Chirine Njeim

Ali on the Run Show Episode 165: You Can Run a Marathon with Chirine Njeim

“I never picture myself at the start or during the race or what I’m doing during the race. I just picture myself finishing. That’s all I can see.”

Chirine Njeim is a four-time Olympian — but the four times she’s represented her home country of Lebanon haven’t all been on the run. Chirine is a former alpine ski racer turned marathon runner. She competed at the Winter Olympics three times, and in 2016 made her Summer Olympics debut in the marathon. Today, Chirine is a 12-time marathoner who has taken her time from 3:07 to 2:39. Chirine lives in Chicago, where she works full-time and trains with the Second City Track Club. On this episode, she shares how a fun run at the Shamrock Shuffle 8K changed her life, and what her training looks like right now as she gears up for the 2019 Chicago Marathon.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Chirine got into skiing and running (2:15)
  • How Chirine got faster (9:30)
  • What Chirine’s marathon training looks like (13:50)
  • What Chirine’s diet is like (21:30)
  • A look at what a typical race week is like for Chirine (26:45)
  • Chirine’s rough races (34:30)

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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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