Episode 135: Hollie Hughes – 50 Miles with Jonah in his Team Hoyt Chair

Today on the podcast is a crossover from my podcast for runners, the I’ll Have Another Podcast. My guest is Hollie Hughes. Hollie is an incredible woman. She is the mother of four and she pushes her son Jonah, who has Cerebral Palsy, in a Team Hoyt chair. He is 12 now and she has been pushing him since he was a baby. Jonah and Holly run so many miles and races together. It is such a unique relationship and way to experience races. Holly runs really fast running Jonah and Jonah is her biggest cheerleader. She has run a sub-3 hour marathon while pushing Jonah. Most recently, Jonah and Hollie ran a 50 mile race and ran it in 7 hours and 53 minutes. We cover a wide range of topics in this episode.

Trigger warning: at the beginning of the episode, we do discuss some pretty severe mental health struggles and the topic of suicide attempts does come up in this episode. 

What we talked about:

4:20- Breaking the Guiness Book of World Records for the half marathon while pushing a chair

6:10- Who Jonah is and what Hollie and Jonah do together

7:55- What the Hoyt chair means to Hollie and Jonah

12:25- Hollie’s diagnosis with Addison’s disease 

18:15- Being present with all of her kids

23:40- Sending her daughter off to college

28:45- Walking through a divorce

35:15- Hollie’s career

36:20- Advocating for Jonah

42:05- Her strength training routine

47:15- Hollie’s training and the recent 50 miler

1:08:20- End of podcast questions

Show notes:

Do Hard Things

Hollie on Instagram




Sign up for our newsletter and get notified when new episodes drop, product launches, and other fun stuff!