This week’s profile is Laura Raeder #20. Laura is on a mission to run in every state and she’s more than half way to her goal. My goal is to run in every state as well so she is really inspiring to me. Who/what is inspiring to Laura? Check out her profile below and find out!
Meet Laura Raeder…
Name: Laura Raeder
RIF #: 20
Years running: 6
Favorite PR: Boston Marathon 2010 3:37 I wish I would have appreciated this more, instead of wondering how to shave 7 more minutes off my time! (see photo above)
Favorite Race: Chicago Marathon 2009. The temperature was 32 at the start–perfect for this South Dakota runner. The race has great crowd support! Plus, my sister and Brother-in-law ran this race with me ….and my parents came to cheer!
Favorite Bling: I don’t have a favorite medal…I feel like I birthed them all and just can’t pick a favorite child!
Next Race: Seattle RNR marathon June 23rd.
What makes you FEEL fast?: Every Wednesday, I run with my former trainer. We run 5 miles and each time we run …she asks for a walk break. (However, I think I have persuaded her to train for a fall marathon! Good-bye Wednesday recovery runs…Hello mid-week long runs!)
FUN RUNNING QUESTIONS
Who inspires your running and why? Every other runner. Honestly…perfect form speeding past, hunched over and shuffling…new runners with passion and questions…experienced runners with passion and answers. I am motivated by each person…why they run…their goals…their stories.
Which of your running routes makes you the happiest and why? There is a piece of our Bike Trail that goes around our airport. There is no shade, no wind breaks, and no water…so, not many people. I love running here. There is a 1.5 mile straight stretch that can feel like 3 miles some days or .25 miles other days…it all depends on how many problems you have to solve!
What is the thing you splurge on after a race? Airport pizza! Ha! I am trying to run a marathon in all 50 states before I am 40…I have 27 states and 24.5 months…so, I fly in the day before the race, get my packet, sleep, race, shower, and fly home. So, by the time I arrive at the airport after a race I am craving something salty and heavy…pizza it is!
Why do you race? For the feeling of crossing the finish line. My response is extremely selfish…but it is the truth. The fatigue, accomplishment, nausea, strength…the nirvana.
What running moment are you most proud of? My first 1/2 marathon. I ran it with my sister. I was exhausted and she stayed with me encouraging me to finish. Of course she ran backwards…did cartwheels…and high-fived all the kids on the course…but, we finished together! I was hooked!
Laura with her sister and brother-in-law before her first half marathon.
Running it fast at a 4 miler!
Laura is inspired to run by everyday runners like you and me, by her sister and her family, and by pizza! Most of all she’s inspired by how running makes here feel. Find what inspires you and use that to go farther or faster or longer than you ever have before. And don’t forget…you might be inspiring someone like Laura without even knowing it!
Thanks for sharing Laura! Good luck at Rock & Roll Seattle!
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[All photos submitted by Laura Raeder]