About this episode

This episode with Elena Hayday is the fourth in a Oiselle-sponsored series with the Underbirds: a team of 5 female athletes being supported by Oiselle in the lead up to the 2024 Marathon Olympic Trials. More than a runner, Elena is a full-time researcher in healthcare, cat mom, sister and daughter. From start to present, community has been at the heart of Elena’s running “why”, and she is a proud member of Georgetown Running Club.

In this episode we talk about:

  • running for the community  
  • fearing the marathon and hitting the wall
  • racing strategies: pacing, chunking, and distraction
  • loving training more than racing
  • lessons on burnout and balance: elite running, working, and living a full life
  • preparing for the 2024 Olympic Trials as a Oiselle-sponsored “Underbird” athlete

Like what you heard? Tune in next month for episode 5 in the Oiselle Underbirds series. https://www.oiselle.com/pages/year-of-the-underbird 

Listen to episode 1 here: 289. Underbirds Flying High: Molly Bookmyer’s Journey to the Marathon Olympic Trials

And episode 2 here: 293. Underbirds Flying High: Ari Hendrix on Racing, Representation, and Resilience 

Episode 3 here: 298. Underbirds Flying High: When The Hard Choice Is The Right Choice with Briana Boehmer

Episode 4 here: 299. Underbirds Flying High: How To Build Resilience with Carrie Verdon 

Follow Elena on Instagram @elena_hayday and For The Long Run @forthelrpod 

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Past guests on For The Long Run include: 177. Molly Seidel; 226. Mike “Kofuzi”; 228. Kara Goucher; 59. Shalane Flanagan; 234. Camille Herron; 198. Courtney Frerichs; 229. Jes Woods; 207. Tyler Andrews; 197. Dean Karnazes; 206. Katie Arnold; 220. CJ Albertson; 153. Joe Holder; 199. Kelly Roberts; 188. Gwen Jorgensen; 205. Emily Abbate; 209. Sara Vaughn; 174. Nick Bare; 97 Amelia Boone; 101. Courtney Dauwalter, 219. Dylan Bowman; 191. Matt Chittim; 200. David Roche; and more!


Oiselle, a running apparel company run by women for women, is supporting a small group of women, the “Underbirds”, leading up to the Olympic Marathon Trials: you can check out more about the Year of the Underbird here. Head on over to Oiselle’s website and use code FTLR10 for 10% off your first order.


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