Ali on the Run Show Episode 172: Amanda Nurse, Elite Marathoner for adidas

Date: September 11, 2019 at 7:29 pm- by Ali- Comment(s): 0

“We decided, ‘OK, I’m gonna run in the Trials and then we’ll hopefully get pregnant right away, and then I’ll maybe even be able to run a fall marathon the next year!’ And…it didn’t happen like that.”

You probably know Amanda Nurse by her Instagram moniker: Amanda Runs Boston. And she sure does. Amanda is a 20-time marathoner and two-time Olympic Trials qualifier in the marathon. She’s a clinical social worker turned adidas-sponsored runner and coach who has taken her marathon time from 3:26 to a very impressive 2:40. On this episode, Amanda talks about her road to elite distance running, her decision to make a major career change, and her adventures in motherhood. She opens up about her “plans” to get pregnant and what that means for a professional runner, and shares what actually happened on her road to having Riley, her now two-year-old son. It’s an honest, real-talk-filled conversation about the realities of new motherhood. (And fun fact: Amanda is coached by former Ali on the Run Show guest Kaitlin Goodman!)

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Did Amanda always want to be a runner? Plus, the time Joan Benoit Samuelson called Amanda a sandbagger (2:50)
  • How Amanda met her husband at a local 5K (13:00)
  • Amanda reflects on the first time she qualified for the Olympic Trials in the marathon, and what running the Trials was like (22:00)
  • How Amanda has improved her mental strength (30:30)
  • On deciding to have a baby, and the surprising amount of time it took to get pregnant (34:40)
  • How Amanda felt throughout her pregnancy, and her adventures in postpartum running (45:00)
  • On postpartum emotions, depression, and more (54:10)
  • What Amanda wishes she had known as a new runner (1:02:35)

What we mention on this episode:

Beach to Beacon

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

How Bad Do You Want It by Matt Fitzgerald


Kara Goucher on Episode 43 of the Ali on the Run Show

Molly Millwood on Episode 155 of the Ali on the Run Show

Amanda’s postpartum post

To Have and To Hold by Dr. Molly Millwood

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