Sarah Robinson

Ali on the Run Show Episode 156: Sarah MacKay Robinson, Elite Runner

“It’s not sexy, but all the little teeny tiny things add up. Invest in recovery, nutrition, and sleep. That’s where you’re going to see the big gains — even though it’s not as much fun to put on Instagram. You’ll see it pay off.”

Sarah “Mac” Robinson is an elite runner, mom of two, and freelance brand storyteller. On this episode, she gets very candid about how her life — on the run and beyond — has changed since becoming a mom. She opens up about her experience with postpartum depression and anxiety, what life on medication has been like, and the stigmas surrounding postpartum mental health. She also talks about how she landed an Olympic Trials qualifying time in the marathon in 2016, what the road there was like, and what’s next in her running life.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Sarah’s experience with postpartum anxiety and Zoloft (3:15)
  • Sarah’s running story — the high highs and low lows (20:10)
  • On trying — and trying again and again — to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the marathon (24:30)
  • On body image as an elite runner, both before and after having kids, and “skinny privilege” (34:10)
  • What Sarah’s running looks like these days (37:00)
  • Sarah’s career, how she found Oiselle, and what she’s up to professionally (42:20)
  • Sarah’s messages to moms and to runners working on big goals (51:40)

What we mention on this episode:


Sarah’s Instagram post about weaning off Zoloft

Stephanie Bruce on Episode 104 of the Ali on the Run Show

Lauren Fleshman on Episode 103 of the Ali on the Run Show

Oiselle Mac Roga short

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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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