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Stephanie Andre

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At what age did you begin participating in running?

I started running at age 29.

What first made you want to participate in running?

I started running for fitness and as a way to spend time with my sister who is also a runner.

What other sport did you play growing up? Any good stories about them?

I was a gymnast growing up and wanted to be Shannon Miller.  Bruised my tailbone on our fireplace while pretending to be her doing a floor routine at age 11.

What were some of the challenges you faced? Early on? Now? As a woman?

I started running when my son was two. I sometimes felt guilty being away from him, but came to realize that time to myself was beneficial to the whole family. I am more than a wife and mother.

Greatest moment/accomplishment in your sport?

Greatest accomplishment was qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials at the 2017 Chicago Marathon. It was a dream I had literally been chasing for years.

What keep you going year after year?

New personal goals keep me going. I can always find a way to challenge myself. 

Future plans withing your sport?

Continue chasing personal records in various distances. Would like to coach one day.

Future plans outside of the sport, i.e. professional life, personal life?

Not sure yet. I am a freelance writer, so if I could find a way to join my two passions, that would be fantastic.

How far has the sport of running come during the timeframe in which you have been involved?

From a social media perspective, I've seen more emphasis on the journey versus results. I think they are both equally important.

Where would you like to see your sport be in the coming years?

We are seeing more women participate in races, and I'd like to see that continue. 

What lessons have you taken from running that have helped you in your professional and personal life away from the trail?

That showing up every day matters. Also, failures are great opportunities to learn and grow.

What advice do you have for younger athletes coming up in running?

Take time to explore the sport: travel, join teams and try different distances. There is a lot out there and you may be surprised at what you're good at or what you enjoy.

3 words to describe your sports journey. Discuss why you chose those 3 words.

1) Imperfect - There has been a lot of trial and error over the past six years. That's how I learn.
2) Relentless - I'm out there every day, rain or shine. No excuses.
3) Adaptable - Sometimes life throws out circumstances that make training difficult, whether it be injury or time constraints. I adjust and make the best of the situation. Always stay positive.