Behind the icing

Welcome to Cupcakes and Miles!

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Hi! Welcome to my blog- Cupcakes and Miles! I’m so glad you’re here!

Office worker by day; runner/blogger by night.

Live | Love | Run | Dream | 26.2

The Collective Beat

My name is Amanda; I’m 30 years old and I live just outside Tampa, FL. I’ve been in the Tampa area since 2005. Growing up an Army brat, I have lived all over, but I consider Colorado to be home.

I chose to start my blog when my baby sister left for the Navy as a way to stay connected. But it has evolved into so much more!

I started running regularly my senior year of high school; running on average one mile each day. In the years that followed (my 2005 high school graduation), I developed a love/hate relationship with running. Some days I loved it; some days I dreaded it. But I always knew it was there for me when I returned.

In 2012, I “trained” for and completed my first 5k. In September 2013, I was asked if I wanted to run the Walt Disney World Marathon in January 2015. After hysterically laughing for a solid two days, I finally stopped and asked myself, could I really do it? 

And, that was that!

Marathon Finisher

In November of the same year, I ran my second marathon- Route 66 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tthat was the race that really solidified my new life as an endurance athlete.

I set out in 2016, with a goal of running 2,016 miles over the course of the year. Over the summer, I became injured. A stress fracture sidelined me for 20 weeks. It was at that time that my doc said he wanted me on the bike and in the pool to keep my activity up and to aid in my recovery. I always envisioned one day graduating to Triathlon, so I went out that week and purchased a road bike. I got back in the pool after a decade+ hiatus. And, by that December, I had registered for my first half Ironman.

 In March 2017, I completed my first Sprint Triathlon. I definitely questioned what it was I getting myself into, but I immediately fell in love with the sport. I completed Ironman Augusta 70.3 in September, and the next day I was ready to sign up for my first full.
I am now in training for Ironman Chattanooga 2018 (as well as Ironman Florida 70.3).
I invite you to join me on this journey…there’s bound to be Cupcakes & Miles.
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