About Me

Welcome to Health{ontherun}!

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If you’re reading this page, chances are you want to know more about the person who keeps up this little corner of the internet besides whatever ramblings I have gracing the front page. So in case you’re in a hurry, all you need to know is pretty much summed up by these few statements.

20-something vegetarian runner. Newlywed. Pretend Vermonter. Public Health Nut. Boxer Mom. Cheddar cheese addict.

But in case you’re nosy curious like I am when I visit new blogs, here are a few extra facts…

The {relevant} Details

I started this blog back in 2010, at a time when I was bored in my career, confused about my future, and desperately in need of a creative outlet. Over the past few years, my life has gone through some pretty significant changes and I’ve tried to keep the blog changing along with it.

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I currently live with my husband, dog and two cats (one who I’m convinced has made it his mission to kill me in the night) in Southern Vermont.

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We got engaged in December 2011 and tied the knot a mere 6 months later, in June of 2012 (neither of us are the most patient types). Although I didn’t actually blog my way through wedding planning, you can see some pictures of our wedding here and here or watch our highlight video below. Months later, Vermont weddings remain one of my favorite topics of discussion.

{Lauren + Evan Highlight Film from 822 Weddings on Vimeo.}

Around the same time, we packed up our lives and left the city behind….trading walkable neighborhoods, city lights and congestion for mountains and wide open spaces. I talk more about what inspired our move from the small state of Rhode Island to beautiful Vermont in this post.

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Although we love our new state, the move hasn’t been without its struggles. I went from being within walking distance to grocery stores, shops, pharmacies, and a number of amazing restaurants to facing a 40 minute drive for most of those conveniences now. I left behind career prospects to face unemployment. The comfort of friends and family to start all over again.

But even with all of those adjustments, we couldn’t be happier here. The mountains, the quiet countryside, the small town, quaint New England feel, the wide open spaces, and the cheap rent — all of these things and more have made Vermont feel instantly like home.

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Beauty in the changing of the seasons…

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When I’m not waxing poetic about my new home state, you can find me running, hiking, pretending to be a photographer and a baker, reading, and discussing public health policy.

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Hiking

I have a master’s degree in public health, and am passionate about improving the health of the community, specifically as it relates to obesity prevention and the promotion of physical activity.

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Running

Back in the 90s, both of my parents got swept away by the running craze and decided that there was no reason why their kids couldn’t run too. And so, after much prodding, bribing, and trickery, my running “career” began — first by run/walking a mile around the neighborhood every so often, then by entering a few local races as a kid, and eventually by joining my high school cross country and track teams. My high school XC program was incredibly small and close-knit (which resulted in me being a captain both junior and senior years). The memories I made as a part of that team remain some of my very best from high school.

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By that point it was pretty clear that running would forever have a major role in my life. So there was never any question that I’d continue to run in college. I participated in all seasons of cross country and track during my freshman year at Colby College, then transferred to Gordon where I dropped track and focused on my true love: XC. Every fall, as the temperatures drop and the leaves start to turn, I still get that familiar butterflies-in-my-stomach-nervous-excitedness that came from knowing another season of XC was underway. I’m not sure if those feelings will ever fade.

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I was lucky enough to stay involved with my team after graduation by working as an Assistant XC coach for a year, until life (and grad school) moved me too far away to manage the commute. I hope to return to coaching at a collegiate or high school level someday.

Running and I have had our fair share of ups and downs over the years, as I completed my first marathon, qualified for Boston, and fell in love with another form of racing — the 24 hour, 200 mile relay. I’ve battled injury, burn out and setbacks…but I’ve also achieved new milestones and PRs. Running has been with me through moves, career changes, deaths, unemployment, and all of life’s many changes. It has brought me indescribable joy as well as incredible frustration. It has allowed me to explore new places and meet new people. In short — this crazy sport has become a huge part of my identity, and I can’t imagine life any other way.

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I am a certified RRCA Running Coach, a member of the Saucony Hurricane Team and self-proclaimed captain of #teamwatermelon.

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The Blog

When I first started writing, I tried to maintain some sort of balance between recipes, public health rantings, and running rambles. But I quickly realized that I’m no food blogger (and a mediocre recipe writer), so these days the food posts have all but disappeared. I spend most of the time telling running tales, reflecting on training and general life. I can’t promise this site will be updated regularly or kept to any sort of schedule. But I can promise that this blog will not:

  • Endorse products that I do not believe in/use myself
  • Become an advertisement for healthy living, vegetarian food, or other running gear of any sort
  • Represent a false image of myself – with HOTR, what you see is what you get
  • Give advice about topics on which I have no authority. Although I’m never afraid to share my opinion about something (even if it might be controversial), I take extra care not to pose as an expert in areas that I am clearly not.

 

Questions? Comments? Just want to say hello? Leave a comment below or send me an email by filling out my contact form.

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