Interview with Ryan Hall -2:04:58 Marathoner, Record Holder and Olympian

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We’ve been long time fans of Ryan Hall and always hoped to have him on the podcast.

Ryan is a former professional runner, 2x Olympian, American record holder in the half marathon, and the only American who has run a sub 2:05 marathon. These days he runs to raise money for great causes.

In this conversation you will hear how Ryan manages pain in the marathon and how he reframes the word “hard”. Plus, you’ll hear the story of how, at 13 years old, he had faith that one day he would run with the best in the world and use his running to help others.

Lot’s of great stories and tips in this interview!

Interview with Ryan Hall

Ryan Hall set the U.S. record in the half marathon when he ran 59:43 at the Houston Half Marathon in 2007- the first American to break one hour barrier. He placed 10th at the Olympic Marathon in Beijing. He’s the only American to run sub-2:05 (2:04:58 at Boston). His wife Sara Hall is also an elite runner -she just won the 2017 USATF Championship in 2:28:10. The Halls adopted four sisters from Ethiopia in 2015.

Quotes from this interview

How you define hard is how you are going to experience hard.

So much of running is about being able to shift your perspective as you go.

What you believe about yourself is going to determine where you go in life.

What set me apart from a lot of runners that I ran against is that I wasn’t afraid to risk a lot and fail.

Sometimes our biggest failures come right before our biggest breakthroughs.

When I could get outside of myself I was much better at managing pain.

Focus more on your heart than your performance.

Happy feet make light feet.

Seeing this video always makes me want to go out and run!


Ryan and Sarah Hall Website
Hall Steps Foundation
Running with Joy book

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One Response to Interview with Ryan Hall -2:04:58 Marathoner, Record Holder and Olympian

  1. soren brockdorf January 10, 2018 at 7:52 am #

    Who would have thought after hundreds of podcast you can still come up with one of the top 10 podcast of all time

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