Mary Johnson

Ali on the Run Show Episode 122: Ali & the Experts Week with Mary Johnson, Running Coach

“Do your own training. Get in your own routine. Don’t compare yourself to what everyone else is doing and posting everywhere. Have confidence in what you’re doing.” —Mary Johnson

Mary Johnson is a USATF Level-1 certified coach and the founder of Lift, Run, Perform. On this episode, she answers listener questions about coaching, strength training, and that crucial build-up to race day.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • General coaching questions and personal questions (4:00)
  • Cross training and strength training Q&A (14:10)
  • Running-specific advice (22:20)
  • Race-related questions (41:10)

What we mention on this episode:

Ranfone Training Systems

Nike Vomero

Nike Pegasus

Allie Kieffer

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6 Responses

  1. I see all your experts are white. As have been most of your podcast guests.

    I know it’s not intentional, but it’s not a great look and inadvertently messages that expertise, especially in health and wellness, is not a welcoming and diverse space.

    The running community, as reflected by your podcast, is predominately privileged white women. Unless you’re an elite marathoner.

    Love your podcast, but think about this.

    1. You are absolutely right, and it is something I think about often but, as you’ve pointed out, have not done much to act on. (And in creating the graphic for this expert-focused week, while I am thrilled with the lineup because these women are all wonderful and brilliant, I did honestly cringe to myself knowing that it was a very homogenous group.) I pinky promise to bring more diversity, both in color and background, to the Ali on the Run Show. (And am always always always open to suggestions for guests! If there are amazing women of color you love and think I should have on, let me know! My immediate circle is admittedly very white, and I know that, and while it’s not intentional, it is definitely something I’d like to change.) Thank you for the comment!

      1. Thanks Ali, I’m glad you are thinking about it and look forward to seeing how you act on it.

        Really enjoyed the episode with Mary!

      2. Just wanted to say thank you for that very reflective and gracious response! 🙂

        Love the podcast and your openness!

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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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