allison krausen

ambassador Member Since: 2011

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born 2/11/1980
college Princeton University


Do you have a quote that guides, inspires, or embodies your training/racing/life?
The mind determines what’s possible.  The heart surpasses it. - Pilar Coolinta

Why do you run?
To me, running is one of the greatest and most direct metaphors for life, and the most amazing opportunity to be challenged to be the very best possible version of myself.  I am driven by my desire to surprise myself and to constantly reconsider the limits of my potential.  In particular, racing is about drawing upon every source of strength I know, and learning to utilize these limitless resources to run faster or further or with more presence.

What is your favorite post-race meal?
Bhakti chai with almond milk and gluten-free pumpkin bread.

Do you have a training philosophy?
Listen to your body.  Train your mind.  Know the difference between the kind of pain that leads to injury and the kind that makes you tougher.

What is your favorite place to run?
Currently, the Lake Creek Valley in Edwards, Colorado, where I live.  There are miles of trails and dirt roads and friendly waves from all the neighbors.

Whenever I return to Princeton, New Jersey, I’m excited for some of my old favorite routes and their historical significance.  This includes running through the woods at the Institute for Advanced Study where Einstein often wandered, formulating his genius ideas, and across the Princeton Battlefield, where General George Washington’s Revolutionary Forces defeated the British in 1777.

What is your must-have piece of running gear?
Breathable layers with zippers!  I live at just over 7500 feet, where the weather changes quickly and dramatically.  I’m often unzipping for steep uphill climbs and then zipping back up for the descent.  A windproof vest is key.

What animal do you most resemble in your racing and why?
Scrappy Doo-the ultimate underdog-but not to be underestimated. I take pride in being small but scrappy.

What is your favorite activity, when not running?
Reading, cooking, and traveling with my husband (though that most often leads to running in new places)!
Complete the sentence: If I was stranded in a hotel room with one movie and one book, they would be…
Scent of a Woman - something about a blind Al Pacino dancing the tango and driving a Ferrari never gets old!

Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin.  It is one of the great epics in World Literature and is extremely long, dense, and complex.  Written in the 18th Century, the book illustrates a fascinating time in Chinese culture and society (at least for an East Asian Studies major).

personal bests

5K 18:04
10K 37:00
Half Marathon 1:18:43
marathon 2:46:25


racing highlights

2012 Phoenix Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon - 3rd Place Woman
2011 Philadelphia Marathon - 7th Place Woman