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GUTS Member Spotlight: Amanda Remus

  • Name: Amanda Remus

  • Age: 31

  • Birthplace/Hometown: Born in Hartford, CT but raised around Atlanta, GA

  • Years Running? 5 – I’ve always enjoyed running but never stuck with it long enough to be any good.  My Dad convinced my then couch-potato self to run the ’07 Peachtree Road Race with him. When I started training I couldn’t run half a mile downhill without having to walk.  My race wasn’t a pretty sight but I vowed to do better the next year. By the end of ’08 I had run my first half marathon and my first marathon by the end of ’09.  Been hooked ever since!

  • A trail runner? An ultra runner? Yes and yes!

  • Favorite quote: “The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.” – Robert Frost

  • Personal philosophy: Enjoy every moment of every thing you do because you never know when it might be taken away.

  • Personal hero: Diane Van Deren.  My favorite story of her was the night before StumpJump (my first 50K) last year Woody and I heard her speak about the time she ran the Iditarod and ripped her groin muscle.  She had stepped into a moose track and her sled pulled her backwards.  She said “I then had to drag my leg another 100 miles to the next aid station.”  I wasn’t nervous about my little 50K anymore!

  • Book you are currently reading: I enjoy mysteries and true crime but my short attention span means I usually stick to magazines (running mags, of course!)

  • Favorite vacation location: Anywhere with a beach although recently becoming a trail runner, I’m enjoying the mountains a lot, too.  I’d also love to go back to Paris.

  • Pet Peeve: Inconsiderate people

  • Favorite place to run: Any trail with friends

  • What is your favorite time of day to run?  Early morning

  • Short Term goal: Become faster

  • Long Term goal: Complete a 100-miler (did I just admit that?)

  • Best race experience: Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race.  Day 1 went so badly and I had no idea how I was going to finish two more, longer mileage days.  Post-race ice baths (which I apparently became known for), rest, and recovery friendly meals made the last two days an awesome experience.

  • Most monumental struggle during a race: The first six miles of the Pine Mountain 40.  I had been sick for several weeks prior and was so nervous having only completed one 50K before. I decided to give it my best shot and be satisfied with that even if I was swept. I was having a hard time catching my breath and keep my legs moving but I finally settled into comfortable pace and was really able to read when I needed to slow down, take salt or perpetuem, or just drink and eat more.  I had never been so in tune with myself before and it turned out to be a great race for me.

  • Favorite piece of running gear: My tan and pink Nike shorts that I’ve had since 2008.

  • Favorite post-run food/drink: Pizza and beer!

  • Chronic injuries?: Left knee

  • Favorite pacer and crew: I’ve only had a crew and pacers at Operation Endurance 24 hour: my Dad, who has been at almost all of my marathon plus distance races, and boyfriend Woody’s Mom.  I probably would have given up around 4AM when I was frozen and exhausted if it weren’t for them.

  • Most intriguing item found on the trail (money doesn’t count!): Love

  • Favorite non-running leisure activity: Love spending time in the water (pool, lake, beach)

  • Interesting fact about you that we’d never think to ask: I collect penguin stuff.  Penguins became a running joke in my family (long story) and I’ve sort of run with it … no pun intended.  I wore a penguin bow in my hair during the Peachtree!