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  • Writer's pictureMichael Nielsen

Come What May, I Want to Run with Miriam Diaz-Gilbert (#59)

Today, I had a conversation with Miriam Gilbert, author, ultra-marathon runner, who uses the power of running as means to help cope with life.


Growing up, Miriam is an average athlete who doesn't get much playing time. She never imagines becoming a runner. But a college breakup propels her to run to mend her broken heart. She began running 5K races. These races morph into half-marathons and marathons. Years later, running helps her to cope with the workplace mistreatment she is enduring as an academic and the depression she suffers.


Miriam has been running races since 1989 and ultramarathons since 2005. She is training for ultramarathon no. 35 (Loopy Looper 12-hr) and no. 36 (Hainesport 48-hr Endurance Run), and training to pace and crew at the 2023 Badwater 135. Her memoir, Come What May, I Want to Run: A Memoir of the Saving Grace of Ultrarunning in Overwhelming Times, was published in May 2023. Miriam is also published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Running for Good, Ultrarunning Magazine, Women's Running, and Podium Runner Magazine.

In her recent memoir: Come What May, I Want to Run, the reader keeps pace with Miriam as she overcomes adversity, and her unrelenting faith, perseverance, resiliency, and running ultramarathons never waiver.


Episode Highlights:

  • How a broken heart in college was the impetus to propels Miriam into running

  • We discuss Miriam’s adventures in the ultra marathon running scene, and why patience is needed to be successful in this sport

  • Miriam shares her most inspiring runners that she has looked up to over the years

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