“Drink a beer to my health,” said Molly Seidel, just after winning the Olympic bronze medal in the marathon. The thing about the 27-year-old American is of tremendous merit. She battled the humidity and heat in Sapporo and slipped past the Africans to get on the podium with 2:27:46, behind only Kenyans Jepchirchir and Kosgei. They went 10 minutes beyond her personal best, Seidel only lost two minutes compared to her 2h25: 13.
After finishing the race, the Boston runner spoke openly about mental health and the problems she has suffered: “I deal with OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and I have a long history of eating disorders. During the pandemic, I had to deal with the relapse of both. Being able to reach out to people and say, ‘Hey, I’m not fine now’ is huge. “
It was not the first time that Seidel spoke about mental health, because already in the NY Times he criticized how in certain training systems in colleges women are asked to have “a really low weight”: “I think that the structure of colleges It is very good, but in some cases it can be painful and not the most positive thing for female athletes, especially when your body was trained as a woman. I didn’t eat enough and didn’t have the energy to train. That one probably marked me for the rest of my life. “
Molly Seidel: “I deal with OCD, and I have a longstanding history of eating disorders. During the pandemic, I dealt with relapsing into both of those.— AW (@AthleticsWeekly) August 7, 2021
“Being able to reach out to people and being able to say, ‘Hey, I’m not doing OK right now’ is huge.” #Athletics #Olympics pic.twitter.com/FJ4lrjctmt
Worked in a cafeteria and babysitter
Seidel’s history with the marathon is very short, in fact this was only the third 42,195 meter race of her entire life. She debuted in the 2020 Trials USA in February, which she enlisted without much faith. She was a good athlete, but she also made her living in a coffee shop as a barista and worked as a babysitter. Her surprise is that she qualified for Tokyo at 2:27:31 and then she made her personal best in the London Marathon. In the third she, Olympic bronze.
A good long-distance runner, who struggled with anxiety and eating disorders, that she found her place in the marathon, specifically in the heat and humidity of Sapporo, a Japanese beer name, like the one Molly wished dear people her.