Ali on the Run Show Episode 226: Caitlyn Tateishi, 2:43 Marathoner

“Without races on the schedule, you’re figuring out why you run in the first place. I think this is a really good reminder that we do it because we love it — not because we’re constantly chasing a goal or trying to prove something.”

Caitlyn Tateishi has run — long, and fast — all over the world. On this episode, the 2:43 marathoner talks about growing up in Hawaii and discovering life on the run, and going on to run an unofficial ultramarathon during her time in the Peace Corps in Africa. Caitlyn explains why she took a long break from running, and talks about rediscovering her passion for the sport. Plus, she breaks down how, exactly, she shaved 50 minutes off her marathon time, going from wanting to qualify for the Boston Marathon to running at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials earlier this year. It’s a powerful, relatable conversation about identifying as a runner, dealing with failure, and getting to that “I belong” moment.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Caitlyn is feeling physically and emotionally since running the Trials (3:00)
  • Recapping Caitlyn’s race in Atlanta (7:00)
  • How Caitlyn found running (11:00)
  • Why Caitlyn joined the Peace Corps, and what it was like living and running in tK (23:00)
  • Why Caitlyn decided to start training for marathons — and her road to an OTQ (29:15)

What we mention on this episode:

“I thought my best running days were over”: How Olympic Trials Qualifier Caitlyn Tateishi Found Her Way Back to Running via Women’s Running

Born to Run

Miles to the Trials blog

First Ladies of Running

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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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