Thoughts & Stories

  • Recap of IRONMAN 70.3 Lake Placid - 2019

    I wrote this recount of my event in the days following our time in Lake Placid but for some reason I took a while to publish it.  Now it feels like the right time to post this and to remember it. 

    I wanted to write down and remember as much as I could about my 70.3 at Lake Placid for two reasons.  One, in the months leading up to my race I read so many race recounts and it was tremendous help to me in my mental preparation.  Also secondly I want people to understand that if this is something you’ve ever WANTED to do, you absolutely can.  There is no “triathlete type.” I saw all ages, genders, shapes and sizes out on the course.  Do not stop yourself before you even try.  Do not sell yourself short.  If you train and prepare yourself correctly you will be welcomed into this community with open arms and you will cross paths with some people you will never forget.  You get one life.  Do things that really challenge you and you will find so much personal growth, I promise.    Read more....
  • Running with Hannah Podcast!


    This podcast is just three very good friends creating something special. Aimee Naylor and I got to chat with Hannah Pennington about all things running, including our recent half marathon and both of our decisions to go plant based to fuel us through that run.  

    This was so fun to do and hoping to continue to collaborate on similar themes in the future. Click here to listen in! 

    Also in the last few minutes of this podcast I reference my video recording of the last 60 seconds of Aimee's first half marathon. Click here to see that video and hear my high pitched shrill voice in all its finisher glory.  

  • The power of the finish line

    I believe everyone should have a goal. Always. You can have professional goals, emotional goals, organizational goals but my absolute favorite kind of goal is an event goal.  A goal where you put hard earned money down and say you are going to show up at a certain time and place and you will participate in something. Why do I like this kind of goal best?  Because it's scary and it holds your feet to the fire. In occupying that spot on your calendar, it forces you to move your body, to train, to prepare. 

    Believe it or not, my first scary event was running a 5k about 5 years ago.  Its funny to look back at that now because these days a 5k is a bit of an active recovery for me. I don't say that to brag but to share with you how far I've come.  At the time of me writing this... Read more....
  • What is it all about?

    First blog post. It feels like I should set some intentions and outline my ideas for Inspired Outlier. You are going to learn soon I'm FULL of big goals and big ideas.  This website I hope will inspire you to step into your strength and be the best version of you.  

    To start, a little about me.  My name is Lauren Franklin and I'm the person behind this brand.  My story starts a while back when I was floundering, as in, I was really didn't feel or look like myself. Our three beautiful baby boys were all walking successfully, out of diapers and suddenly I looked down at myself and didn't recognize the person standing in my skin. It felt like a mini identity crisis. In getting through those early years of parenting I had completely sacrificed my health. I was tired. It was hard to get out of bed. I wasn't at all happy with myself.   Read more....