Athlete Profile: Lauren Casavant
Lauren Casavant has had a successful race career since first taking the plunge in her first Tough Mudder. This 29-year old personal trainer and coach is supported by DSFX Graphics, New England Auto & Truck Recycler, and Southside Grill & Margarita Factory. Learn more about Lauren in this interview.
How did you get involved in your sport?
By accident, a friend from college suggested we try a Tough Mudder during my visit to California, we did the event as a team it sparked my interest in the sport. I came home signed up for the Spartan Beast in Killington, VT, completed the race and was hooked.
Were you always an athlete?
Yes, my parents gave me the opportunity to try out a lot of different sports as a child, but I stuck with competitive swimming for most of my youth.
What are some of your athletic achievements?
Killington, VT Spartan Beast 2012 – 4th place female
Southwick MA Rugged Maniac 2012, 2013, 2014 – 1st place female
Barre, MA Warrior Dash 2013 – 1st place female
Cumblerland, RI F.I.T. Challenge 2014 – 1st place female 2015 – 2nd place female
Providence, RI EPIC 24 hour Challenge 2015 – 1st place female
Barre, MA Spartan Sprint 2015 Saturday 3rd place female & Sunday 1st place female
What are your goals for the upcoming season?
For every season, my goals are to learn from my failures and improve upon them and to give back by volunteering before or after races to support those who are up and coming in OCR.
Who is/are your inspiration?
My support system is my inspiration, I get to share accomplishments with friends, family, clients, and my local community and that drives me to continue to better myself as an athlete.
What is your most proud moment in sport?
Finishing as the first elite female at the Warrior Dash in Barre, MA, that started a lot of what I have to be thankful for in my local community.
What is your most proud moment in life?
The job that I have now has made me the proudest I’ve ever been, getting to be a positive influence on someone changing their life for the better, even if it is just in the fitness world makes every early morning or late night worth it. There are no words to describe what it feels like getting someone to do something they never felt was possible.
How do you overcome a bad race or training day?
The first 24 hours after a bad race I usually take it pretty rough, I think about bad training days or make excuses, but in the end I make mental changes to my training and push on.
What is your training routine like?
Busy. I teach 7-9 classes a week in my facility ranging from HIIT to low impact, I try to schedule my athletic training around that. When training for myself I enjoy working on Olympic lifts, interval training, and bodyweight training.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in your sport?
I most often hear people talk about the things that they would not try at an event, my advice is to try the things that challenge you, you are capable of much more than you think.
What is your favorite pre-race and post-race food?
Pre-race a mix of chicken, sweet potatoes, and veggies. Post-race I’m not picky, water, some leftovers, and I always use my beer ticket 😉
When not training and competing what do you do with your down time?
This season started in January, so to say there has been down time to utilize would be a lie, I have been training and thinking about training since before the New Year.
What is your favorite quote to motivate you?
“Every day you waste is another day of your life that you can’t get back. Ask yourself if what you are doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.”
What is the best advice a coach ever gave you?
If you love what you do, you will be great at what you do, you can’t create that feeling you earn it.
And once you are at the top the only place to go is down. (Haha Humbling)
If you could share some advice to the next generation of athletes, what would it be?
People will forget what you did, but they won’t forget how you made them feel. Be supportive, be an inspiration, and be humble.