Episode 13: A Chat with Amanda Plomp

In my conversation with Amanda, I was able to delve into relationship with running and epilepsy in a bit more detail. I asked for her tips for me, as a new runner with epilepsy, and asked her to talk me through the different types of running terrain she enjoys.

Amanda Plomp is a runner with epilepsy based in Victoria in Canada. As we heard in the last episode, discovering running in her twenties helped Amanda to feel strong and connected to her body, a feeling she had missed since her seizures started when she was a teenager. Running helps with her epilepsy. And epilepsy helps with her running.

We talked about:

  • How different seizures affect her running
  • How running helps with epilepsy
  • Hiking and camping in Canada
  • Why Amanda chooses not to wear a medical alert bracelet
  • Which is better: backwoods running, beach running or trail running?
  • Running solo vs running races
  • The difference between ‘active’ and ‘athletic’
  • The dangers of running solo in bear country
  • Her advice for me running my first race with epilepsy
  • How important it is to tell adventure buddies about your epilepsy
  • Why we should teach raccoons seize first aid…

Please remember all stories presented here reflect the personal experiences of contributors . Neither myself or contributors can advise or take responsibility for individual decisions made with regards to adventure sports or medical conditions.


  • Tonic-cloinc: a generalised seizure where a person loses consciousness and convulses. Also known as a grand mal.
  • Myoclonic seizures/jerks: partial seizures that cause isolated jerks or twitches, for example in the arms or legs 

  • Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy of Janz: epilepsy with various seizures, including myoclonic, diagnosed before adulthood (read more)

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