Amanda Brooks is joining me on the show today for round 2, almost 400 episodes after we chatted for the first time.
Amanda is one of the original running bloggers and a lot has changed since our last conversation, including a new book.
We will have no shortage of topics to cover today as I go a few easy miles with Amanda Brooks.
Celebrating Each Milestone
The last time Amanda was on the show was in 2017, only a few months after she had surgery on her knee.
Prior to the surgery, Amanda had been injured for almost a year before.
For Amanda, coming back to running was a struggle both physically and mentally.
The mental side surprised her because she was not expecting it.
Mentally it was hard to grasp struggling through short distances that she used to run with ease.
Amanda had to reset her outlook and made a conscious decision to celebrate each milestone and focus on post-surgery PRs.
The process was slow and Amanda learned that there is never a straight line with running and/or recovery.
Focus On What You Can Do
Being injured and going through the recovery process has given Amanda a deeper empathy for other injured runners.
Amanda has gained a better perspective on how to be useful when someone is dealing with an injury.
Her best advice for other runners going through similar things is to find what you can do and what will make you a better runner when you return.
Taking the time to perform warm-ups before running was not always a priority for Amanda before getting injured.
Now Amanda has a dynamic warm-up routine that she does before heading out for any run.
A dynamic warm-up should focus on flowing through movements while warming up the muscles.
It only takes 5 to 10 minutes a day of hip and glute work to get a massive payout in staying injury-free and improving performance.
Ahead Of The Curve
Amanda has had a passion for running for a long time and loves sharing knowledge.
Her running website/blog has been around long before having an online presence was popular.
In the early days of her website, Amanda would offer free challenges and had up to 1,500 people participating.
Amanda often found herself helping friends with training and advice and over the years she started a coaching business.
The coaching aspect was never a part of Amanda’s original goal, but over the years the progression happened naturally.
Amanda adheres to the philosophy that there is no one perfect training style for everyone.
Finding The Right Fit
Finding the right coach is a must and what works for one runner may not work for another.
A good coach will look at lifestyle, goals, and injury history before coming up with a plan.
It is also important to understand what workouts each individual enjoys.
There are multiple different ways to get to the same end result.
The one non-negotiable that Amanda has for her athletes is that they must all do some form of strength training.
Amanda loves working with the “everyday” runners and strongly believes that they benefit the most from coaching.
New runners can have a tendency to overdo the training and it’s beneficial for any level runner to have a coach to bounce things off of.
It may also be helpful to get feedback from other athletes that the coach has worked with.
Run To The Finish
Writing a book was never in Amanda’s plans, but when the opportunity presented itself she was intrigued.
Amanda is a well-known social media figure in the running world and that fact didn’t go unnoticed.
She was approached by publishers asking if she would be interested in writing a book.
Amanda wanted to write a book that spoke to the audience she was most passionate about.
“Run To The Finish. The Everyday Runner’s Guide To Avoiding Injury, Ignoring The Clock, And Loving The Run,” was written for the middle of the pack runners.
The book was recently released and she is following it up with a 10 city book tour.
The Best Treadmill For You
Amanda is the rare person that enjoys treadmill runs.
She was approached by a company that reviews treadmills and was asked to try them out and give her opinions.
Amanda promptly flew out to California where she was filmed testing 75 treadmills in one day.
The qualities that Amanda recommends looking for when purchasing a treadmill are:
- Stability- the treadmill should feel stable and not shake while using it.
- Consider the width and length of the treadmill.
- The belt size shouldn’t be too narrow.
- Horsepower is another factor that can be of importance depending on goals.
- Know what features you will use and what you can omit as a way to save money.
Amanda’s treadmill reviews can be found at TreadmillReviews.net.
Mentioned In This Episode:
- Round 1 – Amanda Brooks Has Been Blogging at Run to the Finish For a Decade (Episode 479)
- Run to the Finish: The Everyday Runner’s Guide to Avoiding Injury, Ignoring the Clock and Loving the Run
- Run To The Finish Book Tour
- Treadmill Reviews
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