Nick Thompson On Running Himself Into The Record Books At Age 45 – EPISODE #61

Runner bent over catching his breath after race.

My guest this week is Nick Thompson.

Like many of us, Nick is an extremely busy guy. The 45-year-old dad is the former editor-in-chief of Wired magazine and current CEO of The Atlantic. He’s written extensively about running for several high-profile publications.

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Nick has always been a runner, he ran competitively in high school and college and decided a few years ago he wanted to run the fastest marathon of his life. Well, he did something even better.

On a Tuesday in Oregon, Thompson etched his name in the American running record books. He ran a 50K in 3:04:36 – just under 6:00 pace – to break the age record for runners aged 45–49.

I talk to Nick about why, at the age of 45, he decided to push himself to new limits. We also talk about the sport of running, how his father coming out affected him and his need to run, his keys to time management when trying to hit a goal, and his son now becoming interested in the sport.


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