This week’s featured runner is Lauren at Finish Line Runner

Lauren’s Running Journey 

Autism 5K official 2 MeI’ve always being athletic and played sports while growing up and when I was in high school.  I was never much of a long distance running until one day my best friend and I decided to sign up for our first 5K race.  Which by the way was “Run for the Cookies 5K” and let me clarify “Girl Scout Cookies!!!”  And who wouldn’t want to run for girl scout cookies!!!   That was February 2012 and we haven’t stopped racing since then.  It has been the most exhilarating and rewarding experience for me. This year I decided I wanted to take my running to another level.  I started training harder and ran my first 10K race in March. People always ask me what makes me get up so early to run and I tell them I just love the feeling of accomplishment the races give me.  When I get out there, push myself and cross that finish line; there’s nothing like it!  I have seen so much improvement in myself over the last couple of months.  My next accomplishment will be completing my first half marathon race in December.
Q & A
What is your favorite go to fuel during long runs? WATER!!!!  It’s all I drink to hydrate with!
What race is on your bucket list?  Run Like a Diva Half Marathon in St. Augustine, Florida (December 2014)
What running shoe brand do you prefer? I run in Nike.
Your favorite race medal? My 4 mile Daytona Beach Easter Beach Run.
What is your best advice you’d give to a new beginner just starting their running journey? Never give up; even when it gets hard.  It’s going to be hard starting the running journey, but I promise it is so worth all the pain, sweat, and tears.  What seems hard now, will one day your easiest run or easiest mile.
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