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Life Laura London: Fitness and Nutrition Life Laura London: Fitness and Nutrition

Life Laura London: Fitness and Nutrition

First, a big thank you to Quorn for their support in helping me reach my goals this year and I look forward to working with them as a blogger ambassador.

My name is Laura and I’m originally from Vancouver but I’ve lived in London for 4 years now. I love everything about running, eating, and being in the mountains.  I originally took up running to stay busy while unemployed and try to keep on the healthy side of normal while getting used to the London cuisine. Since 2011 I’ve run over 20 races and recently completed my first marathon in Dublin last year.

I don’t like to specify any fitness goals in particular because I think it’s more important to live an exciting and adventurous life than just be fit. My goals for the upcoming year are to run the London Marathon, run a trail ultra-marathon, and reach the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Not bad for 2015 I think.

To prepare for all these adventures I try to keep a balanced lifestyle (whatever that means!) and equally challenge myself but also make sure I have time to rest and recover. I like to cycle commute and work at a standing desk as I have found these are good ways to keep a basic level of fitness in my everyday even if I don’t get out to do a workout.  I try to run 3-4 times a week, mostly with friends or my running club and mainly because I enjoy it, not because I feel I have to. I love pilates and yoga classes and try to do one of each during the week too to hit reset and increase my functional range of motion.

When it comes to nutrition I don’t run to eat, but I do enjoy rewarding myself and not following a strict diet one way or the other. I feel better when I eat more whole foods and keep hydrated so that’s what I do most of the time.  My favourite Quorn recipe is what my friend Ed calls “Sneaky Mo Farah Pie” which is a delicious ham & chicken pie made with Quorn chicken pieces.  It’s always a good pre-race meal the night before to hopefully get some of that Mo Farah speed!

Image Credit: Simon Lamb, Six Seconds High Clinic