Welcome to episode 154 of the Final Surge Podcast where today we welcome Olympian Aliphine Tuliamuk. Aliphine was a surprise to some, but she ran the Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta fully expecting to make the team. We talked to her about her amazing story of growing up in Kenya, moving to the United States and the stress fracture that set her back last summer. Also make sure you check out the story of her and her NAZ Elite teammates from her coaches perspective at Blog.FinalSurge.com
1:30 How did you get started in distance running?
2:27 There is that legend that Kenyan kids all run to school 2 miles each way, so that was true for you?
3:01 How old were you when you started this?
3:30 When did you start competing in school against others?
4:09 In 3rd grade when you started competing did you realize you had a natural talent?
5:01 We know if you watch TV we see many Kenyans, so we may think all Kenyans run, how is it really?
6:34 What age did you come to America?
8:40 When you first came over how was the adjustment?
11:04 How did your college career develop?
14:12 In 2011 did you decide you wanted to keep running after college?
15:00 How did you hook up with NAZ Elite?
17:18 Flagstaff is a running haven
18:22 We see how close you all appear on social media, is it really that close?
19:10 In 2019 you had a stress fracture?
20:32 Did you have concerns about it impacting you making the team?
21:50 Did you get in any training at all those 8 weeks down?
23:14 You had a really short build-up to NYC?
24:08 Did you take the same downtime after NYC?
24:40 Talk about the build-up to the trails and working with the team?
26:15 Was there a plan to work together?
27:45 It was a much different race than the men’s race with any one of the 20 in the pack making the team
29:02 Going into the race Kellyn was getting the most attention, was there any one workout that you nailed it and knew you were going to be a contender?
32:12 Did you like flying under the radar?
32:57 What made you go at the point you did?
34:00 Did you and Molly run together in training?
34:26 Did you talk to your teammates about making the move?
35:08 At what point did you know you were going to make the team?
37:04 How many conversations happen over 2.5 hours?
38:56 What did you think of the course?
39:25 During the first half did you plan to stay behind because of the wind?
40:03 When did you know you were going to win?
40:33 What is that feeling of being an Olympian?
42:00 Now that is over have you sat down and planned out the next few months?
43:43 One thing with the marathon, you know it is ruthless and anything can happen on any day?
44:46 Tell me about those beanies