Ali on the Run Show Episode 201: Neely Spence Gracey

“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:

Starla Garcia on Episode 200 of the Ali on the Run Show

Neely Spence Gracey on Episode 42 of the Ali on the Run Show


“Neely Spence Gracey Is Ready to Chase the Olympic Trials Standard at Houston” by Taylor Dutch for Runner’s World

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4 Responses

  1. I loved this episode! Thank you so much for featuring runners that have diverse postpartum experiences. It really helps those of us who don’t have the “typical” experience that the media so often portrays not feel like we are failing when our experience doesn’t line up. Can’t wait to see what Neely does in Atlanta

    1. Yes! I’m so glad you enjoyed this conversation, and I agree. Neely’s story is RELATABLE! I hate that she went through so much and that it’s been a challenging road, but I really appreciate her willingness to open up about it, since so many moms DON’T have that picture perfect return to running that we so often hear about.

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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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