Leah Falland (O’Connor) just joined the brand new On Running team (The On Athletics Club) coached by Dathan Ritzenhein out in Boulder, CO.
Leah ran track and cross-country at Michigan State University and during her time there she won two NCAA titles, was the captain on the 2014 NCAA cross-country national championship team and won over a dozen big ten championship titles.
She went pro right out of college in 2015, running for addidas. The summer of the 2016 Olympic Trials she had a partial tear in her plantar fascia and missed make the team in Steeple Chase. (She was a huge favorite to make that team!) After overcoming a long string of injuries- Leah wrote an article that most of us runners who have ever been injured can find some comfort in – Hey Struggling Runner.
Leah is healthy now- she just got married and she is moving out to Boulder and excited to train with the team. She’s been working with Dathan Ritzenhein as a coach for a couple of years now and credits much of her successes in her path to recovery from injuries and training again to his mentorship and guidance.
Photo Cred: Dave Albo
What we talked about:
5:20- Update on Leah’s move to Boulder, Colorado and what she is currently up to
13:15- Her recent signing with On and On Athletic Club in Boulder, Colorado
15:35- Her experience on Gazelle Elite in Michigan
17:10- How her and her husband, Louis Falland, met
18:50- The journey of coming out of college with a big sponsorship and pressure and going through injuries and low periods
28:35- How she handled getting injured and not blaming herself for it
32:15- Her current mindset on her last few years of running
37:30- Her experience at the 2016 Olympic Trials and her emotions after
39:55- If she will go back to focusing on the steeplechase as her main event
41:35- Her progression from starting as a sprinter to becoming a distance runner
42:30- Her high school running success
43:45- Her childhood growing up on a farm and with 5 siblings
47:45- How having so many siblings shaped her as a person today
52:00- Sharing about her recent wedding
1:02:50- How Dathan has helped her running career and what he brings as a coach
1:08:35- End of podcast questions
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