About

Hello there! My name is Amanda and I am just another girl who loves to run. 😊 I started running when I was 14 years old and I do not plan on ever stopping! I am a former DI cross country runner who graduated in spring 2014 with a BA in biology and a Master’s degree in Education in spring 2016.

Currently: I am 25 years old, working as a teacher, and living the city life with my (new) husband. We got married in July 2017 and are high school sweethearts! I am learning how to navigate working and married life while making my health, happiness, and hobbies a priority.


Some of my passions include running, fitness, healthy food, and healthy living. I also like coffee, tea, peanut butter, chocolate, wine, craft beer, concerts, reading, cooking, crafts, and Netflix. Life is all about balance. πŸ™‚

I am a vegetarian and my love of black bean burgers inspired the name of this blog.  I hope, through this blog, to share some of my passions and in the process inspire others to live healthier lives! πŸ™‚

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18 thoughts on “About

    • Here’s a link to one of my prior posts with my favorite black bean burger recipe.
      I’m not a huge fan of spicy things so if you like spicy I’d add more chili powder than what the recipe indicates. Enjoy. πŸ™‚

  1. I wish I liked running but it doesn’t agree with me, my hips, shins or breasts.as I feel like I have to hold them in place. I am more of a yoga person. Hot yoga in particular. Best of luck with your blog. I as m also a lover of black bean burgers.

    • Awesome! Running is tiring, but definitely one of my favorite activities! I miss it right now. πŸ™ I’ve been injured for the past three months, but my physical therapist is letting me slowly go back to running in the next few weeks! πŸ™‚

  2. Oh my goodness we have so much in common! I ran D3 XC in college and I have a Spanish and Education degree. Wish I was good enough to run D1! Nice work girl πŸ™‚

      • Me too! Reading about experiences of other runners is so helpful and inspiring. I actually have a semester left of student teaching (I got to do it 3 times… elementary, middle and high school), but I just taught summer school in a school district near me. It was amazing!

      • Exactly! I love reading other runners blogs. πŸ™‚ Wow that’s crazy you have to student teach three times! What grade were you with your summer school? Also are you getting a master of education degree or just finishing up your undergrad degree? I student teach just once (for high school) and I will be doing that next March!

      • I’m getting a BA right now. I’m doing a foreign language, so that’s why I have to do it 3 times. I was with elementary students (1st-5th). What college are you at (if you feel comfortable sharing)?

  3. I wish I ran Cross Country in school. I didn’t start running until March of 2014. Better late than never!

  4. Thanks for the follow! I totally love your site – I’ve read loads of your posts today and find your stories really inspirational. Keep it up!

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