Sara Hall

Ali on the Run Show Episode 549: Sara Hall, Team USA Marathoner

“When you think about what you hope to leave on the sport or model for my daughters through the sport, I hope that’s what people see: resiliency, and how to pick yourself up, and not let discouragement get you down.”

First we heard from Keira D’Amato. Then Emma Bates. And now, we complete the World Athletics Championships Team USA women’s marathon trifecta on the Ali on the Run Show with fifth-place finisher Sara Hall. Not only did Sara — a 39-year-old mom of four — run a season’s best time of 2:22:10 that day in Eugene, she also says it was the most fun she’s ever had running a marathon. In this conversation, Sara recaps her entire World Championships experience.


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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Was Sara having as much fun as it seemed? (3:40)
  • Sara reflects on her training for the World Championships marathon, and how she was feeling heading into the race both physically and emotionally (8:50)
  • The impact Sara’s performance at the 2020 London Marathon has had on her career and her confidence (12:00)
  • What Sara’s pre-race obligations were like (17:30)
  • All about race morning (20:00)
  • Sara’s plan to have fun (29:20)
  • How the race played out (35:00)
  • The moment when Sara decided to chase down fifth place (40:10)
  • Sights and sounds from the finish line (43:20)
  • Sara recaps all the post-race action and activities (51:00)
  • What Sara can — and can’t — tell us about her fall racing plans (55:15)

For more, check out:

Sara Hall on Episode 490 of the Ali on the Run Show

Sara Hall on Episode 459 of the Ali on the Run Show

Sara Hall on Episode 321 of the Ali on the Run Show

Sara Hall on Episode 300 of the Ali on the Run Show

Sara and Ryan Hall on Episode 144 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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