Amy Stone has gone all in on everything endurance-sports, and she’s joining me for a few easy miles today.
Amy likes the long events, whether that’s a marathon or an ironman.
While the half marathon is easily the most common answer to the opening question on the show because of the fact that they are easier to train for without hijacking the rest of your life, Amy went the opposite direction with her answer.
Because marathon training and/or ironman training does require so much commitment, she loves those longer distance races because of the payoff/sense of accomplishment she gets when she crosses the finish lines of those difficult events.
Getting Into the Endurance Game
After finishing college and moving to Miami, Amy found herself participating in a Fitness 101 class hosted by a local running store. It didn’t take long for the owner of the store to convince her to switch from Fitness 101 to a first time half marathon training group.
After completing her first half marathon, which wasn’t even an official race, she transitioned into a training group for first time marathoners.
She ran her first marathon at Walt Disney World in 2000, and hasn’t looked back.
Going Beyond Running
After a couple of years of running, Amy’s brother talked her into expanding her horizons and trying triathlons.
She signed up for a series of summer triathlons in the Miami area, and she was quickly hooked.
As she’s gotten into completing more and longer triathlons, Amy has had to switch her focus on how she’s doing during a race. As road runners, it’s easy to focus on time and pace goals but in triathlons there are so many moving parts at play that being focused solely on a time goal can be recipe for disaster.
Upping the Game
After getting into triathlons, Amy’s brother once again talked her into going to the next level.
He planted the seed of trying an ironman, and even though Amy was resistant she went along with it.
Apparently sibling pressure is just as difficult to ignore as peer pressure!
In this case, the peer pressure was a good thing as the ironman is now Amy’s favorite triathlon distance!
The Mile After Mile Podcast
Amy had been listening to podcasts for awhile, and in late 2015 she decided to take the leap and give podcasting a shot.
So she did it!
As Amy fell deeper and deeper into the endurance rabbit hole, she learned of more and more “everyday athletes” that were doing amazing things in the endurance sport world. She reached out to a few people, and when they readily agreed to chat with her for the show she made it happen.
If you need another podcast to add to your rotation, I’d definitely encourage you to check out the Mile After Mile podcast on whatever your podcast listening app of choice may be.
One of the episodes that Amy highlighted was with a man that has run a marathon in all 50 states, and ran his first one at 60 years of age!
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