About Me

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.

my house

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.

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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.

Laurel Catamount xc Bove 2 06

Looking good! I've got some good knee drive going on there.

Catamount race 006

Since high school, I haven’t stopped. I’ve run two marathons, roughly 8 half marathons, a few 10k’s, and some 5k’s.

running into the finish!


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.Β 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!

Contact me: laurxina@gmail.com


22 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Spent some time reading and catching up on your blog Lolo. Youre a good writer as well as runner. So nice to see all the pics of fam and friends and familiar sights in Boston. Love you!

  2. My favorite part about your About Me is “I can leave in a grump about something and come back smiling and laughing.” This is so true!! There have been so many times I leave for a run super upset about something, and come back smiling. You are awesome! Keep it up girl πŸ™‚

    • Glad to know that someone else is like that as well! It’s amazing how a little time running/exercise can change your whole mood around. and thanks! You’re awesome too! I’m excited to follow your blog. πŸ™‚

  3. Well Laurel, maybe your half-finished marathon was a good experience after all. Sounds like you had to dig deep and really reflect to develop such a healthy perspective about it. Triumph is so easy. Good for you!

      • Well Laurel knowing when to stop is a sign of a smart runner. It got hot fast and the hills got worse. I hit the wall at mile 21 and had to walk a few times. It was a very tough day, By the way I was the one that recognized you as we ran through Kennebunkport. What were the odds of that happening!!!

  4. You’re so lucky! I ran track and cross country in high school, but didn’t continue running competitively after that (except for an annual 5k) until I picked it back up 6 years ago. I wish I had never stopped, who knows what I could’ve accomplished. Who knows what you can accomplish!!!

    • I feel like it’s pretty common for people to stop running after high school and then pick it back up later. or not… some don’t ever pick it back up! Maybe taking some time off, though, will make you appreciate running even more and make you more motivated. who knows?

  5. Hi Laurel, thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog! I look forward to reading your blog and maybe learning about nutrition- whatever that is πŸ˜‰

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