Featured Athlete: Laura from Box Run Eat!! (And a Blogroll…)
|May 30, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Featured Athlete|
HEY friends!! Hope your week got off to a great start! You guys made me laugh so much yesterday in the comments! We are DEFINITELY having that blogger slumber party!!
For those of you who don’t know, every Monday I feature someone who volunteered to be a Featured Athlete, and this week is the turn of Laura from Box, Run, Eat! She is not only an awesome runner but a BOXER too!! How cool is that?! Anyway, I’ll hand over to the beautiful Laura to tell you more…
1. Tell us about yourself!
Hey guys, I’m Laura, I blog at Box, run, eat.. My blog has evolved to be mostly about running but it does include boxing and eating too! I’m vegetarian and have been since I was 13 so all my recipes are veggie friendly and some vegan friendly… Currently I work in dementia care but I have a masters in Music and do a little music teaching on the side so who knows what the future brings!
2. Share with us a random fact about you!
I won the women’s section of a strongman/woman competition when I was at university! Our university almost came top too which would have meant prize money but sadly we were pipped to the post by the last uni to take part!
3. What would be the five items you would choose to have with you if stranded on a desert island?
- My clarinet and sheet music
- My animals
- ipod + headphones (it will magically charge itself right…)
- garmin… again it will charge itself by magic right..
- punch bag and gloves
4. So you’re an athlete then? Are you a runer/swimmer/cyclist/gym fanatic?
Runner mainly, then wannabe amateur boxer, in between gyms, but after my half marathon on Sunday I’m hoping to start back at a gym. It’s been too long!
My last race, a hill race, it’s horrible but wonderful all at the same time recap can be found here
5. Why do you workout/run/cycle?
I started training about 4 years ago. I was in recovery from an eating disorder which had controlled my life completely for 7 years and I needed a healthy focus. I wasn’t training for anything in particular back then. I mainly used workouts from Ross Enamait’s books and trained with my sadly now ex partner, Mike. We did lots of different strength and conditioning routines and I believe finding exercise helped my recovery a great deal. I slowly started to focus my attentions on gaining strength and slowly became less worried about the number on the scale and the food I was eating. I’m not saying exercise cured me, I had to see a psychotherapist weekly for CBT and other treatment, I attended two self help groups organised by Seed and had a huge amount of support from Mike… That boy put up with a lot! But the exercise gave me another reason to eat enough because when I didn’t eat enough I couldn’t work out properly.
I’ve been in recovery for nearly 3 years now, I was ok almost all of the time until Mike and I split recently.. I’m hoping I will manage to get things back on track soon and perhaps getting back in the boxing gym might be just what I need! I’m very careful to maintain a healthy weight and fuel my workouts properly both before and after, so while I’ve been having problems eating lately I’ve not been exercising as much in an attempt to keep some weight on… But anyway… that’s going a little off point… If you already read my blog you will know that happens rather a lot.. I’m a good rambler :-p
I initially started boxing for fitness but I soon realised I wanted to compete.. My competitive streak is just too strong! I wrote a post on why I box, you can read it here if you’re interested. After I’d been boxing a few months I discovered how useful running was for fitness and begun running once or twice a week. I started to really love it, especially when I could beat my old times and really see improvement. When I started I struggled to run 1 mile in 9 minutes, now I can run 1 mile in under 7 minutes and it’s a goal of mine to get it under 6.30. Mike and I decided in January 2010 that we would like to do some fundraising for Seed since they helped me so much in my recovery. Despite both being novice runners we decided we would like to run a half marathon and give our sponsors to Seed.
We completed this in June last year recap here. I’m running my second half marathon on Sunday and was hoping to get my sub 2hr time goal but with my life being as it is right now my training and eating have suffered and I’m not sure if that is possible any more. I will get to the finish though!
6. Have you always been active?
No, in fact in school I would do anything to get out of cross country, I especially hated running. I did play netball and hockey but I was never very good and never motivated enough to really work on getting better I guess… Fitness is definitely something which I’ve developed a late interest in! My first gym membership when I was about 17 sat about getting dusty and unused! But I think that’s because I had it for the wrong reasons.. back then I wanted to exercise to lose weight, now I want to exercise to be fit, healthy and strong!
7. How do you stay motivated? Do you have any motivational tips to share?
I struggle to be honest. Working full time shift work really diminishes my energy! The best thing that motivates me is making my running times better, competing against myself.. And hopefully getting back in a boxing gym will be motivation in itself too. I want to be stronger, faster, fitter and generally better prepared than my opponents. If I lose I don’t want it to be through lack of hard work on my part.
Thank you so much for sharing Laura! So sorry to hear about your split and I know your recovery will get back on track soon-stay strong girl!!
Hope you guys enjoyed Laura’s post as much as I did! Don’t forget to leave her love on her blog and in the comments pleease!
What was YOUR last race like? Awesome! Well, I had serious GI issues at the end haha and because of the shin I wasn’t allowed to ‘race’, but it was so much fun and the awesome goody bag (VEGAN GUMMY BEARS!!) made it sooo worth it!
Are YOU competitive? Um yes. When I was a kid there were tantrums if I lost a game, so my big brother always let me win to avoid it!
Random Q: What are you looking forward to this week? I’m meeting an old friend over coffee tomorrow to catch up, and I’m so excited cos I haven’t seen her in AGES! I’m also looking forward to taking some new classes this week as part of my cross-training thang! Oh, any exercise class recommendations by the way?
P.S. A quick little notice! Sweet Tooth Runner is getting a blogroll! A month or so ago, I asked in a post if anyone wanted to be on a blogroll I was going to make, but I changed commenting systems and sadly they were all lost! But recently I’ve had some comments to remind me, so I’m going to start again! If you would like to be on my blogroll, then please leave your blog address in my comments! Don’t be shy- it’s a great way for other bloggers to find you! I’ve found SO MANY of the blogs I love through people’s blogrolls! I don’t want to pick people because I love so many blogs, and because I don’t want anyone to feel hurt if they aren’t on it! So please if you would like to be on it, leave me a comment! Thanks friends!! <3
Have an amazing week you guys!! Love you all!!