Emilia Benton

Ali on the Run Show Episode 472: Emilia Benton, Boston Marathon Qualifier

“I think this time was a long time coming. I just had to believe in myself more than anything.”

The last time freelance journalist Emilia Benton was on the Ali on the Run Show, she talked about her longtime dream to qualify for the Boston Marathon. And she just kicked off 2022 by doing exactly that: running a nearly 16-minute personal best and earning a Boston qualifying time at the Houston Marathon. (Emilia’s official finish time: 3:30:14!) On this episode, Emilia talks all about how she made that 12-year dream come true in Houston. She talks about the game-changing decision to hire professional runner Nell Rojas as her coach, and about what working with Nell was like throughout her marathon build-up. (Read more about their experience working together in Women’s Running here.) Emilia talks about dealing with setbacks on the run, including a hip injury that sidelined her early in this training cycle, and about how she never stopped believing in herself along the way.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Emilia’s feeling after racing the Houston Marathon (3:30)
  • When the dream of Boston Qualifying first entered Emilia’s mind (4:30)
  • Emilia’s plan to run the 2021 New York City Marathon, and her decision to hire coach Nell Rojas (6:45)
  • Why Houston? (19:45)
  • On running CIM as a workout, and other confidence-boosting experiences leading up to Houston (21:00)
  • What it was like being at the Houston Marathon as a member of the media, an ambassador, and a race participant (23:00)
  • How Emilia was feeling on race day (27:10)
  • Emilia’s goals and plans for race day (33:00)
  • On keeping it fun (42:30)
  • When Emilia knew she was going to BQ (46:20)
  • Emilia’s post-race thoughts (51:00)
  • How Emilia shaved 16 minutes off her marathon PR (52:30)

Check out:

Emilia Benton on Episode 340 of the Ali on the Run Show

Nell Rojas on Episode 434 of the Ali on the Run Show

Nell Rojas on Episode 431 of the Ali on the Run Show

Nell Rojas on Episode 229 of the Ali on the Run Show

Calum Neff on Episode 470 of the Ali on the Run Show

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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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