Hi, my name is Lauren! I am a runner, an RRCA certified running coach, blogger, wife, new mom, dog mom, and mental health advocate living in Pittsburgh, PA. Running for Wellness was created to help others improve their own mental health through running.
Running is one of my favorite self-care habits to take care of my own mental and physical health, and I love to help others achieve their running goals.
I’m an avid runner now, but it hasn’t always been this way! That’s right, I discovered that I love running by accident! In my early years, I hated running and struggled with it! As an effort to “get in shape” for my wedding in 2014, I decided to sign up for a 5k to try something new. This was very tough for me, and my only goal was to finish it. As soon as I completed the race, I knew that I was hooked! I can’t even describe the amazing feeling of crossing the finish line of a race for the first time. Since then, I have completed 2 marathons, 5 half marathons, 1 sprint triathlon, and countless 5ks, 10ks, and relays. If I can do it, you can too!
What Runners are Saying
“I have been working with Lauren as my running coach since September of 2020. When we began working together, I was two years removed from having given birth to my son and was 6 months removed from having healed from suffering a broken foot, broken fibula, and peroneal tendonitis. I had been trying to train for a half-marathon on my own and had pushed myself too hard, resulting in these injuries. During our initial touch base, she was extremely thorough, making sure to ask me about my previous running history and injuries, overall health and wellness, and goals toward which I was working. Based on my feedback, she created a plan for me to advance toward my goal of completing a half-marathon while still ensuring I did not over train or suffer any injuries related to over training. Over the course of these months, her coaching has led me to shave off one minute of my min/mile pace while also increasing my mileage 5K to 10K. I had a small set back in the middle of December when I started experiencing shin splints, but with her advice, helpful stretches, and modification to my training for a few weeks, we’re back on track! Lauren is knowledgeable, approachable, friendly, and a great joy with which to work! I am very happy with my progress made under her supervision thus far, and look forward to accomplishing my goal of completing my first half marathon, the Chicago Rock n’ Roll Half in June 2021!” -Izzy R., New Orleans, LA
“I decided to train with Coach Lauren during the quarantine while gyms were closed. My favorite part of training with Coach Lauren was the daily coaching plans and support. Coach Lauren held me accountable to my training plan and she helped me to achieve my running goal of completing a 5k.” -Lindsay S., New York City
My Coaching Philosophy
My coaching philosophy is that running can and should add to your overall health and wellbeing. I use scientific methods mixed with customizing plans to fit your personal life situation and goals. My run coaching services and training plans are created for real people with real lives who want to add running as a way to stay healthy and achieve their goals. I use positive reinforcement to help my clients improve and have fun along the way!
The purpose of this blog is to spread awareness about mental health, help new runners with tips, personal running stories, and more! I also offer 1:1 run coaching services, and create customized training plans.
I created a free guide about how to stay motivated to run while races are canceled. You can download it for free by clicking here.
If you are new to the blog, I recommend that you check out a few of my most popular posts:
- Out of the Darkness: My Battle with Anxiety
- 3 Powerful Ways You can Advocate for Mental Health
- Running in the Age of COVID-19
I encourage you to look around the site and reach out to me if you have any questions! You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.