Rogue of the Week – Amy T.

Favorite Distance and Why:  This has probably changed over the years, but for now I’d say the marathon.  I don’t feel like I must go all-out, and I enjoy the long runs that come with training.

What do you struggle most with in training?  Without a doubt GI issues!  I would be a more consistent and faster runner if I didn’t have to stop as much 😊 After many years I am still trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t work for me- but races don’t always go as planned.

Do you rotate shoes and if so, what is in your current rotation?  I never did until about two years ago when fellow Rogue Brian Cook showed me the spending and rotating way!  Now I rotate between about four pairs- New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 for long runs and some speed, Hoka Bondi 6 for Recovery, Asics Gel Nimbus for mid-length runs, and a pair of Hoka Carbon X’s for racing.  I also have a pair of Oofos sandals that I wear religiously around the house, and another pair of Oofos shoes I wear when it is colder.  Fashion has gone out the window.

Do you have a mantra that you use when you are racing/training?  I don’t have a specific mantra, but in both speedwork and races I always “chunk” down the miles to make it seem smaller.

Do you ever feel unmotivated to train and if so, how do you overcome it?  Rarely, if ever.  To me running is my escape, my alone time, the minutes I get to process life and escape from the responsibilities of my life (Three kids, three dogs, a demanding full-time job, and all those surrounding responsibilities means I won’t ever give up running!)

What is the best thing running has given you?  Peace of mind, sanity, an ability to be my own person during “mommying”, confidence, a sense of pride in myself.  (Lots of bests, it has been amazing!)

Favorite race you have participated in and why?  So many have meant so much to me, but I think my favorite was the Oddysey Half Marathon in Philadelphia, in 2014.  It was the first race all of my kids came to when they weren’t in a stroller, and it was the first time since having them that I really raced and competed.  I was so proud that I could still run well, and it meant so much to me to be setting an example to my kids.

How did you get started in running?  I always enjoyed the running I did for soccer from a very young age, and I remember going to the track with my dad when I was a kid and running around it while he ran.  I started running track in the 7th grade, doing the hurdles and 100M at the time (I was already 5’10” in the 7th grade- great for the hurdles!) and gradually increased the distances as I got older.

What is your favorite running workout?  I love a good long run- especially starting early in the morning and feeling like I’ve really accomplished a lot to start my day.  I think my favorite is probably 16-18 miles.

How many marathons have you run?    nine

Who is your favorite professional runner?  Steph Bruce:  I like how she keeps it real- from her post-baby belly, to running with a family.

What are the craziest race conditions you’ve had to endure?  I ran the Bahamas Marathon in 2016.  I mistakenly thought a January marathon would mean cooler temperatures.  There was a turnaround point for the half that I very nearly took.  Instead I struggled through the second half in 90+ degree temps.   I had my kids deliver me drinks poolside the rest of the day- I could barely move!

Do you have a goal race you haven’t done yet and why do you want to do it?  Boston, 100%.  I ran the Virtual this year, which was my first “Boston”.   I first saw the Boston Marathon in person when I was 21 and doing an internship in Boston during college.  I decided then and there it was the coolest experience and vowed to do it one day- still need to get there!

Do you listen to music while you run and if so, what music gets you pumped up for a race?  Nothing.  I’m super boring that way.  I solve all my problems when I’m running- in fact the most dangerous words to my husband when I get home from a run are “so… I had an idea.”  I like the silence so I can process things, make decisions, or use my own head to pump myself up.