Hi there. I’m Lauren.  Glad you found your way to my blog.

I’m a 26-year-old who is passionate about many things, and still trying to figure out exactly what I want to be when I grow up.  I love empowering young women, training for and participating in triathlons (because calling what I do racing is a stretch), and giving a voice to all the thoughts floating around in my head.

Most of the time, you’ll find me running, biking, and swimming, in no particular order, training for as many races as I can cram into my weekends. I also enjoy rocking out to Hanson (yes, the band that hit it big with “Mmmbop” in 1997), watching Glee with my husband (affectionately known as Goose), giggling with my girl friends, and drinking way too much Diet Coke.

You’ll probably see me write about my ulcerative colitis from time to time, too.  In simple terms, UC is an autoimmune disease that makes my it pretty difficult for my body to digest food.  It’s not the prettiest thing to discuss, but I think it’s important to give a voice to it here.  (And sometimes, it really does impact my training and racing!)

I got my BA in Elementary Education and Special Education from Clarke College (now Clarke University) in 2007.  After graduation, I taught for three years in a private grade school in the Chicago suburbs, but left last spring to see what else was out there.  Now I spend my days as a nanny, digging in the dirt and playing with choo-choos with the two cutest boys I’ve ever known.  I’m also Programs Intern at Girls on the Run of Northwest Illinois and write a blog for pre-teen girls on the Chicago Tribune’s Chicago Now called Outside the Girl Box.

You can follow me on Twitter @ForwardPace or contact me via e-mail at forwardisapace@gmail.com.