2020 US Olympic Marathon Trials Project — Julia Pieper

Today I have the pleasure of introducing Julia Pieper as part of our 2020 US Olympic Marathon Trials Project…and Julia is certainly a unique member of our project as she is not eligible for the 2020 US Olympic Trials since she has German citizenship. But, as one of my elite level athletes and a member of this running community who is looking to continuing chasing her dreams, I felt that it was important for her to continue being a member of a community that is chasing greatness!

Yesterday we reported on Julia setting a personal best over 10,000 meters at the German Road Championships and next month she’ll be racing a half marathon. Over the next couple of years Julia will be stepping up to the longer distances and I believe she’ll be a great fit there on the roads!


College:
Dallas Baptist University (Graduate program)

Personal best times:
1500m — 4:37.32; 3000m — 10:05.16; 5000m — 17:29.37; 10k road — 38:05

Goal for 2018-2019:
2018: Having fun finishing my first official half marathon and getting hungry for many more to follow. 2019: PRs on the track over 3k and 5k; improving my time over the half marathon,  and finishing my first half marathon in October 2019.

Favorite thing about running:
The feeling when you know you gave it your all and pushed your own limits further

Reason for chasing this dream:
Glory to God and give something back to all the people that support(ed) me along the way.

Favorite post-race meal:
Pizza and Gelato

Pre-race superstition:
Wearing the exact same outfit form head (bow) to toe (socks).

Favorite workout:
1k repeats and hilly long runs on Merrifield.

Proudest running moment:
Winning Conference XC my first year at DBU.

Current job, outside of running:
Junior Controller Supply Chain Management at Vibracoustic GmbH


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