Amanda, a seven-time marathoner and running coach, is the author of RunToTheFinish, a fitness and healthy living website that stemmed from her passion for running. She is an ecommerce consultant, freelance writer, speaker and social media fiend with nine years of experience providing strategic online solutions for Fortune 500 companies nationwide. Amanda combined her love of writing, strategy and running to develop a site that is a destination for tips, motivation and tools for getting the most out of the healthy living journey. If you ever want to talk running, connect with her on Twitter @runtothefinish

Great for You; Not for Me

I don’t have superstar crushes. Bear with me this is going somewhere… I never waited in line with hyped up fellow teenage girls to drool over a rock band and I’m way too much of a comfort seeker to sleep outside in the cold or rain to get a ticket. But I do love strong women ....more

What is your why? And why it matters!

This is my final post in the back to basics series as part of Kohl’s #MakeYourMove campaign. Previous posts are linked at the bottom! Most people who know me now, just understand that running and fitness are part of my life ....more

Don’t throw out those lucky socks

Running is a mental sport. We spend most of our time focused on form and pace and distance, but the truth is without the right things happening between our ears the rest of it may never come together. Years ago I had this great idea for a “mental marathon training” series ....more

No Bake Chocolate Oat Custard Cups (Vegan + Gluten Free)

It’s not exactly rice pudding {I used oats}. It’s not exactly custard {I used tofu}. It is another dessert to satisfy my dairy free sweet tooth while keeping it low sugar! ...more

You are cordially invited to Delurk

Last year I did something that was either going to be a success or a big fat flop {take that fear}. Luckily it turned out to be one of my favorite things ever, so 13 months later it's time once again to invite you out of the shadows and in to the light of conversation! My analytics tell me that thousands of you are visiting each day…I have gotten to know about 10% of you through great comments, challenges and events....more

Overcome Running Excuses

Each time I tell a non-runner about my running, my face lights up and I get all gushy and excited like a love sick teenager, which ALWAYS provokes a response as to how they wish they could or should or used to…but don’t run. BUSTING COMMON RUNNING EXCUSESTackling those reasons today for anyone who actually wants to go -- “I hate running”Well yah, did you read my story?! I faked knee pain so as to get out of running with a very attractive guy, that’s hard core college student hate ....more

Clean Eating Meal Plan from A Whisk and Two Wands

Continuing with this new fun series this week I’m featuring a week of meals from on of my favorite clean eating recipe makers on Instagram. Her food always makes me want to get in the kitchen and you’ll frequently find me begging her to cook for me (I’m willing to pay!!). She is a fellow peanut butter addict, a mom and always trying to fuel her running husband with the best foods…what’s not to love! ...more

8 Natural Sleep Aids - Beating the time change!

Can we talk about sleep today? Next to nut butter and chocolate {ok and running} it’s seriously one of my favorite things. I adore that moment when you crawl in between the cool sheets, pull the covers up all the way past your head so you can then have enough to bunch under your chin and feel all snuggled in…then relaxing with a few pages from a book as my eyelids just get heavier and heavier....more

Want to save money and workout more?

Admit it, at least once you’ve said “I’d workout if it was more convenient.” Convenience is one of the main reasons that I run {and one of the main you don't, hello icy roads}. While my list of gear has grown over the years, technically all I really need to do is put on my shoes and walk out the door to get my sweat on. That being said, I’ve also told you I’m recommitting to STRENGTH! ...more

Clean Eating Meal Plan - FitFoodieFinds

Have you noticed a lot more food recipes lately? It’s not because I’m running less or have less thoughts about it, more because I’m trying to round out my WHOLE approach to health. While I do eat pretty clean {always a work in progress with sugar} just like running I know I can continue to make tweaks that will improve my nutrition ....more