Welcome to another week of Fast Five Fit Fridays on Fit Mom! In it, you’ll be introduced to some awesome Health and Fitness bloggers in the community and find out a few little tidbits about what makes them unique, what they like (or don’t like) about the fitness world and a few little quirks that set them apart from everyone else!
This week, I am featuring Laura! Let’s get to know her a bit better, shall we?
Hello! I’m Laura, and I blog at Mommy, run fast (mommyrunfast.com). I am a mom to a 2 year old, runner, and (mostly) vegetarian-whole-foods lover. Since becoming a mom, I’ve realized how much of my identity is tied to running, and have been pushing myself to try some shorter distances and push the pace and “race” more than I used to. I started my blog to share my journey, the delicate balancing act, and lessons along the way.
Pre-race ritual: I try to have a high carb meal two nights before a race and get plenty of sleep. I take the day before completely off (no shake-out run for me!) The morning of, I always have toast or a bagel with peanut butter and sliced banana on top. No coffee. I do a short warm up run and do my best to relax and trust my body to do its best!
Biggest fitness brag to date: I really enjoyed running through my pregnancy and was fortunate to continue up until the day before my daughter was born. I had hoped to run a marathon before getting pregnant, but was happy to finish my first a year later in 3:44 at the Poconos Marathon in PA.
One fitness discipline I’d love to try would be: Crossfit! Running is my priority and first choice, so I’m hesitant to add another intense workout on an off day, but I’ve been enjoying adding in more weight training in the past year and know I would enjoy the challenge.
Biggest surprise about living a healthy lifestyle: My body now craves movement! I can enjoy a day off, but after more than one day, I am itching to go and I can’t wait to get back out there! I love how good an active lifestyle feels.
Best advice you’ve received in life: Believe in yourself! Developing self-confidence and mental toughness will result in stronger races. It’s so important to build ourselves up with positive messages and trust our body to perform. This holds true for all aspects of our life, beyond physical strength and perceived limitations.
If you’d like to be considered for a feature in this series, please send me an email (fitmomintraining<at>gmail<dot>com).