Phoebe Wright

Ali on the Run Show Episode 189: Running Industry Hot Takes with Phoebe Wright

“When you’re in a powerless position and the rest of your career is totally dependent on what you do, you aren’t going to burn bridges. You don’t have many bridges to walk across.”

Phoebe Wright is a former professional middle-distance runner who spent six years competing as a Nike-sponsored athlete. Phoebe, an 800-meter specialist from Tennessee, became a five-time national champion before retiring after the 2016 Olympics. On this episode, she reflects on her time with Nike and talks about some of the big stories in running right now, including #DreamMaternity and Mary Cain. She also talks about confidence, overtraining, and being an advocate for the running industry and its athletes.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Phoebe reflects on her six years as a Nike athlete (4:45)
  • Phoebe’s take on the #DreamMaternity coverage (13:10)
  • Phoebe discusses the recent Mary Cain story about Mary’s time working with Alberto Salazar and Nike (18:40)
  • Phoebe talks about training with Brooks (21:50)
  • On being an advocate, confidence, and having thick skin (27:45)
  • Phoebe talks about her experience with overtraining (30:45)
  • All about being a pharmacist! (35:30)

What we mention on this episode:

“Nike Told Me to Dream Crazy, Until I Wanted a Baby,” via The New York Times

“Allyson Felix: My Own Nike Pregnancy Story,” via The New York Times

“I Was the Fastest Girl in America, Until I Joined Nike,” via The New York Times

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One Response

  1. as someone who followed Phoebe’s blogg and felt invested in her performances cant help thinking how misguided it is of shoe companies to base value solely on performance. Being universally liked and respected by other runners has to have more value than going a bit faster over 800m. intelligent, articulate, well-liked and fast is better than just fast.

    welcome to being a pharmacist.

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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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