Silvana Morgan & Yuma Haidara

Ali on the Run Show Episode 507: Friendship Fest with Silvana Morgan and Yuma Haidara

“She’s my person.”

Silvana Morgan is a nurse, a runner, and a mom to two daughters. A few years ago, she was running a race when she saw a fellow runner up ahead wearing “a really cute outfit.” But when the course split — half marathoners to the left, other race distances to the right — Silvana, who is from Brazil and says she’s now living her dream with her family in New Hampshire, didn’t get a chance to meet that runner and tell her she liked her outfit. That runner, it turned out, was commercial truck driver, marathoner, and outdoor enthusiast Yuma Haidara. Later that day, Yuma posted about her race in New Hampshire’s She Runs This Town Facebook group. Silvana saw the post, recognized the woman in the photo as the woman from the race, and a friendship was born. The two — now best friends — have been inseparable ever since. This is their friendship story.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Yuma and Silvana met (4:20)
  • What it was like when Yuma and Silvana met in person for the first time (7:40)
  • On running and racing together, and Silvana’s tips for stroller running (10:25)
  • How Silvana started running (12:45)
  • How Yuma knew her friendship with Silvana was special (15:00)
  • What Silvana’s childhood was like growing up in Brazil (16:30)
  • All about Yuma’s 2021 New York City Marathon race — in a pair of Oofos sandals (19:20)
  • Silvana’s road to becoming a nurse (27:30)
  • What’s next on the run for Yuma and Silvana? (31:00)
  • All about the Mount Washington Road Race — where “there’s only one hill” (39:30)
  • How work is going for Yuma and Silvana (46:00)
  • All about Yuma’s Oofos commercial! (48:50)
  • All about Silvana and Yuma’s matching racing outfits (54:00)
  • Pride (1:00:30)

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Great Bay Half Marathon

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She Runs This Town

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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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