Episode 315: Lauren Paquette – Take a chance on yourself; Training with NAZ Elite

Lauren Paquette is racing the 5,000m at the Sound Running event this weekend and she joins us on the podcast today. She is one of the newest members of Hoka One One NAZ Elite and we get to learn all about her journey to joining the team in this episode.

Lauren ran for Baylor where she has held several school records and finished 7th in the 1500 at the NCAA Outdoor Track Championships. After college she ran with Asics for a bit and joined a training group, but ultimately ended up training with her husband coaching her for several years before joining NAZ Elite. I LOVE the story of how she pursued joining the team- you’re gonna love it too. She currently holds a 15:10 PR in the 5,000m and a 31:53 10,000m PR. Though she was an 800-1500 meter runner for years, she now focuses on the 5,000m and 10,000m.

Photo credit: Chuck Utash

What we talked about:

3:50- Lauren’s recent training

6:25- Her running career in college and post-collegiately leading up to training with NAZ Elite and her journey to join NAZ Elite

19:35- Her husband’s career as a professor and getting tenured

22:05- The decision to leave Memphis and move to Flagstaff while her husband would stay in Memphis

29:15- The transition from being an 800/1500m runner to focusing more on the 5k/10k

34:50- Training with Ben Rosario and Hoka NAZ Elite

39:00- How she felt joining the team with athletes that she had looked up to and changing styles of training

43:40- Living with Steph and Ben Bruce for a couple months

45:00- The word that she uses to describe each of her teammates and what she has learned from the NAZ Elite women

53:05- Thoughts and goals going into the Sound Running 5k this weekend

56:45- Mindset around racing and when the race gets hard

1:00:45- Plan for the Olympic Trials

1:03:00- End of podcast questions

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