Hi there! My name is Laurel and I love to run.
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 backpacked 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.
I 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 that runs there. I had bypass surgery in October 2017 and a muscle release in February 2018 at the University of Maryland. 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!