Organic egg farmer and mom of two Sandra Laflamme is at home running the trails of New Hampshire, where she and her family live and farm. Sandra, 37, is training for her first tri, the Olympic distance at the Lobsterman Triathlon in Maine.
Best recent run: A 17-mile trail run in the Pemigewasset Wilderness in New Hampshire. I ran the trail with three of my best girlfriends and we started at the Zealand Falls Trail Head and ran to Lincoln Woods. The trail ran along the Pemigewasset River which included scenic waterfalls and even a little bushwacking! It was the perfect run, filled with laughter and fun with some of the strongest women I know!
At home on the trails: Running has given my life a sense of balance. I never used to like spending time alone (being a total extrovert), but discovering the quiet peace along the gorgeous trails of New Hampshire and Vermont gives me a place to think and feel completely free. When I run it is almost meditative and allows me to release stress and also brings me fresh positive energy. And the endorphins are a nice bonus, too!
Tri Training: I am training for my first triathlon and am wicked excited about it! After training for and running two Boston Marathons, I decided I needed to mix things up a bit -- especially after having a bout of Peroneal tendonitis. So this summer I decided to sign up for my first triathlon. I will be racing the Lobsterman Olympic Distance Tri on Sept. 6 in Maine. I will be racing with other athletes who are also trained by coaches from my friends coaching business, The Sustainable Athlete. The best part of triathlon training has been the swimming. I grew up swimming in a gorgeous tranquil lake in Pennsylvania in the summer and was a fish. I have always loved swimming but now have discovered a new passion for it! Swimming laps can be very meditative. I love the intensity of pool workouts. I am finding that swimming is helping me to build a stronger core for running and is improving my cardiovascular fitness. Also, getting in the water to work out and off my feet is helping me to stay injury-free.
Favorite running conditions: I love cool and sunny weather where it is warm enough not to have to wear 10 layers but cool enough so that you can run for miles and miles!
Tunes that really pump me up: I typically don’t listen to music when I run, but if I do I like to pump things up with a little Justin Timberlake (a bit cheesy I know!)
10K or half-marathon: Hmm, that’s a tricky one . . . I’ll go with the half-marathon. After two miles I feel like I can crank up the pace and just go!
What it’s like to operate a farm: Our organic egg farm is awesome! It is a family farm that was started by my husband’s grandfather after World War II. My husband is now the head of the business and we work with small family farms in New England and the Northeast to produce organic and cage-free eggs. It is a thriving business and very busy! I had been doing social media for our farm but now am focusing on being a mom to my two kids, and training and writing my blog Organic Runner Mom. We often go down to spend time with our hens and one of the best perks is that we always have the freshest eggs in our refrigerator!
My running mantra: Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. –Thomas A. Edison
The Bachelorette or Orange is the New Black: The Bachelorette. I am a romantic sap.
If I could run anywhere, it would be … On a quiet trail by the water.
What keeps me going when I hit a rough patch in a race or a run: When I hit a rough patch in a race or a run I always think about my strong training partners who help push me through when it gets hard or I remember a challenging run where I found success and pushed my limits.
What I thought about during today’s run: Today I thought about the nature surrounding me. I often listen to the birds in the woods as I run. I also listen to the sounds of my footsteps and the rustling leaves in the trees. I was enjoying a few final quiet moments in the woods by my favorite lake at the end of a family vacation.
Best Mile Ever (and Why): My best mile ever was the last mile of the 2012 Marathon Around the Lake because I knew that I had achieved my dream of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. I had crushed my time goal and the run had felt effortless (well, as effortless as a marathon can feel!).
My running, in three words: Strong. Passionate. Powerful.