Catching Up With Florida State's Amanda Winslow
After a phenominal indoor season, which saw her finish second in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, Florida State senior Amanda Winslow is poised for another big outdoor track season. As one of the senior leaders of the always strong Florida State program, Winslow has high hopes for herself in her final collegiate season. We caught up with the Georgia-native, discussing her goals for this season, why Florida State is such a strong program and reflect a little bit on her favorite moments as a Seminole.
Scott Bush (SB): You were seventh at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 1,500m last spring, then came into the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships and finished second in the mile, just behind Emma Coburn and well ahead of the rest of the field. What did your indoor campaign tell you about your fitness and what are your expectations this outdoor season?
Amanda Winslow (AW): My indoor season proved that I am in the shape my workouts have been telling me. It certainly raised my expectations for this outdoor season. I hope to lower my 1,500 PR again and be a contender for the 1,500m title.
SB: You ran the 5,000m at the Florida Relays, winning with a time of 16:00. Will the 1,500m remain your primary focus this spring or do you foresee yourself transitioning to the 5k during the outdoor season?
AW: The 1,500 will remain my focus this year since I hopefully have plenty of years ahead to really train for the 5000m. However, Coach and I both believe having a decent 5,000m or two under my belt will benefit my 1,500m.
SB: What does a typical week of training look like for you at this point in the season?
AW: In outdoor season I’ll train somewhere between 50 and 70 miles a week. We’ll do some tempos, VO2 and lactic threshold intervals, or a combination such as 2x800 @ VO2 and 1000m splits. We all do group core and lift weights together several times a week and it can get pretty intense when we count out pull-ups and go at the punching bag!
SB: You’ve progressed quite a bit as an athlete at Florida State and have been on some amazing teams. What would you say are one or two of the key reasons why you’ve been so successful at Florida State?
AW: Attention to detail has been key. Whether its fixing our form, adding in a new strength exercise or stretching a few extra minutes, Coach Harvey has instilled in all of us the difference these little things can make.
I think the other reason we are so successful is because success can be contagious. We’ve had incredible leadership over the years and the younger runners want to taste the same success as our veterans. It’s been amazing the last two years especially, seeing freshman and transfers come in and push the rest of us. We all learn from each other but also know how to keep a balance between pushing the workouts and not racing them.
SB: Not to look too far ahead, but with it being your senior year, do you plan to continue on as a professional once you graduate from FSU?
AW: As long as I stay healthy and continue loving the training, I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon. My training progression through high school and college was steady and consistent so I believe there is still another level to reach. I also have several career goals still yet to achieve so I don’t plan on giving up until I achieve those.
SB: Reflecting just a bit, what has been your most memorable experience as a Seminole student-athlete?
AW: My most memorable moment would have to be last year at Outdoor Regionals when Hannah Brooks, Violah Lagat and I all qualified for the 1500m at Nationals. As soon as the race was over we all ran towards each other embracing in a huge hug. It meant so much to us because you’d hate to beat out your own teammate in a heat.
Violah and I also had some pretty bad luck the year before at Regions, so this was sweet revenge. That whole meet was just awesome since we qualified three more girls, making it the most distance women we’ve ever taken to NCAAs. That day made me so thankful to have such an incredibly talented group of girls who also care about each other so much.
SB: Favorite workout?
AW: Split 1500’s: 1000m@3k (100), 500m @1500m x2
SB: Best movie
AW: Forrest Gump
SB: Car you drive?
AW: I’ve never owned a car. I just ride my bike everywhere, or sometimes I’ll literally run to the store as my morning run!
SB: College major?
AW: Sport Management
SB: Favorite pre-race meal?
AW: Chicken Parmesan
SB: Best band?
AW: The Fray