Ali on the Run Show Episode 185: Janelle Hartman, Final Finisher of the 2018 New York City Marathon

“Everyone talks about the roar on First Avenue. Mine was trying to dodge the roar of the cleaning trucks!”

Last year, 55-year-old Janelle Hartman became a marathoner. After running more than 100 races and volunteering at just as many, Janelle decided that 2018 was the year she would run the TCS New York City Marathon. And on this episode, she talks about what it’s like to be the very last finisher of the marathon: Janelle was the final finisher at the 2018 New York City Marathon. She paints a picture about what it was like running the marathon in the dark, being moved onto the city sidewalks, without that famous roar of screaming fans on First Avenue. And she talks about why runners shouldn’t be afraid of coming in last, and why it should be celebrated. She opens up about the times in her own life when she let her fears, worries, and concerns hold her back from pursuing her dreams, and shares what it’s like on the other side of success. When Janelle isn’t running or volunteering, she works as a psychotherapist in a nursing home.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How it felt to be the final finisher of the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon (4:20)
  • Janelle recaps her 2018 race (7:10)
  • Janelle’s message to runners who don’t want to sign up for races because they’re “afraid of coming in last” (20:30)
  • On receiving the 2018 Joe Kleinerman Award from New York Road Runners (27:00)
  • Janelle talks about how she started running at 49, her inspiration, and her decision to run a marathon at 55 (31:40)
  • What does Janelle wish more runners understood about what it takes to make a race happen? (50:00)
  • Janelle talks about her career in psychiatry (54:00)

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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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