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Ali on the Run Show

Apr 25, 2022

"This is the time in my life where I’m trying to do whatever I can to be the fastest I can and get the furthest in running that I can. So anything that is not working toward that goal just doesn’t make any sense."

For the second year in row, professional marathoner Nell Rojas had a big day in Boston. She finished 10th overall at the 126th Boston Marathon, running a personal best (2:25:57), and finishing as the top U.S. woman in the field. In this conversation, Nell talks Boston beyond the numbers. She talks about the pre-race press conference and about breaking some big news before the race: After signing with adidas earlier this year, Nell recently ended that partnership in favor of racing in shoes that she felt better suited her body. She talks about that difficult decision, and about how it weighed on her during her Boston build-up. Plus, she talks about her pre-race routine, about how the race played out, and about what's next.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • All about Nell’s Boston buildup (4:30)
  • The Boston Marathon press conference experience (8:40)
  • Nell talks about sponsorship stuff (11:00)
  • How Nell decided what to wear on the run (17:40)
  • Nell’s goals for this year’s Boston Marathon (20:15)
  • How the race played out (26:30)
  • How this year’s race compared to Boston 2021 (29:30)
  • Nell’s pre-race routine (33:30)
  • What the later miles in the race were like (37:20)
  • Nell’s High / Low / High from Marathon Monday (42:35)
  • What happens after the finish line (46:10)
  • What’s next on the sponsorship front and beyond (49:40)

For more, check out:

Nell Rojas & Hiruni Wijayaratne on Episode 484 of the Ali on the Run Show

Nell Rojas on Episode 434 of the Ali on the Run Show

Nell Rojas on Episode 431 of the Ali on the Run Show

Nell Rojas on Episode 229 of the Ali on the Run Show

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