Molly Bookmyer

Ali on the Run Show Episode 171: You Can Run a Marathon with Molly Bookmyer

“You deserve to be on that starting line. Believe in yourself and your training.”

Molly Bookmyer is a 2:44 marathoner who recently finished third in the U.S. 25K championships. But the road to an Olympic Trials qualifying time hasn’t been easy. On this episode, Molly shares her inspiring story of resilience and positivity. In 2013, Molly’s doctors found a brain tumor and needed to perform brain surgery to remove it. Then, she suffered a seizure while running on the treadmill, and had to have a second brain surgery. After recovering, getting healthy, and getting back on the run, Molly and her now-husband got married. But one week after returning from their honeymoon, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Molly is a force to be reckoned with, on the run and beyond.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Molly’s inspiring story (2:05)
  • On leaning into running during difficult times (8:50)
  • On grieving an injury and healing emotionally (12:15)
  • What Molly’s work day looks like right now (15:20)
  • Why the marathon? Plus, what Molly’s first marathon training cycle and race looked like (16:10)
  • How Molly fuels for marathon training and racing (22:00)
  • When Molly realized she had the potential to run an Olympic Trials qualifying time in the marathon (26:00)
  • On training in Ohio’s ever-changing weather (34:10)
  • What race week looks like for Molly (35:10)

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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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