The Physical Performance Show: Sara Hall, US Distance Runner

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Sara Hall

In episode 191 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer shares a conversation with Sara Hall, US Distance Runner in this featured performer edition.

Sara Hall has had a long and lustrous career including time spent on the track with 1500m, 3000m running, road racing with multiple wins including the 2017 and 2018 of the Gold Coast Marathon’s Half Marathon race clocking at 1:09:27 in 2018 to set the current course record. Sara has also been a team member for USA for the World Cross Country Championships in 2006 and 2015 and was the 2012 American Cross Country Champion.

During this conversation Sara outlines her 3 Top Tips for Marathoners, how to minimise the risks leading up to a marathon with regards to injury and how a breakthrough can be on the other side of frustration. The concept of needing to absorb your training comes up on multiple occasions as does the concept that has really been a trademark of Sara’s pursuit of her running best over the years and that is the need to persevere. We touched on overcoming the fear of failure, juggling being a mum of four beautiful growing girls, the power of documenting goals visibly including a great story about Sara documenting her 2:22 PB in advance on her mirror and Sara shares around racing fearlessly.

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Listen in as we delve into the following:

  • Sara’s highs in 2019
  • Berlin Preparations
  • Sara’s injuries in recent years
  • Doubting her running career
  • Resistance Routine in Major Competitions
  • Importance of self-worth
  • Running with her daughters
  • Adopting her daughters from Ethiopia
  • Discipline in running
  • Preparation for Atlanta Olympic Trials
  • Sara’s experience at the Gold Coast Marathon
  • Performance Round
  • Top 3 Tips for Marathoners
  • Sara’s nutritional strategy
  • Learnings from previous marathon
  • Relationship as product endorser
  • Best Advice from Sara

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“The well is deep.” – Mantra
“Loving in the act of running” – Being in the Zone
“Figure out what drives you as a person.” – Best Advice
“Body guided tempo – run your half marathon goal pace” – Physical Challenge
“Take risk and do not be afraid of failure.”
“In the joy of going all out, I forgot my pain.”
“As a runner, you need to be able to put your head down and be able to grind, it is so valuable.”
“Learn how to listen to your body’s queues earlier and really measure your effort out throughout the race.”
“Be you to the fullest.”

Top 3 Tips for Marathon

  1. Run the mile you’re in
  2. Find your race pace
  3. Take your fluids and carbohydrates

To follow Sara Hall

Instagram:  @sarahall3
Twitter:  @SaraHall3
Facebook:  @SarahHallASICS
Strava: Sara Hall


Gold Coast Marathon

Runners World – Berlin Marathon

Sara Hall


0:00 Start
2:05 Introduction to Sara Hall
5:00 Sara’s highs in 2019
6:35 Berlin Preparations
8:19 Sara’s injuries in recent years
13:12 Doubting her running career
15:10 Resistance Routine in Major Competitions
18:35 Importance of self-worth
20:58 Running with her daughters
24:42 Adopting her daughters from Ethiopia
28:10 Discipline in running
29:00 Preparation for Atlanta Olympic Trials
33:27 Sara’s experience at the Gold Coast Marathon
36:40 Performance Round
41:14 Top 3 Tips for a Marathoner 
43:00 Sara’s nutritional strategy
43:50 Learnings from Ryan’s career
48:10 Learnings incurred from previous marathon
49:39 Relationship as product endorser
51:10 Best Advice from Sara
53:20 Physical Challenge for the week
55:16 Finish

People Mentioned

Ryan Hall – Dual Olympian, U.S Record Holder Half Marathon (59:43), 2:04:58 Marathon PR Episode 160 of The Physical Performance Show
Kelly Clark – American Snowboarder
Molly Huddle – US Runner
Bernard “Kip” Lagat – 5X Olympian, dual Olympic medallist & American record holder Episode 77 of The Physical Performance Show

Sara Hall

For questions and comments about this Episode

Send to the show host @Brad_Beer (Twitter) or @brad_beer (Instagram)

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