Name: Laurie Wisotsky
Location: Largo, Fl
Fav Sport: I love running. I'm a competitive short distance runner (10k,5k,1mile,middle distance track). I strength train with pilates. My favorite sport to watch is soccer and dance.
Music: I listen to a wide range of music from hip hop to rock to easy listening. Some of my favorite artists are Eminem, Pink, Justin Timberlake, Iron Maiden, and Lionel Richie. I also enjoy listening to National Public Radio.
Reading: Gone Girl. I also read an array of interesting articles on social media and blog posts.
Watching: The Good Wife, Revenge, Scandal, Grey's Anatomy
Fav Quote: "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled and that's made all the difference" Robert Frost
Athletic Accomplishments: 2014 Masters Athlete of the Year for Track and Field by USATF FL, ran All American times at the 2014 Masters indoor and outdoor track National Championships, Bronze medal in the 800m at the indoor and outdoor track National Championships.
Athletic Goals: Break the Masters American Record in the 800m, become the best Masters short distance runner
Vegan Story: I became fully vegan about 1 year ago. I entertained the idea of becoming vegan about 1 1/2 years ago while training for the London marathon. I remember that time clearly because I just never felt great. I prided myself at that time of being a pretty healthy eater but was not feeling healthy. I always felt bloated and tired, which I attributed to hard training and family life. I also felt moody and I wasn't sleeping well. All the while attributing it to life and training. But training was not going as well as I wanted it to either. I had some pretty ambitious goals so I knew something had to change. To start, I wanted to change my eating habits. I wasn't sure if the vegan lifestyle was for me because it seemed so extreme. But after doing lots of research on vegan lifestyle, and reading books written by Brendan Brazier, I knew it was something I could embrace. So, I slowly changed my eating habits. Not only did I feel better and sleep better but I noticed my performance as an athlete improved. Becoming a vegan has been the best thing I've done for myself not only personally, but athletically as well.