Laurel Leicht

Laurel is the fitness editor at Shape, She's written for Runner's World, SELF, Competitor New York, and mensfitness.com. A Missouri native and a Midwesterner at heart, Laurel currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she's studying for her CSCS personal training certification. She’s run nine marathons, finished three Olympic-distance triathlons, biked two centuries, and considers drinking coffee a sport.

Since signing up for Ironman Florida this past spring, I've asked pretty much everyone and their dog for advice, and...

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I don't remember when I first became aware of the Ironman Triathlon, but for years I've thought of it as the freaking awesomest accomplishment ever. I mean, a 2.4-mile swim followed by...

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