Amanda Watters: Race Ambassador
New for the 2019 Reebok Boston 10K for Women, we are pleased to introduce you to a group of fun, strong, creative, and powerful women that you should know. They are our Official Race Ambassadors!
I fell in love with running at an early age from watching the Boston Marathon. Influenced by the Marathon, I joined a running team at the first opportunity I had—my high school cross country team. Since then both the act of running and the community that surrounds has been a huge part of my world. Running challenges me to do my best, especially when I compete in local races as a member of the B.A.A. Running Club. As the Women’s LDR Chair for USATF-NE, I am an advocate for making both women’s and men’s running equal. Finally, races are a way for me to give back to the community and organizations I love as a 20+ year volunteer at the Boston Marathon, a race organizer, and a charity team’s coach.
Where do you live?
I live in Ashland, MA.
What is your favorite distance for a race?
I really like the 10K, because it is a good mix of both speed and distance. I also love the marathon distance.
Do you have a special race-day ritual?
Before almost every race, I eat a mixture of steel cut oats, quinoa, and rice with blueberries. I usually like to arrive at least an hour before the race to make sure that I get a good warm-up in and I try not to cross the finish line before the race starts!
Do you have any advice for first-time runners?
Set some goals, even if it is just to finish the race! I tell runners I coach to set an A, B and C goal. The A goal is their reach, the B goal is something they should be able to achieve, and their C goal is what they will still be happy with when they finish their run or race.
What’s the best training advice you have ever received?
Break tough runs into more manageable chunks. This could apply to a bad training spell, where you need to reset and take it day by day or to a tough run or workout where you take each mile at time.
What’s the best race-day advice you’ve ever received?
Stick to your plan and run your own race. It is so easy to get caught up at the start of a race and go out too hard, but if you have a plan and run your own race, most of the time you will be really happy with the results!
If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who would it be?
In the category of runners, if I could have dinner with one person, it would be Uta Pippig. She was a tremendous inspiration and influenced me to become a runner.