Marathon Talk Episode 8: Emily Sisson, US Marathon Record-Holder and Olympian

It’s a new year, and Marathon Talk is starting strong with a record-holding star whose standout performance in Chicago set the US marathon record - Emily Sisson.

This episode is PERFECT for shaking off the post-Christmas dust, as we hear from Emily how she trains to achieve her stunning results, and Martin & Deena run through how to pick a running plan that works for you!

All this, and more on Sydney’s push to secure Kipchoge for their 2024 race, a beloved Boston canine spectator, and the close of the Age Group World Rankings.

In this episode of Marathon Talk:

  • 0:00 - Rounding up the winter break, news on Sydney’s 2024 race, and the Spencer the Golden Retriever’s latest battle
  • 13:30 - Training talk; how to find a training plan that works for you, whatever event you’re planning to build up to
  • 33:00 - US record-holder Emily Sisson on owning your training plan, how to uphold good habits, her staggering Chicago run, and buildup to the Boston Half
  • 1:02:30 - Closing out the show with some final tips on maintaining motivation in the dark, cold, rainy months

Episode highlights

“The Sydney marathon, one of the candidates to become a new Abbott World Marathon Major, is not beating around the bush when it comes to trying to bring this race up to majors level. They said they're targeting none other than Eliud Kipchoge to race there in 2024.” - 6:45 - Martin Yelling 

“Everybody just adores Spencer. Even in 2018 when it was pouring with rain, Spencer was wearing a raincoat and stayed outside to cheer on the finishers.” - 9:50 - Deena Kastor 

“We all have different jobs, we have commitments to family and our community. So to find a plan that fits well in your life is going to allow you to stick with it and to not get frustrated.” - 16:30 - Deena Kastor 

“If you aim for two runs per week and you miss one, which is quite common, you're looking at only running 12 times in a training plan. You wouldn't do that, right? Whereas three to four runs a week puts you in a pretty robust place.” - 24:20 - Martin Yelling 

“Instead of making one big goal right off the bat, just start with something small, an easy, everyday action.” - 36:25 - Emily Sisson

“Going in any big race, think of yourself as like the eye of the storm, and there's all this noise going on around you. You can acknowledge the positive side of it, but you don't have to let it affect you.” - 40:10 - Emily Sisson

“I've always been someone where it's quality over quantity, so if I have one or two friends to run with, I'm good with having support in a couple of people.” - 53:30 - Emily Sisson

“My definition of success has changed throughout my career. When I was younger, it meant achieving things. As I've gotten older, I've realised the fun part is actually - I don't like using the word chasing, but going after a goal, and trying to learn as much as I can.” - 58:15 - Emily Sisson

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