BRAD AND AMBER ANDERSON
Family demographics: One, hot wife (Amber), and 3 kids (Ethan 6, Spencer 4, Benjamin 1)
Occupation: Health care Sales Rep.
Hometown: Rock Springs, WY by way of Ogden, UT, by way of Morgan, Utah (But we call Ogden Home. Gotta love the trails.)
Years running: 22 (Somewhere around there, give or take a year.)
Weekly mileage: 30-45 (When I'm not injured)
Favorite race distance or race: I like the 10K and Half Marathon. My favorite race/s are The Gerald Anderson Memorial 5K (Of Course) The Canyonlands Half Marathon and Garden of Eden 10 miler. I love the Winter Training Series too.
PR's - (5K, 10K, ½, mara, Ultra) or proudest running accomplishment: My proudest running accomplishments are 1: Taking State in High School. My times got much faster, but taking State had been a goal for such a long time, and I worked hard to do it. I did a lot of running after basketball practice in High School. I also did a lot of extra intervals during track. So I am pretty proud of that. 2: Just being able to run again is the second thing I am most proud of. After a Car accident they said I would never be able to run again. But with the same hard work I learned while trying to take State I did everything I could to be able to run again. So everyday I get out for a run is pretty cool.
Favorite training run: Anything up on the trails behind Weber State is a good training run. There are also bunches I love in Morgan. As for right now, being in Rock Springs and all, I have a good 12 miler I like that runs on the old Lincoln Highway I like a lot.
Why run - (motivation, inspiration): I run because I love to do it. I feel so much better when I run. And there was a time where I didn't know if I would ever run again, and I made myself a promise that I would never take it for granted. So on the cold or windy days I ask myself: "If you lost the ability to run tomorrow would you regret not going out today?" And the answer is always:"Yes." (Injuries and sickness are another story.)
Goals: Run until the day I die.seriously. Set a new PR or PWPR (Post Wreck Personal Record.) in the 5K, 10K, 15K, 10 Miler, Half Marathon, and Marathon. My time is running out.
Favorite music to run to: Bob Schneider, Public Enemy, Run DMC, The Beastie Boys, NWA, De La Soul, Ike Reilly. Or anything with a good beat. Of course I only run with music if I am really tired, or sore.
Favorite running gear - ANYTHING ADIDAS. Adidas rules. I also love my Garmin, and Oakley Sunglasses too. I love my Striders gear too. One day John will see the light and start printing on some Adidas stuff. But I won't fault him, he is still a decent human being.
Best advice you've been given as a runner: If you want to run with the best runners, you need to do what the best runners are doing. If you want to beat the best runners, you have to also do the things they're not.
Best motivational quote: You can't ALWAYS win. But you can ALWAYS TRY to win.
Your role model: Obviously I have many family members who are role models. So I will leave them out. As far as running I have many. My Dad (I know, a family member) who taught me if you are going to try to do something, try to be the best. If he got into something he tried to become a pro, whether it was Running, fly-fishing, or anything. He didn't want to be a fly fisherman; he wanted to be a great fly fisherman. Two others who are my role Models are Roger Buhrley and Corbin Talley. I admire what they've done in the personal running careers, but more so what they've done in their coaching careers. They have made a bigger influence on kids' lives at Davis High School than they will ever know. Some of my High School Coaches, one of whom was my Dad, were a bigger influence on my than anyone else in the world.
Favorite food: Italian or Mexican. I love Seafood too.
Hobbies or interests other than running: Being with my wife and kids is by far my favorite thing to do. We love camping, and playing around. I also like to read. I ride a road bike (From time to time) too.
Anything else the world might want to know about you: I write a lot more stuff than my wife does when I do runner profiles. And that I love my wife and kids more than anything.even Adidas stuff. I know it's hard to believe, but it's true.
Amber Manning Anderson
Family demographics: Husband and three little boys ages 6,4, and 1.
Hometown: Morgan, Utah (Now Rock Springs, WY)
Years running: 15
Favorite race distance or race:10k or half marathon
PR's - (5K, 10K, ½, mara, Ultra) or proudest running accomplishment: Finishing the Ogden Marathon in 2004.
Favorite training run: Como Loop in Morgan, Utah
Why run - (motivation, inspiration): I run to keep myself healthy and because I love sports and competition.
Goals: Finish the 2007 Winter Circuit including the 18 miler.
Favorite music to run to: Any
Favorite running gear - (shoes, apparel, etc.): My Adidas running shoes?My husband will be proud.
Best advice you've been given as a runner: Never give up
Best motivational quote: When runners we coached asked my husband how they could run a fast race or were overanalyzing stuff He would just say: "It's not Rocket Science, it's Running. Work hard, Do your long runs, do your intervals, get plenty of rest, and fast times will come. It's that easy." Or he would say: "If you want to run faster, you've just got to do it. As hard as it is, it's as easy as it sounds." He didn't mean they could run a 4-minute mile, but if they wanted to set a PR (1 second faster) and they've done the training, they just have to do it. They just have to trust they're training and run harder. That's a hard thing to do for most runners because they get out of their comfort zone and think they will crash. Those quotes motivate me because it really puts it in simple terms. If I just work hard, and take care of myself, the rest will follow. It's really that easy. I always try to remember, "it's not rocket science, it's running."
Your role model: My husband Brad
Favorite food: Anything Mexican
Hobbies or interests other than running: Playing sports, My kids, and being outdoors
Anything else the world might want to know about you: I don't think so. I am pretty boring.