We are truly enjoying getting to know more of you this way! Between now and race day, we’ll be featuring Hogeye runners past, present, and future in the “Meet a #HogeyeHopeful” series. If you’d like to share YOUR story, please contact racedirector@hogeyemarathon.com — we want to hear from you!

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Meet Amber! 

Amber doubles as a triathlete!

Amber doubles as a triathlete!

We asked Amber a few questions that will help you get to know her better as a runner and as a #HogeyeHopeful. Thanks for chatting with us, Amber!

Hometown: Anderson MO
Age: 38
Profession: Music Teacher and Band Director at Anderson Elementary School

When and WHY did you start running?
I started running a year after my youngest child Nathan, now 9, was born because I only weighed 5 lbs. less than the day I came home from the hospital with him.

Where do you prefer to run? Do you have a favorite route?
I prefer to run outdoors but on pavement of some sort. Along Thief Hollow Branch here in McDonald County is a favorite 10 miler of mine.

What was your “I’M A RUNNER!” moment?
When people started asking me for advice about running.

If you could go back and give yourself a piece of advice as a beginner, what would it be?
Buy better shoes sooner. I started in $25 Wal-Mart specials or whatever was cheapest at the running store and went though 4 pair in one year. I realize now that I am VERY lucky not to have gotten injured doing those things.

What has running taught you about yourself?
Running has taught me that I’m stinkin’ CRAZY!

Do you run solo or with a group?
Mostly I run solo in the wee hours of the morning before school. Lately, I’ve taken to bringing my son’s dog along. For the long runs, I have a training partner, Tonya, who will be racing with me in March. She has run the relay several times and completed one other marathon.

What motivates you in running? Medals? PRs? Fitness?
Not getting fat and being able to eat cookies and stuff is what motivates me most. Also, that nickname my Mom gave me before she died. Many times I refer to running as my “Calgon take me away” time as it gives me time to think deep thoughts and to pray. My students also know that long runs are when I come up with my best choreography ideas.

Do you have any racing superstitions or traditions?
My husband bought me a Road ID a couple of years back in case “I got knocked off into a ravine by a chicken truck.” so I always like to wear that even when I race as a kind of good luck charm.

Do you have a running motto or mantra or favorite quote?
Several mantras: Mostly scriptures. Phillipians 4:13, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” “Run with patience the race that is set before you.” “Forgetting what is behind but straining for the prize before me.” but my favorite is “Keep running; you’ll be done faster that way.”

Have you run the Hogeye before, or will be 2015 be your first Hogeye?
2015 will be my first Hogeye and my first marathon. I’ve had people tell me not to do it for my first because of the hills, but I figure since I live and train in The County, it can’t be that bad. From the time I ran my first 5K, my Mom would introduce me to people as “her daughter who runs marathons.” She really meant triathlons as I have completed more than a few of them. The Hogeye is also a step on my way to completing my first Ironman distance Tri.

Thanks for sharing your story, Amber! See you out there!

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If you’d like to share YOUR story, please contact racedirector@hogeyemarathon.com — we want to hear from you! {To read past #HogeyeHopeful spotlights — CLICK HERE.}