Tera Moody

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Tera Moody at the 2009
U.S. Cross Country Championships

Tera Moody (born December 18, 1980) is a retired American athlete, who competes in the marathon and other long distance running events. Moody represented the United States at the 2009 World Championships in the marathon.

Moody has had insomnia since sixth grade. In 2005, she was diagnosed with sleep apnea, and has tried many different treatments, including visiting the Mayo Clinic, sleeping pills, a mouth guard, and a device to regulate her breathing. She now takes melatonin, a natural supplement. Despite running more than a hundred miles a week, she still rarely sleeps more than a couple hours a night.[1][2][3] In high school, Moody was a two-time Illinois champion in the mile for St. Charles East High School, near Chicago.[4]

Throughout her career, Moody has also dealt with depression, anemia, asthma, and anorexia nervosa. In her first semester of college, she dropped from 128 to 96 pounds.[4][5][6]

She went on to compete for the Colorado Buffaloes in both Cross Country and Track. She won the Big 12 title in the 10,000 meters as a freshman and ran on Colorado's NCAA champion cross-country team as a sophomore in 2000.[5] After graduating from Colorado, Moody took a break from training seriously and became a personal trainer and real estate agent. She participated in the 2005 Chicago Marathon with a goal to break three hours. After finishing in 2:50:04, she again ran the marathon in 2006, improving by four minutes. In 2007, she qualified the U.S. Olympic Marathon trials by finishing in 2:46:40.[5]

Moody's breakthrough came at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Marathon trials in Boston, where despite being seeded 152nd, she finished fifth with a time of 2:33:54. This was a twelve-minute improvement of her personal best.[7] Moody was one second behind fourth-place finisher Zoila Gomez.[5][1]

In 2009, Moody participated in a variety of races, finishing fourth at the 25 km U.S. championships in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She also finished second at Chicago's Shamrock Shuffle, seventeenth at the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler, and fourteenth at the Bolder Boulder.[8][9][10]

At the 2009 World Championships in the marathon, Moody was a part of the United States marathon team. She finished 28th in a time of 2:36:39, and was the third American. Moody also ran the 2009 Chicago Marathon, which she finished with a then personal best of 2:32:59, for 9th place.[11]

At the 2012 US Olympic Trials for the marathon, Moody was forced to drop out. Tera suffered an injury to her hamstrings in November.[12]

Moody returned to the racing at 2013 Houston Marathon after 18 months buildup following a knee injury[13] to finish 6th place in 2:39.10[14] and was the top American woman.[15]

Tera Moody competed in her 6th Chicago Marathon in 2016.[16]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing the  United States
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 28th Marathon


  1. ^ a b Graham, Pat (May 24, 2009). "Moody having dream year despite sleepless nights". Associated Press. USA Today. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  2. ^ Powell, Robert Andrew (September 2009). "TERA MOODY CAN'T SLEEP". Runner's World. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  3. ^ Moody, Tera (May 3, 2010). "Miles To Go". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-03
  4. ^ a b Metzler, Brian (2009-08-23). "Leading Edge: Tera Moody". Running Times. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  5. ^ a b c d Hersh, Philip (August 23, 2009). "Tera Moody overcomes eating disorder to compete for marathon world title". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  6. ^ Hersh, Philip (August 24, 2009). "U.S. runners show physical toll of world championship marathon". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  7. ^ Gambaccini, Peter (August 29, 2008). "A Brief Chat With Tera Moody". Runner's World. Archived from the original on March 2, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  8. ^ "Moody Second At Shamrock Shuffle 8K in Chicago". Running USA Wire. Colorado Runner. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  9. ^ Schwab, Frank (May 25, 2009). "Pair of area runners enjoy experience at Bolder Boulder". The Gazette. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  10. ^ "Cherry Blossom 2009 results". Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  11. ^ Pitts, Brian. "St. Charles High grad Moody finishes 9th". Daily Herald. Retrieved 2009-10-13. 
  12. ^ http://www.pikespeaksports.us/group/roadtrailrunning/forum/topics/colorado-springs-tera-moody-drops-out-of-olympic-marathon-trials
  13. ^ "Tera Moody back from injury and went in to compete at 2013 Houston Marathon". flotrack. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "Search at Athlinks.com". Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "Clean sweep for Ethiopia at Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Houston Half Marathon". ABC13 Houston. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  16. ^ "2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon elite field preview" (PDF). chicagomarathon.com. Retrieved 6 October 2016. 

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