Amanda Elliston

Amanda Elliston

Kenzai Member
Assistant Trainer
Tougher and Stronger!

Getting those reps in with stronger bands is tough! Hoping for strong and lean ending! Hope everyone is feeling good.


loved today’s lesson!

Science is fascinating—- this was a great reminder of why I teach. Read, think, question to be a good citizen, oh yeah and be a nice person, too!


Recovery Blues
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This week has been a slog on all fronts. Post-Marathon blues, maybe? The exercises are hard, the diet is boring, blah, blah, and the mirror isn't motivating me to keep going. I'm pushing through with the hope that this weekend, I can turn the corner for a strong and upbeat finish! Yay, that's it!


wacky, wild marathon day

After a dramatic dash to the state line, and crushing mile after mile (a bit too fast), at mile 22 my body began to slow and joints seized up. I overcame it but lost time. The happy ending is that I got a PR—and qualified for Boston. Just don’t want to feel that bad and depleted at the finish EvER again;-)!


full body got me

Such a great workout today! Helped me focus on left side weakness. This week was hard while out of town, avoided the no nos, but salt really sneaks into diet when you’re eating away from home. Exited to learn more from the lesson today!


Stayed on track this week, through Valentine's brownie baking and all the treats about in the school! Finding more burn with different bands, but I don't know if my form is great. My running felt good this week, and my race is only two weeks away! Halfway there!


More sets really kicking my butt. It’s a good reminder though... keep changing it up!


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Nailed the workouts--always do--and more running. Diet, for first time into this Kenzai way of life, 16 months of various programs, was not so tight. Nibbles of things here and there. My new idea is to add some variety to my diet--more crunch, more flavor! Any suggestions welcome. C'mon, I can do this!


Yup, my indulgence was bigger than planned. I did, after all, run a lot also, but I thought I'd snapped out of the habit of too much self-congratulatory food awards after a LONG run. Freaking out because of new diet about to land, never having had so much restriction in other programs, all while four weeks from the marathon. Oh, yeah , and I I signed up for KB2? Ha!


see ya week three!
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Glad to report I made it through with clean eating and solid work outs. Hunger is getting ya me this go around, so broke down a few times with more fruit and veg. At least no junk food breakdowns! Here’s a photo from latest long run. It’d these views that keep me going!


Strong week!

I am enjoying the shorter workouts for now as my training mileage is increasing. Sticking to diet, and I feeling hungry perhaps due to my training or due to my insatiable appetite (so hard to distinguish!). Here's to another great week!


Diet Reality Check

I knew it was coming, but I guess I didn't realize how quickly my portions grew outsized. So I do appreciate the recalibration; however, after a workout I am gassed and need some nutrition! Suggestions?


Hey There!

Hi KB2ers! I am Amanda, living in San Francisco where year round running is a thing. I started my Kenzai journey last year, and I can't get enough. Hoping to keep running faster as I age (and keep my body running on clean fuel), or at least figure out how to reach some new PRs before I can't anymore. Reading is definitely my thing---I teach middle school English afterall--and just finished a very grown up book called There There by Tommy Orange.
Happy to be part of this amazing group.


Ready or not, KB2!

Back at it with KB2, and I know that I'll get through my usual January slump with all of you out there supporting me through it. I love all things Kenzai, and I am a little nervous about maintaining the rigor of training for a marathon and KB2, but I did it last year during KB1, and hope to improve my time this year! Let the fun begin!


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Mind Full 

I want to say I embraced each and everyday of MIND, but it was challenging to truly reset my focus inward. I enjoyed the lessons, and I am going to take many useful information with me. Returning to the 7 minute breath work might be best for me right now because I know deep inside that learning to sit and quiet the mind is essential for well being. Glad to know I have the lessons to refer to at any time! Thanks for putting all these practices together!


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