Ali on the Run Show Episode 66: Boston Marathon Talk with Molly Huddle

“I’m bringing the track speed to the marathon.” —Molly Huddle

On April 16, professional runner Molly Huddle will be among a strong field of indomitable American women racing the Boston Marathon. This will only be Molly’s second marathon: She made her 26.2-mile debut at the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon. On this episode, Molly, who is from Rhode Island and chatted with me from Arizona, shares all things Boston: how her training has been going, what she’s excited about, what she’s nervous about, and what she learned from her first marathon that she’ll take with her into her second. Plus, she answers the question I’ve always wanted to ask: How in the world do pro runners grab their water bottles off those tables mid-race without slowing down, missing a bottle, grabbing someone else’s bottle, or dropping a bottle?

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What you’ll get in this episode:

  • How Molly’s feeling a month out from Boston, and how this training cycle has been different from her NYC Marathon training (1:50)
  • How fast Molly runs her track workouts and how slow she runs her recovery runs (3:30)
  • Molly reflects on setting a new American half-marathon world record in Houston in January (5:00)
  • Molly shares the high and low points of Boston Marathon training so far (6:45)
  • What Molly’s weekly mileage will peak at leading up to Boston (8:50)
  • Molly’s taper strategy, and her thoughts on tapering (9:15)
  • Molly’s Boston fueling strategy (11:35)
  • The greatest lesson Molly says she learned from her first marathon (14:45)
  • What Molly has that the rest of the American women don’t (15:45)
  • What race week will look like for Molly (18:50)
  • Molly shares her Boston Marathon goals (23:30)

What we mention on this episode:

Molly Huddle on Episode 51 of the Ali on the Run Show

Desi Linden on Episode 64 of the Ali on the Run Show

Boston Marathon


Houston Half Marathon

Deena Kastor

Ugly Delicious

Gatorade Energy Chews

Gatorade Endurance Formula

Gatorade Endurance Energy Gels

Jordan Hasay

Sarah Marie Design Studio

Shalane Flanagan

Dathan Ritzenhein

Tim Ritchie

Jared Ward

Abdi Abdirahman

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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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