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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: OktoberFAST 5K (3.1 Miles) 00:17:16, Place overall: 1
Total Distance


First of all, I have to say that this event was everything I was hoping for. We had a great turnout, including - 

9 racers (Adam RW, Sandy, Ashley, ACorn, Jake, Andrea, Dave, Chad Robinson, Kam)
Great timer (Kam's son Jens)
Sub-Professional photographer (Allie)
Spectator support crew (Adam RW's wife Sandra and kids, Paul and kids; both have adorable kids!)

Thanks to everyone that came out! It was really nice to meet more local runners and put names to faces on the blog. NEXT EVENT SPOOKY FAST 5K on Oct. 29!

About the race - 2 mile warmup. I was a little nervous that the football team was going to take over the track, but they quickly retreated for McDonalds and orange juice on the sidelines :) We had some introductions and handed out awesome bids. I got lucky number 7!

Race started at 9:05am. My goal was even splits of 83 seconds every 400 and pick it up at the very end for 17:15. I went out a little fast but felt controlled. Mile 1 was 5:25. I felt a twinge from mile 1 to 1.5 in my hamstring - not sure what that was about. I caught up with Adam RW right after, and we stayed close for a couple laps. Mile 2 was 5:34. I slowed a little the next few laps - this is always the challenging part of the 5k. The last 400 ACorn FLEW past me. If only I had that kind of kick! Mile 3 was 5:36. I pushed the last stretch with a finishing time of 17:16.3!!

I am quite thrilled with my performance - 9 second PR, and with the NCAA altitude conversion it could potentially be 16:55 at sea level. If I ever ran sub-17, that would be incredible. I cheered the rest of the crew coming in for their final meters. Then we all chatted for a while and drank some chocolate milk - the ultimate recovery drink.

Cool down with most of the group. This was probably my favorite part, just a casual run with some great people.

Saucony Type A4 Miles: 3.10Saucony Kinvara 2 Miles: 6.40
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
From ACorn on Sat, Oct 01, 2011 at 14:38:13 from

Flew is a very generous verb. Great race, congrats on the PR!

From allie on Sat, Oct 01, 2011 at 14:39:27 from

you looked so strong out there today! you hit your goal almost to the second -- great job with your pacing. that's an awesome PR and hopefully a big confidence boost for you going into your half next week. i'm sure you will do great things there.

thanks for the fun morning -- hopefully i'll be healthy and ready to run at the next one.

From steve ash on Sat, Oct 01, 2011 at 14:51:43 from

Very nice PR Andrea:)

From Adam RW on Sat, Oct 01, 2011 at 15:11:25 from

Thanks again for putting this on and thinking of details like the chocolate milk at the finish. Also, congratulations on another great PR. You ran a smart race and it paid off.

From Dan on Sat, Oct 01, 2011 at 16:26:45 from

Wicked good! Nice job. Thanks for sharing the pics too!

From Kurt on Sat, Oct 01, 2011 at 16:42:39 from

17:16 WOW!!! A-MAZ-ING! That is seriously moving. Well done, and congratulations on the PR.

From Burt on Sat, Oct 01, 2011 at 18:37:11 from

Great job Andrea! Too bad you didn't beat ACorn. I was rooting for you.

From Bonnie on Sat, Oct 01, 2011 at 20:32:31 from

Wow! Nice idea, great race and it looks like good times (literally and figuratively) all around! Congratulations Andrea!

From AmberG on Sat, Oct 01, 2011 at 21:42:58 from

Wow, Congratulations :) Great PR and sounds like a lot of fun too!

From Sarah on Sat, Oct 01, 2011 at 22:28:10 from

I'm glad you know chocolate milk is the best recovery drink out there.

From Scott Ensign on Sun, Oct 02, 2011 at 01:20:54 from

that is seriously fast, congrats! looks like a great race with all the bloggers, I will have to add this to my schedule for next year. well done!

From Chad Robinson on Sun, Oct 02, 2011 at 03:34:11 from

Fantastic job Andrea and thanks for the effort to put it together! You are going to kill at Long Beach. I am really excited for you for your first marathon at Philly.

From Kelli on Mon, Oct 03, 2011 at 00:39:10 from

NICE JOB!!!! I love the title of the race. Fast you all are for sure.

From Superfly on Mon, Oct 03, 2011 at 12:52:15 from

Awesome little event you guys held. And super run. You and Jake are seriously running machines. Must be doing something right:) Keep it up!

From Nate on Mon, Oct 03, 2011 at 16:59:35 from

Awesome PR,it takes a lot of concentration and effort to keep the pace up on the track. Something I could never do. You'll crush 17 in no time!

From Tyler on Mon, Oct 03, 2011 at 23:47:43 from

Nice work! That NCAA conversion is pretty conservative, in my opinion. Coming down to sea level, I'd bet my money you'd crack 17 on a similar effort.

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