How Back-to-Back Marathons Sealed the Deal for This Mother Runner to Qualify for The 2020 Boston Marathon

“Sometimes you just need someone else to break the mental barriers for you, and then it opens up everything for you.”

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The 2020 Boston Marathon was at first postponed and later canceled and moved virtual for 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which was unsettling for many runners who qualified and were left questioning if they would snag a bid to the 2021 Boston race.

Thankfully, the Boston Athletic Association is allowing 2020 qualified runners to do the virtual race as well as apply for the 2021 race, but this doesn’t guarantee a spot in the historic and sought-after race. In the coming months I’m bringing a few mother runners on the podcast who would have considered the 2020 Boston Marathon their victory run and dive into their struggle/victory stories.

The 2020 Boston Marathon would have been Anat Gotfried’s victory run because she thrives off a challenge and wanted a goal to separate her from the ordinary runner. Today we dive into her running journey and talk about the struggles of trying to get the necessary training in while performing all the roles motherhood brings. We even chat about her experience running a marathon 6 months pregnant and postpartum.

It took mental fortitude for her to qualify for the 2020 Boston Marathon. Find out how running back-to-back marathons actually helped her solidify that Boston qualifying time. By the end of this episode, you may just be inspired enough to get up and go and train for your first marathon if you haven’t run one already!

Anat Gotfried

Anat Gotfried is a first-time Boston Marathon qualifier originally from Israel and now resides in Chicago, Illinois with her husband and three kids. She began her running journey in 2006 and is both a marathon and ironman athlete.

Listen to the full episode to hear:

  • How she met her husband because of the NYC Marathon
  • How she worked her training around her responsibilities as a mother
  • What it took for her to qualify for the Boston Marathon and how she controlled the controllable
  • Why having a coach in her life made all the difference


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