About Amy Lauren

Hi everyone! I’m Amy Lauren, also known as The Tiny Terror!

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I live, run, and work in beautiful Charleston, SC, with my husband, Clay. We moved here in 2012, when Clay got a job as a software developer. I work from my home as a technical writer for a software company that develops solutions for churches, schools, and nonprofit organizations.

I write instruction and training manuals, so blogging is a nice break and chance to be creative. After a hot summer race in 2011, my friend Buddy nicknamed me “The Tiny Terror” (I’m 5’0″). Since the nickname stuck, I chose it for my blog.

As a very short, mostly vegetarian girl growing up in a small southern town known for basketball and barbeque, I never quite fit in. In 2003, after graduating and escaping with minimal emotional difficulties, I headed to Francis Marion University, where I earned my professional writing degree and met Clay.

We loved our alma mater so much that on March 5, 2011, we got married on the campus.

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I started running occasionally as a senior in college, just to relieve stress, but I didn’t fall in love with it until 2010, when I ran my first 10K. Running kept me sane through job changes, moves, and Clay earning his second degree.

When we moved to Charleston, I joined the TrySports Mt. Pleasant run club to meet new friends, then ended up running several half marathons and a full marathon. I’m now an ambassador for TrySports Mt. Pleasant, where I represent them in the community by volunteering at races and group runs.

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After running distances from 5K to the marathon, I’m sticking with the short stuff for now. Since I work at home, running is my social life, and I love supporting local races, charities, and runners, including beginning runners. Local 5Ks show the joy running can bring anyone, from the speedy guys to the Couch-to-5Kers. The Charleston running community is welcoming and supportive, and I love being a part of it. Clay started running last year, so it’s fun sharing it with him too.

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When I’m not running, I’m busy with technical writing, painting, yoga, volunteering, trying new restaurants, being a new homeowner, and travelling. We love cruises, weekend getaways and enjoying Charleston life!

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