Hello I’m Laura! Here’s a little background about EndureRunConquer:
Running History. I am a former middle school and high school runner, who took a long break during college and returned to the sport following my graduation from law school. My return to running was prompted by registering for the Chicago Marathon in 2011 as a “bucket list” item but I quickly rediscovered my passion for the athletic lifestyle. Once I was hit by the marathon bug there was no turning back. I ran another marathon in 2012 (Chicago) and two more in 2013 (Schaumburg and Chicago).
In 2014 I had hip surgery, which required me to take a long break from running but allowed me to take up other activities such as cycling. Dealing with (and overcoming) injury has contributed a lot to who I am as a runner. In 2015 I was finally able to return to running (and marathon training) and ran part of the Chicago Marathon and the Madison Marathon. I also started CrossFit. In 2016 I welcomed a whole new set of challenges as I ran through my first pregnancy up until the day before I gave birth in October 2016!
2017 has been all about learning to balance motherhood, running, and personal health. I was fortunate to run a BQ time at the Charlevoix Marathon in June, however, have been dealing with a myriad of minor health issues throughout the remainder of the year which has prevented any serious racing.
Goals. Get healthy. Run. Race. Lift. Challenge myself.
I am also an RRCA certified running coach and look forward to growing my client base. I have had so many great athletes help me along the way and I can’t wait to help others reach their goals!
My Philosophy. I love training because I love being on a schedule. I have realized that I thrive when I am busy (my first marathon was completed the year I graduated from law school, studied for (and passed) the bar exam, started a new job, and planned my wedding. I love organized chaos.
Aside from running I am passionate about fitness and nutrition. However, my greatest weakness is my sweet tooth. I have found the trick to living a healthy lifestyle is less about the restrictions and more about creating and maintaining good habits.
My Life Outside of Running Shoes. I have been married for almost five years to my “immediate post-high school sweetheart” Mike (who although we actually went to the same high school I actually met while waiting tables at TGI Fridays). We have been together since 2004 and had our first child (baby girl) last fall.
Speaking of fall, fall is my favorite season. For me, it has always symbolized new beginnings rather than the conclusion of the year. Fall also brings college football (On Wisconsin! Go Irish!), pumpkin spice lattes, perfect running weather, and changing leaves. What’s not to love?!?
Why Blog? I started this blog because of my love for writing (and to give my family and friends a break from my running banter). I have found that there have been many points in time where a lesson learned through running has closely paralleled a lesson learned in my daily life. I was really encouraged to write more when I battled injury in 2014 and spent a lot of time reading about other people’s experiences. I hope to use this blog as a platform to share those experiences with others and to learn more about this wonderful running community.
5k: 20:46 (Shamrock Shuffle – 04/07/13 (PR was in 8k race))
8k: 33:04 (Shamrock Shuffle – 04/07/13)
10k 44:11 (River Run – 10/03/15)
10 miles: 1:12:15 (Lakefront 10 Miler – 04/20/13)
Half Marathon: 1:35:17 (Chicago Half Marathon – 09/08/13)
Marathon: 3:24:02 (Chicago Marathon – 10/13/13)
Great Western Half (05/07/17 1:38:57 First in Age Group)
Charlevoix Marathon (06/24/17 3:31:48 *** Boston Qualifier – 7.5 Months Postpartum***)
Fox Valley Half Marathon (09/17/17 1:48:31 Training Run)
Ragnar Trail Relay – North Woods (09/22/17 First Overall Female Team)
River Run 10k (10/07/17 49:08 First Overall Female/Ran With Stroller)
Huff Relay (12/30/17)
River Run 5k (10/01/16 23:50 Third in Age Group, Fourth Female Overall) (***34 weeks pregnant***)
2015 (First Year After Surgery)
Boston Marathon (04/20/15 DNS)
River Run 10k (10/03/15 44:11 First Overall Female)
Chicago Marathon (10/11/15 DNF)
Madison Marathon (11/08/15 3:43:09)
2014 (Year of Injury and Hip Surgery)
Did Not Start
Shamrock Shuffle (04/07/13 33:04)
Lakefront 10 Mile (04/20/13 1:12:15)
Chicagoland Spring Marathon (05/19/13 3:59:13 heat exhaustion)
Chicago Half Marathon (09/08/13 1:35: 17)
Chicago Marathon (10/13/13 3:24:02 Boston Qualifier)
Got 2 Run for Education (05/19/12 37:22 First in Age Group)
Soldier Field 10 Mile (05/26/12 1:21:12)
Harvest 5k (06/02/12 21:48 First in Age Group)
Chicago Women’s Half Marathon (06/24/12 1:44:01)
Big 10 10k (07/28/12 44:36)
Chicago Marathon (10/07/12 3:35:23)
Chicago Marathon (10/09/11 4:06:09)
Literacy Network 5k (10/07/07 22:30 Second Place in Age Group)