The taping, original transcript, and edits of my interview with Oprah Winfrey about my training were tragically lost. The following transcript has been taken completely from memory.
Oprah: Alicia, thank you so much for joining to me today. My production team received letters from all three of your followers with burning questions about your current training. It compelled me to make the journey to Des Moines to be with you today to talk about running.
Alicia: Oprah, it’s an honor having you in my home. I hope you’re not allergic to animal hair or dried out toddler snacks (nervous laughter).
Oprah: Whoops…I think I have a a little cat hair in my mouth. Can I get a tissue in here? (production staff brings in a tissue box) Thanks…So, tell me Alicia where are you currently in your training?
Alicia: Right now I’m focused for the Capital Pursuit 10 mile run in September and the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon in October. I needed to tailor my training to my running goals and life schedule, so I created my own plan with the focus being on increased mileage earlier in my training.
Oprah: I noticed you don’t have the rest of it filled out for the race in October, how come?
Alicia: I’m glad you noticed that Oprah. I wanted time to adjust my goals as I was running each race. I’ve already had to make a few adjustments already that aren’t reflected in my current plan.
Oprah: I’m assuming by a “few adjustments” you are referencing your last run on Saturday. We actually have some file footage of your last long run attempt this past Saturday. Let’s go ahead and roll the tape.
(Oprah and Alicia watch painful clips together of an epic struggle to make 4 miles happen)
Oprah: I wonder, Alicia, what’s it like for you watching that?
Alicia: You know, it’s hard Oprah. I was supposed to run 7 miles on Saturday and I woke up feeling conflicted and defeated on a couple levels. One of the things I thought about is the time it takes to do a long run. First, you’ve got the running prep (food, poop, water, pooping again–not always in this order), the actual run itself (7 should take me about 1 hour and 13ish minutes), and then the stretching/cool down. I don’t actually stop sweating until like 45 mins to an hour after I run, which makes showering sort of useless. It’s a scientific phenomenon how much I sweat. So, that’s like 2-3 hours away from kids who waited all week just to be with me on the weekend and then I peace out on a long run. Also, and I don’t like admitting this, but I weighed myself, which I never do because I don’t think it’s always an indicator of the health I feel in my body. If I’m being honest, I had a secret hope I had lost weight with all this training so far and I hadn’t.
Evidence of stupid long run fail.
Oprah: You know, we can’t win all the long runs. I appreciate your ability to be vulnerable with me about this. When I did my own training I had moments of wanting to give up, but you just got to keep going. To talk more about this, I’ve brought one of my good friends, Brene Brown, to talk about this some more. Come on out, Brene.
(Brene walks into the living room looking cool AF)
Brene: How y’all doing out here? (hugging Oprah) Good to see you! Alicia, so nice to finally meet you. I’ve been following you and your journey (hugging Alicia…Alicia holding onto Brene longer than necessary and Brene looking uncomfortable).
Alicia: Oh wow! This is incredible. Thank you for coming.
Brene: My pleasure. You know, I heard you talking and it sounded like you chose to go out into the arena and battle some of your running goals. Without big risk, there isn’t big reward.
Alicia: I know, Brene. It’s just tough sometimes.
Brene: My best encouragement to you is to get back out there and keep leaning in to those vulnerable, tough days. You will continue to reap the benefits and adjust with the failures.
Alicia: Thanks, Brene. I’ve already made some adjustments. I joined a running group with the YMCA that I think will help push me through the long run days. It’s hard to admit I can’t do it on my own. I’ve just got to pivot and that is okay.
Oprah: I think that’s a great plan, Alicia. Life is a balancing act. We are all learning how to keep our balance without getting knocked off our base.
Alicia: So true, Oprah. You know, I did have one win. I ran my 10k race on August 3rd and I felt pretty damn good. I beat my old 10k time from last year even with a hilly, hot finish.
Me finishing the 10k with the longest running tank top invented.
Oprah: See? You turned it around the next week. What an amazing finish. Alicia, thank you so much for having us. I’m truly inspired by your journey and I appreciate you for sharing with me today.
Alicia: Thanks Oprah and Brene. I feel so much better. And you know what, it looks like I’ve gained two new best gal pals ever. Can’t wait to see you two at the finish line in October.
Oprah: You know, we will be there in spirit. Every mile of the way.