July 26, 2006 - Jennifer Lawrence crossed the finish line of the Catalina State Park Half-Marathon to find that see had outrun her family, who weren't running in the race, rather they were supposed to meet her at its conclusion.
Turns out, Lawrence, 33, ran the race much faster than she had anticipated.
Running and overall fitness have become a driving influence for Lawrence, 33, who was recently named to the seeMOMMYrun 2006 Race Team.
The Oro Valley mother of two is one of 25 runners selected from throughout the Unites States to compete for the squad and the only one from Arizona.
The women of seeMOMMYrun represent various stages of motherhood, running in events ranging from 5Ks to marathons and even triathlons. Team members must run, or walk, four events throughout the year. The goal is to inspire and inform mothers nation-wide about the importance of staying fit and setting goals, especially in the months during and after pregnancy.
She plans on running the Tucson Half Marathon, the Oracle 10K Run and another 10K held near Old Tucson Studios.
Her ideal race, the P.F. Chang's Rock N' Roll Marathon, which will be held January 14 in Phoenix, will have to wait. Lawrence is pregnant once again and is due in February. That won't stop her from running, or walking, those other races.
For Lawrence, running wasn't always a way of life.
"It's something that I kind of evolved into. In high school I hated running, then, in my 20s, I started to love it," said Lawrence, a graduate of Canyon Del Oro High School. "It's a great way to spend some meditation time alone. I like a hard workout, it's something that I always go back to after I have my babies and it's a great way to stay healthy and stay in shape."
Lawrence has two daughters, Gracie, 4, and Ella, 2.
Staying in shape during her pregnancies aren't her only goals. She's also aiming to keep the mothers of the Northwest finely tuned. For that she offers Baby Boot Camp, a program designed to help moms regain or enhance pre-pregnancy fitness.
"I'm in better shape than before I got pregnant," said Baby Boot Camp client Kim Beer, who is 33 weeks pregnant with her first child who she loving calls "micro" Beer. "I don't get back aches or a lot of the problems that pregnant women get. I feel really good and have a lot of flexibility."
The program meets several times a week, either at CDO Riverfront Park in Oro Valley or in Tucson Mall. The interval training programs last 75 minutes and include a mixture of strength conditioning and cardiovascular workouts.
"I take pride in that it will make you sore and help you get back in shape," said Lawrence, who used to teach biology and coach the cheerleading squad at CDO.
"After you have a baby, it will change your body completely and change the way you think about things," said Lawrence about being pregnant.
Another baby will change Lawrence's life but one thing is certain, running will still play an important role. One day, if her dream comes true, she'll be able to run a 10K, this time, with her family by her side.