Ep. 98 - The RUNATL Podcast With Guest Samia Akbar
The RUNATL Podcast
The RUNATL Podcast is hosted by Big Peach Running Co. Founder, Mike Cosentino, and Director of Marketing, Dave “D2” Martinez. This week on the RUNATL Podcast we sit down with Samia Akbar, the fastest female American-born black marathoner and Marketing Manager for New Balance.
254. Samia Akbar, Fastest U.S.-Born Black Female Marathoner
Ali on the Run Show
"He made an assumption that I didn’t speak English and that’s why he didn’t speak to me. I remember feeling so hurt. Things like that happened to me all the time, being the first and only to do a lot of these distance events on the road racing circuit. And I feel like it was so hurtful. We are the epitome of the American Dream." A few weeks ago, Peyton Thomas was on the Ali on the Run Show. We talked about Peyton being the fourth-fastest U.S.-born Black female marathoner, which prompted the question: Who's the fastest? That person is Samia Akbar. In 2006, Samia ran a 2:34 at the New York City Marathon, finishing 12th and earning the aforementioned title, which still stands. On this episode, Samia shares her running story, including how her dad instilled in her a love for running, how she went to American University on a full running scholarship, and how she spent seven years as a professional runner sponsored by Reebok. Today, Samia lives in Virginia and is a Global Marketing Manager for New Balance. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for 15% off all wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: Samia explains why she lives in Virginia but works in Boston (3:40) How Samia became a runner (9:00) On being competitive (21:35) What it means to “take up space,” and how Samia learned to do that (22:45) How Samia decided to become a professional runner (33:50) Why Samia decided to run a marathon (45:20) On being the fastest U.S.-born Black female marathoner (52:30) What we mention on this episode: Peyton Thomas on Episode 244 of the Ali on the Run Show "A Conversation with Samia Akbar" via Fast Women "The Undeniable Power of Sport" International Women's Day panel via Hurdle podcast TedCorbitt.com Follow Samia: Instagram @Samia.Akbar Twitter @Samia_Akbar Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!