One year ago, I experienced a breakthrough in the marathon. Going into CIM 2019, my PB was a 3:06:57. It dropped by over 23 minutes to a 2:43:18. While I was proud of these numbers,…
by Lauren Andrews / Dec 6th 2020
As a child, I would run around in the forest and explore. There were no watches or paces, just the love of outdoor movement. I recognize how incredibly privileged I was to form a loving relationship with running at a young age. That said, I have taken the scenic route, with many detours, on this journey to dedicated training and competitive running. I now get to work toward goals that used to only be dreams.
"Being an athlete starts with the mindset of an athlete. All the little things, over time, eventually lead to what seems like a breakthrough. Running doesn’t respect us, we respect the demands of running." - Lauren
As an athlete and coach, my fundamentals are consistent and honest communication between coach and athlete. People run and train for different reasons and these reasons may evolve over time. While I love nerding out on workout structures and training schedules, I am not the type of coach who only challenges an athlete in the physical dimension. I see myself as a mentor and friend and see my athletes as whole people. My athletes are encouraged to honour rest days, fuel well, and be willing to dive a little deeper into what drives them to dedicate an incredible amount of time and energy to running.
Lauren is a Certified Distance Running Coach in the Jack Daniels VDOT Method.
I want to be as versatile a distance runner as possible before “specializing”, so I don’t have a favourite race distance. My favourite race experience: the finish line at the 2019 California International Marathon. Even if I (hopefully) run faster marathons in the future, the experience of witnessing so many women make their dream of an Olympic Trials Qualifying Standard (USA) is a memory I will have for life. Tears, hugs, and spinning people around in the air! Surreal.
The first time an athlete commented, “I really needed this run today”, I knew her relationship with running had progressed from the physical to the mental, and that no matter her future race times, she was already experiencing the truest gift of running.