lauren penney

Succasanna, NJ

elite Member Since: 2013

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born 5/27/1990
hometown succasunna, new jersey



What is your favorite quote that guides, inspires, or embodies your training/racing/life? 

"You've always had the power, my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself." 
- Glinda the Good Witch 

Favorite post-race meal?  

Pizza and Salad. I never really want the sweet stuff after racing. 

What is your must-have piece of running gear?

My watch, mostly because I need to cover up the insane watch tan, which now seems to be permanent and not just a summer thing.

Do you have a training philosophy?

"Of course it's hard. It's supposed to be hard. If it were easy everybody would do it." - A League of Their Own 

There are definitely easy days, and I always try to remember to listen to my body when I need them, but it is easy to give up when things get hard, and this is what I like to remind myself. 

What is your favorite place to run?

Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville, NY 

Why do you run?

I run because it makes me feel free and powerful. I love the feel of competition: sweaty palms, increased heart rate, and anxiousness. I love the feeling of accomplishment and pride. I love that it is difficult and takes hard work. And I love going for a run as an escape. 

What animal do you most resemble in your racing and why?

A flying squirrel. Someone once told me that I look like I glide, like a cross country skiier, and flying squirrels are gliders.

What is your favorite activity, when not running?

Reading, preferably sitting by the fire while it's snowing or raining.

Complete the sentence: If I was stranded in a hotel room with one movie and one book they would be…

John Steinbeck's East of Eden and Zoolander.

personal bests

1500m 4:12:77
Mile 4:34.6
3000m 8:55:55
5000m 15:30:33


racing highlights

2013 - NCAA Outdoor Track 5k All-American 
2013 - School Record Holder 1500m, 3k, 5k, indoor mile
2011 - NCAA Cross Country All-American