Our local today is somebody that has an infectious enthusiasm for running. It has been very fun to be casual observers of Amanda’s amazing running journey. What stands out to us the most is how excited she is to participate in our local community events and her tenacity to take on challenges that most people would think are wild or crazy. Over the years Amanda has shared many powerful personal experiences with our community and continues to be a great advocate for runners at every level of the sport. Thank you Amanda for being an active member of our running community and sharing your infectious enthusiasm with us. Let's hear from Amanda in her own words.
What/who inspired you to start running?
I began running in 2017 during a weight loss journey where I shed over 110lbs. I was drawn to running over weight lifting or other sports.
When did you start running?
I started running in 2017
Where is your favorite place to run?
My favorite place to run is Good Earth State Park. I love trail running and the park provides beauty in all seasons.
What is your favorite weather to run in?
My favorite running weather is anywhere between 40-60 degrees. I’m a self proclaimed overheater when I run.
Do you prefer group runs or solo runs?
I can’t say I prefer one over the other. Both serve a purpose. I love being social and running with others, but other times I need a nice solo run to reflect.
Have you experienced any dreaded injuries, and if so, how did you cope and persevere?
My whole year of 2020 has been plagued with various injuries. 2 hard falls on more technical trails resulted in a few weeks out each time. In addition to that, I began experiencing symptoms close to runners knee, calf strains and a mild sprained ankle all took their toll. I followed the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) to aid in the healing process. I built slowly back up in mileage when returning each time. Staying positive and hopeful is key.
What’s your favorite post-run meal?
Nothing beats tacos or a burger post long runs!
What are some barriers you have faced in your running journey?
Getting comfortable running with others was difficult at first. Group fitness has to be one of the scariest things to enter into, but now I welcome group runs and have even started some of my own.
What advice would you give to somebody thinking about starting to run?
Start slow and gradually build up mileage . Take care of yourself with preventative maintenance. Don’t be afraid to walk. Don’t be discourage by a bad run, they will happen more often than you think. Keep moving forward and running will eventually change your life.
Describe your best “runner’s high” moment.
My best “runners high” moment was finishing my 100 miler. The last few miles I found myself walking a lot to the finish as I was cold and exhausted. Other runners started to catch up to me and adrenaline took over. Soon I found myself sprinting to the finish. Hitting the finish line was one of the most incredible rushes I’ve ever had.
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