“WeRunMPLSer of the Month” is a series we write to introduce the faces that make WeRunMPLS so special. We say this a lot – our core is community; it was the motivation behind starting WeRunMPLS, is the foundation for every time we meet and is what guides all our decisions. Hope you enjoy!

This month we're featuring Amanda! Amanda and her husband joined WeRunMPLS and never looked back. Amanda is a familiar face at WeRunMPLS, always showing up in style. Our favorite example? At our New Year's run, Amanda showed up in sequins (and her husband Jon donned a bowtie). She is fun to be around, is a dedicated runner and we love cheering her on at all her races (near and far). Read on to get to know her, and show up on a Thursday to meet her yourself!

Tell us your name + how you found out about WeRunMPLS.

Amanda Webb. I found out about WeRunMPLS on Facebook. At the time I was starting training for the 2016 Twin Cities Marathon and while I enjoy running solo, I wanted to do something to change up my training and provide variety. It has also become something that my husband and I can attend together. We run at different paces, but it’s nice to do the same course while surrounding ourselves with great people.

Where is your favorite place to run?

My favorite place to run is from my house to the University of St. Thomas. I pass by Minnehaha Falls, take the Ford Parkway Bridge and loop back around on the Marshall Avenue bridge. There are plenty of runners along the way, which is great for motivation. I also like that the Twin Cities Marathon course covers part of this area.

What’s been your favorite night of WeRunMPLS (so far!)?

My favorite night of WeRunMPLS was when we celebrated Halloween and ran in costume. It was October 27, so we were a little early for the occasion, but that made it more unique. Running through Minneapolis in costume followed by a beer at Inbound Brewery was a great way to spend a Thursday night.

Tell us your top 5 interests.

1.     Running – I have a love/hate relationship with it at times, but I have never felt such a sense of accomplishment with any other activity than I have with running. I never thought I would run a marathon, but I finally realized that I was the only person doubting my ability to do one. Since starting running about six years ago, I have three marathons under my belt.

2.     Travel – My husband and I share a love for travel. I am always getting guidebooks from the library and love planning our next adventure. Next on the list is walking a portion of the Camino de Santiago (Spain) with my mom this summer.

3.     Reading – No e-readers for me. I love my neighborhood library as well as the little free library on my block. A friend of mine and I set a reading goal on Goodreads each year and provide motivation for each other to stay on track.

4.     Food – I don’t know that I have achieved “foodie” status but I am always interested in new restaurants, reading menus online, trying new recipes, etc. Coffee, donuts, beer, and pizza are high on the list and are great indulgences after a long run!

5.     Spending time with my family – My parents, brother and sister-in-law live in the Southwest Metro, so I am fortunate in that I get to see them often. We have a friendly city vs. suburbs rivalry.

What’s your favorite thing about WeRunMPLS?

My favorite thing about WeRunMPLS is the people. I love talking to the other members about their running goals, training, non-running topics, etc. all while running at my pace because the, “we welcome everyone -no matter your pace” pledge is a great thing for a slow runner like me. Kaitlyn and Jen have a great thing going with this group.

Favorite running quote?

Pain is temporary, finishing is forever –Unknown

I might have been Googling, “marathon motivation quotes” the week before my first marathon in attempt to curb my nerves. This one stuck with me.

One random fact everyone should know about you.

I submit a Mosaic handicraft piece to the Creative Activities building at the State Fair each year. I always start my visit to the State Fair by tracking down my piece to see if I won a ribbon.