Affiliations: RRCA Certified Coach, Fitness Expert Underground, Fleet Feet Sports Retail Employee
Occupation: FT Bank Specialist and PT training class coach/mentor at Fleet Feet Lincoln
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
Joined ExpertVoice: 2016
This month, we connected with Amanda Fangmeier. Amanda is an avid runner, having completed everything from 5k runs all the way up to ultra marathons in her 20-year running career thus far. She is well-versed in all things running and is certified in 89 total brands on ExpertVoice since joining in 2016, with more on the way. Check out our interview with her on her hobbies, advice, and favorite brands.
Where are you from?
I’m originally from Hebron, Nebraska. It’s a little town near the Kansas/Nebraska border and home of the world’s largest covered porch swing.
What do you do for a living?
I currently work full-time at a bank as a Specialist in the Warehouse Lending department, part-time as a Shift Leader, and training class coach/mentor at Fleet Feet Lincoln.
I see you’ve been running for close to 20 years now. What initially sparked your interest in long-distance running?
Trying new things and being a part of a team was what initially led me to try running, but finding an outlet to deal with grief, depression and anxiety at a young age was when I started to truly love the sport. I ran cross-country in high school and college; I have since run everything from 5ks to 50ks and still absolutely love it!
How do you fuel your body before, during, and after a long run?
Before a run, I love using Nuun Hydration Ginger Lemonade, and Honey Stinger Waffles – the cookies and cream flavor is so good! During my run, I use Honey Stinger Cherry Blossom or Orange flavored chews, and if it’s really hot out – Pickle Juice. If I’m doing a longer run, I’ll pack a baked potato with a little salt in my vest to snack on. After a run, I use Nuun Hydration Watermelon or Strawberry Lemonade. I also really love chocolate milk and a banana or pizza post-run.
What is your go-to running product from ExpertVoice you can’t live without?
Oh that’s a tough one! I’d say my Altra Lone Peak trail shoes – they’re just the right amount of cushioning and protection on more challenging trails.
You’ve already accomplished a lot in your running career, do you have any additional goals you are still hoping to achieve? If so, how do you expect you’ll be utilizing ExpertVoice to achieve some of those goals?
The last few years I’ve started running more trails, and have a goal to do a 50 mile trail race, maybe even longer distances in the future! As far as using ExpertVoice to help me with that goal, I’ll continue to stay up to date with the education offered on ExpertVoice, and to eventually order my next pair of Altra shoes, Honey Stinger and nuun hydration products to fuel my running adventures!
What is your favorite brand (or brands) on ExpertVoice? Why?
Altra, Garmin, Honey Stinger, Nuun, and Pickle Juice are among my favorites – I appreciate that these brands offer education as well as a discount on their amazing products to help make runs much more enjoyable. The educational aspect also enables me to make great recommendations on products to customers, coworkers, and fellow runners while working at Fleet Feet Lincoln.
Are you interested in joining a community of experts that are passionate about the same hobbies and interests as you? If you would like to lend your expertise to the ExpertVoice community and want access to hundreds of brand discounts, visit www.ExpertVoice.com to learn how to join. If you’re already on the platform and are interested in seeing more product recommendations like the ones Amanda provided, visit her profile to check out more.
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