Ali on the Run Show Episode 234: Emily Sisson Recaps the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials

“I think after a certain point you just realize you’re not running to impress other people.”

Emily Sisson was one of the top-seeded women competing at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. She’s a 2:23 marathoner and professional runner for New Balance, and she went into the Trials after a huge year on the run in 2019. Emily made her marathon debut at the 2019 London Marathon, where she finished sixth and became the seventh-fastest woman ever at the marathon distance. It was also the second fastest debut by an American woman. Emily then went on to compete in the 10,000 meters at USATF Nationals, where she earned a spot to represent the U.S. at Worlds in Doha. Emily’s race in Atlanta didn’t quite go as she’d hoped, and she ended up pulling out of the race with four miles to go. On this episode, she talks about what went down during the race, whether being a top pick added pressure to her day, and what it was like stepping off the course. She also talks about the emotional aftermath from the race — and getting a second dog!

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • On the decision to get a second dog! (3:10)
  • How Emily’s life has changed over the past six weeks (11:10)
  • Recapping the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials (16:30)
  • What it was like dropping out of the Trials (35:30)
  • On the emotional recovery from the race (40:30)
  • Emily’s advice for dealing with disappointment (47:30)

What we mention on this episode:

Emily Sisson on Episode 169 of the Ali on the Run Show

Emma Coburn on Episode 224 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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