Today I’m running a few miles with a runner that is one of the OGs in the online running community.
Her blog is packed with thousands of posts, and if you look hard enough you might find my guest post I wrote awhile back about recovering from a stress fracture.
I’m excited to catch up with one of my favorite run bloggers, Amanda Brooks, today!
The Love of the Run
Amanda has always been a natural athlete, but like many athletes of various sports, she wasn’t the biggest fan of simply running.
Running was always considered to be a punishment, at least until Amanda finished her first half marathon. The pride that came with finishing that event was enough to immediately get her hooked on the sport.
Amanda enjoys racing but it’s not her focus. The excitement of running is enough to keep her motivated to get out there whenever she can.
The Little Things
Injuries impact many runners, and this year Amanda fell victim to the dreaded injury bug.
Her knee started to give her fits, though the issue really had nothing to do with her running.
Amanda recently had surgery to correct the issue and is finally starting to ease back into her running routine.
Amanda’s Tips for Preventing IT Band Issues
- Do the Lunge Matrix as part of your dynamic warm-up before your run.
- Lay on the ground and pull one knee tight to the chest while doing a small glute bridge with the opposite leg.
- Foam roll on the regular but DO NOT foam roll your IT band.
- Use an elastic band around the ankles and then walk forward/backward/side to side
Amanda’s blog has been around for almost 10 years now!
She has deleted more posts than a lot of bloggers have published, so if you’re looking for running related information on just about any topic, her site is a great place to start!
Amanda Shares a Few Tips for Anyone Starting a Blog
- Find your niche. Finding a focus paves way for building a community and generating ideas for your posts.
- Get on a consistent schedule. Regularly posting content will help you and your readers.
- Be visual! Pictures will bring life to your posts.
- Think about your goal! What point are you trying to make with each post?
Check out Amanda’s awesome Blog. Click Here!
Hey! You can check out more of Amanda’s posts on anything social: @runtothefinish.
Get Amanda’s IT Band E-book here.
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