Amanda Marie Sproule
I love running. It makes me feel free. My first marathon (and first race in almost 20 years) was the 2018 Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon. I knew it would be tough, but I reasoned that if I couldn’t run, then I’d walk, and if I couldn’t walk, then I’d crawl. It was one of the most challenging and incredible experiences that I’ll ever have, and finishing the marathon fulfilled a lifelong dream. I now train and run races of all shapes and sizes throughout the year.
I have a couple chronic illnesses (Lupus and Colitis), so life routinely throws me curve balls that impact my running, including fevers, fatigue, and inflammatory arthritis in most of my joints. Before I started up running again in 2018, my body also started attacking my muscles (spontaneous calf tears have become a sort of hobby), and even after working hard to improve my muscle health, I had another spontaneous tear a few weeks prior to the 2019 Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon. After some quality healing time, I decided I was well enough to move forward by switching up my plans for the last couple races of the year, and completed them using forearm crutches, including all 26.2 miles of the Seattle Marathon. I made it to the finish line, and was blown away by all of the support and encouragement I received along the course. My hope is that other people will find ways to conquer their dreams too. I had an unforgettable time this past year as an Ambassador, and am excited to be returning for 2020!
Follow Amanda Marie's training as she prepares for the 2020 Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon