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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.

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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: USA Half Marathon Championships (13.1 Miles) 01:17:21, Place overall: 32
Total Distance

Race conditions: 63 degrees, 90-95% humidity, slight wind.

Leading up to the race - We have had this event on the calendar since December. As many know, I have not had the ideal training cycle for this race. It's really been a tough first half of the year in terms of injuries. As soon as I heal up from three months of unexplainable midfoot pain, my SI joints start acting up...that starts improving only to get hamstring tendonitis. Obviously, I have some work to do in terms of strength/cross training to prevent these problems. Anyways, I take it as a victory getting to the start line and being able to race.

The competition for this race was incredible. I have never been in a race with this kind of depth. Totally intimidating but exciting at the same time. I warmed up a mile or so followed by 4 minutes of marathon pace. All of us girls watched as the elite men took off 10 minutes before our race. At the last minute, I decided to wear only a sports bra as my uniform. That ended up being a smart move because it was quite warm and humid! I must admit that I'm a little nervous to see pictures :) I lined up a couple rows back from the start line.

The race - The horn went off, and there was an immediate gap between me and the super fast pack. There was a "chase pack" as well, but they were just 5-10 seconds too fast for me and only a couple spread out from there. A little disappointing because I was really hoping to be able to tuck in behind others. I came in the first 5K in 18:00 and felt pretty good - a little too fast but not bad because this part is very flat. The rolling hills started after this point.

I was keeping a pretty solid pace through the 10K at 36:15. Starting to feel the pace a bit...kept telling myself that I need to stay mentally focused to maintain the pace. The rollers on the course made it difficult to gauge how fast/slow I should be running. At around mile 8 I caught up to the (2:31 marathoner) Dot McMahon who was very encouraging and for some reason decided to pace me for a mile or so. This helped a ton because the wind seemed to be blowing significantly at this point. I went on ahead (although she ended up beating me by one second). This is where I really started to mentally struggle. The rolling hills were taking a toll on me because my splits seemed too slow and my legs were getting tired. 10 mile at 58:45. I was actually still right on pace to break 1:17.

The rest of the course is downhill to flat and I tried to take advantage of that. I felt like I was running a solid 5:50 pace only to see that the pace in the 6:05 range. I just couldn't get myself to push any harder. My hamstring started to ache at this point (Allison told me afterward that I was limping). I did my best and came across the finish line in 1:17:21. I lost quite a bit of time in that last 5K. I tried my hardest and know that I did the best I could today.

Analysis - I am very happy with my time today. Fell apart a little at the end, but that's what happens sometimes when you go for an ambitious goal. This is the 2nd best performance that I have ever had, and I can't be upset about that! I didn't feel like I "had it"...just didn't feel like I had my A game today. It's hard to get that perfect race (but it's really special when you do). I feel like I needed a little more mental toughness and endurance to really go for that sub-1:17. I told Jake that I would probably run a marathon this fall if I broke 1:17....but since I didn't, I get to chase after it again for the fall instead of the marathon! :) Probably a little too happy about that.

Overall, really glad we came to Duluth to run this race. I can't wait to come back next year. Huge congrats to Erik (Hamdog) on his new half marathon PR, DerekD for an awesome marathon, Allison (Derek's wife and my friend) for a 1 min improvement and right next to me in the half, and Jake getting 27th in the elite men's race. Now time to party!!!

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From Smooth on Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 08:55:02 from


So happy the hamstring held out! Can't wait to read the detail! CONGRATZ! Enjoy the rest of the festivities...have a most wonderful time! :)

From Susannah on Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 10:12:59 from

Great job! Can't wait to read the full report :) But it sounds like you fought a strong race and ran really well :)

From crhudman on Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 10:50:06 from

Awesome job again!! Glad to hear the body held up enjoy the royal treatment, that is way cool.

From Holt on Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 11:33:01 from

Glad the hammy held up. Way to run tough.

From James on Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 11:41:46 from

Very nice! Sounds like you had a solid race today.

From Bonnie on Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 12:03:03 from

YEA!! great job Andrea!!

From flatlander on Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 12:13:02 from

Great job. Hopefully it wasn't as hot as predicted.

From gdoc on Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 12:23:02 from

You are a rockstar! Props...

From Tara on Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 13:24:09 from

Oh that is so good to hear! Hamstring held up, CHECK! Close to PR on a harder course, CHECK! Rock star status, CHECK! Good for you Andrea!

From Andrea on Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 15:32:43 from

Thanks so much!! Full report up now. Sorry - no pictures yet!

From Scott Ensign on Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 16:02:27 from

nice job today, sounds like a lot of fun. and good job taking care of homeless hamdog too. enjoy beautiful duluth and all the mosquitoes back there

From Toby on Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 18:28:57 from

Hooray for a great race atmosphere! It just goes to show what kind of runner you are to be a COMPETITOR in a race like that! I hope you have fun rockin' out at the parties :)

From JD on Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 19:01:48 from

nice job! relieved to read that the hamstring held together -

From RAD on Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 23:03:15 from

WONDERFUL race Andrea! To not feel like you're bringing your "A" game, but still hitting just 22 seconds over your goal? amazing! I'm so impressed with your dedication and mental fortitude to battle all that you have and to throw it down in a race like this!

From Rob on Sun, Jun 17, 2012 at 05:49:55 from

Very cool stuff, you too are livin' the dream. Keep it up.

From SlowJoe on Sun, Jun 17, 2012 at 11:01:50 from

Great race. So close to your goal, and on a hilly course to boot. You bounced right back from your injuries and are in great shape again, congrats. I think we all want to see you run another marathon though!

From Rachelle on Sun, Jun 17, 2012 at 13:45:55 from

Such an awesome race Andrea! Congratulations! It is amazing how well you have dealt with this string of injuries and to come back and run such a great time is just amazing. I am very, very proud of you!

From Fritz on Sun, Jun 17, 2012 at 14:21:06 from

Great race Andrea. There is no doubt you have the speed to get in the 16s, 15s, 14s...so I would agree that building up some more endurance through long runs will serve you well. Speed,which you have, doesn't miraculously appear but endurance can be built with time.

From Hamdog Alum on Sun, Jun 17, 2012 at 16:16:33 from

You ran a really tough race with that hamstring! Once you get healthy you'll be well under 17.

From Paul on Sun, Jun 17, 2012 at 16:41:51 from

Great job Andrea. Looking forward to seeing other great races from you this season.

From Lulu Walls on Sun, Jun 17, 2012 at 19:33:08 from

Amazing job Andrea! Glad you get to keep chasing the half. Can't wait to see the pictures :)

From jtshad on Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 08:11:40 from

Congrats on a great race! You are an amazing runner, keep it up.

From MarkP on Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 11:19:19 from

Solid! Great job!

From Scott Wesemann on Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 12:19:51 from

Congrats on an excellent race. I think you should stick with the half for sure. Marathons kinda suck. :)

From Carina on Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 13:54:28 from

You never cease to amaze!! Great racing!!!

From Jake K on Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 13:48:55 from

Now that I've had a little more time to think about it, I think this is actually a higher quality performance than Long Beach, even though the time was just slightly slower. You were at absolute peak fitness then... but this year has had so many ups and downs, and you weren't even sure you'd be on the line a week until a few days before the actual race. Considering that - to go out and run another low 1:17 and beat (by my count, I'm probably missing some) 16 women who ran in the Olympic Trials Marathon in January... that is a heck of a performance!

Its just going to be a matter of getting the miles under your legs over months and months (actually, a few years)... no individual training cycle has to be super impressive... if we can just keep you relatively healthy over the long term, I think you'll be aiming towards 1:15 / 2:40 before you know it.

Too bad there isn't an OT 1/2 marathon though, b/c the HM is definitely your event!!! :-)

From Bam on Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 15:11:46 from

Belated congratulations on yet another topnotch performance; well done.

I think both Jake and yourself are on the edge of something special: I believe you will both breakthrough into the 'big-time'. You complement each other perfectly, in so many ways.

Keep enjoying yourself, stay healthy and patient, and above all else, believe in your talent.

Well done and well deserved.

From Superfly on Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 16:32:18 from

So happy to see you were able to run a great race after the last couple weeks battling the injury. Way to go out there and really run a super race. Good job!

From Oreo on Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 22:19:53 from

Simply Awesome. Great job!

From Steve on Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 23:14:23 from

Such a good time on that course. I still think Grandma's is hard with those never ending rollers

From MichelleL on Sun, Jun 24, 2012 at 00:13:50 from

Just saw this race report--awesome! I agree with Jake, PR performance.

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