Natalie Mitchell

Ali on the Run Show Episode 307: Natalie Mitchell, “Nat Runs Far”

“It’s gonna take a lot of work. It’s gonna take a lot of discipline and a lot of patience and a lot of throwing spaghetti at the wall and it not sticking at all.”

Natalie Mitchell just might be the most joyful runner on the planet. The always-smiling running coach, mom of three, and 12-time marathoner is perhaps best known by her Instagram moniker: “Nat Runs Far.” On this episode, she talks about how she has shaved an hour off her marathon time (from a 4:06 debut to a 3:05), and shares her dreams to qualify for the Olympic Marathon Trials. She talks about setting goals, managing expectations, and taking necessary time off. And Natalie talks about her experiences as a Black woman runner, shares her secrets to a happy marriage, and talks about her latest endeavor with her husband Jerold, the launch of the Suite Run podcast.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Is Natalie happy and smiley all the time? (4:15)
  • Natalie talks about her recent knee surgery and how recovery is going (5:45)
  • How Natalie became a runner (11:45)
  • On the transition from collegiate runner to real-life runner (18:30)
  • How Natalie has chipped away at her marathon time, going from a 4:06 to a 3:05 (22:30)
  • Natalie’s next running goal (28:45)
  • All about Coach Natalie (34:20)
  • Natalie is a busy mom of three — when does she run? (37:40)
  • Natalie’s tips for a long, happy, joyful marriage (44:45)
  • Natalie talks about her experience as a Black woman runner (49:45)
  • All about the Suite Run podcast (59:30)

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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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