Thank you for visiting my site. I hope that my posts and resources I provide motivates and inspires you to start living life that is full of outdoor activity, adventure, and fun. All with your kids of course!
– Running with Kids founder
More about Lauren:
The formal (and boring stuff):
I started out in the industry over 10 years ago as a recreational therapist, helping people with disabilities gain functionality through exercise. From there I started teaching fitness and nutrition classes, personal training, professional speaking and developing programs for weight loss, athletes, and the general public.
I received my degree in exercise science and sports performance with a minor in Nutrition in 2005. I am also certified through the American College of Sports medicine as an exercise specialist and through AFFA as a level 2 pilates instructor.
It was in college where I really feel in love with endurance running and discovered that I have the “adventure gene”. This is no joke. About 20% of the world’s population has a mutation in a gene that is linked to curiosity, restlessness and also ADHD.
I went to the University of Colorado in Boulder and remember heading out for a “short run” on the famous trails beneath the Flatirons and getting “lost” for hours because I just had to see what was around that next corner or where that next fork in the trail led. This soon became a weekly occurance as I devoured every trail I could find in the front range area.
My thirst for adventure didn’t stop there. I joined a study abroad program that toured Australia and New Zealand over the course of 3 months. Part of the curriculum was actually daily adventure which ranged white water rafting or kayaking, rock climbing, spelunking through glow worm caves, hiking “mount doom” (from the Lord of the Rings). I had to run wherever I went and of course I got “lost” more times than not.
After I met my husband Scott on a chairlift while snowboarding, we were married a year later and the next 3 years was a whirlwind as we:
– Spent our honeymoon backpacking Southeast Asia for 10 weeks
– Bought a beat-up 10 passenger van and drove from Colorado to Alaska with friends and family
– Backpacked South America for 8 weeks with my 60 year old mother
– Founded 5 unique fitness based businesses and had a million more ideas
– Came up with a concept for a barefoot running series, got sponsored by a big name apparel company and spent an entire summer traveling with a 8 week old baby putting on the events in 10 different cities.
– Ran my first marathon (the Leadville marathon which at over 10,000 feet is one of the toughest in the world)
– Started an event production company and put on 15 events 10 different states in less than 6 months while I was pregnant with my 2nd (yeah, you’d think we would have learned our lesson the first time)
I now have two boys, Wyatt (3) and West (6 months) and love every moment of being a mom.
However, that is not to say there are not many struggles and quite a learning curve when it comes to trying to lead the same active and adventurous lifestyle with a family.
With Wyatt I was active throughout the pregnancy. I have blog posts you can read about camping in -17 degree weather at 7 months pregnant and running barefoot through 8 months of pregnancy. And even though I gained about 50 lbs during this pregnancy I felt great!
After the delivery I was back running and racing doing the MS 150 (150 mile ride Longmont to Fort Collins) only 8 weeks after and the Imogene Pass (17 mile trail race where you gain 6,000 feet in the 10 miles uphill) only 5 months after.
Looking back it was pretty crazy and I wouldn’t recommend any new mom to jump into being that active after having their first little one. For me it was never about losing the weight or needing to “work out” (it actually took me a full 9 months to lose all the weight), I just can’t sit still!
Case in point: my nickname in college was the “energizer bunny” and I still find it hard to even sit through a movie (one of the traits of that adventure gene I mentioned earlier).
West was a different story. I had joint pain and problems from the beginning (I am still under testing for autoimmune disease). I was not able to run after 3 months and by 6 months I was barely able to walk to the park just 1/4 mile away with Wyatt. I had an emergency c-section where they also found and removed a softball size tumor (benign thank God!) from my right ovary but needless to say the recovery has been slow.
I did intensive physical therapy for 3 months and my doctors discouraged me from walking more than what it takes to get around the grocery store for 2 months. In addition to this I was also suffering from postpartum depression. I was in denial about this for awhile and I guess doubted that it was a “real” condition but I hope that by sharing my story (in more blog posts to come) I can create more awareness about this very real affliction that effects 10-15% of all women post delivery.
Looking forward and onto the next adventure….
I am now starting to workout again but starting slowly with walks and bike rides. Running will not be on the horizon anytime soon. And even though I would say this has been the hardest time of my life, I would also say that is is the most rewarding.
I have gained much more perspective and empathy and realized that you may not always have the ability or time to do the things you love.
“But when God closes a door he opens a window”. I am excited to start setting new goals like starting to run again and hopefully doing the Leadville marathon on a more competitive level in 2015.
Thank you all so much for visiting my site, I hope you stick around and check out my blog, videos, workouts and join my challenges!