Profiles in Running: Amie Stearns

Amie is an Account Supervisor at my agency and a member of my running group. I’ve almost talked her into training and running a fall marathon with me, but she might need a little more encouragement. Amie graduated from IU, but other than that, she’s pretty awesome.

Amie finishing the 2011 KDF Mini

How long have you been running?
I’ve run on and off my whole life, but consistently for the past three years.

Why did you start running (again)?
A coworker convinced Dawn Johnston and me to compete in the Tom Sawyer Sprint Triathlon a few years ago, which included a 5k run.

Here’s a scenario. Our running group is halfway through a 10-mile run. All of a sudden a zombie hoard appears behind us. You have a couple of options – you can club someone in the leg and leave them for the zombies to feast upon, or you can just keep going and hope the whole group outruns them. What do you do and why?
You know I don’t believe in zombies or violence. I would have to just keep going and hope that Cherry Darling and Shaun of the Dead show up at the last conceivable moment and save us all!

Best tip for a new runner?
Make your purchases wisely! Invest in your shoes. You will put roughly 300 miles on them, so don’t be cheap. And then build up your seasonally appropriate gear.  It’s about quality – not quantity here. A good head cover, long-sleeve compression shirt, short-sleeve wicking shirt, light-weight jacket and running tights will serve you well.

What race is most memorable to you? Why?
The first mini sticks out the most.  We didn’t train as much as we should have and about 7 miles in, I thought, “What the hell am I doing? This is craziness.”  Then to cross the finish line at the exact same time as Dawn was one of the most exhilarating things I’ve ever felt. Total rush and sense of accomplishment.

Any upcoming races you’re looking forward to?
Absolutely. I can’t wait to see some of my coworkers take on the Tough Mudder in October (although I will only be a spectator for that one). Then there’s this marathon in October that someone keeps pestering me to run. And let’s not forget this year’s mini, when I get to see you and Brad finish your first halves.

Are there any causes you’re supporting?
I wouldn’t have made last year’s mini or this one if I wasn’t doing it for my favorite #1 cancer-kicking kiddo, Joey Sullivan. In his quest to kill his brain cancer, he’s been through brain surgery, a stroke, fungal meningitis, radiation, chemo therapy, and a whole host of crappy things. His mom and dad are self-employed and are trying to say ahead of deductibles while losing valuable income as they take time off to be with Joey. Anybody can help them out by visiting my fundraising site. Last year, I raised $4,000 and I’m off to a slow start this year.


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