Episode 326: Abdi Abdirahman – 5x Olympian racing the Olympic marathon in Tokyo

Abdi Abdirahman is a Somolian born runner and is a five time Olympian competing for the United States in the 10,000m and marathon. He made his 5th Olympic team at the 2020 Olympic marathon trials at the age of 43. In 2016, he was third at the New York City Marathon.

He has a new book coming out called Abdi’s World: The Black Cactus on Life, Running, and Fun. I loved reading this book and learning more about his life and running career! In this episode, we talk about Abdi’s running career and making his 5th Olympic team, training with some of the legends in the sport, finishing 3rd at the 2016 New York City Marathon, and so much more!

What we talked about:

4:55- What this past year has been like for Abdi

6:30- What it means to Abdi to qualify for his 5th Olympics

10:15- His thoughts going into the 2020 Olympic Trials in the marathon

12:55- Not making the Olympic team in 2016

15:40- Finishing 3rd place at the New York City Marathon in 2016

17:10- Abdi’s early running career

20:50- Abdi’s relationship with his coach

22:15- Training with some of the legends in the sport

30:20- The big changes that Abdi has seen in the sport throughout his career

33:20- Favorite marathon course that he has run on

34:30- Living in Arizona

37:45- Training in Ethiopia with Mo Farah

40:55- First time going back to Somalia

42:10- Transitioning to the marathon after running the 10,000m

45:55- The foundation that Abdi is starting

47:45- Message to younger athletes

49:30- Final thoughts going into the Olympic marathon

50:25- End of podcast questions

Show notes:

Abdi’s World: The Black Cactus on Life, Running, and Fun

Abdi on Instagram

Becoming by Michelle Obama

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