About Me (Amy)

BDR Jax - Jan 2017.pngHi, I’m Amy Magdalein! I am an avid runner and love racing and all things active! As of April 2017, I have ran over 50 Half Marathons, 13 Full Marathons, and lots of smaller distances races with a few OCR’s thrown in. I am active at the gym with runner specific strength training but my favorite thing to is run with my clients and best running friends!

I’m an RRCA Certified Running Coach, the Owner and Head Coach of Moms on the Run Jacksonville, Founder and Coach of Strong to the Core, a marathon & half marathon pacer for Galloway and Marathon Pacing and I absolutely love what I do! Seeing my client and friends improve their health and fitness, and become stronger, faster runners is extremely rewarding and so much fun! Helping strangers on a race course reach their time goals while chatting about running and life along the way is a blast! 

One of my favorite races in 2015…wait who am I kidding…I loved them all! Seriously though…one of my favs was the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington DC. I ran for the Burma Humanitarian Mission which made the training and race even more memorable. Read all about the cause here. Another favorite, the New York Marathon! I had a great race in New York and I can’t wait to go back and run it again one day. But first…so many other states and places to visit and run!

Running became a passion for me after I had my son in 2010.  I was overweight from the pregnancy and wanted so badly to get back to a healthy size. My mom, a long time runner suggested starting a run/walk interval that would ease me into it. I balked for a while but finally gave in and went for a run. So glad I did. Within 4 months I had shed 60 pounds and was feeling amazing!

While I have kept off most of the weight, I still have occasion to binge on my favorite foods like Mexican and pizza. I think it’s important to be able to have those favorite foods, but it’s also important to stick with moderation and of course running helps burn off the rest. Thank you running!

My son Silas is 8 and he loves to run too. He has done several 1 mile fun runs and even got a first place finish! I love to see families working out together. Teaching children the importance of being active when they are young will help them live a healthy lifestyle. But you can’t just tell them…you have to show them!

If you’re looking for someone to help you reach your running goals, you’ve come to the right place. I love helping people and would be honored to coach you to a stronger, healthier, faster running life! Need a running coach? Find out about how to make it happen here.

More about Runners Rock and how it all began back in 2015…

Hi and welcome to Runners Rock! My name is Amy Magdalein and I am an RRCA Certified Running Coach. I started this blog with a classmate in early 2015 and things have changed dramatically since then so I am updating here to let you all know what’s going on these days. 🙂

In 2015, Jennifer Holloway and I were finishing up our last semester at Florida State College at Jacksonville in the Converged Communications program.

For our Capstone project, we decided to get moving and document our journey. Our assignment was to choose a subject that was interesting to us, blog about it, and make it interesting to others so they will interact and follow us!

Already an avid runner, I urged Jen to take up the sport and get moving! We both want to be healthy and fit for life so Jen agreed and we decided to start a running blog.  Starting in February 2015, we used the Couch to 5K program to keep Jen motivated and at the end we ran a 5K race together!  Even though that race is over, there are many more to come and you can join us and get healthier too. You can jump in today using the Couch to 5K program. It’s an easy to follow plan that will get you moving and on your way to a fitter, stronger, healthier life!

January 2, 2016: First full year of this blog is done and it has been a GREAT year! It’s no longer about a Couch to 5K program…it’s about getting stronger, building endurance, pushing ourselves, and just being active everyday!

I have met so many amazing people along this journey! I love watching people reach their goals and am looking forward to another killer year! Keep running! 🙂

March 6, 2016: The time has come to take 30 Days to a Stronger You to the next level! I am now an RRCA Certified Running Coach and want to continue to share my passion and love for this sport and help others reach their goals. Strong to the Core is our new group and I want you to be a part of our community. Take your fitness to the next level and join us for an awesome year of getting stronger, faster, and fit for life! Read more about Strong to the Core and reach out to me with any questions about how to get stated today.

April 1, 2017: Strong to the Core and the #CoreCrew is going strong! We continue to grow and help each other reach our running and fitness goals. Join us as we “Jump into April” with a fabulous new challenge!

A little about us….

Amy Magdalein:

Jennifer Holloway:

IMG_20141210_163606Welcome to our blog! So it’s a new year, which means its time for resolutions. We all know those rarely work…so here’s to a complete lifestyle change. I have recently battled some health issues. Mental health is overall the most important. With that being said, mental health is directly related to physical health. I recently began having panic attacks. If you have never had one, I hope you never do. And if this is something you deal with, I empathize with you. There’s nothing worse than feeling helpless, as if you’re going to die. So along with help from my doctor and psychologist (and Amy’s amazing idea for this project), I decided to commit myself to making my physical health a priority in order to overall benefit my mental health. I lost my mother to breast cancer at seventeen years old, and it was something I never dealt with. Today I am striving to confront my issues that I have suppressed over the past eight years.

Amy and I are in the last semester of our Bachelor’s program in Converged Communications. Our capstone course requires us to demonstrate the skills we have acquired throughout our program. So Amy came to me with this idea of the “couch to 5k”. I have never been a runner in my life, and the only reason I did run was conditioning for cheer-leading and volleyball. But I am at my last leg, and will try anything to get back to my old self. We have already completed day 1 and 2, and I already feel better. Not only can I feel the burn, my mental state has changed (for the better), I began waking up earlier, and have slowly began to change my eating habits. Please join us on this journey to health and happiness. Aside from mental, physical, and a new hobby, I also get to buy cute, comfy outfits to get healthy in. I absolutely cannot forget the generosity of Amy, for motivation, she bought me my first real pair of running shoes, which I have so much gratitude for. There will be no excuses, no backing out, mainly because there is no reason to!


4 thoughts on “About Me (Amy)

  1. Jen, your blog is so so exciting to me. I’m Amys mom so I’ve heard her side of what’s happening. I am so proud of you and your determination. Can’t wait to meet you and will follow you closely on your blog. I run but have a really hard time making myself get out there by myself. I now have a group of running friends that make me accountable. That accountability is so important. So… Good for you and Amy. Yay yay

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