Lanni Marchant Lives a Double Life as an Elite Runner & Practicing Attorney

On today’s episode of the podcast, I’m joining Lanni Marchant who is the Canadian National Record holder of the half and full marathon distances.

Lanni Marchant

Lanni Marchant

And when she’s not training, she’s also working full time as a defense attorney at a firm in Chattanooga, TN.

We had a great chat, focusing not only on her running but also with balancing running and a career and how the two complement each other.

We also talked about the importance of not beating yourself up. Lanni has battled some body image issues in her past, and as she overcame those issues she learned to accept the physical traits that she can not change. We also talked about not beating yourself up due to missed runs because life happens.

If you miss a run, it’s really not the end of the world!

We definitely had a great chat, and here are some of the highlights from today’s episode:

  • Transitioning to the 10k after making her name as a marathon runner
  • The strategy adjustments required to compete with an international field on the track
  • Working towards running in Rio in 2016 in either the marathon or the 10k
  • Running started as a punishment, but turned into a joy
  • Quitting figure skating to focus on running meant firing her mom as her figure skating coach
  • Dealing with a number of injuries throughout her career, especially in the earlier years
  • The realization that if she could stay healthy she could compete with just about anyone
  • Overcoming body image issues helped her stay healthy and excel
  • Setting the Canadian record at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 2013
  • Balancing her work as a lawyer while training to run at the highest levels
  • Always on the lookout for a good IPA
  • Don’t stress when life gets in the way

If you want to connect further with Lanni or learn more about her story, check out her website and/or connect with her on Twitter and Instagram.

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4 replies
  1. Angela Murphy
    Angela Murphy says:

    Definitely good to hear that she learned to overcome the issues with body image. Comparison is the thief of joy and the sooner we all learn to just see the beauty in ourselves and others, the happier we all would be. It’s always so interesting hearing from guests that are pros and that have always had running as part of their lives. It always makes me wonder, what if? Great job, Lanni in learning to balance work and life and family and passions. Keep up the excellent work and attitude!

    • Denny
      Denny says:

      What I love about having on pros/elites is when they are willing to open up about struggles that they’ve had, and you realize that many of those same issues are things we’ve dealt with as well. Injuries, body image, and comparing ourselves to other runners are things we’ve all done. It’s nice to know that elites have the same struggles sometimes.

  2. andrew
    andrew says:

    What a great, insightful interview. She is real hero for me. I’ve participated in runs she’s been in and she’s amazing to watch, and such a great person too. Just love her.

    Way to go man.


    • Denny
      Denny says:

      Hey Andrew!

      Thanks for listening and taking the time to leave a comment. I definitely appreciate it!

      And thanks for the kind words. Lanni was a great sport, and I can definitely see how she can be a hero to anyone that learns of her story.

      Keep on keeping on brother!


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