I’m so glad you’re here! I’m Laura, founder of Run Momma Run. I loooove taking new trail runners on their first adventures. Seeing those sweaty, smiling faces at the end of a beautiful day in the woods can’t be beat. Of course, I can’t take all of you with me on a run, but I can be your virtual trail guide. I’m here to celebrate and support women who run – that’s YOU. Thanks for joining me on the journey!
I’ve been running regularly since 1999. The reasons are many; cardio fitness, mood enhancement, leg enhancement, waist enhancement. You get the picture. Running for fitness and mental well-being are high on the list. But mostly, I run because I LOVE IT. It gets me closer to myself; closer to my inner thoughts, my fears and my joy. It also helps me shut off that crazy-self-talker-chick who can’t stop thinking about all the things she has to do everyday. When I’m running, I’m just running. It makes me feel like an athlete. I AM an athlete. There is no better feeling.
I started running longer in 2005. I wanted to do something challenging for my 40th birthday, so I decided to run the Newport, Oregon Marathon. I’ve done a lot of races since, a bunch of shorter races, half marathons, other road and trail marathons. My current true love is ultrarunning in the woods. I love Peterson Ridge Rumble 40 miler just outside of Sister’s Oregon, Siskiyou Outback in Southern Oregon, McKenzie River Trail Run 50K and the cruelingly fabulous Lithia Loop Trail Marathon.
When I’m not running, it’s what I like to talk about, read about, write about, and otherwise surround myself with. Hence, Run Momma Run, a place where I can do all of that and share and learn from all of you. Celebrating and connecting is what we’re all about…
Celebrating: Yearly at my Winery Run & Brunch at Silvan Ridge Winery. 2019 will be our 10th annual event! Enjoy a gorgeous fun run in the countryside, delight in a delicious brunch, a full wine tasting, and guest speaker at our boutique event that seats 100 women. Register early. It fills up every year. Another way to celebrate is with my Runner Momma Marathon Medal Display Rack (of course, you can hang your hat and gear with it too!)
Connecting: Running buddies are a must. Connect and share with us on Facebook, Twitter and the RMR blog. And of course, come run with our Weekly Eugene Running Group for Women!
Coaching: Trail running is my thing. And I love helping people get out on the trails and into their first trail race. Whether it’s a 10K or a 50K, I’m here for you. If you’d like to try, improve, or grab the adventure of your first race, contact me. My unique approach to coaching takes all of your “real life” challenges, schedules, and dreams into account so you get a detailed “Whole Life Trail Running Race Plan” Exciting, right? Let’s do it!
I’ve got two amazing kids (14 and 11). They were both adopted from Korea when they were 4 months old. We have always told them we picked the best ones and we were right!
I have the best hubz ever! Bill is a child and family therapist. He’s funny, hot, well-read, a super-daddy, and not afraid of teenagers, which is great, because teenager in the house!
ANSWERS TO THE BURNING QUESTIONS
Love to eat…stinky cheese
Can’t live without…a good night’s sleep
Hates it when…people don’t use their turning signals
Loves to run…at dawn after a fresh snowfall
Rambles incessantly…before a race
Smiles at…her kids eat when they eat their veggies
Will never give up…on her dream to grow the perfect Poblano Peppers
Used to eat…Fruit Loops with chocolate milk when she was in the Air Force
Really appreciates…funny women
Runs…commando (panty lines are never attractive)
Besides a running coach, I am currently CEO and digital marketing consultant at SageBloomMedia.com as well as a marketing and technology instructor at Lane Community College’s Small Business Development Centerhere in Eugene, Oregon. Some of my other resumes have included:
- Ice skater extraordinaire (age 14)
- Gas station attendant (gotta love short-term customers)
- Air Force Staff Sergeant (8 years in the service, definitely a previous life)
- Ski bum (in Europe and Oregon, over 100 days a year)
- Retail Manager (they called me the up-sell queen)
- Homebrewer (IPA. Period.)
- Academic nerd (BA in Comparative Literature, Women’s Studies, University of Oregon, Summa Cum Laude, Oregon Six)
- Self-taught website developer and web dev business owner and CEO (1999 to 2010)
- Associate director of a childhood obesity prevention non-profit for a few years
- Mom (18 to life – yahoo!)
I would love to connect with you personally! Drop me a note and tell me about your running dreams.