Olympian Emma Coburn on Momentum, Training Staples, and Extending Her Season

Emma Coburn is one of the most dominant runners on the planet with an Olympic Bronze, a World Championship title, and a World Championship runner-up just in the last few years (among many other accomplishments).

Emma Coburn Running

And her primary event – the 3,000m steeplechase – is one of my favorites. Just recently I was sent a photo of me jumping the water pit from 2006 during my first steeplechase.

While I only ran 3 steeples during my running career, the event will forever be one of the most exciting to participate in and watch for me.

Perhaps one of the most electrifying races in history was the 2017 Women’s World Championship Steeplechase. Before this race, no American woman had ever won a medal in the steeple.

But after 9 minutes and 2.58 seconds, Emma Coburn crossed the finish line in first with a new American Record (with another American, Courtney Frerich, in a close 2nd place).

This was also the first time any Americans had taken home both gold and silver at the World Champions or the Olympics in a race longer than 400m since the 1912 Olympics.

NBC Sports described the race as “shocking.”

Sports Illustrated described Courtney’s effort as “certainly one of the biggest surprises of the world championships.”

And ESPN boldly asserted that this was one of the best races in the history of track and field.

Today on the podcast, we’re talking with Emma Coburn on the incredible success she’s had over the last few years.

Emma Coburn: Running Consistency and When to Know to Make a Change


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For nearly a decade, Emma Coburn has been a force to be reckoned with in the 3,000m steeplechase – a notoriously difficult race that requires strength, coordination, and an unwavering focus.

Just look at her performances at the national level:

Emma Coburn Race Results

In this conversation, we’re discovering how Emma has engineered such a tremendous career over a long period of time. Emma and I talk about:

  • What she’s doing right now to maintain her momentum now that the 2020 Olympics have been postponed
  • The training staples that are consistently present in her training
  • Advice for runners who’ve had their spring races cancelled
  • The elements of her training that have changed over time
  • Her advice for high school girls transitioning to college track and cross country
  • When she knows its time to move out of her comfort zone

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