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Keira D’Amato, record-breaking marathoner on dreaming big, the importance of consistency, and finding balance

February 2, 2022

Keira D’Amato, record-breaking marathoner on dreaming big, the importance of consistency, and finding balance

Keira D'Amato

Athlete & Record-Breaking Marathoner

Mom, real estate agent, and record-breaking marathoner, Keira D’Amato is crushing her goals and sharing her inspirational story with us.

Mom, real estate agent, and record-breaking marathoner, Keira D’Amato is crushing her goals! Not only did she break the US marathon record, but she’s also pursuing her dream of qualifying for Team USA at the 2024 Olympics. On this edition of the Walker Webcast, she and Willy discussed her early running career, making the ultimate comeback, the secret to marathon training, and so much more! You’ll want to hear her inspirational story.

 

Willy is joined by Keira D’ Amato, wife, mother, real estate agent, and United States marathon record holder. She won the Chevron Houston Marathon in 2:19:12, beating the competition by over ten minutes and breaking the US marathon record set in 2006. Despite physical and mental challenges, Keira’s consistent training and preparedness for adverse conditions fueled her to the finish line. 

Keira and Willy discuss her running career, which began on the track team in high school, continued through college, and prompted her to dream about one day competing in the Olympics. However, after some injuries, Keira was forced to take a break from running to focus on recovery. During this time, she was able to develop her individuality and confidence outside of running and setting records. 

The conversation shifts to the importance of taking risks and trying new things. Keira talks about how she has matured over the years in this area, learning to work smarter and use her experiences to make decisions and identify tools that allow her to reach her goals. Keira talks about her ability to set healthy goals without pushing herself to a breaking point. She doesn’t place too much pressure on herself and runs for fun and to achieve her personal goals. 

Keira talks about how she slowly picked up running again after her hiatus, and how she determined that she should work with a coach. The consistent training she received combined with the hard work and dedication she poured into it resulted in reaching new goals and setting new personal records. Keira even ended up signing with Nike and going pro for a second time. The Nike platform allows her to support and inspire others to reach their goals.

Wrapping up the episode, Keira discusses her goals for the future, specifically pursuing her dream of competing in the Olympics. She views this as an exciting opportunity but does not let the expectations of others add stress or a burden to her love of running. She also mentions the importance of recovery and nutrition, especially the role of sleep, eating healthy food to fuel energy, and listening to your body. They conclude with some closing thoughts on the impact Keira’s story has had on others and how it continues to inspire people today. 

Links:

Learn more about Keira D’Amato on her website and follow her on LinkedIn.
Check out Walter & Dunlop’s website
 

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