Recent News about Serena Burla
by Ron Wayne March 19, 2012
March 18th, Seoul, Korea, Mizuno Racing Team Member, Serena Burla, placed 3rd in the prestigious IAAF Seoul, Korea, Marathon in a personal best time of 2:28.27. Her improvement was 6 minutes and 41 seconds. In January, Serena was running with or near the lead group at the US Olympic Marathon Trials when she collapsed at 19 miles. It was a disappointing experience, but she knew she still had her fitness from the January Trials and her coach Isaya Okwiya wanted to find another marathon for Serena to run. Said Isaya,"Just prior to the trials, Serena's fitness t...
by Serena Burla March 6, 2012
Years ago my Aunt Chris told me to never take a day of running for granted. I think it was shortly after I accompanied her to her doctor’s appointment where she received a scan and walked home with images of a knee that doctors would say should/would never run again. I remember the tears and the sadness. My Aunt had been and always will be my running idol. I remember her kicking my butt on runs when I visited her in Colorado. Everyone she met wanted to run with her because she was so inspiring and just a wonderful person. I remember Chris telling me...
by Serena Burla January 30, 2012
The Trials certainly lived up to the definition of the word: Trials- a test of faith, patience, and stamina. Of all the times to DNF, why the trials? Oh there’s that “why” question again, the one that sometimes produces answers, sometimes life lessons, sometimes a delayed response, and sometimes silence. The question that always makes me take a step back and remember, I am not the one in control. “Why” often comes to mind when my heart breaks or a momentary emptiness takes over my soul and there is nothing left to do other than put my ha...
by Serena Burla December 21, 2011
“Let’s do the advent calendar.” That’s what my alarm, aka Boyd, has woken me with almost every morning since December 1st. As we work on number recognition, talk about the days in the month, the purpose of the calendar, etc., I can’t help but be reminded of the countdown to the Olympic trials as well. Perhaps it’s the fact that both events carry so much anticipation, preparation, hope, wonder, and awe. In any case, I’m busy preparing my heart, soul, mind, and body for both.Running has brought about a different pha...
by Serena Burla November 2, 2011
Last week our move became official and we left the St. Louis area for Northern Virginia. Although we missed all the real wild weather here on the east coast, it has been raining cats and dogs since we’ve arrived. When I used that expression with my son Boyd (now 2 years 8 months), I had to explain that it meant it was raining a lot and hard. He took it as an invitation to find all his dog stuffed animals and play with them - we had quite the lovely evening playing doghouse, dog store, and dog hockey.One thing I love about east coasters is that the weather never seems to slow th...
|Birthdate:||September 27, 1982|
|Birthplace:||Falls Church, VA|
Half Marathon: 1:10.08
Besides being a world-class runner, Serena Burla is a wife, mother, and cancer survivor. With strong performances at major events like the 2008-2010 USA Half Marathon Championships and the ING New York City Marathon, Burla continues to raise her standing amongst the running elite.
|2012 3rd Place Seoul International Marathon|
|2011 2nd Place USATF National Half Marathon Championships|
|2010 2nd Place USATF National Half Marathon Championships|
|2009 17th Place World Half Marathon Championships|