“I mostly started running because of badass women”

We’re continuing to share the stories of the team behind HOTSHOT! Meet Lauren, our Consumer Engagement Champion, who inspired our whole team with the spirited way she has jumped into running. Read her story and get inspired to make a change to your workout routine today!:

What position do you play on the HOTSHOT team? i.e. what’s your role @ the company?

They call me the “consumer engagement champion!” Really, that’s my title! I do a blend of customer service, community outreach, and social media management.

What’s your workout/sport of choice?

Running and strength training!

When did you start running? What inspired you?

I actually started running a few weeks after I started at HOTSHOT. Part of it was being totally inspired by the amazing women we work with like Shalane Flanagan. The event with Kaitlyn and Matt really motivated me as well. If Kaitlyn could push the weight of Matt and his wheelchair over 26.2 miles, what on earth was my excuse for not getting a few miles in a week? So, in short – I mostly started running because of badass women.

What tips or advice would you give someone who is just getting started at their sport?

Bottom line, you can make progress or you can make excuses – you can only pick one. I had no idea what I was doing, so I downloaded some free apps (like C25K!) and followed some workout Instagram channels. I couldn’t afford a gym membership when I started – but it doesn’t cost a thing to get outside and jog around the block a few times – even my weights and stuff I got super cheap, check craigslist! I really had to be honest with myself on the biggest excuse I (and pretty much everyone I know) gave to not exercise – I was too busy. But the truth is, if you really want something, you find a way to make time for it. Even if that means deactivating your Netflix account!

What does your training routine look like?

It took me a while to figure something out that worked for me because of my busy schedule. At first I was running 3 days a week after work and doing weight training on the opposite days. If I didn’t start exercising the second I got home from work, I wouldn’t do it – so I tried to be disciplined. But then I found myself missing the after-work time for friends and hobbies, plus I didn’t feel like I was doing enough to make progress. So I started waking up at 6 Monday thru Friday to run 2-3 miles before work. I do strength training on top of that, 2 or 3 times a week for about 45 minutes to an hour before bed.

What’s on your go-to workout playlist?

I switch it up every few weeks. Right now my playlist includes Kendrick Lamar, Flume, Childish Gambino, Cardi B, and Gang Starr. Just whatever music makes me feel like I’ve got something to prove.

How do you use HOTSHOT?

HOTSHOT really gives me the confidence to add in that extra set of squats, or that extra half mile. I know that muscle soreness is a sign of progress, but nothing sucks more than missing a workout because you’re in pain. With HOTSHOT, I’m not afraid to push my boundaries because I know it has me covered not only for muscle cramps, but also aches and pains after my workout.HOTSHOT Office Inspiration

What is your favorite inspirational sports quote?

We’ve got a whole board in my office filled with all sorts of inspirational quotes – it’s hard to pick just one! This quote is often attributed to Aristotle, but it was actually from a philosophy piece by Will Durant; “…we are what we repeatedly do. So excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”

What is your “Unfinished Business”? i.e. What is a goal you have been working toward, but have not yet met?

I really want to run a few 5ks this summer, and maybe even a 10k before September. It seems like such a small distance compared to the super tough distance runners, but it’s not a small distance for me and I’m going to be so proud when I get there! I think running is the ultimate “unfinished business” sport because you’re really never done – there’s always a longer distance or a faster time to race. Our supply chain manager, Bryan, ran his first 5k this summer in around 28 minutes. I told him I’ve got to beat his time!