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Every week, the Louisville Women’s Sports Network highlights a local woman by asking her six questions about her health and fitness routine. This week’s guest is Laurie Hellmann. If there is a woman you’d like us to feature, email suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tell Us a Little About Yourself
I was born and raised in Michigan. After high school graduation, I headed south to college (Ball State University for my undergraduate degree and Indiana University Southeast for my masters degree) and never looked back. I am the mother of two amazing children who keep me on my toes. My 13-year-old son is a remarkable little man. While he suffers from autism, is completely non-verbal, and always on the move, the determination and sweet disposition he shows each day is nothing short of fantastic and motivating. My 11-year-old daughter recently joined a competitive dance team and plays soccer, so it’s safe to say I rarely sit still.
I have worked in the pharmaceutical industry for the last 16 years and currently work as a district manager for inVentiv Healthcare. A large portion of my career has been spent working with patients of all ages diagnosed with diabetes, so I’ve been fortunate to be able to expand my knowledge and passion for overall health and wellness education by learning from their personal stories.
Throughout my entire childhood and into early college years, I was involved in sports and physical activity such as competitive dancing, soccer and cheerleading. Although I have always enjoyed running, it wasn’t until 2002 that I decided to train for a marathon. Since that time, including a short hiatus to have children, I have run nine full marathons, countless small races, and am presently training for my tenth marathon. In addition to running, I spend 4-5 days a week at Four Barrel CrossFit, which I absolutely love. I recognized three years ago that my son isn’t getting any smaller and often needs to be lifted or picked up. CrossFit has changed my life in numerous ways but, most notably, is the strength transformation my body has experienced.
Six Questions About Your Fitness & Health
1) What is your weekly training/exercise routine?
My weekly training/exercise routine consists of 4-5 days of CrossFit and currently 4 days of running, so I’m often training 2 times a day. My husband, who is also a long distance runner, created my marathon training schedule which includes speed work, hill repeats and tempo runs in addition to distance.
2) How do you prepare for a workout?
When I’m preparing for my CrossFit workouts, the best plan for me is scheduling my classes for the entire week on Sunday evening and writing them into my calendar. As for my running, I have a monthly training schedule written out for each day of the week, so I know exactly what needs to be done and when. In my mind, if it’s scheduled into my day, I’m more likely to do it than put it off. Having a documented plan works well for my Type A personality and I experience a great sense of accomplishment by checking off the workout when I’ve completed it!
3) What do you eat, drink or do for quick energy?
I’m addicted to RX Bars, especially the Pumpkin Spice! Those bars serve as quick energy before a workout and don’t weigh me down before a long run. During a CrossFit workout, I usually will also drink a protein shake.
4) What is your daily nutritional meal plan when training?
Late last year, I discovered the Renaissance Periodization (RP) diet and it has dramatically changed the way I now view and consume food. The RP diet focuses on eating specific portions of food (healthy fats, carbohydrates, veggies and protein) multiple times a day and those meals/portion amounts are scheduled around your workouts. It sounds complicated and it can be at first, but the results of using food only as fuel instead of eating the wrong things at the wrong time creates incredible body transformations and improvements in overall strength, fitness, and health.
5) What do you snack on between meals when training?
I don’t really snack that much, but if I’ve had a double workout day, I’m usually craving some extra carbs and fats. Being gluten-intolerant used to present some challenges for quick snacks, but now there are many more yummy options. Some of my favorites include rosemary truffle popcorn, gluten free crackers with hummus, gluten free granola, and gluten free toast with almond butter.
6) What are your fitness & health goals?
Well first, I always want to be a good role model for my young daughter regarding health and body image. I try to instill in her that despite what we see on TV and in magazines, it’s more important be healthy and be strong than “skinny.” In addition to that, my original fitness goal a few years ago was to feel stronger and healthier in my 40s than I did in my 20s. I turn 41 this year and I’d say mission accomplished!