Jesse Harmon

Ali on the Run Show Episode 463: Jesse Harmon, Founder of Run Hard

A disclaimer, before we get into it: This conversation talks at great length about one man’s experience with disordered eating and anorexia. We discuss his eating habits and behaviors, his weight fluctuations, and what worked for him during recovery. As always, I want you to take care of yourselves and your hearts, and if for any reason these topics are hard to hear about for you right now, please consider listening cautiously or skipping this episode.

“They looked me straight in the eye and said, ‘You’re dying.’ And I didn’t believe them.”

Jesse Harmon is a 12-time marathoner with a 2:58 personal best in the distance. He’s a dad of four, living with his wife and kids in South Carolina, where he’s the founder of Run Hard — an after-school program for kids, where the goal is to create self-confidence through running. And though Jesse is a talented runner and an eager role model, the road there hasn’t been easy. In 2013, Jesse was diagnosed with anorexia. His doctors told him he was going to die if he kept living the way he was living. On this episode, Jesse shares his story — the highs, the lows, the scary parts, and the light bulb moment that got him to finally commit to recovery. Plus, where he’s at now in what he calls this “lifelong race.”

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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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