Sarah Marie Design Studio

Ali on the Run Show Episode 74: Sarah Clancy, Founder of Sarah Marie Design Studio

“Yeah, there are times that I have no idea what I’m doing. But that’s part of the fun of it.” —Sarah Fitzpatrick Clancy

Sarah Clancy is the founder and creator of Sarah Marie Design Studio. The runner-specific apparel and accessories company was born two years ago, and almost instantly gained a devoted following including the likes of Kara Goucher, Molly Huddle, and Andrea Barber. Sarah is a work-from-home mom of two and full-time business owner, and on this episode, she shares her successes, failures, struggles, and victories. As for whether entrepreneurship was always the plan? Sarah says she always knew she’d be a business owner, but wasn’t sure what that would look like. It wasn’t until she honed in on her true passions — running the show and running — that she found her niche. Here’s how she made it happen.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Was becoming an entrepreneur and business owner young Sarah’s plan? (3:00)
  • When, how, and why Sarah launched Sarah Marie Design Studio (6:30)
  • The biggest challenges and learned curves Sarah faced when she launched her business (12:15)
  • How Sarah manages being a work-from-home mom of two and business owner (14:45)
  • The benefits and challenges of being married to a fellow business owner (16:55)
  • How Sarah Marie Design Studio grew and gained fans like Kara Goucher and Molly Huddle (21:20)
  • Exactly how much Sarah does (25:45)
  • Sarah’s career a-ha moment (28:55)
  • Where Sarah gets her inspiration (34:10)
  • Sarah’s hopes, dreams, and plans for the future of SMDS (36:40)
  • Sarah shares her definition of what it means to “work hard,” and admits to the less-sunshine-y aspects of her day-to-day business life (38:00)
  • Sarah’s advice for work-from-home moms (41:50)

What we mention on this episode:

Sarah Marie Design Studio “Freaking Pregnant” racerback tank

Sarah Marie Design Studio “My Mom is Fast AF” infant bodysuit

Syracuse University

Sarah Marie Design Studio “Congrats On Not Pooping” card

Sarah Marie Design Studio “Elite Marathoner” performance tank

Kara Goucher

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

Molly Huddle on Episode 66 of the Ali on the Run Show

Sarah Marie Design Studio nail wraps

Sarah Marie Design Studio on the Today show

Sarah Marie Design Studio “Live Easy Run Hard” sweatshirt

Sarah Marie Design Studio “This Wine Tastes Like” wine glass

Sarah Marie Design Studio “Run All the Miles” muscle tank

Sarah Marie Design Studio “Life’s Short, Run Fast” sweatshirt

Sarah Marie Design Studio “Kinda Wanna Run” sweatshirt

Sarah Marie Design Studio “Track Queen” tank

Sarah Marie Design Studio “The Mountains Are Calling” tank

New York Road Runners training

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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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