20 Questions, Miles of Answers- Amanda Gebhard
1. Name: Amanda Gebhard
2. Age: 25
3. City: Burnsville, MN
4. Profession: Communications Specialist
5. When (or why) you started running: I was never an athlete, and I never thought running was for me. I would run on the treadmill occasionally for cardio, and I always felt out of shape and out of breath. One day last January I surprised myself and ran for 10 minutes non-stop, and I didn’t feel like I was dying at the end. The next day at work, I found out that my company was going to form a team to run the Minneapolis Half Marathon with Team in Training on behalf of one of our coworkers, whose young son had just been diagnosed with leukemia. It seemed meant to be, so I signed up. In the past year and a half, I’ve run two half marathons, the Medtronic TC 10 Mile, three 5Ks and a 7K. Now it’s Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon time!
6. Best Run/Running Experience: I would have to say when I finished my first half marathon last year. Even though my pace was slow and I felt like crap, I had a big, stupid grin on my face for the entire last mile of the race. I couldn’t believe I was actually doing it! It was my proudest moment.
7. Worst Run/ Running Experience: Ha, which one to choose? More recently, I ran a 16-miler – my longest distance yet – and it was my fourth consecutive day running that week, which is unusual for me to do without a rest day in-between. I was really struggling on an incline at mile 12. My legs were tired and sore from no rest days, my hips were aching, my breathing was off (I have asthma) and the blisters on my toes were screaming at me. I stopped to walk, which didn’t really bother me, but I felt like there was no way I could finish that run. I was in tears from feeling defeated and ashamed. Thankfully, I didn’t cut the run short and did go on to finish, and then I ran my best timed 5K the next morning! It really showed me what a mental game running is, and I can’t let myself get psyched out by the distance.
8. Dream Training Partner: Ryan Hall, even though that would be crazy intimidating. Not only is he an incredible athlete, I also appreciate his perspective on running and how he views it as an extension of his faith. I would also love to run with Kathrine Switzer, since she was a pioneer for women runners.
9. Training Shoe. Asics Gel Nimbus. I've run in the 14 and 15 now. Great shoe.
10. Favorite Running Route: Chain of Lakes in Minneapolis – Lake Harriet, in particular
11. Favorite time of Day to Run: Early morning, even though I hate getting up for it. I also enjoy late evening as the sun is setting. Right now, it’s whatever time of day is coolest.
12. Pre-Race Food: Usually a waffle with peanut butter, a banana and maybe some juice.
13. Post-Race Food: Whatever is closest and sounds good – usually anything involving eggs and fruit. I always crave fruit towards the end of my long runs. I also love chocolate milk afterwards.
14. Favorite Running Accessory: Nike+ watch
15. Current or Future Goal: Current goal is finishing the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. Future goal is improving my half marathon time (hoping for 2:00) and maybe my 5K time. Who knows, I may also want to beat my marathon time once I’m done...
16. Upcoming Race: Just the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon for now
17. Favorite non-running activities: Reading, writing, baking cupcakes... Does eating count? I love food.
18. Mode of Transportation: I have a 2007 Hyundai Sonata but often drive my husband’s Audi A4. :)
19. Pump up Music: My favorite running song is “All These Things That I’ve Done” by the Killers – mainly because of the line “I’ve got soul, but I’m not a soldier.” I also love anything by Florence + the Machine, Owl City and Fun. My most embarrassing pump-up song is “One Day More” from the Les Miserables soundtrack.
20. Advice for a Brand New Runner: Take it slow, listen to your body, celebrate all achievements (even the small ones) and sign up for a race!
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