Written on June 14, 2012 at 3:17 pm , by Samantha Shelton
Amanda from Run To The Finish sure loves pounding the pavement, but we dig her passion for all things athletic. Although running is her true fitness passion, her experiences with yoga, kickboxing and stand up paddle boarding prove that she’s willing to share the love! To return the favor, we found out which sport she’d be aiming for gold in if she hopped over to London, and what running gear she simply can’t live without.
I’m happiest when I’m: In the middle of a long run, having found a rhythm that allows me to simply move while sorting through my thoughts and visualizing an amazing future.
My motivation comes from: A sense of pride that I feel each time I accomplish a new speed, distance or workout. It’s a reminder that in life I can do more if I move past my perceived limitations.
My gym bag must-have: Oakley sunglasses. I didn’t realize how much energy I was wasting squinting during every run here in Miami, and they’ve stopped my headaches!
Olympic sport I’d love to try: Beach volleyball! If I could have picked a sport to do for a job it would have been this. I love being outdoors and these women are serious athletes.
My fave fit snack: Dessert hummus has become my go-to because I love sweets, but need protein. Here’s how I make it:
- 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup nut butter
- 1/2 of a banana
- 1/4 cup ground flax seed
- 1/2 cup shredded carrots (sometimes I swap for zucchini!)
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1 dropper vanilla stevia
Blend the above ingredients in a food processor and then stir in some fruit! I love cherries, blueberries, peaches or whatever else is in season.
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