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Dart Challenge 5K

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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: Dart Challenge 5K (3.1 Miles) 00:17:25, Place overall: 2
Total Distance

In short - I hit my goal! 29 second PR feels great.

Warm up was worrisome. I ran about a quarter mile and then pain from my ankle to the area around the top of my fibula. It's so hard to explain (definitely not shin splints, I've had those before). I stretched and massaged for a few minutes and then tried to run again. After 4-5 steps, the pain got increasingly worse and so I stopped again. More massaging and stretching, longer break. I found that if I ran in a circle counter-clockwise the pain was very mild, so that's what I did for about 5 minutes. Luckily no one was around! I ran on the grass and that seemed to help too. So I was finally able to finish a 2 mile warm-up. I decided that if it was still acting up during strides, I would not race.

Once I put on my racing flats and ran to the start line, there was no pain. I'm wondering if the shoes I warmed up in are the problem - the last three times I have worn them, the pain developed. But could it be something more?

Okay, so now the race recap. Before the race, Corbin (Davis XC Coach) informed me that I might have some good competition this morning - Morgan Haws from BYU was there (PR 5000m 16:14, 10000m 33:39, All-American, etc). I was hoping that she would be close and we could work together!

I went out a little fast (those high schoolers really like to gun it off the start). I finally eased into a good pace by the half mile and Morgan was right there with me. Mile 1 - 5:31. Not bad. We ran together through mile 2 - 5:35. We were both running a steady hard pace, working together. It was great. I made it to about 2.7 miles with her, then she threw in a surge. She made it look so easy! I didn't have that extra effort in me. Mile 3 - 5:40. I pushed it through the finish about 5 seconds behind Morgan with a time of 17:25.

I am very happy with my performance. Part of me is disappointed that I couldn't push a little harder to stay with Morgan, but I have to put it in perspective. I ran hard, ran a new PR, and felt strong while I was racing. Hard to beat that.

Cooldown with Allie and James (Fiddy). I wanted to get 12 in for the day, so 6.9 miles. Talked with Corbin and Janae (other Davis XC Coach) for a while. They have 70-80 kids on their team! That's awesome, and overwhelming. Janae is 8 months pregnant, about 5' tall, and her stomach is sticking out about a foot and a half! She is so cute.

Anyway, great local race. I definitely recommend it for a fast time. The course is very flat, with several turns (making tangents very important).

Saucony Type A4 Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00Weight: 116.80
From Carina on Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 14:27:00 from

WOW!!! I am at a loss for words with your awesomeness! Way to go!!!!!

From Burt on Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 14:42:56 from

Great job Andrea!

From Fritz on Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 15:17:08 from

Nice job Andrea. A 29 second PR in 5k is significant.

From Rachelle on Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 16:26:04 from

Congrats Andrea! You are simply amazing and so inspiring to me. Keep it up girl.

From Lily on Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 16:54:30 from

I am so glad your ankle played nice! You are so amazing. I love reading what you do each day, and look forward to your weekend race reports. Keep at it. And good luck (not that you need it) at TOU half. You are going to be amazing, I know it!

From Tara on Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 18:21:58 from

Wow! Super fast race! Nice work! That is a great PR for a 5k!

From Jake K on Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 19:57:22 from

Sooo stoked for you!!! Wish I could have been there cheering you on! Way to go, AWESOME performance!

From allie on Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 21:10:56 from

awesome race, andrea. that is a huge PR! you have some serious speed -- i couldn't even see you anymore by the halfway mark. you are one talented athlete and it's inspiring to see all your hard work pay off with each race. keep it up, and best of luck next weekend at TOU 1/2. i have no doubt you will tear it up on that course.

thanks for the cooldown miles -- my apologies for leading us through an awful route. it eventually got better once we made it into layton, but it took at least another 3 miles. when in doubt, save the cooldown for slc. :)

From Jon on Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 22:07:33 from

Nice PR, Andrea. Have fun with TOU 1/2 next week- it's a great race.

From julieesplin on Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 22:08:45 from

Great race - way to work out that pain before the race started, massaging/stretching is the way to go.

From JulieC on Sun, Aug 21, 2011 at 00:19:08 from

5:30 miles? seriously quick and happy for you meeting your goal today!!!

From MichelleL on Sun, Aug 21, 2011 at 01:10:05 from

Nice job on the huge pr. prs are way better than first place.

From Kurt on Sun, Aug 21, 2011 at 02:17:20 from

29 Second PR!!! WOW! That is a very impressive race. Well done.

From Seth on Sun, Aug 21, 2011 at 14:55:11 from

Congrats on the PR! That is a solid 5k time.

From Hamdog Alum on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 17:53:48 from

29 sec in a 5K is a huge PR. Nice job! This has to feel good going into the 1/2 this weekend. Good luck!

From Steve on Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 12:38:14 from

Amazing time on a 5K, great job! I think we are just starting to see what you are capable of.

From Adam RW on Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 09:31:06 from

Andrea, Great PR! Nearly 10 sec per mile is amazing. Have fun with the race tomorrow I'm sure your 1/2 PR is going to be shattered.

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