Molly Huddle & Sara Slattery

Ali on the Run Show Episode 493: Molly Huddle & Sara Slattery, “How She Did It” Co-Authors

“These women are stone-cold killers on the track, so you’re just like, ‘I can’t believe you feel that way!’ But it’s really helpful for anyone who’s dealing with that to know, ‘Hey, these women had to overcome that.’ It was hurting their performance for a while and they had to figure out a way.”

Molly Huddle and Sara Slattery are incredible runners, incredible women, wonderful role models, and now, they can officially say they are published authors. Today, professional runner Molly Huddle and former pro Sara Slattery are here to talk all about their new book, How She Did It. Consider this book the ultimate roadmap for female distance runners. It includes advice from experts, plus stories, interviews, and profiles from 50 legendary women in the sport (many of whom you know, love, and have heard right here on the Ali on the Run Show). In this conversation, Molly and Sara talk about the inspiration for the book, how it actually came to be, and how they tackled the difficult task of which stories to include in the book. Plus, they talk about their friendship, Sara talks about being the head men’s and women’s cross-country coach at Grand Canyon University (she coaches one of Sara and Ryan Hall’s daughters!), and Molly offers a pregnancy update (she’s due at the end of April!).

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Molly and Sara met (4:55)
  • Where the idea for “How She Did It” came from (8:00)
  • What adult runners can take from this book (12:30)
  • The process of getting a book published (14:50)
  • How Sara and Molly decided who to include in the book (18:50)
  • How do you know when you’ve made it? (23:40)
  • The stories Molly and Sara knew needed to be in the book (27:20)
  • The biggest surprises from the book (36:20)
  • What it’s like coaching Sara and Ryan Hall’s daughter (44:00)
  • The personal reflections inspired by the book (46:45)
  • On taking the mental side of training seriously (50:00)
  • The women Molly and Sara are excited about right now (55:45)
  • How do we not feel discouraged by doping in the sport? (58:30)
  • Molly and Sara’s advice for longevity — and unlimited PRs — in the sport (1:02:40)
  • Molly offers a pregnancy update (1:07:20)

Check out:

How She Did It

Molly Huddle on Episode 51 of the Ali on the Run Show

Molly Huddle on Episode 66 of the Ali on the Run Show

Molly Huddle on Episode 259 of the Ali on the Run Show

Molly Huddle on Episode 391 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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