257: Ajeé Wilson on Humility and Enduring in Professional Running

“As I was coming up, and I wasn’t that good yet, it was, when you get on the line, whoever is on the line has to prove that they are better than you that day. I don’t care what they did in that season, I don’t care what they did earlier in the year. When they line up. and you give it your all, and they give it their all. Anything can happen.”
– Ajeé Wilson

Ajeé Wilson is a professional middle distance runner, running for Adidas and the Juventus Track Club in Philadelphia. She is a 2016 Olympian, 2021 hopeful and a multiple-time American Record holder. Ajeé turned Pro out of high school, foregoing the traditional NCAA path, forging her own way whilst still gaining a college degree. Ajeé’s drive and determination to succeed is prominent throughout this podcast.

This conversation covers the following:
  • Her first memory running
  • Running with her dad and how he influenced her later in life
  • How her sister introduced her to track
  • Realizing her potential as a runner
  • Her first coach Dawn, and the humility that transitioned her to her current coach
  • Going Pro out of high school
  • Her mentors and role models
  • Training in 2020 and the pandemic
  • Setting the American Record in the 800 meters in Monaco and future goals
  • Her mantras and racing philosophy
  • How she downshifts
  • Her love for Beyonce and her go to pre-race song
This podcast is sponsored by Platinum PT. Platinum Physical Therapy is a private practice sports medicine clinic whose mission is to provide evidence-based physical therapy care to help people live their healthiest lives possible. They have clinics located in Ashland, Hopkinton, and Milford Massachusetts, just outside of Boston. The physical therapists at Platinum PT work with their patients one on one at every treatment in order to provide consistent care from day one until discharge. They are runners themselves and understand the demands that endurance athletes experience in training at the recreational and elite levels. In addition to traditional physical therapy through insurance, they offer cash pay services including use of the Alter-G anti-gravity treadmill, strength & conditioning programming, running gait analysis, dry needling, and telehealth appointments for those far away.

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