602. Ellie Kemper, Marathoner


“If you’re writing my obituary, whoever’s in charge, please include this! Because I feel very proud of it!”

You probably know her as the adorably sweet and oftentimes aloof Erin Hannon, from The Office. Or maybe you know her as the scrappy, can’t-keep-me-down titular character on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. She played Becca on Bridesmaids, she co-hosts the Great American Baking Show, she’s a New York City-based mom of two — and now, Ellie Kemper is a marathoner.

In this conversation, Ellie talks about how she fell in love with running. She talks about her first race, and then her second, and about her spur-of-the-moment bit of motivation that got her to sign up for the 2022 TCS New York City Marathon. (Mid-race, Ellie said “never again.” Now? Don’t be surprised if you see her lining up for a second go at 26.2.) Ellie shares every detail from her training, her race, her biggest surprises from the day, and so much more. LOLs guaranteed.


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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Ellie is feeling two months post-marathon (3:00)
  • Ellie’s “movie moment” from the 2022 TCS New York City Marathon (7:05)
  • How Ellie became a runner (10:55)
  • What’s next for Ellie on the run? And how did she train for a marathon with a busy schedule and two young kids? (18:50)
  • Why Ellie decided to run the New York City Marathon, and what her training was like (21:30)
  • On getting recognized on the run (32:00)
  • What Ellie listens to on the run (42:00)
  • How Ellie was feeling as training ramped up (50:15)
  • All about New York City Marathon race morning (55:50)
  • Ellie breaks down every detail from her race (1:05:00)
  • Ellie’s advice for aspiring marathoners (1:23:45)
  • All about Ellie’s senior thesis (1:28:40)
  • What surprised Ellie most about marathon training (1:33:00)

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