My name is Amy, and I’m a runner.
Ten years ago, while going through a dark period in my life, a friend convinced me to sign up to run a marathon. Back then, I was someone who ran occasionally as a way to burn calories to keep my weight in check. I had no idea what I was getting into, and that first summer of training, long runs, pouches full of weird gooey substances and long run iPod playlists was one of the best summers of my life.
I finished that marathon and caught the bug. Many races and thousands of miles later, I’m still running. I love how running makes me feel – the sense of accomplishment that comes with a good, hard effort. I love how the marathon is the perfect metaphor for life, and training for them (I ran my tenth this fall in St. Paul) has taught me a lot about myself and what I’m capable of achieving through hard work and dedication.
I run for my health, to relieve the daily stress of life, and to set an example for my kids to get out there and have fun! When I run, I’m a better mom, wife, daughter, friend, human. For me, there’s no better way to travel through this journey called life, and I’m trying to enjoy every step.
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(updated January 2014)