My name is Laura and I am a stay-at-home mom & wedding planner here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’m married to my high school sweetheart and have 2 beautiful children, 9 and 8 years old. After having my 2nd child in 2006, I was overweight and unhappy with my squishy post-baby body, so I decided it was time to start getting back in shape.
Since I was already awake at 5am in newborn land, the leap to take a 6:30am boot camp class wasn’t so bad so I joined Oakland Adventure Boot Camp– my first class was in April 2006. Within the first month, I lost 45 pounds and got my mile time down from 14 minutes to 9 and just kept getting stronger and faster from there.
I stayed with boot camp for the next 2 and a half years but then decided it was time to switch it up, so I joined a gym, ran more, started racing, and haven’t stopped since. My first race was in April 2009 and to date I’ve crossed finish lines of over 80 races including 2 full marathons and 30 half marathons.
I run for so many different reasons and am always challenging myself to push harder and run farther. I am not the fastest and really don’t care about that, “speed” is relative and my only competition is myself. I cross the same finish line you do, and always win my personal race.
I started this blog as a way to document my struggles, triumphs, adventures, and thoughts in and around running as well as to inspire and motivate others- if I can do it, you can too.