“It was so hard, and it makes me realise, I don’t know, even though I may be introverted, I really value just that connection you have with people and it makes me so grateful now that things are starting to open up again and that we can have more measured social interaction and see people, I’m like oh my god I want to see my friends and just wish I could like just hug everyone, and yeah, it really makes me realise how lucky we are to have people in our lives”
– Molly Seidel
“If running starts to pick up again in the next year, I’ll need to kind of re-learn the work life balance because, anything new requires a little bit more energy and attention and focus, so it will just be completely new, a new way of managing my time and managing my energy”
– Emma Spencer
Emma Spencer is an elite distance runner, running coach, software engineer and runs for the Tracksmith Boston racing team. She has a marathon best of 2:37 (BMW Berlin Marathon 2018), which qualified her to race the 2020 US Olympic Marathon trials, where she ran 2:41:40. At the 2020 Marathon trials, she ran 2:41:40 and placed 56th.
Molly Seidel is a professional runner for Saucony, living in Boston, MA. She graduated from Notre Dame with four NCAA national titles to her name and remains the only woman to date with wins at both the high school Foot Locker Cross Country National Championships and the NCAA National Cross Country Championships. She ran her debut marathon at the 2020 US Olympic trials, running 2:27:31, to take second and a Tokyo Olympic berth.
This episode was recorded during a Zoom live online event on May 28th, 2020 as part of the ROO Roundtable series during the COVID 19 lockdown.
- What it was like on the day of the US 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta
- Their post trials goals, and how that has evolved during the pandemic
- Their thoughts on racing and race strategy
- What is inspiring them currently
- Reflections on COVID 19 and sharing some personal insights
- The importance of friendship, community and person to person interactions
- What ‘Yeet’ means and why we all should apply that to our life
- Being patient
- Future focuses both in and out of running
- Answering a range of live listener questions
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