Amanda Broughton loves running! When you meet someone with the passion and energy for running that she has, it’s hard not to get excited about it too.  She’s extremely modest about her achievements and sets an impressive example of what you can achieve with strong mind and commitment to your goals.

Amanda Broughton

Wellington, New Zealand

29 years of age

 

WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY OF RUNNING?

I use to run as a way to stay fit at university, and to try and negate the effects of all the Southern Gold and Squiddies chips I was indulging in. I ran with my flatmate Kate, and when I caught up with her a few years after University she had just run the 60km Kepler Challenge, whereas I had stopped running completely! I was really inspired by that, so I started to run again and I entered Round The Bays in 2013. Entering the race made me motivated to train because I was terrified of running a half marathon and I didn’t know if I could run that far. Since then I have been running regularly and I’ve done races all over New Zealand and even one in Tasmania, I love it!

WHAT IS YOUR DAY JOB?

Direct Marketing Specialist at Plunket, supporting the clinical and community services staff to help New Zealand Tamariki to get the best start in life. I also write some articles for Trail Run Magazine, and I volunteer as an athletics coach for Special Olympics Wellington.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT RUNNING YOU ENJOY?      

Spending time outside, we are so lucky to have a lot of nice trails and tracks in the Wellington region to run and walk on. I like to run with other people who want to get fitter, to push their limits, to go faster and longer. Struggling through a long training run, slogging up hills and complaining about sore and tight body parts seems so hard at the time but I really love it, and I love to share those moments with my friends, we’re all getting stronger together.

HOW DO YOU BALANCE DAY TO DAY LIFE / FAMILY WITH YOUR RUNNING?   

I often use my lunch break to go for a run from work, it leaves me feeling energised for the rest of the day. If I know I have a busy week ahead I plan when I will fit in my running to make sure I get it done, even if this means getting up before the sun! It really helps having a structured program to follow from my coach so I know how much time I need for my run each day.

WHAT DOES A USUAL TRAINING WEEK LOOK LIKE?     

Monday, Wednesday and Friday are easy days or rest and I do some running drills. On Tuesdays I like to go to the Waterfront 5km race, Saturday mornings are speed sessions at Karori Park or Newtown Park track and Sunday is a long run. If I have any niggles or something hurts I take a day off and go aqua jogging or for a walk.

WHAT TYPE OF TRAINING DO YOU DO?           

My coach always says that the best exercise for running, is running! I do some strength training to work on my form and my core, and lots of stretching.

GOALS FOR FUTURE RUNNING?      

I would love to see more women running competitively, so many people out there think that they are not good enough to be competitive, myself included. If you stop comparing yourself to other people and try to beat your own times, you will gain confidence, gain fitness, and a team who want to support you. It’s really hard to line up for a race knowing that you will be one of the last over the line, but what you gain from doing it is worth that one nervous moment a thousand times over.

For my personal goals I want to run a marathon in the next year. I want to make sure my body is able to withstand that distance, so I have been building up to it for a couple of years now. I know it will take a lot of time to train and include a lot of long runs, so it’s great to have my friends from Scottish Harriers and WHAC to join me on those crazy long and hard training days.

My goal is to still be running 40 years from now, I’m thinking about my long term health with everything I do. Taking care of yourself now will be invaluable in later years.

PLANNED EVENTS FOR 2017?   

Cigna Round the Bays, and I am really looking forward to the Harriers relay races over autumn and winter. The Shaw Baton relay is in a paddock, you have to run through streams, over hills, rocks and horse jumps as fast as you can then tag your next team member to run. It’s fun to watch and cheer (or jeer!) at people and to shepherd the sheep off the course to make way for runners.

I’m going to volunteer at the Wellington Urban Ultra (WUU2K) so that is on the calendar too, it’s a beautiful, epic, and tough run right here on our doorstep!

 

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