Saturday Spotlight- Amy Cooper

Name: Amy Cooper
Nickame (s): Coop, Super Coops, Aims
Age: 45
From: Islip, NY
Live Currently: Bay Shore, NY
Occupation: Admin Asst. at BNL
School: Slippery Rock University and St. Joesph’s College
Relationship Status: Single
Pets: Black Cat named Kuro Neko

First I didn’t think I would qualify as a Warrior of the Week because I’ve only been on the Hills once. But when Lou asks, you step out of your comfort zone and say yes.<–!more–>

So here goes, my name is Amy and I’ve lived on Long Island (with the exception of college) my whole life. I have travelled to several different countries in my lifetime (Great Britain, Japan, Spain) and my favorite place of all St. Croix.

I am an only child as well.

In high school I wasn’t labeled as being particularly athletic. I wasn’t a part of any sports teams and certainly not a runner.

One of my earliest memories however does involve my father training for the Suffolk Marathon in the mid to late 70’s. The route then was up I think Rte. 112 to Bald Hill and back. My father would run at least 7 miles in the morning before teaching and then another 8 after work. Our dog Amber in tow for all the runs. He finished the marathon and I do remember being on the side of the road cheering as he went by. Through his training the seasons changed and I remember the icicles on his beard and Moustache in the winter. That made running look miserable to me.

Fast Forward to 2015. I went through a few devastating events from 2010 through 2015 and by 2015 I had a ton of nervous energy and knew I needed to expend it to maintain my sanity. So I said I would try running. I started out attempting to run 2 minutes to see how it went. Once I succeeded at 2, I increased it to 5 minutes and now I run outside to train more than I had in the past.

Back in 2015 a friend from college contacted me to see if I would run in a local 5k race. If was only 5 months into my running journey but I said yes and finished in 38 minutes. (I’m a little bit faster now)

At several of the races I noticed the Selden Hills has a big presence. So I contacted Lou last year to find out how to be invited. He explained it to me and said to come down to the the lightpole and run. So for my New Year’s resolution this last year was to run the hills for the first time.

So that’s my bio. I look forward to sharing more through the week.