One of our newest Northeast Team Beef members has literally been all around the world! Amanda Weishaar is British and was born in West Germany. She traveled to all seven continents by the age of 23, and has been to nearly 60 countries. She moved to the United States, Kansas to be exact, 14 years ago. Now, Amanda resides with her husband in Virginia where she is the Aquatics Director and Head Swim Coach at an all-boys military school.
Amanda somewhat stumbled her way into running, saying, “In my youth, I only ran when it was combined with another sport such as soccer or field hockey. I was diagnosed with asthma in 2000, and was told to quit exercising. When I moved to the United States, I was unhappy with my body and my lack of athletic abilities, so I took up running. I hated it for about the first five years but then it became therapeutic in that I could calm my mind and focus on what's important, and eliminate all the “fluff” that my mind can sometimes gravitate toward. By running first thing in the morning I have zero excuses to postpone my workouts. It gives me more energy and I can start the day strong. Plus, it helps my asthma by breathing in a rhythmic and controlled way.”
When Amanda moved to Kansas, she ran for the Kansas Team Beef program. The team in Kansas has a huge following and she estimates there to always be at least 10-15 Team Beef members at every major race event in the state. She shares, “The comradery is huge at the start of the race, and then the public constantly shouting “Team Beef” is a great motivator throughout the race. I never grow tired of the feeling of being a part of a close-knit group of like-minded individuals with the same passion.” Now a resident of Virginia, the Northeast Team Beef is where Amanda can continue to be a part of a passionate team of beef advocates.