Mo Alkhawaldeh

Ali on the Run Show Episode 167: You Can Run a Marathon with Mo Alkhawaldeh

“You just have to show up. And I showed up.”

Not too long ago, Mo Alkhawaldeh was a casual smoker. Today, he’s a 2:23 marathoner with his sights set on representing his home country of Jordan in the 2020 Olympic Games. But although Mo is one of the top-ranked runners in the Middle East and Africa, he’s not a full-time runner: He works full-time at Princeton University, where he’s also the head coach of the Princeton Running Club. He gets his training done before and after work — elite marathoners, they’re just like us! In 2015, Runner’s World named Mo one of the 50 most influential people in running. Mo, who is coached by Ryan Hall, is currently training for the Berlin Marathon, where he hopes to run a 2:18.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Why running, and why the marathon for Mo (2:30)
  • The sacrifices that come with training at a high — but not professional — level (11:30)
  • How Mo stays healthy on the run (18:10)
  • A day in Mo’s diet (19:50)
  • What race week looks like for Mo (25:00)

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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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