Lauren is a self-described “20-something Southern California girl who dabbles in running.” Although her Twitter bio describes her as a “marathon runner on hiatus,” she’s an active runner who is looking to add training for a triathlon to her list of challenges.
When Lauren told us that she includes tart cherry juice as a part of her workout routine and has seen great results, we wanted to learn more. Below is a Q & A we recently did with Lauren by email.
FruitFast: First, tell us a little bit about yourself.
I live in Torrance, CA with my boyfriend and our dog Maja. She’s a German Shepherd Mix and a great running buddy. I graduated from Cal Lutheran University in 2007 with a double major in Marketing Communications and Business Administration and now I work for an internet company that handles international shipping and I’ve been there for about 3 years.
FruitFast: When did you first become involved in running?
I played soccer my whole life and used to hate running. I really started to get into running when a friend of mine mentioned she was going to train for a half marathon. I thought to myself “if she can do it, then I can definitely do it too” and started running later that day. The running bug bit me and I ended up running my first full marathon 6 months later in March.
FruitFast: How long is your typical run?
My typical run depends on my training schedule but I usually run about 25-30 miles a week and the daily runs range from 4-10 miles with a long run on the weekend.
FruitFast: Have you entered organized races? If so, what distances?
I have run 5 half marathons and 3 full marathons since September of 2009 and I would like to start training for a triathlon this year.
FruitFast: How did you first become aware of the restorative power of cherries?
I first became aware of cherries when a friend of mine suggested them. I suffered from compartment syndrome in my leg and I was looking for a natural way to help alleviate some of the symptoms and swelling. She had been using cherry juice for awhile so I decided to add it to my regiment and it was amazing.
FruitFast: Have you always used cherry juice, or have you tried other methods? (dried cherries, fruit bars, softgels, etc).
I also add dried cherries to my oatmeal but other than that no.
FruitFast: Tell us a little bit about how cherry juice and similar products have helped you.
Cherry juice has really helped me to alleviate some of the pain associated with compartment syndrome. It also helps my legs recover a lot faster from runs than they used to. In addition to those benefits (as if they weren’t enough) I also see a difference from the melatonin found in cherries with my sleep patterns. I was taking a melatonin pill when I had trouble sleeping but since I started drinking cherry juice I stopped using them.
FruitFast: Describe your routine for using cherry products.
My cherry routine is usually a glass of cherry juice in the morning mixed with orange juice and soda water. Sometimes I make smoothies with a frozen berry blend that has cherries in it, cherry juice and other fruit. I also add tart cherries to my oatmeal and trail mix.
FruitFast: Do you/have you recommended cherry products to friends/family with similar interests?
I would highly recommend adding cherry products into your routine if you are doing any sort of physical activity but I think it benefits everyone. I think there isn’t one person who couldn’t benefit from the antioxidants in cherries and nutrients.
FruitFast: And finally… when you’re talking to someone about why you use cherry products, how do you describe their benefits?
I usually just mention their recovery benefits and tell them my experience with how much easier my body recovers. It’s such an easy thing to add in to your routine and the benefits are incredible.
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