Welcome to Oceans of Sunshine. My name is Laura Bronner and I love any excuse to be outside (in the sunshine!).
I’ve always been a super active person. Growing up I played tons of different sports. So many, in fact, my parents called me the son they never had (even though I have two older brothers).
I only really got into running in high school as a way to meet boys. I went to an all-girls school and cross country and track were the only sports that practiced with the nearby all-boys school.
In college, I played lacrosse. I was the goalie, so while I did a lot of weight lifting and other types of exercise, running fell the wayside for four years.
I found my love for it again when I graduated. I started working full-time and after not too long I noticed that none of my clothes were fitting. I had put on almost 20 pounds in less than a year and I was freaked out. My weight has always fluctuated with my level of activity, but it had never been this bad.
So I bought a bike. I biked to and from work then when I got home I would run for a few miles. I started getting really into again. I read books like Dean Karnazes’ Ultramarathon Man and Born to Run. I was hooked. Before long I was signing up for my first 10K. Then my first half marathon. Then my second. Then a full-blown marathon.
Then I moved. I left behind my network of running pals and I made up excuses for not doing it. I got out of running shape and instead discovered a love for yoga and nutrition. But the itch was always there. The desire to feel that ache in my legs, that exhaustion that only comes from pushing your body to the limit. I missed it.
I bought a pair of running shoes last year, my favorite Asics. I had every intention of starting to run back then. I’ve worn them twice since I bought them. Both times were in an airport.
So here I am. It’s been four years since I ran that marathon. It’s been four years since I’ve seriously laced up my sneakers and hit the pavement.
Why Did I Start Oceans of Sunshine?
I’m a writer. I spend my days writing for travel websites and other lifestyle magazines, but I don’t have a place where I can write about my life, about my day-to-day struggles, about my health and my love for food and fun. That’s what Oceans of Sunshine is. It’s my little space on the internet to write about everything else.
Why Oceans of Sunshine?
I love oceans and I love the sunshine. I’m happiest when I’m in the great outdoors exploring and feeling those glorious golden rays on my face.
Oceans of Sunshine has no real meaning. It just makes me happy. I hope when you hear it, it brings you a little smile, too.
Please remember that I am not a nutritionist or personal trainer. The articles on this blog are based on my experiences and opinions and my own body, which I’ve grown to know pretty well. These should not be taken as medical advice in any way. Please talk to a medical professional before making any drastic changes to your diet or starting an exercise regime.