bike touring. I biked over 2000 miles on a trip in the northwest US and southwest Canada. I’ve also done a few smaller trips around Massachusetts/New Hampshire and spent a few weeks touring in Alaska.
You might ask, why Joy Runner? Many people associate running with pain and discomfort. I, on the other hand, think it’s one of the best parts of my day. I love the freedom, the sense of accomplishment, and the pure joy I feel. It helps me clear my mind and makes me feel happy on a stressful day. I can leave in a grump about something and come back smiling and laughing.
I’ve started writing this blog after taking a few years away from it. The main reason right now is that I want to document my experience dealing with popliteal artery entrapment syndrome. This basically means that the muscles behind my knees have an abnormal attachment and are crushing the main artery behind my knee. I’ll be getting a bypass as well as a muscle release surgery to hopefully solve the problem. I hope to create some more awareness for this weird condition and maybe provide some more information to somebody else going through the same thing.
Thanks for running with me!
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