Amy is a lifelong friend and writer on the Emmy-nominated show, Raising Hope (Tuesdays at 8:00 on FOX). Amy lives in sunny Los Angeles, where she doesn’t have to worry about snownadoes one day and 90-degree temperatures the next. She’s a big UK and Notre Dame fan, and her Great Dane, Gracie, weighs more than she does.
How long have you been running?
Not a lot of people know this about me, but I played basketball for the West Hardin Middle School Lady Lakers. We ran a lot then. So I’m gonna say since the 6th grade. But I’ve never been happy about it. The running, that is. I was super proud to be a part of the WHMS Lady Laker basketball team. I scored 40 points in a game against Bluegrass Middle School. So, yeah.
Why did you take up running?
I really started running in 2006 when I decided to add “run a marathon” to my “Things I Want To Do Before I’m Thirty” list. Before that I hated running with a passion. I remember deciding not to apply to West Point after I realized all the running you’d have to do just to graduate.
You live right on the beach. Is that where you do most of your runs?
My preferred runs are a route that includes running down the Venice Pier or one that takes me on dirt paths along the canal in Marina Del Rey. Once you get to the end, there is the most beautiful view of the entry into the marina, the beach, and on a clear day, the snow on top of the mountains.
Do you ever run with your dog?
Gracie goes on most of my runs. But she’s so big, when I run, she’s merely power walking. She gets a lot of attention when we’re out and about. A lot of “Whoa, got a saddle for that thing.” I hear that probably twice a day. I had one guy repeat it to me a few times because he thought I couldn’t hear him. Yeah, buddy, I heard you. It’s just not that original.
If you were at mile 25 in a marathon and you received news of a zombie outbreak in the area, would you try to finish the race or seek shelter immediately? Explain your answer.
I would seek safety immediately. By mile 25, I’d be happy for an excuse good enough to stop anyway.
I’ve discovered that running is about 90% mental preparation and 10% physical exertion. What advice would you give to someone who’s afraid to start running?
Run for yourself. It’s something you get to do just for you. Get a good pair of shoes and just go out there. Even if it’s just for a little bit. Or if you find yourself having to stop a few times, who cares! Gather yourself, walk a little bit, then get back at it. And start with small goals and have lots of little parties for yourself. It’ll make you feel like you can do anything.
What’s your favorite running/race memory?
I ran a marathon in Florence, Italy, a few years ago with a friend. It was awesome because my bib had U.S.A written on it, so I felt like some kind of Olympian. That whole race was amazing because you got to meet people from all over the world, run by landmarks like the Duomo and have sweet little Italian kids cheering you on.
Any upcoming races you’re looking forward to?
I’m going to do a 10K in Seal Beach next month. My aunt lives down there so I hope she’ll cheer me on while I run. Or at least take me to brunch. Maybe both. She’s good like that.
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