Very few people can keep up with Roberta Groner. This past April, she ran 2:29:06 at the NN Marathon Rotterdam, and in September, she’ll be one of three women on the United States marathon team at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha. Roberta will also be among the elite field at the TCS New York City Marathon on November 3, 2019, and in February of 2020, she’ll toe the line at the Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta, GA.
Most of us will never know what it’s like to train and compete at such a high level. This episode is a glimpse into the mindset of an athlete who continues to prove that when talent meets drive there are no limits.
Roberta Groner ran track in high school and college, but her heart wasn’t in it. After graduating, she put running aside, only to return to it more than a decade later as a way to find solace in a busy life. Talent doesn’t go away, and it very quickly became apparent that Roberta is an exceptionally talented runner. Something was different this time around, though, and it wasn’t her training pace. Instead, she found the passion, love, and appreciation for the sport that had been missing in college, and those qualities are fueling her on a journey that is captivating the running community. Her performances exemplify the perfect alchemy of preparedness, focus, determination, confidence, gratitude, curiosity, flexibility, and…chill. This episode is about seizing opportunity, experiencing the joy of running, and feeling gratitude for the journey.