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AAYS Renegades Run

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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: AAYS Renegades Run (3 Miles) 00:17:20, Place overall: 1
Total Distance

Would've been a sub-18 if it was a 5k! Great end to the season.

This morning, I ran the Renegades Run to support the Arizona Academy of Youth Soccer. The course was one big loop and very flat. It was a small race of ~150 runners, mostly kids and parents of the academy. Jake and I debated whether he should pace me or not, and we finally decided that it wouldn't affect his training negatively and would help me a lot. 

The start was as crazy as always when lots of kids are racing. I squeezed myself onto the start line and we were off. I knew that 5:47 pace would be a stretch and it was...it felt really fast from the beginning. We "settled" right on pace and hit the first mile in 5:47. I passed the first girl shortly after the mile then focused on keeping good form. Jake pushed the pace a bit on the 2nd mile with a 5:42 in order to give me a confidence boost. The final mile was a straight shot to the finish. I really started hurting at 2.25 miles and said to Jake "Help!". He pushed me through that last bit to keep pressing. The course ended up being exactly 3 miles, running the last mile at 5:49 and with a finish time of 17:20. That was HARD - I ran as hard as I could and am proud to have run that fast :) 

Part of me was disappointed not to race the full 5K and the other part was really happy it was over! I am confident that I would have finished barely under 18 minutes for the 5K which has been my fall goal since I had surgery back in May. It's been a long journey since then and I still have a long way to getting back to 100%, but this fall season has given me a lot of hope that I will continue to feel better every month. 

I really appreciate all the encouragement that I have gotten in the last year. I have had a lot of ups and downs, and the people on this blog have helped me in so many ways. 

Night Sleep Time: 8.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.50Weight: 0.00
From Jenruns on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 10:47:56 from

Way to go! Emily and I were thinking about you today on our run. We both thought you'd run sub 18 for sure! Nice work! Enjoy the "off season".

From emruns on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 12:28:37 from

I was just gonna type that, Jen. Yep. We talked about you and sent good vibes your way. Nice race. You look spent at the end so you know you did it right!

From Jake K on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 12:59:50 from

I think that when you look at this over an appropriate scale, its really, really impressive. It wasn't that long ago when you were riding the handicapped scooter at the grocery store. And now you are clicking off sub 5:50 miles again. I'm proud of you and very happy and grateful that I had the chance to run this with you this morning.

Sorry for getting excited at the end and accidentally beating you to the line. Not a classy move :-)

From Amiee on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 14:43:52 from

Okay ONE amazing job! I think your comeback is officially here!!!

SECOND I must be dense, but how do you know it wasn't a full 5K, did Jake have his wheel?

From Jake K on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 15:11:07 from

No wheel. TSA doesn't allow it on planes!

The course was 6 blocks and every city block in Mesa is exactly a half-mile. Plus we both wore Garmins and had just over 3 miles on the watch. Finally (and she won't be offended by this), there's no way Andrea can run 17:20 for 5K right now :-) That's close to her fully healthy top-end.

From Amiee on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 15:18:17 from

Whateves! That little stretch to the finish looks like a point one. It is a 17:20 5K, so celebrate! I am pretty sure she will be raising the bar on her previously healthy top-end anyways :)

From Jenruns on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 16:07:27 from

I'm also jealous that you were wearing shorts and a tank top. In SLC it was tights, gloves and jacket weather this morning.

From Fritz on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 16:48:37 from

Great job Andrea! That's a great time and effort even if the course was slightly short. You are closing in on being 100%.

From RileyCook on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 16:53:54 from

Great race Andrea! You've had quite the comeback. Hopefully next year will be a smoother ride for you.

From allie on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 19:02:30 from

hi-yah. you're awesome, andrea.

the course is so perfectly rectangular. i love all the photos, especially the last one. great job, team.

From Bret on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 19:31:40 from

Awesome! Great race report - really nice to see how far you've come since May. You should be very proud indeed. Congrats!

From SlowJoe on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 20:18:02 from

Congrats! Amazing how you've just blown through all the 5k milestones in one season, seemingly. Y'all should move to Texas for the winter, where running season is just starting -- you could take down sub-17 next.

From seeaprilrun on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 20:43:19 from

You. Are. Awesome.

From Abby Murphy on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 20:44:04 from

Another big step in the right direction Andrea. A 17:20 for real 5k will happen soon.


From Rob Murphy on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 20:45:24 from

I'm pretty impressed too.

From Matt Schreiber on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 22:03:33 from

Congrats Andrea, and great race! Very impressive. You've clearly been smart since May and it's paying off.

From Jason D on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 22:31:50 from

Excellent. Given the mileage you've been able to run and the short length of your comeback this is really impressive. I can't recall what you were doing at 100% for mileage. Guess I could look at your graphs. A fine cap to the season.

Will the spring have you running a long string of 10ks?

From Dave Taylor on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 22:46:34 from

Zippy. Love it! Good to see you back.

From josse on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 23:25:16 from

Awesome race! I love to see that you are coming back strong. Love the finish line pics

From Bonnie on Sun, Dec 01, 2013 at 14:32:38 from

Great job Andrea, you are a born competitor!

From Matt Poulsen on Mon, Dec 02, 2013 at 08:29:19 from

Great race! You've sure made great improvements this year -- and in a very wise manner.

From Neasts on Mon, Dec 02, 2013 at 09:01:09 from

You are such a strong competitor and person. Amazing the things you are capable of doing even with the setbacks you had. Great race, and congratulations on the win!

From Rachelle on Mon, Dec 02, 2013 at 11:08:36 from

Congratulations Andrea! Such an amazing way to wrap up your comeback. You truly are a competitor and it will be exciting to see you continue to progress in 2014.

From Andrea on Tue, Dec 03, 2013 at 11:41:44 from

Thank you all for the support! Although the finish line photo looks like it, I didn't collapse, crawl on the ground, or anything more dramatic afterwards :)

Jason - You were right on...my plan for the spring is to go after the 10K. Not super excited about this b/c the 10K is my least favorite distance to race, but it is the next logical step in the progression.

From Jackie82 on Tue, Dec 03, 2013 at 12:10:06 from

Awesome job, Andrea!! You kept pushing when the cards have been against you for so long, and you never gave up. You should be so proud of yourself! 2014 is going to be an awesome year for you!

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