Running and Running a Company


The story starts…

3 years ago, I called my mom with, yet, another fever.  At the time I was living in Columbia, Missouri working on my PhD in special education and training for the Olympic trials.  The next day I was driving to St. Louis for an appointment to see one of my mom’s doctors.  The verdict!  My white blood cell count was below the normal level.  It seems my lifestyle as a professional runner and student was compromising my immune system.  But how could this be? I was eating healthy, sleeping plenty, and taking my vitamins!

This compelled my mom and I to search for a supplement that could boost my immune system.  We found one with a little of that and one with a little of this, but we couldn’t find one with a little of everything.  We decided to ask my dad.  Fortunately, my dad has over 30 years of experience as a research biologist and is the founder of a successful biotechnologies and life science company.

We spent the next year researching and developing a formula based on clinically studied ingredients at clinically studied doses.  We knew we could deliver the first comprehensive immune support supplement to the public.  The products on the market just weren’t as effective as our formulation.  We also knew our product was unique enough to stand out above the noise with a specific message, we wanted to make sure we were giving everyone’s body a fighting chance!

Then in 2012 I co-founded AmPurity Nutraceuticals with my family and a team of very talented researchers and medical doctors. In 2013 we released our first brand, ZAMboost, the immune support supplement behind it all. So what’s it like running and running a company? It’s above and beyond my wildest dreams and expectations!

AmPurity was born because of my passion to live an active, healthy, and well-balanced lifestyle.  If you would have told me three years ago when I was in my car headed towards St. Louis that I would be the president of a nutraceutical company I would have thought you were crazy.  Running has always been a part of my dream but running a company was not a part of that plan.  

Now, I spend every day learning how to connect with the public. I meet super smart doctors and health professionals. I bring samples of ZAMboost and our other science-based products to grocery, pharmacy, and supplement specialty stores. I call store managers, attended health and fitness expos, and the best part, I meet people like you interested in taking steps to improve your health! Meeting you is when I realized I had a real company. 

Then for a few hours a day I forget I have a company, and I focus on my second life as a professional runner with aspirations of making the 2016 Olympic team.  I moved to Eugene 6 months ago to run for the Oregon Track Club elite.

I am having a blast challenging myself, learning, and growing alongside AmPurity and the OTC elite! None of which is possible without the support of my friends, family, coaches, and super fans, like you!  

Thank you for reading!

Eugene to Rio has Officially Begun


The part of my blog titled, “Eugene to Rio,” has officially begun.

I have relocated to Eugene to run for Nike’s Oregon Track Club Elite (OTCE), work at the University of Oregon, and launch ZAMboost in the Pacific North West region.

The first OTCe practice started 2 days ago. I am surrounded by an amazing, fast, hard working, and talented group of young women. And wouldn’t expect anything less.

Finally, the move is beginning to feel real. I received my University of Oregon employee ID number, yesterday.  I am fortunate to be a part of a spirited research team of smart, beautiful women who are truly an inspiration to me. Being surrounded by all these strong women will be a once in a lifetime opportunity, so I am taking it all in. And hopefully I can get some guest bloggers soon.

The 2,000 miles from Missouri to Eugene was quite the haul, literally. See Photo Galleries and Videos for more!

I wrote the remaining portion of this blog while I was on the road. This was my first road trip that encompassed more than 1 full day of travel.  In fact, this road trip took 6 days, altogether. Anyone who has been in a car with someone for that long knows that it is imperative to stay mindful and that you will learn a lot. Let’s recap on what I learned while traveling with Daniel Quigley.

1. Applesauce needs to stay in the cooler or it will end up warm and runny.

Dan spilled applesauce all down his shirt. So he had to drive without one.

Dan after spilling applesauce on his shirt.

2. When in Yellow Stone Park…

A. Wild fires are no big deal to the forest rangers so I need to calm down.

B. Tents are not fire resistant.

C. The earth is alive and well. This park is beautiful!

3. Sunsets while driving in the middle of nowhere NEVER get old.

4. Wyoming spend their summers fixing roads and winters closing roads. Gravel highways are no fun for a moving truck.

5. Remember to travel with a roll of toilet paper. Rest stops are scarce in the Wild West.

6. Driving a moving truck can be scary when…

A. Getting passed.

B. Turing Right.

C. Driving over bridges in Colorado. When was the last time Colorado made their bridges the same level as the roads?

D. Starting at sea level, winding up 8,000 feet, and then when you get to the top of this mountain realizing you have to go down. So asking Dan to drive down for you while you close your eyes and pray.


I feel like Dan and I were a couple of pioneers flocking West in search for gold, but in our case, instead of gold, we are running for the mecca of all professional running groups.  Dan has a job teaching engineering courses at Lane Community College and I have a job researching at the University of Oregon.  Together we will be working on launching ZAMboost in the Eugene and Portland areas so make sure you keep up with new locations and promotional events on my website or ZAMboost’s website. Especially for the upcoming cold and flu season.

Thanks for reading, Shannon 


Artist of Balance

Three years ago I asked my coach, “What are my options after collegiate running?”

I believed I could make the Olympic team one day, and I wanted to see how far I could push my mind, body, and sprit towards that goal. Like many semi-professional runners the resources are limited, so I enrolled in the PhD program and committed to the student-athlete lifestyle one more time.

I quickly learned that my new lifestyle as a student-athlete was not going to be the same as my last one. Below is a brief recap of the past 3 years.

Year 1:

  • I learned that I love research and that I was going to make it a lifelong career.
  • I learned that my first year was going to be a learning curve. I often got sick from studying late into the night or from an intense workout.
  • I consulted with my family to create an effective immune support supplement.

Year 2:

  • I learned how to balance a career in research with a career in running.
  • I worked on an amazing research team (SCI), completed my PhD coursework, and worked as a early interventionist.
  • I competed at the 2012 Olympic trials.

Year 3:

  • I learned that the art of balance was far from mastered and that it required me to continue to practice perseverance. Year three was composed of many emotional and physical achievements as well as challenges.
  • I competed at the 2013 USA championships and 4 days later I defended my dissertation.
  • I co-founded a company, AmPurity Nutraceuticals LLC, and an immune support supplement, ZAMboost.

Three years ago when I began this journey, I did not think becoming an artist of balance was possible. I remember one run in particular, I told my dear friend, Anne Shadel, with tears in my eyes, “You can choose to either give running 100% and perform at your highest level on the track, or you can give school 100% and perform at your highest level in the classroom. But you can’t give each 50% and expect to perform at your highest level in both.”

Anne, determined to change my mind, said, “Yes you can.”

From that day forward I use each day that God gives me towards becoming an artist of balance. To me the definition of an “artist of balance” is a person’s ability to give each one of their passions equal amounts of time and energy so that each passion remains an active, enjoyable, and a valued part of one’s life. Please share your definition of an “artist of balance”.

artist of a balanced lifestyle





Thanks for reading, Shannon 


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