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