>Just wanted to share the blog Richard Hefner posted about me on his blog Old-Runner.com. I’m so excited to have someone help get Jog for Joubert Syndrome out there. Thanks Richard!!!
Runner Profile: Laura Buchanan
Last Updated: December 28, 2009
Laura Buchanan is considerably younger than 50 years old, and so is her daughter Haley, but I’m happy to share her running profile on the Old Runner blog (I’ll do the same for you if you ask). Haley is now 22 months old and has been diagnosed with a rare genetic brain malformation called Joubert Syndrome. It affects her balance, coordination, and muscle strength as well as causing abnormal eye and tongue movement, affecting her speech. Joubert Syndrome is extremely rare, affecting approximately 350 people in the United States and only about 650 worldwide. Currently Haley undergoes numerous therapies five times a week. You can read Laura’s blog, My Reason to Run, for more information, and visit Jog for Joubert Syndrome on Facebook and the official Joubert Syndrome Foundation website.
Name: Laura Buchanan
Residence (City/State): Dallas, North Carolina
Date of Birth: June 19, 1978
Question: What year did you begin running?
Laura: I have been an on again off again runner since high school, but started back again seriously in july 2009.
Question: What has been your motivation to continue running?
Laura: My daughter was diagnosed with a rare genetic brain malformation, Joubert syndrome. I wanted to start a running charity group to help raise money for the Joubert Syndrome Foundation. Also, because she lacks the ability to even walk yet at 22 months old, I run in her honor because she can not.
Question: What kind of training do you do?
Laura: Unfortunately I spend a lot of time on my treadmill. My windows of opportunity to run without having to run with my daughter in the jogging stroller are limited to when it is still dark outside and I’m too big a scaredy cat to run in the dark by myself
Question: Have you worked with a trainer or coach, or just on your own?
Laura: Just on my own.
Question: How many miles do you run each week?
Laura: I’m still having a hard time building up my mileage, but it varies with my schedule. On a good week 10 to 15.
Question: How many days a week do you run?
Laura: Again, depending on my schedule — on a good week 4 days, bad weeks 1 or 2 days.
Question: Have you decreased the miles you run as you have gotten older?
Laura: Haha, if I decreased my mileage much more, I might as well sit on my couch.
Question: Do you do most of your training running with others or by yourself?
Laura: As a general rule, I do not like to run with others. I am very self conscious about not being able to keep up or go the distance, but occasionally I will run with my best friend. This is actually a running New Years resolution for me to become a more social runner: if I want to run in races for my charity I need to get used to being surrounded by others!!!
Question: Has running helped you lose weight or control your weight?
Laura: Definitely! I am 6 feet tall and I weighed in at 185 pounds before I got pregnant. After having Haley I got back down to 173 without diet or exercise, but since i started running again, I am now down to 155 and still losing weight gradually.
Question: Do you use any particular diet program or regimen to help control your weight?
Laura: Not really. I just try to eat sensibly most of the time. but I do NOT deny myself something if i really want it.
Question: Are there any running books that have been especially helpful to you?
Laura: I haven’t read any books, but Runner’s World helps keep me informed and motivated.
Question: What is the longest distance you have run in a race?
Laura: I have yet to run a race, but will be running the Cooper River Bridge 10k in March.
Question: Have you had any injuries during your running career, and if so, how did you deal with them?
Laura: I have dealt with minor shin splints and turf toe, but nothing that kept me out of running for long. Over the last two months I have managed to catch five different colds (thanks to Haley bringing home daycare germs) which have been just bad enough to keep me from running consistently since November. It is very frustrating. Just when I start to build up significant mileage I come down with another respiratory infection and I have to start all over again. But I just have to keep looking at the bigger picture: this is a long term investment for me, and a couple of missed runs here and there will not stop me from achieving my goals. I will just have to train a little harder once I am healthy.
Question: What are your future running plans and/or goals?
Laura: First and foremost, i want to make Jog for Joubert a successful charity. i would also like to complete a half marathon by the end of 2010.
Question: How long do you plan to continue running?
Laura: For as long as my legs will carry me!