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April Athlete Spotlight - Amy Bonfiglio

I am excited to start sharing success stories with all of my athletes. It is amazing what we can all accomplish when we support and encourage one another. For the rest of the year, I will be sharing an athlete each month which will include an interview which will hopefully make us all feel more connected to one another since most of my coaching is done virtually.

April's Spotlight is Amy Bonfiglio. Amy and I have been working together for a few months training for the Neuse River Bridge Run 1/2 Marathon in New Bern, NC. This will be Amy's longest race in her running career. Here is my interview with Amy about how her training has been going:

What are you currently training for?

I am currently training for my first half marathon! The bridge run half marathon in New Bern, NC in April!

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I started running at 22 when I moved to Chapel Hill, NC for grad school. I enjoy meeting my girlfriends from college once a year to run a race together! I also enjoy hot yoga, traveling and shopping. I like taking my dog, Goldie on adventures to the beach and the park!

How did you get started on your running journey?

I started running at 22 when I moved to Chapel Hill, NC for grad school. When I finished grad school, I made a goal for myself to run the Tar Heel 10 Miler as a graduation present to myself! From there, I have run another 10 mile race as well as a 15k. When we moved to Okinawa, Japan, I discovered a love for trail running as a member of WOOT - Women out of Trails. I love running with company!

What keeps you motivated?

I am very goal oriented. Whether that be shaving a minute off of my 5k time, being able to do an unassisted pull up, or nailing a difficult balance pose in yoga, I am constantly setting goals for myself and I love achieving them! I also prefer to do these activities in a group setting -- being around other amazing athletes and yogis inspires me!

Do you have a mantra or quote that you use when things get tough?

A few years ago my intention for the year was 'mental toughness' and this has stuck for me since them. "“Strength does not come from the physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Gandhi

If you could give any advice to another athlete, what would it be?

Set clear goals for yourself and share them with others to help hold you accountable. It is so fun and exciting to celebrate the accomplishments of others! Find a friend or group to train with.

Find what motivates you! Whether that be running with a friend, training for a specific race, treating yourself to some new run gear. Find what works for you!

What is your favorite workout so far in your training program?

Oddly enough the hill runs. I am not a fan of the treadmill at all but simulating hills on the treadmills allows me to utilize my strong ways in a different way than road running and it makes me feel unstoppable!

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