About Me

Welcome to Out Running My Mind.  My name is Amanda and running has become my own personal therapy.  I always describe the time I get to go for a run as, an hour where I cannot (will not) answer my phone/texts/emails.  It is an hour where it is just me and the pavement.  I am forced to focus on myself for that sixty minutes.  Let me just tell you, as a working mom, that is a great feeling!

Out for a Run

Weekday running on the streets around my office.

My blog is about running, food, family and how I use running to maintain sanity in this crazy world we live in.

In August of 2011, I was lucky to be asked to help raise a handsome 3 month old boy named Nathaniel.  My life has been forever changed for the better!  N is one of my biggest cheerleaders at my races.  I love seeing things through his eyes.  He loves to play and have fun like any other 4-year-old.  He likes going to my races and tells me that he wants to run with me.  If I take him on a long training run, there are no complaints (mainly because it means we will be at the park afterwards).

Along for one of mommy's 5K races that was slow and easy, after an injury.

Along for one of mommy’s 5K races that was slow and easy, after an injury.

I found my love for running in junior high school.  A few bad choices during that time coupled with bad hand-eye coordination lead me to track.  I was not then and am not now a very a fast runner, but I had/have endurance.  When I went on to high school I discovered the world of cross-country.  I was fortunate enough to make it to the Texas Regional Cross Country meet 3 years in a row during my time in high school.  It was the first time in our school’s history that the cross-country team had made it to Regionals.  I had amazing coaches, but one in particular taught me how to lead, stay positive and love the run.

Team Track Picture 2000

Team Track Picture 2000

Unfortunately, after I graduated high school I left running behind.  I don’t have a good reason.  I went to a great college, got my Bachelor’s degree and started to work.  I married, I divorced, I worked at a handful of places until I found a place I loved to work at, I bought my own house, I became a mom.  It wasn’t until 2014 when I realized something big was missing.

Running

So, I started running again in April of 2014.  Not as part of a New Year’s Resolution to get healthy, but because a friend who was trying to start working out asked me to do a mud run with her.  As I started running a little here and there to prepare I told myself that if after this run I got “the bug” that I would probably start running and racing again.  You guessed it, I got the bug!  I committed myself to at least one race per month for the rest of the year.  I fell in love again.  In 2015 I have kept to my one race per month (except June – no excuse) and I still love it.

The mud run with two great friends that helped me catch the bug again.

The mud run with two great friends that helped me catch the bug again.

In the last year I have found that running has been very therapeutic for me.  As I stated before, it gives me about an hour 3-4 times a week where I am solely focused on myself.  Where I can clear my head, think about the things going on in my life, sort through emotions, or forget about everything and just think about my stride and foot strike.  My personal life is a mess, but I maintain my sanity an hour at a time 3-4 times per week when I get the chance to recharge my batteries.

In September 2015, I decided that I wanted to not only make more changes for myself, but help others along their journey as well.  So, I have become a Beachbody Coach.  Now don’t stop reading thinking that I am here to sell you something.  My posts will be about my journey and REAL opinions on the product(s) I try.  Feel free to watch me, ask me questions ask for my help.  That is what I am here for!  I want to help you along your personal journey to changing your life.  If you want to look at what Beachbody is, feel free to look around my page.

But this is not my whole life.  I have a son that I love dearly!  Learning to be a mommy is an everyday thing.  I learn something new everyday.  Whether it is a new approach to tantrums or just seeing the world through his eyes.  I have a very large family who love to get together and just spend time chatting about everything.  My life would not be complete without the strong women who have also stood by me and held me up during some of the toughest years of my life.  These ladies in my corner keep me young, grounded and happy.

Homemade Pot Roast with my favorite guy.

Homemade pot roast with my favorite guy.

We cook majority of our meals at home.  Trying to incorporate as much organic foods as possible.  I love to cook, but hate having to come up with what we are having for dinner (oh, and did I mention I HATE doing dishes).  I guess like running, it can be a love-hate relationship.  I hope to share recipes on here to inspire you and give you something new to try with your loved ones.

Enjoy the blog, comment often, I hope you can out run your mind too!

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