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Ali on the Run Show

May 29, 2019

"It took a while — a lot of runs, a lot of soul searching — to have this confidence now to just show up and say, 'I've earned this. I deserve to be here. I've put in the work to be in this spot.'"

Leigh Anne Sharek is the co-founder of the Brooklyn Track Club, which started as an idea a few years ago and has since grown to nearly 250 members. She's the co-host of the Runners of NYC podcast, she's a sub-five-minute miler, and she's a forensic scientist for New York City's chief medical examiner. (So cool!) On this episode, Leigh Anne talks about going from a 4-hour marathon to a 2:41 marathon, and nabbing an Olympic Trials qualifying time. She talks about running with faster people and what it's like when you realize you're fast, and she shares some oh-so-relatable feelings about showing up to her first group run. Leigh Anne, a former gymnast, has become a well-known face on the NYC running scene, and was named one of New York Road Runners' Runners of the Year last year. So what's it like moving up to the front of the pack and racing alongside the pros? Leigh Anne lets us know, and talks about the great state of the women's running community in New York City right now.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • On going from a 4-hour marathon to a 2:41 Olympic Trials Qualifier (4:20)
  • Leigh Anne’s take on having a chill approach to running and racing, and on finding her place at the front of the pack (13:25)
  • Where the pressure to run well comes from (20:45)
  • The birth and growth of Brooklyn Track Club (22:30)
  • What it was like qualifying for the Olympic Trials (35:45)
  • Leigh Anne’s hopes and dreams for Brooklyn Track Club (43:00)
  • All about life as a forensic scientist, including how Leigh Anne got into the field (44:30)
  • Leigh Anne’s advice for conquering big goals (51:10)

What we mention on this episode:

Leigh Anne Sharek on Episode 129 of the Ali on the Run Show

Pace University

New York Road Runners


Nike Run Club

Sarah Cummings on Episode 112 of the Ali on the Run Show

NYRR New York Mini 10K

Steve Finley

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