An unnatural-born runner, a pretty regular yoga doer and a lover of cookies and other sweet treats, Times digital producer Laura Lane writes about her fitness journey. Questions, training tips or race suggestions? Throw her a line on email or Twitter.

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The Unnatural-born Athlete: A little bit of running, a little bit of bowling

Laura Lane shows off her two silver medals following the Munster Rotary Run-A-Round 5K and 10K Saturday.

You know what I like most about local races?

It's that I stand a chance at placing in my age group. See, I'm in the 25-29 age group, and typically there are only a handful of women who run alongside me in this age group at the local races. At least when it comes to the few local races I do run each year. I've been told by friends that next year when I hit the 30-34 age group, that will all change. For now, I'll gladly accept the phenomenal confidence boost earning a Top 3 medal gives me!

The reason I mentioned that little tidbit is because I ran the Munster Rotary Run-A-Round 5K and 10K this past weekend and placed second in my age group for both races! I ran one of my faster 5Ks, finishing in 30:00:02. It wasn't a personal record, but it was fast for me. Then 15 minutes after I crossed the 5K finish line, I started the 10K. I wasn't expecting to get a great time, but I managed to run the whole thing meaning I finished with an average time of 1:12:01. 

This race is always a fun one. I especially enjoyed it because despite the fact my boyfriend Lou wasn't able to run it due to an injury, he came to cheer me on along with our pup Franklin. Frankie freaked out both times as I rounded the corner towards the finish line! Too. Cute.

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The Unnatural-born Athlete: A little bit of running, a little bit of bowling

Laura Lane poses for a photo with her dog Franklin and boyfriend Lou following the Munster Rotary Run-A-Round 5K and 10K Saturday.

But this blog isn't meant to focus on running. I promised a blog on bowling. So here it goes.

Truth: I, Laura Lane, am a terrible bowler.

I know. You're all probably like, "Well, duh, Captain Obvious. You're the Unnatural-born Athlete, after all."

But that factoid is important to mention because I've joined a bowling league. Granted, it's a fun league. But I'm expected to show up week after week and bowl three games. Rumor has it the more I play, the likelihood of me getting better increases. We shall see.

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The Unnatural-born Athlete: A little bit of running, a little bit of bowling

Laura Lane bowls in a bowling league at Lan-Oak Lanes in Lansing.

I have to admit that the bowling league is fun. I'm bowling on a team consisting of Lou, his brother and his soon to be sister-in-law. His mom and aunt are also bowling in the league. So it'd be hard to not have a good time. Plus, at the end of the season, we'll be going to a White Sox vs. Cubs game at Comiskey (it'll always be Comiskey to me).

Those good times don't change how incredibly streaky, albeit hilarious, I am when it comes to bowling.

We're four weeks into the league. To give you an idea of my skill level, I present to you a series of tweets from the first week:

As you can see, I was clearly on track to becoming a professional bowler following the first week with my 66, 77 and 64.

My handicap was revealed during the second week, and it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that it was insanely high. What do I mean by insanely high? It was a 153. I told you I was bad!

My all around lack of bowling skill didn't stop me during the second week. I actually bowled better and consistently! Here are my tweets from that night:

We had a week of rest courtesy of Memorial Day, but then arrived the third week. Week No. 3 saw me bowl my very best game ever followed by one of my all time worst games. Seriously. I started off strong, bowling a (shocking) 108. Then I followed it up with an 89, which I normally would consider to be amazing and would deem myself a professional bowler in training. Then I ended by scoring (is that the correct bowling terminology?) less than half of my first game's final tally. I bowled a 53. It was quite an amazing feat. Here are my tweets from that night.

That brings me to this week. Not only has my handicap dropped to 140, but I also bowled my new best game ever. Shocking, I know! The team we played was impressed with how streaky I am. I'd follow a gutterball the first frame with a spare the second. I'd get a strike then follow it by only knocking down three pins the next time I went up.

I did end up bowling a 110, 82 and 88. So who knows, maybe I am getting better? Or, more realistically, maybe my true calling really is training to become the world's best bowler ever? Only time will tell. Here are my tweets from that night.

I have a little more than a month left of this league, so you can definitely expect another blog post or two. I'll also try to get a video so you can witness the magic that happens each time I go up to bowl.

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