Amy Easterling

Amy Easterling
SoleMate

Amy has always loved running and challenging herself in news ways, but wanted to do something completely out her comfort zone.  With a new year came a new challenge.  For the entire year of 2015, Amy will run a half marathon each month and blog her entire journey.  To make her journey even more meaningful, Amy has dedicated her running feats to GOTR-STL by becoming a SoleMate.  Because of how empowered Amy feels when she runs, she wants to be able to share that experience with girls all over the St. Louis area by fundraising and supporting the GOTR-STL Scholarship Fund.

I am 41 years old, married for 16 years to my husband Ray.  We have two kids – Reed is 11 and Rebekah is 8.  Both have already run 5Ks and done a kids triathlon and Reed has done the GO! Halloween 10K for the last 2 years.  We are a running family.  Ray did his first Ironman this fall and just qualified for the Boston Marathon.

I am a Senior Manager at Daugherty Business Solutions in their Project Management Line of Service.  I greatly enjoy my work and the energy I get from helping our client’s solve complicated business problems.

I got into running about 10 years ago, as a way to get back into shape after my first child.  I found that I loved the cadence of training for a race and the sense of accomplishment of setting a goal and achieving it.  In the last 8 years, I’ve run 9 half-marathons, 2 full marathons, several triathlons (1 Olympic distance) and various 5K and 10K races.  The half-marathon is my favorite distance.

Why did you choose to volunteer/get involved with GOTR-STL?

A few months ago I wanted a new goal, so I decided to run a half-marathon every month in 2015.  I thought it would be a fun way to find new and interesting races.  I also wanted to make this goal about something bigger than me having fun, so I decided to use it as an opportunity to fund-raise for Girls on The Run.

What are your hopes for the future of Girls on the Run as an organization?

Girls on the Run is an organization that I have always admired.  I remember running a local race and seeing some girls with a coach running for GOTR.  I just thought that was the greatest thing.  I love that it encourages girls to be healthy and to set and achieve their goals.  As a kid who was never particularly athletic, I wish there had been an organization like GOTR when I was growing up.  As strong and powerful as running makes me feel now – I think it would have been awesome to have that as a young woman.  Participating as a Sole Mate is my small way of helping this organization to impact more girls.