Amber Sayer is our senior fitness and news editor, based in Massachusetts, USA.
Amber is a NASM-Certified Nutrition Coach and UESCA-certified running, endurance nutrition, and triathlon coach. She holds two Masters Degrees—one in Exercise Science and one in Prosthetics and Orthotics, as well as a Certified Personal Trainer and running coach for 12 years.
Hey Amber, How long have you been running?
I started when I was 12, so more than 20 years!
What are some of your top running results?
What’s your bucket list race?
Every race is an adventure. I’d love to run a marathon or half marathon in Europe!
Other than running, what are your favorite pastimes?
I love writing, puzzles of all types, hiking, triathlons, weightlifting, and time with my husband and family. Oh, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention I do enjoy lounging and watching TV after a long day!
Random facts about Amber:
I’m barely 5 feet tall!
I play oboe.
I love learning about other people’s lives and goals.
Running shoes and gear of choice:
Do you prefer a hard mile or a slow long run?
A mix. I like to run fast but I also like to run long.
What do you listen to when you run?
Podcasts! I love podcasts.
Trails or road?
Roads though I wish trails. However, I have no subtalar motion in my right foot, so trails hurt.
What’s your message to new runners?
Don’t judge yourself against others or worry you’re too slow, too old, too this, or too that. You are totally capable of joining the running community no matter what. Give yourself the chance and be patient with the process.
Why do you love running?
Running makes me feel alive. I never feel as “free” and joyous as I do when I run.
Running is connection to me. It helps me connect to my thoughts and with my body.
It helps me connect with nature.
It connects the community of runners; many of my tightest connections in life have been made through running.
What is your biggest strength and/or weakness as a runner?
I can go for miles but I’ve never had as much raw sprint speed; that’s getting even worse as I get older.
What’s your favorite post-run indulgence food?
I’m a sweets girl! But, I have celiac disease so I have to be careful.