THE BACKSTORY: I am a Boston-based athlete with a passion for running and inspiring others through fitness. Though running has become a big part of my adult life, as a child, I competed in just about every other sport, including figure skating, ballet, softball, soccer and lacrosse. In 2005, I was recruited to play Division III Lacrosse at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine as a midfielder, where, in hindsight, I ran quite a few miles in a game, but never considered running track or cross country. I ran charity 5Ks and my annual 10K, Joan Benoit Samuelson's Beach to Beacon race in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, but never considered a half or full marathon until one 5K race, Joanie ran up beside me on a big hill, and said to me, "You're sandbagging it! Run FASTER." So, I huffed and puffed up the hill, praying I could keep up with her until the end, and I did - finishing with her. She told me I should try running a marathon, and so, I did. When I graduated from college in 2009, I moved to Boston, and eager to meet new friends, I decided to check "running a marathon" off my bucket list by joining the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Team to run the 2010 Boston Marathon. One and done I thought - until I crossed the finish line with a "Boston Qualifier" time of 3:26 and the rest is history. I fell in love with the sport. And I met the love of my life (now husband, Ian Nurse) because of this sport!
PRESENT DAY: I met my husband in May 2012 at a summer race series 5K - an accomplished runner with a marathon PR of 2:25, I was in awe. We started running together, and with his patience and coaching I went from a 3:21 marathon (April 2012) to a 3:05 marathon (October 2012). In 2013, I ran a 2:59 at Boston, and joined the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) soon after. Subsequently, I ran a 2:56, 2:54, 2:53 2:46, and 2:40. I have been a member of the B.A.A. Women's Racing Team, Lululemon Run Ambassador, Captain and coach for Heartbreak Hill Running Company and recently became a professional athlete for Adidas. I have completed 20 marathons, qualifying for 2 Olympic Marathon Trials (2016, 2020). In February 2016, I ran in the Olympic Trials in LA, and came in 62nd female with a time of 2:49 is sweltering conditions. After that experience, I knew I needed to make a career change, leaving my job as a full-time clinical social worker to pursue my dream of a fitness-focused life. In July 2016, I completed a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, with the encouragement of my friend and teacher, Goldie Graham. Since then, I have been coaching runners in the 5K to marathon distance, teaching yoga for athletes classes, and working towards my new goal of a sub-2:40 marathon as a mother to an active toddler, and a busy lifestyle!
My hope is that my story, healthy recipes, training tips, and photos inspire people like you to live an active lifestyle and follow your dreams! Follow me on Instagram, too: @amandarunsboston!