About Amy Lauren

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


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.

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.


I started running occasionally as a senior in college to relieve stress and fell in love with it in 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, signed up for a training program, and ran 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.


After running distances from 5K to the marathon, I’m sticking with the short stuff for now. While I’m not super speedy (hello, age grouper!), I love the sport, and I love supporting local races, charities, and runners- including beginner runners. Since I work at home, running is my social life, and the Charleston running community is welcoming and supportive. Clay started running last year, so it’s fun sharing it with him too.


When I’m not running, I’m busy with technical writing, painting, yoga, volunteering, trying new restaurants, exploring the world of home ownership, and travelling. We love cruises, weekend getaways and enjoying Charleston life!


9 Responses to About Amy Lauren

  1. Tony says:

    HI, Amy. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am looking forward to checking yours out. Keep up the good work!

  2. Really liked your blog – especially the hand-drawn graphics (my fave was the woman with the sweat dripping off of her)!

  3. Hi Amy! I’m glad I stumbled upon your blog–I love reading other runner’s blogs. :) also. What type of yoga do you do?

    What’s your email, by the way?

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Hi Linda! You can email me using the link on the side of the page :).

      I like really gentle yoga and deep stretches from running, I’d rather do that than hot yoga or anything tough (I look at yoga as a recovery exercise not a workout). I also like a class called BodyFlow, which is a combination of yoga, tai chi, and pilates.

  4. Hi Amy! This is my first time stopping by. I am looking to relocate to the Charleston area. Any ideas or help with writing jobs down there? I am a runner and writer for my own running blog :) Thanks for sharing your story!

  5. Rookienotes says:

    Very nice blog you’ve got here. You’ve encouraged me to do some running <3

  6. Amber says:

    My friend and I have seen you at several races and then I came across your blog yesterday. I immediately called her and told her to start following it NOW!
    So glad to have found your blog!! :)

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Thanks, definitely introduce yourself the next time we see each other at a race! I am doing Catch the Leprechaun next week, if you’re not already signed up, it is one of the best 5Ks in town :).

  7. Audrey Long says:

    I came across your blog looking for a 50K race (my first). Since I decided just today I wanted to run a 50K, I wanted a race that would give me time to train. The Eagle Endurance, last chance 50K. There is not much information, but you mentioned you knew the organizer. I want to sign up, but without much information, I don’t have much confidence. I live in Charlotte, NC so I want more info. Is there a time limit? What is the course? Where is the best place to stay? Where does the race start and end? If you have provide this info or Chad’s contact, I would appreciate it.

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