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!
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
Wearing the exact same outfit form head (bow) to toe (socks).
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