About Me

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.

my house

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.

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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.

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

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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.

running into the finish!

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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!

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 🙂

    • 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. 🙂

  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 😉

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