414. What's New With You with Keira D'Amato


“I feel like nothing and everything changed.”

Keira D’Amato is many things: a full-time realtor, a mom of two, a Nike-sponsored professional runner, and — her newest title — a world record holder. Last year, Keira had arguably the best running year of her life. She ran a personal best at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials (2:34), ran a 5K on the track in 15:04 (beating her lifetime best by a full minute), won the Michigan Pro Half Marathon (and ran a 64-second personal best), ran a 2:22 at the Marathon Project (a 12-minute PR), and broke the 10-mile women’s only American record at a race she created called the Up Dawg 10-Miler. Turns out, that race wasn’t just an American record — it was also good enough for a just-ratified world record! At the peak of it all, Keira signed with a sponsor (Nike) for the first time at age 36. Unfortunately, since then, Keira has dealt with injury stuff and health stuff, and had to scratch from the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, where she’d hoped to run the 10K. Still, her perspective is as inspiring ever, and she’s one of the funnest, funniest women in running. Always a good time with Keira on the Ali on the Run Show!


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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • What’s making Keira happy right now? (6:00)
  • Keira’s advice for raising confident kids (10:00)
  • All about D’Amato family food challenges (13:50)
  • Reflecting on running the Up Dawg 10-Miler and setting both an American Record and a World Record (20:00)
  • On becoming a sponsored runner and signing with Nike (26:20)
  • How a kind compliment from Molly Seidel changed so much for Keira (35:00)
  • On the decision to scratch from the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials (40:00)
  • All about Keira’s recent 5K vs. her husband — where he got a big advantage! — and their Vegas wedding (49:50)
  • Keira’s biggest hopes, dreams, and goals on the run and beyond (1:01:00)

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