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Stephanie Andre

BACK TO AWE

1. Started running at age 29.
2. I started running for fitness and as a way to spend time with my sister who is also a runner.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. New personal goals keep me going. I can always find a way to challenge myself.
7. Continue chasing personal records in various distances. Would like to coach one day.
8. Not sure yet. I am a freelance writer, so if I could find a way to join my two passions, that would be fantastic.
9. From a social media perspective, I've seen more emphasis on the journey versus results. I think they are both equally important.
10. We are seeing more women participate in races, and I'd like to see that continue.
11. That showing up every day matters. Also, failures are great opportunities to learn and grow.
12. 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 my sports journey:
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.