HR Pod: Amanda Eccleston, Professional Runner for Brooks

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Photo by Peter Draugalis

Amanda Eccleston joins James Rogers for 80-plus minutes of conversation. Amanda is 27 years old and has a 4:25 mile and a 4:03 1500-meter PR to her name. Her sponsors include Brooks, Run Gum and Cocoa Elite. Amanda missed the 2016 Rio Olympics by 0.03 seconds in the 1500, finishing fourth in 4:06.19 to Brenda Martinez’s 4:06.16 in a memorable race at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon.

Training in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as a member of True Blue Elite coached by Mike McGuire, Amanda shares her story of transformation from a 5:13 1600-meter runner at Tecumseh High School to a 4:25 miler today. She journeyed from Tecumseh to Hillsdale College to the University of Michigan. Conversation topics include: Amanda’s 2017 highlights, UofM’s DMR dominance, her 2016 Olympic Trials, grassroots miles in the United States, training in Ann Arbor, trusting God, why she loves Staples (the store) and how she manages her sweet tooth. Amanda also reflects on David Torrence’s life—his impact on running and the joy he radiated.

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Nos. 6 & 7 [Runners]

Nos. 6 & 7
Photo by James Rogers

“How long have been working here [at Runners]?”

Right: “About a year.” / Left: “Just since March.”

“What’s a high about this job?”

Left: “I love helping people when they’re starting a new running program. I like being of assistance when they’re trying to recover from an injury.” / Right: “Yeah, helping people with injuries and helping them find the right shoe.”

“What’s your go-to pair of shoes?”

Left: “Mizuno Wave Creation.” / Right: “Brooks Ghost.”

“If you were customers and you could buy three things in this store, what would those three things be?”

Left: “A brand-new sports bra.” / Right: “A new pair of shoes.” / Left: “Compression socks.” / Right: “Yeah, really any piece of compression gear.”