Ali on the Run Show Episode 211: Veronica Jackson & Alex Bernardi, Olympic Trials Qualifiers

“The only reason this was my goal is because it was her goal. I only have this dream because she was crazy enough to dream it first.” —Veronica Jackson

Veronica Jackson and Alex Bernardi are among the 500+ women who will be running the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon this weekend in Atlanta, GA. They’re longtime training partners, and on this episode, they talk about the power of running friendships, and the effects your best running friends can have on your goals. Today, Alex and Veronica live in separate cities — Veronica in Boston where she’s an attorney at the Partners Healthcare Hospital System, and Alex in New York City, where she’s a research associate at a nonprofit — but we got together in person to record this episode (after they finished their 20-miler, of course).

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Alex and Veronica were feeling two weeks out from the Trials (7:30)
  • Alex reflects on qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Trials (8:30)
  • What does it mean to each of them to get to run the Trials? (14:00)
  • Alex talks about her postpartum running experience, and shares how she qualified for the Trials again after having her son (16:20)
  • #TBT: Alex and Veronica share the story of how they met, and the importance of running friendships (19:50)
  • How moving out of NYC affected Veronica’s training (34:15)
  • How Veronica found new running buddies in Boston (52:00)
  • How Veronica and Alex support each other from afar, and what the OTQ community is like (56:15)

What we mention on this episode:

Central Park Track Club

Sarah Cummings on Episode 112 of the Ali on the Run Show

Jenny Donnelly on Episode 193 of the Ali on the Run Show

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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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