About Me

Hello, I'm Lauren, a twenty-something lady and adopted resident of Baltimore, MD also known as Charm City.  

By day I'm a full-time occupational therapy student and research specialist. The rest of the time I'm a runner and health &fitness nut looking for peace, love, PRs, and happiness. I believe in running happy, dreaming big, enjoying life, and never passing up dessert! 

Read along to hear about my adventures in running, fitness, craft cocktail & beer tasting, eating, travelling, all things Baltimore, finding happiness,graduate school, and figuring out how to navigate this crazy thing called life. 

If my blog was a cocktail it would be 3 parts training, 2 parts foodie, 1 part life, with a dash of introspection thrown in to round it out.

Contact me at breathedeeplyandsmileblog@gmail.com

If you're new to the area or area-running, check out my beginner's guide to running in Baltimore!

Also if you are curious about this November Project thing I'm obsessed with, check out my post on why 12 Reasons Why November Project Baltimore is Awesome

My Running & Fitness Story 

I was an athlete growing up playing soccer and basketball but never was one to really workout otherwise.  When I went to college I quickly put on the dreaded freshman 15 after lots of pizza, chicken fingers, partying, and no more sports. I started running around the summer of 2011 at first to lose a few pounds. I clearly remember that feeling of barely even being able to run a mile on the treadmill that day which was a wake up call. Then and there, I decided to sign up for a local 5K that fall as a way to push myself to keep running and, like many others, I fell in love with it.   

I ran the Philly Rock and Roll Half Marathon in September 2012, a little less than a year after my first 5K and ran my second the next month. I've been bitten by the bug, and my race times aren't too shabby.  In October 2013 I returned to the Baltimore Running Festival to take on the full marathon-and survived! I finally achieved my dreams and ran Boston Qualifying times at the 2015 and 2016 Chicago Marathons. 

I am also  Half Fanatic #7471 and now a running coach at my local running store Charm City Run in Baltimore

After finding running, I became an all-around fitness foodie. These days I dabble in all sorts of exercise during the week along in addition to running including November Project Baltimore, yoga,weight lifting spinning, and group exercise classes.  I have a massive sweet tooth but believe that balance is key. I love trying new foods, cooking, and dining out. 

I'm a slice of pizza with a green smoothie on the side kinda girl.

I'm willing to try any new recipes, restaurants, gear, weird foods, and fitness fads out there at least once!  

Run happy & dream BIG. 


  1. wait your blog is so cute why have I not been here before?! I'm a new follower:)
    Found you through HCBN :)
    I blog over at www.endlesslybeloved.com :)

    1. Thanks so much! I'm following you back!

  2. I've nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award http://sweatymessmama.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/its-a-major-award/

  3. Hi! just found your blog through #sweatpink so cute! I'm a Marylander myself and just finished the Baltimore half and going for the Richmond full in about a month! Thanks for sharing your journey :)

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I've heard great things about the Richmond Marathon-good luck :)

  4. Love this! Brilliant! :) I blog at: https://runningvibesblog.wordpress.com/


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