Episode 531: Alysia Montaño – Advocacy with &Mother, Perspectives on Motherhood, & Her Recent Upgrade to 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist

Today, I am thrilled to present an episode that was recorded live in Chicago, in collaboration with Fleet Feet Chicago and Altra. In this episode, I had the privilege of interviewing one of my favorites, Alysia Montaño. Alysia, as you may have recently heard, has been rightfully upgraded to a Bronze Medalist from the 2012 London Olympics in the 800 meters. This achievement comes after two years of world championships where she also received upgraded bronze medals. It’s a moment of celebration for her, yet also a time to reflect on the challenges she faced during those years. We delve into this aspect of her journey towards the end of our conversation.

Alysia is a mother of three and a six-time USA Outdoor Track champion in the 800 meters. Moreover, she has emerged as a powerful advocate for women and mothers in sports. Alysia is the founder of ‘&mother,’ an organization dedicated to dismantling barriers that hinder women’s ability to pursue and excel in both their careers and motherhood.

This conversation was such a joy to host live with Alysia! Given the timing, our discussion naturally gravitates towards the topic of motherhood. To all those observing Mother’s Day this weekend, I’m giving you all a hug and celebrating you! I hope this conversation brings you joy and inspiration as you celebrate.

What we talked about:

4:00- Taylor Swift talk!

6:55- Introduction to Alysia

8:00- Catching up with Alysia

10:30- Starting &Mother and transitioning out of professional running

14:45- Changes being made in the sport for mothers

22:00- Finding joy in the sport

28:00- Talking to your kids about failure

30:50- Perspectives on motherhood

42:00- Encouraging our kids to watch and support women’s sports

48:30- Her daughter getting into running

52:50- Her recent upgrade to an Olympic gold medal

Show notes:


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