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.

Crossing the finish of my first marathon!

Crossing the finish of my first marathon!

9 thoughts on “About

  1. Beth

    Hi there! I just stumbled across your blog and wanted to say hi. I love your header! What a great idea to photograph all your medals together. The Oakland medal and the See Jane Run medals are my personal favorites because I ran those races too! Good luck with your running, goals, and blogging!

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  3. Meg G.

    Way to still get it done. I have so had these types of races (actually the Oakland half this year). But give your neck some healing time and you’ll get that PR in no time!


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