Team Amanda

My mom always used the concept of "Team Amanda" to refer to anyone who helped support my dreams. This included coaches, sponsors, teammates, physical therapists, etc. So, here I'd like to express my gratitude to everyone who is part of "Team Amanda." I couldn't fly without you!

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You don't get to pick your parents. But, if I could've, I would have picked the ones I got. Through many struggles and triumphs, they've always been there for me. There aren't words to express how grateful I am to my mom and dad for the endless love and support. Many people have suggested I have no business going after this "crazy running dream" of mine, but I persevere because my parents raised me to go after what my heart wants, even if it may seem "impossible." Thank you, Mom and Dad, for always believing in me and picking me up when I fall down. I love you.

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My boyfriend Alex has been so incredibly patient and supportive of all my crazy dreams and plans. He has never complained to me about my insanity, even when I made him travel 6 hours to a race in Utah with me or when I've had to push back our plans to get a few miles in. He's definitely "a keeper."

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http://www.flatironsrunninginc.com/

Flatirons Running is a new running specialty store located in South Boulder. The owner, Henry Guzman, has been a longtime supporter of the sport and I feel so incredibly blessed that he has taken me under his wing.

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As a member of the Flatirons New Balance Racing Team, I'm fortunate to get to train and race in some pretty innovative, exciting gear from New Balance. I was nervous about switching from shoes I had grown so comfortable with, but I have been very happy with the wide variety of shoes available from NB. The amount of attention to detail and the attitude of always striving for improvement (#alwaysinbeta) is something I find very impressive and I am very happy to be connected to such a great company.

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RocketPure makes great natural bodycare products for athletes. The wonderful folks at RocketPure (based in Bellingham, WA) keep me free from blisters, chafing, sunburns, and stinky shoes. Thanks, guys!

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Whether you're a runner or not, hydration is super important. Aside from helping with physical health, optimum hydration also improves focus and cognitive functioning. I'm really excited to partner with Nuun Hydration in 2016 to improve that aspect of my training (and living)!


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Dr. Richey Hansen at High Altitude Spine & Sport gets a lot of the credit for me being able to run right now. His treatment techniques including graston, active release technique, and kinesio-taping have helped me get through a number of injuries. As a runner himself, he understands that I'll probably go crazy if I don't get back on my feet quickly and I am very grateful for his expertise.


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Ginna Ellis, my acupuncturist, is a runner herself (and a fellow member of Rocky Mountain Runners, listed below) and so she knows what I need as a runner. She knows when something is hurting and I have a big race coming up, I can't just take a big chunk of time off from running. With her expertise, she helps me work through various muscular issues, as well as utilizing various acupuncture points to help me sleep so my body can recover and be ready for my next hard effort. I never thought I'd willingly have someone stick needles in me, but she's a very valuable member of Team Amanda!

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I got a very vague invitation to a photo shoot over the summer, and it led to a great new partnership with Rob, Torin, and their product: Racxers. Somehow, I even ended up in their webpage banner (with my super awkward attempt at a "game face"). What?! Anyway, this was a product I didn't realize I needed, but it actually makes a lot of sense and now I use it for every race. I've written a review on my experience with Racxers, and if you're in Boulder and want to see them in action, let me know!


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Rocky Mountain Runners is a group of crazy, wonderful people who enjoy running up mountains even more than I do. They're extremely welcoming and have helped nurture my love of frolicking through the woods. Click here to view my profile on their site!


***Contact me if you're interested in joining "Team Amanda"!***