Episode 396: Susanna Sullivan – Third Place at Grandma’s Marathon

Today starts a three part series with the top three finishers of the Grandma’s Marathon! Susanna Sullivan joins us today after her third place finish at the Grandma’s Marathon. She ran 2:26:56. She is having a big year. She also won the Cherry Blossom 10 miler. She also ran in the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Trials in the marathon. She is a 5th grade teacher. 

What we talked about:

3:10- Recapping her Grandma’s Marathon race

4:45- Recapping her first Boston Marathon race

6:45- No longer being an “underdog”

8:35- The 2016 Olympic Trials marathon

9:55- The changes in the sport between the 2016 and 2020 trials

12:20: Deciding to chase pro running

17:25- Maintaining the love of the sport and running for herself

18:30- Cross training

19:20- Training for Grandma’s

24:55- Running a PR at Grandma’s Marathon

28:00- The car accident that she got into and how that changed her training

31:20- Her race at the Marathon Project

31:55- Pool running for cross training

33:25- Her students supporting her running 

35:30- Her teaching career

39:00- Balancing teaching and running

44:30- What’s next for Susanna

48:35- End of podcast questions

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