I met Amy 6+ years ago when I was still teaching fitness classes and corporate wellness at Harley Davidson. Since then, we have continued our friendship through torturous workouts, wine therapy, and getting Amy to learn to “tolerate” running. Since the day I met Amy, she hated running and 3 years ago I tricked her into completing her first race ever. She decided to go bold and claims I said it was a 5k, when in reality it was a 15k (9.3 miles). I guess we can just continue to remember different versions of the story!
In the past 3 years of running, look how far Amy has come! Let’s hear what 2016 has brought her and where she looks to be in 2017!
2016 Goals: Try to finish the Discovery Run (third time) in less time than my first two.
Future Goals: Try not to back out of a half marathon.
Struggles you face in your runs or races? Legs feel like cement. Joyfully I can report I don’t taste blood in my lungs anymore! That’s a MAJOR accomplishment. Surprisingly, balancing exercise with work/home has never been the biggest struggle because its a priority, not an option.
What motivates you through training? Food (see attached photo) and hanging out with my friends after these damn things. It’s also great to set a healthy example for my sons as they grow to appreciate it. Soon enough they will be lapping me but until then, I’ve got them.
One thing you you’d love to tell a beginner runner or someone who is slower than you: It doesn’t matter how slow you go as long as you finish. Anyone can run. I HATE HATE HATE running and yet sometimes I get see people running on the side of the road while I’m driving my kids to 12 places and I get jealous that I’m not out there running too. My favorite time to run is when it’s about 50 degrees out with a light rain. It LOOKS like I have dedication but in all reality, I just like the cold rain on my face so I’m not so sweaty and miserable.
Thanks Amy and keep up the amazing work you do and balancing running/exercise with a full career and raising 2 great boys!