Name: Lauren Uhler

Age: 30

Team: Saucony Hurricanes/Manhattan Track Club

Years Running: 14 glorious but extremely non-consecutive years

Favorite Race Distances: 15k, Marathon

How did you become a runner: I used to run for fun around my high school campus and rail-trail after school during the off-season from soccer. One day during the spring of my sophomore year, the track coach approached me and asked if i wanted to try out the mile at the upcoming track meet. I agreed, won that mile handily, and officially fell in love with running.

PRs:
5 miles: 28:47
10 miles: 59:23
10K: 36:23
15K: 55:14
Marathon: 2:52:10

Favorite Pre-Race Food: Oatmeal and coffee for longer races, whole grain toast w/ jam and green tea for shorter races. Boring, yes, but it’s the only thing that works for me.

How do you find/make time to train: I have had to learn how to say “no” a lot…to happy hours when I know it would mean skipping an important run, to social events with friends on nights when I have a long run or a workout the next morning, to that second glass of wine when I know I will just pay for it later. Fortunately, most of the people in my life are very supportive and understanding, and cut me a lot of slack when my work and training schedules demand a lot of concessions. It isn’t always easy finding the time, but it’s absolutely worth it!

Do you train alone or with others: A few days a week I run with some of the guys on the team, other days I chat and run with my only other female teammate, Sarah, but I’d say that the majority of my workouts are done alone. I should add that I feel extremely lucky that I have a built-in training partner in my boyfriend, Jeff. We drag each other out of bed at 5:45am on days when we need to run in the morning before work, and we keep each other motivated throughout the day when we have a tough workout to face after logging long hours at the office.

Best Advice you ever received: Be grateful for the gift of running, and enjoy every moment

Accomplishment you are most proud of: Being able to keep up with my very fast and talented boyfriend on tough 16+ mile trail runs in the Shawangunks

Any advice for someone training for a marathon right now: Stick to your training schedule as much as you can, but try not to get defeated when life gets in the way – it happens! Just pick up where you left off and keep on keepin’ on!

Favorite Quote:Believe deep down in your heart that you’re destined to do great things” -Joe Paterno

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