About me

Hi! I’m Landen. I’m a mom, I work full-time, and I’m trying to be a runner. If this sounds like you, join me for the journey toward getting in shape, becoming a more balanced human being, and a better parent to my kids. Get in touch here. Read what I’m up to here. And find resources for working, running moms here.

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength,
while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

Lao Tzu

I’m a mom. My sons, A and B, were born in late 2016 and then summer 2018. I love spending time with them AND they exhaust and challenge me. My husband and I always knew we would have kids, but we had no idea what that really looked like until they showed up. I like to say we are learning all together!

I’m an amateur runner. I grew up avoiding the mile run in gym class and played one of the few sports that did not include excessive running – tennis. However, I caught the running bug when I met my husband. He’s one of those people who ran cross-country in high school and has kept up a 3-5 times per week running schedule for the past 20 years. He has running shoes on repeat order. He can’t not run. You get the picture.

I’m not like that. I worked my way up to a 10k in 2011, a half marathon in 2012, and then ran when I felt like it since then. I pretty much stopped cold turkey when I got pregnant with A, and this blog is the result of my decision to start running again – nine months after B was born.

“Running is the greatest metaphor for life,
because you get out of it what you put into it.”

Oprah Winfrey
After my first 10k

I work full-time. My imperative is to build. With an equity and social impact lens, I build programs, connections, compelling stories, capacity, and strategic engagement. I have more than ten years of experience with mission-driven organizations, focusing on education, workforce development, and international development. For more details, check out my LinkedIn profile.

“It’s not wrong to be passionate about your career.
When you love what you do,
you bring that stimulation back to your family.”

Allison Pearson
workingmom
Working (and very pregnant) mom