Shalane Flanagan

Ali on the Run Show Episode 242: Shalane Flanagan

“If that’s my legacy, that’s a good one.”

Shalane Flanagan has many titles: former professional runner, four-time Olympian, Olympic silver medalist, Bowerman Track Club coach, 2017 New York City Marathon champion, American record holder, two-time New York Times best-selling author, race broadcaster — and, her newest title, mom. Last month, Shalane and her husband, Steven Edwards, became parents to their son, Jack Dean Edwards, and on this episode, Shalane talks candidly about new motherhood. She talks about what it was like being at the top of her professional game and constantly fielding questions about when she planned to have children, and explains why she and Steven chose to adopt, and what that process looked like for them. She talks about her decision to retire from professional running in 2019, about why coaching was her next dream, and her third cookbook with co-author Elyse Kopecky, and about the pressure women often feel to “do it all.”

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • What’s making Shalane happy right now? (3:15)
  • What new motherhood looks like so far (5:10)
  • Shalane and Steven’s road to adoption (14:00)
  • On fielding questions about having children (20:00)
  • On the decision to retire from professional running in 2019 (27:00)
  • All about Coach Shalane (36:15)
  • How Shalane got into race broadcasting (44:20)
  • All about Rise & Run, Shalane and Elyse Kopecky’s third cookbook, coming in 2021 (49:20)
  • Reflecting on “The Shalane Effect” and Shalane’s legacy (54:30)
  • Shalane answers listener questions (59:30)

What we mention on this episode:

Choice Adoptions

Shalane Flanagan on The Growth Equation podcast

“How the Shalane Effect Works,” by Lindsay Crouse for The New York Times

Run Fast. Eat Slow.

Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow.

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

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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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