About Me

DISCLAIMER: This is OLD, like when I first started my blog over a year ago...I need to update it...it's on my to do list :)

HI! Welcome to my blog.  This is my first attempt at blogging but since it seems like the cool thing to do I'll jump on the bandwagon.  I'll consider this post mile 1 of my blogging journey and start with a little background on myself and why blog now!


I began running January 2008!  A good friend of mine was in desperate need of some friends to help motivate her (at least that is what we tell ourselves) to continue running half marathons and lured us all in with the excitement of running a ½ marathon in Sin City.  5 girls started running, 4 of us who had never run more than 3 miles in our lives ...we coined ourselves Team Flying V in honor of our V formation we jokingly ran in in order to keep pace for longer runs.  
Team Flying V in formation.
What has happened over the past 3 years I can’t explain, but I fell in love with running.  I have now completed 6 half marathons shaving off over 20 minutes from my time over the years.  I have done this all with the support of 4 amazing ladies, including 1 who ran a marathon in 2010 inspiring the rest of us to do one in 2011…Chicago here we come!  I am by no means a FAST runner but I am learning new ways to improve my speed and endurance and hope to run a sub 2 hour half marathon in 2011.

Why start this blog?  I just signed up for my first MARATHON, Chicago 2011 on October 9!  I’m also turning 30 in August and I want to use this time and training to get myself in the best shape possible.  I also LOVE to cook and find ways to make every dish a little healthier.  I often modify recipes to make them healthier, easier, cheaper, or more to my taste so I thought why not share this with others!
What is with the name Lar you ask?  My name is actually Lauren but long long ago a childhood friend decided to call me Lar and over the years it stuck.  It’s not the most glamorous nickname but I like it and it has evolved into various forms of Lar such as Lars or Lardedar (this one never stuck…thank goodness!)
Team Flying V before our 1st half marathon together in 2008.  The lady on the far right is responsible for all this running madness!
1/2 marathon number 2 in Las Vegas, December 2008.