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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)
1:17:21USA 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)
1:17:52Top of UtahHalf 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 2014and 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 SauconyTeam since 2011. I enjoy representing the brandand 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: Smile Center Memorial 10k (6.2 Miles) 00:37:10, Place overall: 1
Total Distance

I woke up this morning and found out that my uncle Stacy passed away. He had been battling cancer for about a year and a half. He was a great guy, and I loved him very much. Every time I talked to Stacy, he told me to have more fun and enjoy life more. And I feel like I have really done that since I graduated college. I’m really going to miss him, but I’m relieved that he’s not suffering anymore.

That being said, I wasn’t really feeling pumped up about the race this morning. I know that Stacy would think I was chickening out by not doing it, so I decided to just do the best that I could today. Running has always been my way to gain some perspective anyway.

I have never run a 10k before. After this race I have to say - it is a hard distance. I’m definitely not used to running so fast for that long. My goal was to run 5:54/mile with very even splits (that is what McMillan calculator said I could run based on the Provo Half). I came in the first mile at 6:00 and then hit a headwind and uphill for mile 2. My watch said 6:25, and I really got discouraged. Mile 3 was nice with a little downhill, but when the watch said 5:10 I realized that the mile markers were completely off. Quick rant – this is a major issue for me. Mile markers need to be a top priority for race directors and misplaced ones can really make or break participants. If they aren’t going to be correct, there is no point in even putting them out on the course! Anyway, miles 4 and 5 were pretty uneventful – I was trying to stick with Emily and was definitely feeling the pace at this point. She seemed to slow a bit a mile 5 so I took over and just tried to push through. The last 1.2 seemed LONG. I finished in 37:10, so I was a little disappointed with my time. I know that I ran hard and did the best that I could today. I honestly thought there was a girl ahead of me for the entire race. I was surprised and excited to find out that I had won!

Now I’m heading to Tennessee to see my family for the next few days. Although it is only at 1000 ft or so, the temperature is going to be in the mid-90s and humid! That will definitely be a shock for running. But I’m excited to see everyone back home.

Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00Weight: 118.60
From Jake K on Sun, May 29, 2011 at 09:51:41 from

Super proud of the way you stayed strong yesterday! That took some guts and I'm sure Stacy would have been ever more happy for you.

From allie on Sun, May 29, 2011 at 10:09:47 from

i am sorry for your loss. that's tough news to hear just before a race -- nice job on staying focused and strong and running a great race. congratulations on the win and the new course record. it's exciting to read about all of your race successes. you are running so well right now and there is a lot more to come. i look forward to seeing you at UV half -- looks like you are ready to do some serious damage to that course :)

have a nice time in tennessee.

From Adam RW on Sun, May 29, 2011 at 10:19:04 from

Andrea, That is a very inspiring entry. I am sorry for your loss but impressed with your ability to carry on. Despite the reason, enjoy the time with your family and congratulations on not only running your first 10K but winning it in a course record.

From Jon on Sun, May 29, 2011 at 10:34:13 from

Yes, sorry to hear about your loss. Yet you still ran a very impressive for your first 10k. Nice work.

From JulieC on Sun, May 29, 2011 at 22:51:13 from

Hi, great race. When I saw your "leg jumps" before the race I knew you were going to win. Way to go!! You ran well. I am glad I had my garmin or I would have mentally lost it with those off mile markers at the beginning. The last few were back on, thankfully. Congrats!! : D.

From Andrea on Mon, May 30, 2011 at 14:42:45 from

Thanks everyone! I am glad that I raced on Sat - the running scene is such a great environment. I'm not sure that 10k is my favorite distance to race, but it's great training!

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