Allie Kieffer

Ali on the Run Show Episode 46: Allie Kieffer

The Ali on the Run Show

Episode 46

Guest: Allie Kieffer

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Shalane Flanagan may have won this year’s TCS New York City Marathon, but the next American to cross the line was Allie Kieffer, who finished in 2:29. Not only did Allie nab a 26-minute personal best time that day, she was also the fifth place overall finisher. Not bad for a self-coached, unsponsored runner from Buffalo, NY!

On this episode, Allie talks about every aspect of her groundbreaking race, from the injury that almost kept her from lining up at the start — but that ultimately led to the strong race she had — to her mental state before, during, and immediately after the race. She explains how what was once her greatest fear — running the race alone — ended up being the greatest gift, and breaks down how she managed to negative split a tough course, passing a handful of runners in that final 10K. Allie talks about how — and why! — she set the world record for the fastest indoor marathon last year (that’s 211 loops around a 200-meter indoor track, by the way), and opens up about the tremendous and tragic losses she and her family have faced over the years, including the death of her sister. Then, Allie talks about her struggles with body image, and offers up her advice for women going through similar experiences, as well as what she wishes all female runners understood. And then, of course, she talks about the question everyone’s asking: What’s next for Allie Kieffer?

Stuff We Mention on this Episode: 

Ed Hartman

Miami Marathon

TCS New York City Marathon

Shalane Flanagan

Beverly Ramos

New York Athletic Club (NYAC)

New York Road Runners

Runner’s World story

Wake Forest University

Arizona State University

Chasing Excellence: A Story About Building the World’s Fittest Athletes by Ben Bergeron

The Armory Track

Forks Over Knives

The China Study

Shameless on Netflix

The Blacklist

Tour Du Mont Blanc

Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB)

Hilary’s Spicy Veggie Sausage

Emma Coburn

Rich Roll

Eliud Kipchoge

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    1. “Chasing Excellence: A Story About Building the World’s Fittest Athletes” by Ben Bergeron! (There’s an Amazon link above in the show notes! Get the book = get fifth place at the New York City Marathon!)

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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