Andrea Flowers is a runner that loves the team/group component of our sport.
Running has always come naturally to Andrea, until it didn’t.
A devastating injury along with an eating disorder led to some setbacks that contributed to her outlook on life and running.
Andrea was a cheerleader for the first part of her life.
It was not until her sophomore year of high school that she attempted to run.
A cross county team didn’t exist at her high school until her senior year and even then she was only one of 3 team members.
Her lack of experience running against others certainly didn’t hinder her performance.
She made it to state and placed 11th for the 2 miler.
From there she went on to run in college where things became more complicated.
Own Worst Enemy
East Central University in Oklahoma is where Andrea resumed her competitive running.
She had a strong start to her collegiate career until injury hit the first year.
A stress fracture in her femur forced her to recover slowly and not rush back.
Andrea was used to being one of the fastest and running had always come easily to her.
This recovery period was very humbling for her in many ways.
Not having a way to burn calories while she was injured was taking its toll both mentally and physically.
Her relationship with food became even more restrictive than it was already
Road To Recovery
Recovering from an eating disorder was a slow process.
Once she gave herself permission to fuel her body she noticed she didn’t get fat, but rather she got stronger.
Andrea was used to having teammates around that made her a stronger runner.
After graduating from college, she got connected with Wahoo Running and Oiselle Volee.
For Andrea, it is important to be a part of something bigger than herself.
Her teammates now serve as a source of inspiration and motivation for her to keep striving to be the best runner and person she can be.
A BQ is on her list of goals she hopes to accomplish in the future and she is continually learning how to master the marathon distance.
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