“I wasn’t ready to run a marathon to my standards, and I did it anyway, and I was able to meet that goal, I was able to check off a goal, and I haven’t been able to do that in a long time.”
Neely Spence Gracey just ran her first postpartum race since having her son, Athens, in 2018. She ran the Houston Marathon — and qualified for the Olympic Trials by running a 2:44. Not a bad return to the races! But Neely’s journey to the OTQ hasn’t been easy. On this episode, she talks about her pregnancy and postpartum running expectations vs. her reality, which included a series of injuries and other issues that kept her sidelined despite her best efforts to remain strong and healthy. She also talks about new motherhood, rest day-related anxiety, and why she stopped weighing herself.
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What you’ll get on this episode:
- How Neely is feeling post-Houston Marathon, and why this marathon — her slowest — was also her proudest (2:30)
- Neely talks about running during pregnancy, and her postpartum running experience (6:30)
- Neely opens up about her nonlinear return to running (23:45)
- Neely shares how her perspective about taking rest days has changed over the years (34:45)
- Neely recaps her 2020 Houston Marathon experience (40:45)
- Neely’s message to new moms trying to get back on the run (58:00)
What we mention on this episode:
“Neely Spence Gracey Is Ready to Chase the Olympic Trials Standard at Houston” by Taylor Dutch for Runner’s World
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