Ali on the Run Show Episode 210: Elle Purrier, Indoor Mile American Record Holder

“It’s a pretty misunderstood lifestyle. Unless you’re in it, you don’t really have a clue what it’s like to do it or why you would do it, because it’s so much work. But the people who have a passion for it would never change that.”

Earlier this month, Elle Purrier won the Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games in New York City. In the process, she set a new American record in the indoor mile (4:16.85), broke a 37-year-old record, ran an 8-second personal best time, and ran the second fastest indoor mile in history. On this episode, Elle, who runs for New Balance, talks about that day, and reflects on her indoor season before she begins training for outdoor season — and the 2020 Olympic Track & Field Trials. She also talks about growing up on a dairy farm in Vermont, and how that impacted her work ethic.

Thank you to the Atlanta Track Club for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! Go to to sign up for this weekend’s Publix Atlanta 5K, where you can finish in the same spot as the men and women running the Olympic Trials Marathon the day before!

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Recapping Elle’s amazing race at the 2020 Millrose Games (3:00)
  • Recapping the next week’s USATF indoor championships in Albuquerque, where Elle ran the 3000m (11:00)
  • Elle sounds off on her competition (19:15)
  • What’s next for Elle, and how does outdoor training compare to indoor training? (20:30)
  • On growing up on a dairy farm in Vermont (22:45)
  • A closer look at Elle’s training, and looking back at the 2019 Fifth Avenue Mile (28:30)

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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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