Interview with Molly Huddle: Saucony Athlete and American Record Holder

Molly Huddle knows a thing or two about consistency.  The Saucony athlete, who owns the American Record 5000 meters in 14:44.76 and three Tufts 10K wins, often runs twice a day and spends her free time stretching, icing and resting.  Not only active on the track, Molly Huddle is also active in the running community and will be making an appearance at City Sports Boylston Street run club on October 25th at 6PM.  To get an inside look at her day-to-day training and some of her long-term goals, we caught up with Molly in this exclusive interview.

Describe your typical day-to-day as a professional runner.
“Typically I do my main run or workout around 10am, then a shorter easy evening run around 5. In between runs I don’t do much, maybe ice bath, take a nap,do core or see a physical therapist or massage therapist. The days sound boring but I think of each day as an unspectacular brick building a massive structure of fitness-the consistency matters!

What inspires you to get out and train everyday?
“The chance to run for the USA at the Olympics is one of the biggest motivators in my training-let’s hope it pays off this year!”

What is your most important piece of gear?
“I’d say my shoes are number one, but a close second is my running hat; I spend a lot of time outside and I get burned easily as I am as white as a ghost.”

What’s your favorite pre-race meal?
“Not picky with this one, just nothing that would make me feel sick. Salmon and rice is good.”

Do you have any race day superstitions?
“Not really, I paint my nails a different color before every race. It’s more of a hobby than a superstition at this point.”

Do you run with music, and if so, what’s your favorite track?
“I need music if I am on a treadmill ! Current favorite song is Dog Days are Over by Florence and the Machine.”

Tell us about the coolest place you’ve gotten to run. 
“Doing loops around a deserted Eiffel tower at 6 am was pretty cool!”

If you could run a mile with anyone, alive or passed, who would it be?
“Probably Oprah.”

What’s your favorite or proudest running memory?
I’d say setting the American Record, although it was a bit anticlimactic at the time. People in the stands were probably wondering why the 10th place finisher was celebrating.

What’s your next race and what’s your goal for it?
“Not sure! This is the time of year I make plans . Whenever I feel fit and ready to roll I’ll find something!”

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