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Faculty Profile: Amanda Boston

Molly Cox, Staff Writer

Feb. 14, 2014
Earlier this month, Dr. Boston ran a 100-mile race and placed 8th overall.

Most students know Dr. Amanda Boston as the dynamite packed science professor whose brains could fathom Einstein, but Dr. Boston has another very special talent. Professors spend their weekends at home writing or grading papers, right? Well if that’s what your answer would be you would, in fact, be wrong. Dr. Boston competes in and runs marathons, for enjoyment.

She has run 11 marathons, including four ultra marathons, in the last nine years. What is an ultra marathon you may ask? Oh, you know, just more than 26.2 miles. On February 1st, 2014, Amanda Boston raced a 100-mile race and placed 8th overall.

Now, if you’re like me, you have many questions for Dr. Boston. The first one that popped into my mind was what she eats while running, because lets face it, no one can go 20 hours straight running without some kind of calorie intake. She said her favorite before race food is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and Kind bars. She also eats Gu squares and drinks plenty of water and Gatorade.

This being her fourth Ultra Marathon, she is no stranger to being on her feet for long periods of time, but every race is still a challenge. She first started racing and running marathons when she was 21 years old, and to her there is a very large difference between racing and running. She has raced in and tried to get a good time in seven marathons.

Dr. Boston, formally Amanda Ellis, is also involved with her church family at South Plains Church of Christ and loves spending time with her husband Ben. When asked what her biggest fear is she said that finding a rattlesnake while running out in the middle of nowhere without anyway to notify someone is a huge concern.

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