About this episode

This episode with Ari Hendrix is the second 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. Ari qualified for the trials with a 2:35 PR, making her the 3rd fastest US born African American woman marathoner. Away from running, Ari is a fiancé, twin, and full-time wear-test analyst for Hoka. 

In this episode we talk about:

  • from college basketball and a 4-hour marathon to a 2:35 and the Olympic Trials
  • tips for successful race execution: running with others, trusting fitness, consistency, and patience 
  • reasons to run: mental health, community, and representation as an elite African American runner
  • taking chances and betting on yourself 
  • the 2024 U.S. Olympic Marathon Team Trials as a Oiselle Underbird 

Like what you heard? Tune in next month for episode 3 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

Follow Ari on Instagram @ari_hendrix1 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!

Skratch Labs

We are proud to be sponsored by Skratch Labs, a local, Boulder-based sports nutrition company.

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This podcast episode is supported by Oiselle, one of my favorite brands in the running space, a running apparel company run by women for women. And this year, the Year of the Underbird, Oiselle is supporting a small group of women leading up to the Olympic Marathon Trials, as well as a series here on the podcast, helping to amplify and share the stories of these resilient athletes.

So, if you want to support Oiselle in their mission to help people feel like they belong here, you can check out more about the Year of the Underbird here.

And if you’re in the market for some great running gear, head on over to their website and use code FTLR10 for 10% off your first order.


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Puma TRE Event

Join us at The Running Event (TRE) for a panel in partnership with PUMA to discuss dealing with setbacks with some of the fastest humans on the planet. On Thursday, November 30th from 11:15 AM to 11:45 AM we’ll be hosting Molly Seidel, Rory Linkletter, Andre De Grasse, Natosha Rogers, and Fiona O’Keefe at the TRE Training Camp Theater for a conversation about how to move through hard moments, deal with self-doubt, and overcome life’s many obstacles to achieve your goals. 

Hope to see you there!

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