Lindsay Flanagan

Ali on the Run Show Episode 667: Lindsay Flanagan, Team USA Marathoner

“I went in with zero expectations — let’s see what happens! — and totally surprised myself.”

Lindsay Flanagan just represented Team USA at the World Athletics Championship marathon in Budapest. She finished ninth, was the top American of the day, and is feeling psyched about how it all played out. In this conversation, the Asics-sponsored athlete and two-time member of Team USA recaps her experience at World Championships, including a lost luggage situation, what the crowds in Budapest were like, and how the whole race went down. (Fun fact: Lindsay’s roommate was fellow Team USA marathoner Susanna Sullivan!)


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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • On dealing with post-Budapest jet lag, marathon recovery, and wrapping up the 2023 racing season (3:55)
  • Lindsay’s approach to Orlando 2024 (8:45)
  • Lindsay reflects on running her “breakthrough” 2:24 at last year’s Gold Coast Marathon (10:30)
  • How Lindsay found out she made Team USA (12:15)
  • Lindsay’s stories from the World Championships marathon finish line (17:40)
  • All about the pre-race vibes, group texts, athlete lounges, and more (22:00)
  • How Lindsay was feeling the night before the marathon (32:00)
  • How Lindsay was feeling the morning of the race (35:00)
  • Lindsay breaks down her race at the 2023 World Athletics Championships marathon in Budapest (41:15)
  • On being satisfied and always wanting more (55:30)
  • What happened after Lindsay crossed the finish line (57:20)

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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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