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Maor Tiyouri, Israeli Olympic runner on resilience, confidence, and trusting yourself | ep 39

July 12, 2022 Maor Tiyouri Episode 39
Real Fit
Maor Tiyouri, Israeli Olympic runner on resilience, confidence, and trusting yourself | ep 39
Show Notes

In episode 39 of the Real Fit podcast, I interview Maor Tiyouri, an Israeli professional runner who lives and trains right here in Boulder. (Fun fact: I used to work out at the same gym as her and she’s been on my list of people I wanted to interview since before I even launched the Real Fit podcast.)

A two-time Olympic marathon runner, she represented Israel in Rio in 2016 and in Tokyo in 2020, which were held in 2021 because of COVID. A three-time Israeli national champion, Maor won the 1500m and 5000m in 2013 and the 1500m in 2015. She also held an Israeli record in the 5000m. She’s competed in three World Athletic Championships in the half marathon in 2018 and 2020 and in the marathon in 2017.

Right now, the Olympic runner is training to represent Israel once again in the marathon at the upcoming World Championships in Eugene on July 18th. 

A self-proclaimed coffee snob, Maor is coached by Stephen Jones and works part-time as a PR junior account manager at Verde Brand Communications.

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In this episode, we talk about…

  • Maor’s love-hate relationship with pro running
  • Why she decided to work with an agent
  • Getting COVID right before her Tokyo qualifying marathon
  • Constantly changing her PT plan as a result of many injuries  
  • The silver lining of injuries and discovering new pursuits 
  • Discovering road cycling and doing a century — a 100-mile ride — on a borrowed bike without proper bike shoes and clipless pedals (!!!)
  • Her relationship with food
  • Working with a sports psychologist
  • How Maor avoids the comparison trap
  • The importance of process goals
  • Injury prevention
  • The importance of following her own path
  • The most challenging thing she’s been through
  • The moment she knew she’d go pro
  • Why she came to the U.S. 
  • The difference between training among men and women
  • Her favorite Israeli food


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