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Salt Lake City,UT,United States

Member Since:

May 08, 2011



Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

Unaided -  
17:16 OktoberFAST 5K (10/11)
17:23 BAA 5K (4/12)
37:10 Memorial Day 10K (5/11)
1:17:03 Long Beach Half Marathon (10/11)
1:17:21 USA 1/2 Champs - Duluth (6/12)
2:49:01 Philadelphia Marathon (11/11)

Aided -
16:52 Fight For Air 5K (6/11)
17:08 Provo City 5K (5/12)
1:17:52 Top of Utah Half Marathon (8/11)
1:17:54 Utah Valley Half Marathon (6/11)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Run consistently as I get back to 100% health. Stay patient!


Long-Term Running Goals:

Have fun training and racing.

Sub-17 5K
Sub-1:17 Half Marathon
Quality for the Olympic Trials in the marathon


I am originally from Knoxville, TN and moved to SLC with Jake in 2010. I started racing in 2011 and had some great success before a major injury hit me in July 2012. I had athletic pubalgia surgery in May 2013...then again in Sept 2014 and am still trying to get back to my old self. Although running is my true passion, I love doing pretty much anything active outdoors - backcountry skiing, backpacking, biking, etc. 

I've been running for the Saucony Team since 2011. I enjoy representing the brand and really do believe they make the best shoes :)

I work as a Quality Engineer for BD Medical in Sandy.

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Skinning Miles (1000ft ~ 2.5 Miles) Lifetime Miles: 912.35
Hiking Miles Lifetime Miles: 10.50
Race: B.A.A 5k (3.107 Miles) 00:17:23, Place overall: 19
Total Distance

Good racing start to the year!

I was super nervous for this race. I haven't raced since November and have only been feeling strong (back from injuries and a pitiful 4 month post-marathon recovery) for about 3-4 weeks. With that said, my fitness has come back pretty solid in the past few weeks and I have been able to get in some great workouts. I still had lots of doubts and low confidence though (within reason, I mean I was struggling to break 8:30 miles a month ago) - my A+ goal today was 17:30.

I did a 15 minute warm-up followed by 6-8 strides trying to get a feel for pace. The elite field was very intimidating - Kim Smith, Desi Davila, Stephanie Rothstein, a few Ethiopians, etc. I got some great pictures next to Kim Smith :) I'm still not sure how I got elite status with my name on my bib and everything! I knew the race was going to go out fast so my goal was to be super conservative and go for negative splits. 

As soon as the gun went off, I was immediately engulfed by the field. A lot of really fast people! However, I was very proud to look at my Garmin and see that I was going the exact pace I wanted. There was a good hill at the end of the first mile but it didn't seem to affect me. It helped that Rachelle was at mile 1 cheering for me! First mile was 5:45. The first half of mile 2 was an awesome downhill stretch followed by flat for the rest of the race. I hit the 2 mile mark with a pace of 5:41.

Here, a little 13 year old boy running decided to run with me and said "Come on - let's do this together!". Haha that just made me smile. He was about half my size too! I was feeling great so I really picked it up the last mile. We turned onto the finish line street with about a half mile to go and I ran hard. The last 1.1 was 5:21 pace and I finished in 17:23! I am slightly embarrassed to say that the 13-year old beat me, but what can you do?

It is a great feeling to know that I'm not even close to my best shape right now and was still able to run that fast. I probably could've gone out a little faster (given the much faster last mile) but I still think it was a smart move to be conservative.

After the race, I met up with JG, Dan, Hamdog, Jake, Rachelle, and (briefly) Steam8. So nice to put faces to names and talk with everyone. Several of us did a 4 mile jog around the parks. I wished them all the best of luck tomorrow and to go out CONSERVATIVE!

FYI - I was a little nervous about my hamstring which is why I'm wearing compression shorts. But I had no problems!

PM - 1.5 mile shake-out with Jake.

From BAA 5K


Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
From SlowJoe on Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 11:39:14 from

Wow, great running Andrea. Especially with your injury woes being so recent. That kid must be the future Ryan Hall or something! Congrats on an awesome race, you definitely deserve that "elite" status.

From allie on Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 11:53:23 from

great race and great photos! what a great start to the year. nice job.

that kid is awesome. i love the 'ho hum' look on his face.

From rAtTLeTrAp on Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 11:56:34 from

Nice job and great pics! That little dude is a stud.

From Jake K on Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 11:59:55 from

The little was just CHILLING at the 2 mile mark! He sat and kicked!

Seriously awesome job this morning. I knew you could do it, but its hard to race (especially in a setting like this) after 5 months of no races. You stepped up and and ran strong. Your dedication to the sport, during all the injuries, is inspiring.

Big things ahead.

From Jacob Flaws on Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 12:04:59 from

Always a great day when you get your A+ goal!! Excellent run!!!

From Carina on Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 12:33:07 from

Nice work Andrea, you are one fast cookie!! I am excited to see what the rest of the season has to bring to you! It's gonna be good :)

From Lulu Walls on Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 12:51:00 from

Wow Andrea - that is super fast! I'd say that is quite the start to the racing year :)

From RAD on Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 12:53:35 from

how absolutely awe inspiring and amazing!! Nice work Andrea! Coming back from injuries and killing it faster than your A+ goal. Awesome!!

Oh, and don't let that little kid get to ya...it's all those darn fast twitch muscles he's got :)

From DaleG on Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 13:11:33 from

Very impressive, Andrea. And that kid....Wow, he is one fast 13 year old, but I know what you mean. A couple of years ago I ran a mile race, where I took 2nd place, but I was trying my hardest to not get beaten by a 7 year that was right on my heels. LOL. I loved the picture of you two at the finish line.

From Fritz on Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 13:11:44 from

Great job Andrea! Looks like you paced it perfectly. You might want to hang on to that finish picture with that little kid in case he becomes the next Ryan Hall.

From Scott Wesemann on Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 13:36:38 from

Awesome race and pictures. Saweeet!

From Nate on Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 13:37:12 from

Awesome race! That little kid is great!

From ACorn on Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 13:55:46 from

Congrats on a great time! Way to go, have lots of fun in Boston. Throw water on Jake tomorrow while he's running.

From Lily on Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 14:13:11 from

I'm so proud of you!!!!! Go Andrea!

From Hamdog Alum on Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 15:46:28 from

Smart race and a pleasure to share another run with you! Great come back and I'll be pulling for you to run a great race at your 1/2 marathon.

From Susannah on Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 17:25:36 from

Great race and smart plan for coming back from your injuries. Dropping 20 seconds in the last mile is a good indicator that you're ready to start going for a faster pace :)

From runningafterbabies on Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 17:28:16 from

You go girl! Way to throw the hammer down in that last mile.

From Jon on Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 18:01:48 from

Nice job- looks like you enjoyed yourself.

From flatlander on Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 18:27:17 from

Great race and well-deserved, it will be a lot of fun to watch your race results this year.

From Oreo on Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 18:52:01 from

Sweet!! 17:23 is crazy.. All props.

From Tina on Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 19:00:43 from

Fabulous race! Great start to your racing season and just imagine what you can do once you are in peak shape! Great pics, too!

From Kam on Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 19:04:48 from

Love the pics. Like everybody else has mentioned, who is that kid? You both ran screaming fast.

From Tara on Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 19:34:28 from

Geeze, you look like you are literally flying in those pics. Great race Andrea!! Nothing like beating your expectations! SO happy for you:)

From MichelleL on Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 19:46:34 from

What a fantastic start! Congrats on jumping back in with such a fast time. I think our bodies have a good memory. That 13 yo looks like hes taking a stroll in the park in the first pic!

From Adam RW on Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 21:40:03 from

Great way to spend your time in Boston. Awesome season opener!!! That is an amazing race with some great competition. I hope you are sleeping right now and don't see this until tomorrow.

From crhudman on Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 09:20:26 from

Awesome race. Great way to start off the year.

From MarkP on Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 11:37:02 from

Great race and welcome back! I enjoyed the photos!

From Dan Varga on Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 13:47:48 from

Congrats on a great race! Great showing at a competitive race.

From steve ash on Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 15:03:06 from

Nice work Andrea, Damn kids!LOL! Great blog entry and pics.

From Steve on Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 18:13:41 from

That fifth picture is perfect stride! Great race!

From Steve Piccolo on Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 19:16:33 from

Great job! and fun photos of you and the elites.

From Kelli on Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 19:17:01 from

SO, this kid was actually running the race? That is one heck of an impressive time for a 13 year old!

NICE JOB, nothing like a GREAT confidence boost and no one deserves it more than you do.

From baldnspicy on Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 20:16:35 from

What an impressive performance, great pictures & fun race report. I'm sure that super speedy kid slept well that night! I know I do when I am able to out sprint a female and avoid getting "chicked." ...no offense... Haha

Next year, he will be 14 and you should show NO MERCY!!

From Superfly on Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 21:22:27 from

Sorry this is late but Great Job on a post injury race. Welcome back:) Hope only for the best for you. Keep it up and enjoy the rest of your trip.

From Nan on Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 21:32:26 from

Look at you blending right in between Kim Smith and Stephanie Rothstein on the starting line like it's just another day at the office. Lookin' good!

From jtshad on Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 05:10:36 from

Great race, congrats on a solid time in a big event.

That is one speedy 13 year old!

I saw you out on the course yesterday!

From Clay on Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 14:52:22 from

Nice race and great pictures!!!

From Rachelle on Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 18:56:21 from

Andrea you ran such a great race! Wow your negative split is so incredibly impressive. You should be VERY proud of how you raced. Good things to come from you this year.

Can you teach me the art of the negative split?

From Teena Marie on Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 23:18:10 from

I'm pretty certain that boy has magic shoelaces!!!! :) :) :)

Glad your hammies didn't give you any guff!!!

Can't wait to see what kind of shoelaces you wear when you are in top notch fitness!!! :) :) :)

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