Fit Over 50: Lauren Leslie

City/Town of Residence: Warwick

Age: 53

Occupation: Run Coach for Performance PT and Rumford Road Runners which is a youth running team.

Family: 2 kids: Max & Rachel , 1 dog: Sami

Your sport or fitness activity: Competitive Running

What is your proudest fitness accomplishment?: I have won my age group in all 55 races I have competed in since I turned 50! Breaking the tape at NK5k at age 52! My daughter watching me winning a race and hearing her screaming “that’s my mom!”

What motivates you?: Showing people that you don’t have to slow down as you age, you just need to train smarter!

Best local eats: I prefer eating at home!

Famous person you would like to have dinner with: Steve Prefontaine if he were still alive! He was incredibly self-driven…I would soak in as much motivation as I could!

What’s on your nightstand?: A picture of my boyfriend and I at the 2013 Run 4 Kerri race and the current issue of Outside Magazine!

Favorite cheat meal/snack: Papa Gino’s or Pier Pizza! White Chocolate Raspberry Bread Pudding!

What do you like to do in your downtime?: Hike, snowshoe, coach my youth running team, walk my dog Sami…spend time outdoors!

Best thing about living in RI: Living 5 minutes from the beach! I love running by the beach in the morning and seeing the sunrise over the water!

One thing people don’t know about you: I have a terrible sense of direction but somehow I manage to find my way home when I am running or hiking! Only my running partners know this about me since I have turned a 10 mile run into 14 miles a few times!

Favorite quote: “Shrug off the bad days, keep patient & know in your heart that sooner or later you will be back on top.” ~ Arnold Palmer

Fitness tip for RI Fit Readers: Be consistant and patient and results will come! You cannot rush fitness, speed or endurance. Set reasonable goals for yourself and allow proper time to train for them. Your training should include rest days and easy days mixed with high intensity workouts. Most of all make it fun…whatever it is you do!

Additional Comments: Find your passion, keep searching until you find what it is that makes you excited to wake up and do it!

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