Running Book Reviews with Alan and Liz

How She Did It, by Molly Huddle and Sara Slattery

December 01, 2022
Running Book Reviews with Alan and Liz
How She Did It, by Molly Huddle and Sara Slattery
Show Notes

How She Did It is a compilation of stories from 50 legendary female distance runners spanning 6 decades! The book starts with a short introductory section called “Part 1: The Experts”, that addresses some key factors you need to pay attention to if you want to perform to your full potential. These are physical health, hormonal health, sound nutrition and mental health. “Part 2: The Athletes”,  is where you find the 50 female athlete profiles . This section is divided into sub-sections:
The pioneers 1960s-1970s
The 1980s
The 1990s
The early 2000s-2010
The book ends with a section called “The Cooldown” where there is a compilation of funny stories provided by some of the featured athletes, and another section called “Favorite Workouts”. At the end of the book you can test your ability to identify pictures of some of the women as young girls… before they became legends.

Molly Huddle is an American long-distance runner who competes in track and cross-country running events. She set the American record in the 5000 m at the 2014 Herculis Diamond League meet in Fontvieille, Monaco, which has since been lowered. Molly Huddle is a two-time Olympian who holds the American record at 10,000 meters. She placed fourth at the 2018 New York City Marathon in a personal best of 2:26:44. Besides her impressive running career, she also writes for Runner’s World magazine.

Sara Slattery is an American middle- and long-distance runner who mainly competes on the track. She has represented the United States at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships at both junior and senior level. After a successful NCAA and professional career, Sara went on to coaching. She worked for eight seasons as the GCU (Grand Canyon University) men’s and women’s cross country head coach, and her athletes have broken many school records since her arrival. Sara decided to leave her coaching job to be home more often as her children are at an age that they need their mom around.

During the interview Alan mentioned a video of the 2012 Olympic Trials 5000m final. Here it is if you want to watch to for yourself:

If you would like to get a copy of the book, you can find all the online outlets on the How She Did It website:

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