Sara Hall, Marathon Project

Ali on the Run Show Episode 321: Sara Hall, Winner of the Marathon Project

“I think what I’ll take away from this sport is the resiliency it built in me. No matter what else life throws at me, I’ll know how to keep moving forward and fighting through it.”

The last time Sara Hall was on the Ali on the Run Show, she had just placed second — with the finishing kick seen around the world — at the elite-only London Marathon. This time, she’s fresh off running the elite-only Marathon Project — and this time, she took the win. In December, Sara won the Marathon Project with an 89-second personal best time of 2:20:32. She fell short of her goal that day, which was to run an American Record, besting Deena Kastor’s 2:19:36. On this episode, Sara talks about what it felt like to miss that goal, but to still have an incredible day on the run. She offers an honest take on running your best time ever but not feeling satisfied. (Relatable!) Plus, she explains what it felt like attempting to run a 5:19 pace for 26.2 miles, gives a look back at her greatest 2020 takeaways, and talks about her goals for the 2021 Olympic Track and Field Trials.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • On running better than ever at 37 (3:35)
  • Recapping the Marathon Project (9:15)
  • What does 5:19 pace feel like? (24:00)
  • Which was more fun: London or the Marathon Project? (28:50)
  • Memories from mile 20 (34:30)
  • How it felt when the American Record started slipping away (40:30)
  • What is Sara proudest of? (50:10)

What we mention on this episode:

Sara Hall on Episode 300 of the Ali on the Run Show

Sara and Ryan Hall on Episode 144 of the Ali on the Run Show

Calum Neff on Episode 318 of the Ali on the Run Show

The Run Free podcast with Ryan Hall

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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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