Running and Lifting: How Elizabeth Does Both As a Sub-3 Marathoner

Whatever our running goals may be, we all have to carve out a unique path to achieve them. This week’s guest epitomizes what it means to follow your own path, blending strength and speed to achieve a sub-3 marathon goal.

Having navigated a slew of running injuries over the years, I learned the hard way that strength training is fundamental to your health and longevity in the sport. Readers know I’m a relentless advocate of strength training, whether you’re doing bodyweight exercises at home or lifting heavy in the gym.

But some runners take strength training to a level above and beyond the rest of us – and find great success along the way.

This week’s podcast features a fellow running coach and one of my private coaching clients, Elizabeth Corkum. Elizabeth – who goes by the nickname Corky – is a 2:58 marathoner and 5-day per week weightlifter.

Coach Corky has multiple coaching certifications, including USA Track and Field, Road Runners Club of America, and the Lydiard Foundation. She is also a certified personal trainer and specialist in sports nutrition. 

Coach Corky on Running and Lifting

Elizabeth has immersed herself in running and coaching and is always seeking to learn more about the sport she loves. She is not only knowledgeable and upbeat, but is also a unique case study in balancing extensive time in the gym with ambitious running goals.

As a coach, it’s always a privilege to work with a smart, diligent and focused runner to help her meet a long time goal. Elizabeth has put in the work over the years and accumulated a great deal of wisdom along the way.

Your path may or may not look exactly like hers, but you can learn a lot from her journey and our discussion, including:

  • How Elizabeth incorporates her extensive strength work into her race training
  • The unexpected path she took to reach her sub 3 hour marathon goal
  • How you can go all in and have fun at the same time
  • The importance of being patient and trusting the path you’re on
  • Why every training cycle will help you get somewhere new, even if it’s not what you planned

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Thank you Elemental Labs!

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