"Running allows us to totally appreciate life - the ability to move, breathe, feel alive. We can check out of our heads or figure out life's many problems. It's beautiful therapy."
~ Andrea Duke
I am honored and thrilled to close out the year with one last RUNNERSWHOROCK interview with none other than the fierce and beautiful Andrea Duke. Andrea has run 46 marathons since 2002. She crossed the line at her first, the inaugural Washington D.C. marathon, in 4:35:21. After that, she claimed she'd never do it again. And we all know how that goes. In 2008, four months after giving birth to her son Noah, Andrea ran a marathon PR and qualified for Boston, at that point, officially hooked on running. But, it wasn't until 2012 that her running "career" truly began. In a horrific twist of fate, Andrea's son Noah, who was 4 at the time, tripped, twisted his leg and shattered his femur. While Noah laid in a full body cast, unable to move and in excruciating pain, Andrea would lace up her shoes and get out on the road as a means to cope. Running was her outlet, her way to feel, her way to tolerate her own pain, her way to help her daughter, and, ultimately, her way to help her son get his life back. And as Noah recovered and began to get stronger, Andrea did, too. A little over a year after the accident, Andrea was the first woman across the line at the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon in 2:58. In her own words:
There I was, on a stage getting asked, “So are you going to go for the standard?” The what? “The Olympic Trials standard.” “Ummm, the what?” Fast forward 8 months, with a professional coach guiding me, I ran a 2:41:12 at the Chicago Marathon to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon. In two years, I went from a social runner to a professional elite runner.
Currently, Andrea runs for the Oiselle Haute Volee elite team, and her main focus is training for the Olympic trials which she will run in Los Angeles on February 13. I will be there to watch and I literally CAN NOT wait. I'm hoping we might get to cut a rug on the dance floor later that evening. We'll have to see how tired she is. After that, she'll shift her focus to OCR (obstacle course racing), because, well, she might as well kick her badassery up a notch next year. I love this woman. I am so lucky to know her. I am inspired by her daily. I think you will be, too. So, let's meet Andrea, a RUNNER WHO ROCKS.
Where you're from: San Antonio, TX
Where you reside now: San Antonio, TX
Occupation: Professor, Mom, Runner
RUNNING & MUSIC What do you love most about running?
The therapeutic “ME” time, pushing my limits and gaining incredible self confidence from reaching new goals.
What do you love most about music?
How I can find release in it during any emotional state, I can always find a song that will “understand me” whether depressed, angry, needing motivation, excited, happy! Music allows us to find a place where we can relate and maybe even find solace in the lyrics and rhythm.
Band (current, all time or both): No Doubt
Album (current, all time or both): Currently obsessed with the new Adele album, as it speaks to me closely. All time would be Madonna’s “Confession on a Dance Floor”
Race venue: Disney Marathon Running through the parks is magical ;)
Music venue any venue: I’ve traveled around the country for musical artists and each has their own special vibe, just put me somewhere with music and I’m happy.
Race distance: Marathon!
Show you've seen live? Madonna, always and forever!
Ice cream flavor: Cookies & Creme
THIS OR THAT:
Sweet or salty? Sweet
Live or recorded? Live
Coffee or tea? “Coffee in the morning”
Summer or winter? Summer
Which band or artist would you go see tonight if you could? No Doubt
Which band or artist (wait...but no longer alive or playing together) would you go see tonight if you could? The Beatles
The one and only Gwen Stefani
Which band or artist would you like to be playing alongside you during your next race (or long run)? Justin Timberlake
Today, I feel like(complete the sentence)....I need a nap.
Top 5 Songs for running, dancing or both?
Bieber & Diplo: Where Are You Now?
Rage Against the Machine: Renegades of Funk
Buju Banton: Love Sponge
Eminem: ‘Till I Collapse
Last 5 Songs you listened to today?
Nicki Minaj: Moment 4 Life
Salt n Pepa: Shoop
Justin Bieber: Sorry
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