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Utah Fittest State Crazy Legs 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: Utah Fittest State Crazy Legs 5K (3.107 Miles) 00:20:55, Place overall: 5
Total Distance

Two months ago I signed up for this silly race, thinking - surely I'll be healthy by then. Well, it turns out that injury cycles are the worst and really hard to get out of. I am making very slow progress but not as fast as I would like. It was only this week that I thought I would be able to run a 5K without causing additional damage. So I would say this is a huge success - I even get to change my picture back to a runner since I broke 25 minutes (by 4 minutes, take that SlowJoe!).

A bunch of us met at Allie's place and the enthusiasm and excitement from the doubleheader crew was priceless. They all left soon after, and then I was hanging out with the PhD nerds. We watched the runners in the half go by at mile 1 and again at mile 8 and the finish. The best part of the finishes was Jake yelling to Devra and Allie to run faster so they would have more time (20 minutes) to warm-up for the 5K :)

We all lined up for the 5K and I saw lots of familiar faces. I love the racing scene -it's so fun! I decided to run with Allie and Kevin as long as I could keep up without injury problems. The race went by fast, mostly trying to keep Allie's mind off of her previous 13.1 mile race and grumbling stomach. I really enjoyed the race - I wasn't really "racing" so there was no pressure and I could just enjoy being out there. My psoas muscle started to get tight during the race but no real issues. We all finished strong and broke 21 minutes.

Afterwards, we ran a short cooldown then waited far too long to get a bunch of medals. I ended up with the red ribbon medal because it matched my red shoes. Honestly, it gave me some confidence that maybe, just maybe, I can get my health back soon. On that note, I bought an EMS/TENS unit today...a guy was selling a commercial grade one on KSL for 1/8th of what it's worth. So my PT is going to teach me how to use it on Monday and maybe that will expedite my recovery. At any rate, I probably won't be racing until my 2013 breakthrough year :)

No pics today... I forgot to bring the good camera and Jake's iPhone doesn't take good pictures in the dark.

Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00Weight: 115.80
From fiddy on Sat, Oct 13, 2012 at 20:30:54 from

Yay, getting back to racing!

From MichelleL on Sat, Oct 13, 2012 at 20:33:32 from

Victory! I know how you feel. I signed up for the Payson 10k, Labor Day 2009, the year of my great sit out, and it was my first 3 mile run. So I walked the first half, was in last place, then jogged it in and it was great to see the race in a different light and just to be able to run. I am a little teary just writing this. I hope you are cresting the hill, Andrea, but if not, YOU WILL, and the best is yet to come.

From allie on Sat, Oct 13, 2012 at 20:44:28 from

although i personally didn't enjoy running that 5k, i'm glad i was able to run it with you and see you smiling the whole time. definitely a huge success. so happy for you!

phd nerds...he he he

From allie on Sat, Oct 13, 2012 at 20:44:56 from

also, you owe me an orange slice. i'm still hungry.

From flatlander on Sat, Oct 13, 2012 at 21:02:21 from

Great day, you are going to be fine I'm sure, really glad you could get out at a nice fast pace today.

From Kendall on Sat, Oct 13, 2012 at 22:35:45 from

You're racin'! So glad to hear you got out and things went well. Whoop-whoop!

From Scott Ensign on Sat, Oct 13, 2012 at 22:41:22 from

good to see you back on the race reports! recovery looks good, stay healthy!!!

From SlowJoe on Sun, Oct 14, 2012 at 10:55:50 from

Who beats their goal by more than 4 minutes in a 5k? Nice job, awesome to see you are healing...the rollerblader must come down now!

From Teena Marie on Sun, Oct 14, 2012 at 12:21:11 from

NICE!!! :) :) :)

From Smooth on Sun, Oct 14, 2012 at 12:40:56 from

So happy you are healing well and back on the race scene with great friends and totally smash your goal. Happy day indeed! :) :) :)

From Kassi on Sun, Oct 14, 2012 at 21:00:41 from

First race healthy!! That is a great start, even if you didn't race! So excited for you!!

From AngieB on Sun, Oct 14, 2012 at 22:19:03 from

Yay your back! So good to hear your out at it again. Spring/winter races here you come!!

From Rachelle on Mon, Oct 15, 2012 at 09:34:05 from

So so happy for you Andrea! Considering you weren't really "racing" you ran a great time. :)

From Adam RW on Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 09:29:34 from

It was great seeing you running again. Things are moving along and even though it should be quicker it at least is in the right direction. I'm happy we had a little time to chat. I am really looking forward to 2013. It will be here very soon with you healed and ready to tear it up.

From Kam on Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 09:59:29 from

"phd nerds" is redundant. Glad you could have that kind of race. It bodes well for your continued recovery, not to mention your new gizmo from ksl.com

From Hamdog Alum on Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 17:48:38 from

Yay! Andrea's back. Congrats on getting back on track to racing!

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