Hi there! My name is Laurel and I love to run.
I grew up in Vermont and am now studying exercise and movement science at UVM.
I discovered my love for running very early. 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 decided not to run on the D1 team at my college and am instead trying out some longer distance races. I’ve run five half marathons, a few 10k’s and 5k’s, and a marathon.
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.
When I look into the future about what I want to accomplish with my running, many things come to mind. Certain times I want to run, certain races I want to try… My ultimate goal, though, is to still love running when I’m older. I don’t ever want my passion or drive for the sport to go away. I want to try new races, have fun experiences, and still love it when I’m older. I want to win the age group prize for the 70-80 year olds – not necessarily because I am running fast, but because I am the only one in my age group. Running PR’s and winning prizes can be really fun, but that’s not what I’m going to look back and feel proud of when I’m older. The joy I get out of running is the ultimate prize.
I plan to write about my adventures with running, exercise, and nutrition. My major at school (exercise science) is pretty much the coolest thing ever, so I’ll keep you posted on all of the things I learn. I hope that my blog might provide some insight on running and health, or just put a smile on your face.
Thanks for running with me!
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