Running on Happy: Welcoming Rachel

We are lucky enough to have another female runner join our team of contributors. We are excited to welcome Rachel Frutkin to the Connect Run Club team and excited to see her contributions. Be sure to follow her blog and social media sites to keep up on her latest training updates and check back for periodic updates. 

By Rachel Frutkin

My name is Rachel and I blog over at Running on Happy. I love running. It has changed my life, and that’s an understatement. I’m a stay-at-home mom. Running has given me not only sanity with all-important away time from my kids (who I love to pieces – but every mama needs a break!), it has brought health and fitness into my life in ways that were previously inconceivable to me.

I started running in 2010 to lose baby weight from my first pregnancy. Coupled with a lifestyle change in terms of nutrition, I lost weight quickly and in a healthful way, and I continued with my new healthy lifestyle throughout my second pregnancy. Looking back now, I can’t fathom going back to eating the way I used to.

In 2014 I completed two half marathons, one 10-mile road race, and a bunch of 5Ks. I’m currently training for my first full marathon in May 2015. Also on my race schedule are two half marathons and several 5Ks. Although I do run longer distances, the 5K distance is my favorite. It’s short and sweet, and I can run fast and not bonk before it’s over.

I’ve recently begun incorporating a lot more yoga into my training and I am beginning to feel the positive effects of my practice. So far, so good!

I’m grateful to be a part of this amazing community. I can’t wait to learn more about all of you as our journeys unfold!

If you’d like to follow me, check out my InstagramTwitter, and Facebook feeds.

Happy running!

Rachel Frutkin is a healthy lifestyle advocate and runner. She's a stay-at-home-mom raising two little people to become the best they can be. While she secretly hopes her children will take after her love of running, participation in any sport or extracurricular activities will suffice when they get bigger. Rachel is currently training for her first full marathon.