Meet Amber Nelson!
I am a UESCA-certified running coach, psychology PhD student, and competitive obstacle racer and trail runner. Once 100 pounds overweight I found fitness and fell in love with an active and competitive lifestyle. My passion for inspiring others and fitness come together seamlessly in the world of writing where I get to share the thing that changed my life. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, my dogs, as well as baking and cooking.
How long have you been running?
Your favorite race?
Run the Rocks 50k in Moab, Utah
Do you prefer a hard mile or a slow long run?
I definitely prefer a slow long run. While I love being challenged, running is good for my soul and it’s the long slow miles that allow me to get lost in my thoughts and take in the views that I love the most.
What do you listen to when you run?
I love listening to books that I can get lost in but also enjoy running podcasts like “Trail Running Women”, “The Running Public”, and “Women of Distance.” What I listen to really depends on the time of the year. When I am gearing up for a race I gravitate more towards running podcasts and books.
Trails or road?
What does your typical week look like?
My training week starts on Monday. I have my secondary long endurance run on that day and then Tuesdays I have off. I have two shorter endurance runs during the week as well as a tempo run and a hill/speed workout as well. On Saturday I cross-train (typically on my Elliptigo) and on Sundays, I have my long endurance run.
How did you get into running?
I fell in love with running after I lost 100 lbs and got introduced to it through a group training gym that was training for an outdoor obstacle course race. When they took me to the trails it was love at first stride.
What’s your favorite post-run indulgence food?
It really depends. After a long race, I typically want a juicy burger with fries but after my weekly long run, I tend to want a huge sandwich loaded with veggies and something sweet to go with it.
What’s one myth about runners you wish was debunked or done away with once and for all?
I was once told by a personal trainer that you cannot learn to love running, you either do or you don’t.
But I hated it once upon a time and now I live for it. Under the right circumstances, around the right people, and in the right environment, you can learn to love running.
Do you have any pets?
I have two little dogs.
They aren’t exactly running partners but they are great for post-long-run cuddles.