The Good Morning America anchor, mom, and cancer survivor has a new beat on life.

By By Didi Gluck
October 15, 2017
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Although her entire career could be seen as a series of marathons-she has flown from South Africa to Sochi to report breaking news and has interviewed everyone from Barack Obama to Taylor Swift- Amy Robach had never entertained actually running major miles until last spring. "I agreed to run the Shape Women's Half-Marathon as a relay with a friend, but when I hit the seven-mile mark, I didn't feel like stopping," she says. (BTW, half marathons are the best distance ever.)

This aha moment triggered a commitment to her health that caused her to rethink her diet and exercise routine and become an advocate for change. Back in 2013, Amy was famously diagnosed with breast cancer after an on-air mammogram. (Good news: mammograms are about to get less painful.) "I'd been giving speeches around the country about taking health seriously and being aware that cancer doesn't discriminate," she says. "But I wasn't taking care of what was happening inside me. When I crossed that finish line, I understood what was possible." Now she spends an hour six days a week either running, boxing, or weight training. Amy reports increased energy from her new regimen, which she welcomes, given that she regularly wakes up at 4 a.m. Here's a look at what else fuels her drive.

Have Shoes, Will Travel

"My running sneakers are my favorite vehicle. I love running because you can take it anywhere."

Ground Rules

"In my free time, you'll find me gardening. We grow amazing zucchini, tomatoes, squashes, broccoli, and cucumbers. I believe that everything you put in your body should fuel your heart and brain." (Try these berry recipes that are good for your heart.)

Wellness Warrior

"Despite a good diet, health, mammograms, and exercise, all early-stage breast cancer patients have a 30 percent chance of developing metastatic breast cancer. That's why I'm an ambassador for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, founded by Evelyn Lauder. They're the leading private research center, and they're working with doctors all over the world to find a cure. They want to make breast cancer a chronic disease instead of a terminal one."