Annika Braun


  • McMillan Running Coach
  • Degree in Exercise Science
  • Lydiard Certified Coach
  • Mother Runner
  • Specialties include running while pregnant (and after!), food allergies, injury prevention techniques
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That’s one fast mother runner!

Annika with husband Aaron and daughter MacKenzie.

The Brauns’ latest addition, Myla.

Annika has worked for Greg since 2012. Her favorite aspect of coaching is watching the long-term progression of athletes – watching them achieve things they never dreamed possible.

Since Annika struggled with injuries for so long she believes that consistency and hard work are the key to getting where you want to be and encourages her athletes to make the most of every day and have fun. Annika has coached at the high school level, been a personal trainer and successfully worked with athletes training for the mile up to the marathon.

Annika grew up in the small town of Mendocino in Northern California where she played competitive soccer and later fell in love with running. She ran for Western State College of Colorado but struggled with injuries during that time due to celiac disease and endocrine disorders but has since improved her health and continues to train and compete.

While at Western State she was an all conference and all region athlete multiple times and made All American in cross country. Through her passion and desire to help others reach their goals and be a good teammate she found that her true love is coaching.

Annika’s husband, Aaron Braun ran for Adams State and now is a top US runner for Adidas. Under Greg McMillan in 2012 he was 5th in the Olympic Trials 10k. They welcomed their first child into the world in Oct 2011 and since then she has won most of the races she has run. When not coaching, she enjoys hanging out with her husband and daughters, gluten free baking, hiking and spending time near any body of water.

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Mile (indoor): 5:07
3K (indoor): 10:17
5K (Indoor): 17:10
5K (road): 17:35
8K (road): 30:06
10k(road, altitude): 38:02
Half Marathon (altitude): 1:21:30
Marathon: 2:52:45


BS: Physiology and Health and Wellness, minor in coaching – Western State College


McMillan Running Coach
Lydiard Certified Coach Level I & II

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