Interview with our Worldwide partner – Laura

In addition to being talented in educational training, our Worldwide partners are talented in marathon training! Let’s get to know Laura a bit and get some great tips from her in this interview.

I have been running for… just a few months – since January 2011.

I run approximately… 40 minutes, 3-4 days a week.

I began running so that… I could be motivated to lose the baby weight! I had my first baby in October 2010 – and my goal to help get back in shape was to sign up for the 2011 Shamrock Shuffle. I’ve been going strong ever since!

The reason I chose running to begin in the first place is… its easy – fairly inexpensive and requires little equipment!

The best motivation that keeps me running is… my shrinking waist line!

The best gear I have found is… SmartWool running socks – and custom insoles!

My greatest accomplishment in this area so far is… Running “The Toughest 10K in the Midwest” – a hilly course through Joliet, Illinois’ cathedral district…in the rain.. Finish time – about 65 minutes.

My goal is to… run in as many organized 5K – 10K races as I can this summer.

My favorite song list that really gets me running is… Dog Days Are Over – by Florence + the Machine, White Knuckles – OK Go, Evacuate the Dance Floor – Cascada.

If I could give 3 pieces of great advice for other, newer runners, it would be…

  1. invest in some good shoes
  2. run your own race and only compete against yourself
  3. wear sunscreen!

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Thanks, Laura! I bought a pair of SmartWool socks at your suggestion. Stay tuned for more interviews from our teammates and our partners.

– Mike
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