Andrea Kooiman - An Everyday Mom at Western States 100
Andrea Kooiman refers to herself as an everyday mom. She is the mother of two and happily married. She works at Road Runner Sports in Laguna Hills and is a part time running coach.
She is not a professional runner, and has no major sponsors – Andrea just loves to run.
This year her goal was to run the legendary Western States® 100-Mile Endurance Run in less than 24hrs and she started out looking great!
Through mile 43 she was looking pretty good. She was pacing at 15 minutes/mile.
But after that things started falling apart, she fell off pace and from mile 43-96 averaged ~21 minutes/mile. At No Hands Bridge, she had 4 miles to go but was on pace to finish after the 30hr race cutoff.
Watching Andrea enter the 96th mile and accelerate across the bridge gave everyone the chills. Over the last 4 miles, she accelerated and cut 5 minutes/mile off her current pace to finish with a time of 29:53:28 - six and a half minutes slower and she would not have finished. A 100 mile race came down to a few minutes.