Welcome to ‘Getting to know…’ number 25. Today we get to know more about the inspirational Amy. She is another runner that I found via the running community on Instagram. Amy has set herself an amazing challenge, which I am loving following.
Also, if you have missed any of the previous interviews, you can find them here.Run the first part of a race with your head, the middle with your legs, and the end with your heart. Amy Haas @raceacrossthestates Click To Tweet
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How long have you been running?
What made you start running?
I started running to train for the half marathon in Chicago, Illinois. I ran this race in 2013, and I ran it both with purpose & with passion… I ran in Illinois for my cousin, Scotty, who had passed away from cancer at a young age. His sister, Melissa, and I ran together in support of Children’s Cancer Research. My training for half marathon #1 was less than ideal, I had to push myself to get to “running shape” from “my life-long soccer-player-only physique.” But every time I felt like quitting, I brought myself back to the memories of my cousin. I brought myself back to the fact that he didn’t get to see the places he wanted to see, he didn’t get to complete the things he dreamt of doing, he didn’t get to live the life he should have been able to live.
Every day that we are given is a gift, and I needed to remind myself to embrace that. Since the training and completion of my first race, I have turned to running as a way of life, as a way to be free, to find myself, a way to push myself as far as I can go, a way to count my blessings in a world where tomorrow isn’t guaranteed and today is a precious gift.
Why do you run now?
I continued my journey & did my second half in Wisconsin (which is where nearly all of my family lives). My third half was then in Ohio, where I live. So, after three half marathons in three different states, I stopped and thought: Woah man. How lucky am I? To have seen and travelled 39.3 miles between three different states by foot. After that, I decided to sign up for a half marathon in Indiana, and that’s where this dream truly came to life & I decided that I was going to continue running. From that point on, I have been determined to see and experience 13.1 miles in each state by foot. To explore places that I otherwise wouldn’t have had a chance to, or a reason to, go. A chance to fill my life with wonder, with adventure, with purpose.
What was your last event?
Last weekend – I ran a half marathon in Oregon! I actually won first female overall!
What is your next event?
It’s a secret – but I’ll be announcing soon!
Favourite thing about running?
The way it challenges you to become a better person in all areas of your life.
Worst thing about running?
What one piece of advice would you give to a beginner?
The journey is the reward. Focus on your progress, not on perfection & know that there is ALWAYS room for improvement. Give yourself some grace on the hard days, because everyone has them – the hard days are what make the easy days so easy!
Best piece of advice given to you?
Run the first part of a race with your head, the middle with your legs, and the end with your heart.
Favourite race distance?
Funniest thing that has ever happened to you whilst running?
Oh boy… I went the wrong way on a trail race and got completely lost. Then I fell and dropped my headphones in the mud. It was quite a race.
Most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you whilst running?
Hmmm… Honestly probably the same story as above hahahaha
On average, how many miles do you run per month?
Do you belong to a running club?
I started my own running community/club called Run with Aim!
Do you do any other forms of exercise in addition to running?
Yoga, hot yoga, bodyweight style workouts!
Favourite pre-race/pre-long run meal?
Just some pasta and veggies (but I eat it REALLY early the day before – I’m not a huge fan of big dinners before race day)!
Favourite post-run meal?
PIZZA AND MIMOSAS!
Do you have any superstition?
What is your biggest achievement sport wise?
Probably winning first place female in Arkansas – since it was such a big race!! And getting a 1:25 finish time!!
If you were granted one wish related to running, what would it be?
None! I’m right where I want to be!
This or That
Early Morning Run or Evening Run
Tea or Coffee
Winter Running or Summer Running
Solo running or Running with Friends
Road Running or Trail Running
Dog or Cat
Miles or Kilometres
Run with someone chatty or run with someone silent
Run with no sock or run with no underwear
Run a hilly 5k or flat 10k
Run a hilly 10K or flat half marathon
Run a hilly Half Marathon or Flat Marathon
Run a hilly Marathon or Flat Ultra Marathon
Run as much as you want on the treadmill or only run once a week outside