I’m Laura, founder of Run Momma Run. Well, technically. All of us running moms created it. Your passion feeds it and it feeds me. It’s a place we can celebrate and connect women who run, especially busy moms (which we all know is redundant, which is not part of the mission statement, but you know…)
I’ve been running regularly since 1999. The reasons are many; cardio fitness, mood enhancement, leg enhancement, waist enhancement. You get the picture. Running for fitness and mental well-being are high on the list. But mostly, I run because I LOVE IT. It gets me closer to myself; closer to my inner thoughts, my fears and my joy. It also helps me shut off that crazy-self-talker-chick who can’t stop thinking about all the things she has to do everyday. When I’m running, I’m just running. It makes me feel like an athlete. I AM an athlete. There is no better feeling.
I started running longer in 2005. I wanted to do something challenging for my 40th birthday, so I decided to run the Newport, Oregon Marathon. I’ve done a lot of races since, a bunch of shorter races, half marathons, other road and trail marathons. My current true love is ultrarunning in the woods. I love Peterson Ridge Rumble 40 miler just outside of Sister’s Oregon, Siskiyou Outback in Southern Oregon, McKenzie River Trail Run 50K and the cruelingly fabulous Lithia Loop Trail Marathon.
When I’m not running, it’s what I like to talk about, read about, write about and otherwise surround myself with. Hence, Run Momma Run, a place where I can do all of that and share and learn from all of you. I also got tired of hanging my marathon medals on a towel rack, so I decided to create the Runner Momma Marathon Medal Display Rack (of course, you can hang your hat and gear with it too!) Celebrating and connecting is what we’re all about…
Celebrate: Our exclusive Runner Momma 5-hook marathon medal display rack to sport your race medals. No medals (yet)? No worries! It’s awesome for hats, jackets and other gear. And that’s just the beginning. Basically, it gets the medals and cool runner stuff off the door knobs and towel racks and helps you celebrate what a frickin’ rockstar you are. Because you ARE! You can pick one up online here.
Connect: Running buddies are a must. Connect and share with us on Facebook, Twitter and the RMR blog. And of course, come run with our Weekly Eugene Running Group for Women!
Coaching: Trail running is my thing. And I love helping people get out on the trails and into their first trail race. Whether it’s a 10K or a 50K, I’m that details nerd that loves to get all the unique things about a trail race ready. If you’d like to try, improve or grab the adventure of your first race, contact me. My unique approach to coaching takes all of your “real life” challenges, schedules and dreams into account so you get a detailed “Whole Life Trail Running Race Plan” Exciting, right? Let’s do it!
We are a homeschooling family and I have the best hubz ever! Bill is a child and family therapist. He’s funny, hot, well-read, a super-daddy and not afraid of teenagers, which is great, because I’m freaked out about those years to come.
THE BURNING QUESTIONS
Can’t live without…a good night’s sleep
Hates it when…people don’t use their turning signals
Is looking forward to…the day when she can go to the bathroom without kids barging in on me
Loves to run…at dawn after a fresh snowfall
Rambles incessantly…before a race
Smiles at…her kids eat when they eat their veggies
Will never give up…on her dream to grow the perfect Poblano Peppers
Used to eat…Fruit Loops with chocolate milk when she was in the Air Force
Really appreciates…funny women
Runs…commando (panty lines are never attractive)
- Ice skater extraordinaire (age 14)
- Gas station attendant (love short-term customers)
- Air Force Staff Sergeant (8 years in the service, definitely a previous life)
- Ski bum (in Europe and Oregon, over 100 days a year)
- Retail Manager (they called me the up-sell queen)
- Homebrewer (IPA. Period)
- Woman in transition (BA in Comparative Literature, Women’s Studies, U of O, Summa Cum Laude, Oregon Six)
- Self-taught website developer and business owner (1999 to 2010)
- Currently web developer/consultant at SageBloomMedia.com
- Associate director of childhood obesity prevention non-profit for a few years
- Mom (18 to life – yahoo!)