Ladia Albertson-Junkans

Ali on the Run Show Episode 404: What’s New With You with Ladia Albertson-Junkans

“There just aren’t enough boys named after awesome women out there, so I just wanted to contribute to that!”

The last time Ladia Albertson-Junkans was on the Ali on the Run Show, she was in Atlanta, about to run the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. Ladia had qualified for the Trials, and then went on to run the Western States 100-miler, and then ran the Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the Timberline Trail around Mount Hood. Then, soon after running the Olympic Marathon Trials, her next great endurance adventure began: motherhood. Today, Ladia is mom to seven-month-old Gabriel Birch. On this episode, Ladia talks about what new motherhood has been like, and shares the special story of how Baby Gabe got his name. (Without giving away too much: He’s named after Ladia’s late best friend, professional runner Gabe Grunewald.) Plus: big goals, rainbows, and Taylor Swift.


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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • All about Gabriel Birch’s name (5:00)
  • Reflecting on the post-Olympic Marathon Trials baby boom (7:45)
  • What it was like running the Olympic Marathon Trials (10:00)
  • What Gabe’s pregnancy was like (15:30)
  • Ladia shares Gabe’s birth story (21:00)
  • What new motherhood has been like for Ladia (25:30)
  • On striving for perfection in motherhood (33:45)
  • Ladia’s return to running since giving birth (43:45)
  • On the power of rainbows (47:30)
  • Taylor Swift talk! (52:30)

What we mention on this episode:

Gabe Grunewald on Episode 62 of the Ali on the Run Show

Brave Like Gabe Foundation

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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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