Jenny and Judi Donnelly

Ali on the Run Show Episode 193: Jenny & Judi Donnelly BONUS EPISODE!

“We are both a bit stubborn — especially about our goals.” —Jenny Donnelly

It was a big, exciting weekend at the 2019 California International Marathon! It was especially exciting for the Donnelly family: 28-year-old Jenny qualified for the Olympic Marathon Trials, finishing in 2:44.31, and her mom, 62-year-old Judi celebrating 25 years of being breast-cancer-free, ran a lifetime personal best, finishing in a Boston Marathon qualifying time of 3:56. On this episode, Jenny and Judi reflect on their exciting weekend at CIM, and talk about why this sport and this community are so special. Jenny opens up about her history with race anxiety, and Judi talks about navigating parenting a child who is dealing with running-related panic attacks. It’s a fun episode that proves why running is so magical.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Jenny breaks down her race at CIM (3:55)
  • Judi talks about running a 3:56 at CIM — a lifetime personal best! (10:45)
  • Jenny talks about her history for race anxiety (14:50)
  • Judi talks about what it was like running the New York City Marathon in the 80s! (25:40)
  • What it’s like getting panic attacks on the run (29:00)
  • Judi talks about being 25 years cancer-free, and talks about raising high-achieving daughters (36:30)

What we mention on this episode:

Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Team

Let Your Mind Run by Deena Kastor

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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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