Meet your Group Stroller Run leader, introduction by Renee Elsdon Jacobs
If you spend much time on the local bike paths, you probably have seen Lauren and her adorable toddler Killian, as they spend a lot of time running together! The next time you do, make sure to introduce yourself, particularly if you are another parent with a little one, as Lauren is an incredibly friendly and social woman and Killian is always up for a playdate. Although there are no longer any former stroller runs, if you like to run with your kids and are looking for a partner, Lauren would almost certainly be interested in joining you and showing you the best spots to run with a stroller.
Lauren and Killian, during one of the early-season group stroller runs on the Legacy Trail (photo by Renee Jacobs)
Where are you from and where do you live now?
I grew up in Napa, and now I live in Truckee (Tahoe Donner). We have been up here a little over two years, and had a house here for about two and a half years before that while we lived on a boat in Marin County.
When did you begin running and/or long-distance running, if that applies? Why?
I started running in high school, but didn’t run longer distances until I was finishing up grad school. I ran my first (and currently only) 50k a few years ago. I originally started running for exercise, but continued running because I love being outdoors and running makes me feel good! I started running longer distances because I wanted to see if I was capable, physically and mentally, of that type of challenge. I was also losing my motivation for rock climbing at the time, and running matched my mood and time availability much more than climbing.
Do you race? Does racing motivate you? If not racing, what motivates you?
I have done a few races, and hope to do more in the future. Racing definitely motivates me to run farther than I would otherwise. But even without a race on the calendar, feeling healthy and strong motivates me to run consistently. Running with friends also motivates me, because I love that time to talk with other adults (I am a stay at home mom right now). And running alone gives me time to think and process things.
Lauren, during a hike with her son from the Glacier Way Trailhead when he was a baby. Photo credit: Lauren Snead
Do you have any dream races (either hoping to qualify for or get selected for)?
Hmm, I don’t know if I will ever run a hundred miler, but if I did I would love to run Western States (this is a dream, right?).
Do you have a favorite on-trail food or nutrition strategy and favorite post-run meal or beverage?
I like eating dates when I am out on a long run, and a smoothie, hot chocolate, or ice cream usually hits the spot after a run.
Do you have a favorite recipe to share?
The browniest cookies from Smitten Kitchen are amazing! They are super easy to make; in a pinch you really just need the ingredients, a bowl, a fork and something to use as a measuring cup. I make them with whole wheat pastry flour, chocolate chips, and less sugar than the recipe calls for. They are delicious – not too sweet, but really rich.
What was your most challenging/ character-building experience this past year?
My family and I moved around a few times this year, which was definitely challenging! For a month, we lived in a studio without a kitchen in Bend, and then more recently we lived in a condo without our furniture for about two months here in Tahoe Donner. Now we are settled into our place for a year or two, which feels good. Moving so much has made us confront the huge amount of stuff we have, and even after many, many trips to the thrift store, we still have more work to do to get our stuff down to a manageable amount. Packing and unpacking your things really makes you question what you value.
What was your favorite running experience this past year?
When we were in Bend last summer, I ran up to Moraine Lake on the flank of South Sister. With all the moving we did, and with a newish baby, that was my big run for the year (although it wasn’t very long!). It was awesome to feel like my pre-pregnancy self, and the landscape was gorgeous.
What do you do for a living? Is it hard to fit in time for training?
Right now I am a stay at home mom. When my son was smaller, running with him in the stroller was a lot easier because he would just take a nap, but now he just wants to ride his scooter or bike all the time! Before having him, I was a high school science teacher, and fitting in training was much more manageable.
What led you to join the DPMR?
For a few months last year we lived in Bend, Oregon, where I joined a running group of other moms. That was the first time I had been part of an organized running group and it was so awesome! In Truckee, a bunch of my friends and I had a weekly walking group when our babies were first born, but once the babies got older the group sort of disbanded. I thought that Truckee could really use a parent running group. Renee Jacobs suggested that we make the group part of DPMR. I can’t wait to try out more DPMR runs and events!
What has been your favorite DPMR experience so far?
Running with a few other moms and our kids, then going to the Sierra Bakehouse and Pacific Crest Coffee Company for post-run snacks and coffee! Yum!
Favorite local trail?
I love running through the Euer Valley – I can run there straight from our condo and I love the scenery. I always imagine what it would have been like to live out there a hundred year ago – those people must have been so tough!
Do you have a favorite piece of running gear (sports bra, shoe, layer, etc.)?
Right now I am enjoying my Topo Athletic MT-2 shoes and Oiselle sports bra.
What other outdoor or indoor interests do you have?
I like hiking, bouldering and yoga, and I also do barre or pilates for strength. I love camping and backpacking, or just hanging out at a beautiful mountain lake.