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 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.
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.
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.
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!