Amanda (Winslow) Rego had a star-studded career. She was a 7-time NCAA All-American while at Florida State, and ran 4:26 in the Mile as a professional. Things were looking very promising for her chance of qualifying for the World and Olympic Teams when her body stopped co-operating. She battled injury for the next five years and had three surgeries that prevented her from running consistently. Now in 2019, she is back on the track and running only seconds away from her PRs from 6 years ago.
This is what she had to say about ElliptiGO:
“I’m so grateful I get to do what I love again—running and racing! For a long time, I couldn’t run after my surgeries and my ElliptiGO bike was truly a life saver. Even now that I’m back to running, I still incorporate it into my training because it’s no impact. It breaks up the monotony of normal training. It uses very similar muscles and mimics the running gait, but it’s also a slight change from the normal repetitive patterns of running which can be both mentally and physically refreshing. It’s also seriously fun! Now that I’m finally healthy, I have zero motivation to get in a swimming pool, but my ElliptiGO bike? Heck yeah!”
Despite the years away from having consistent running, Amanda continued to train with similar volume and intensity on an ElliptiGO bike, which has enabled her to hold onto her professional running goals. In 2013, Amanda ran her 1500 meter personal record of 4:10.79. The photo below shows her racing at the Stanford Payton Jordan Invitational just a few weeks ago, where she ran 4:13.31. Six years away from racing, but just a couple seconds from the best she’s ever run! As she tries to better that personal best from six years ago, she’ll also be working toward the USATF Championship qualifying time of 4:09.00. Those National Championships will be held July 25-28 and will serve as the Team USA Trials for the World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
You can follow Amanda’s journey through training and racing as she continues to never give up on her goals on Instagram!
If you’d like to learn more about what you can achieve with ElliptiGO training integration, check out our Training Integration Guide for Performance Athletes.