Emily Harrison Continues to Grow as an Elite Ultra Runner (Best Of)


Emily Harrison is hands down one of the best ultra runners in the world.

Emily Harrison

Emily Harrison Photo Credit: Kristin Wilson

From the time she started running in middle school, she’s always tended excel at the longer distances. As a professional, she continues to excel at the longer distances. Currently, she’s most comfortable in the 50 mile range, but who knows what the future holds in terms of running even longer distances.

During my chat with Emily we talked about her running career to date, continuing to learn about what it takes to run longer distances, the atmosphere surrounded an event like the Olympic Trials, and a whole lot more.

“Consistency, in my mind, is more important than being able to hit a training cycle hard and then being injured or burnt out.” ~Emily Harrison

Here are some of the highlights from my chat with Emily Harrison

  • Running long has always been her strength
  • Being in the mix for an Olympic spot in the marathon (2012) before trying an ultra
  • Trying to figure out fueling strategies for longer distance races, especially after learning about some food sensitivities she has
  • Running the Olympic Trials this year as a hybrid of a workout and a race
  • Comparing and contrasting an elite road race to an elite trail race
  • Race dynamics of running a looped course
  • What separates the competitors at an elite level
  • What training looks like at the elite level
  • Consistency of training and training smart to avoid injury
  • The importance of regular strength training, especially targeting the glutes and core
  • The schedule for 2016, and her rule of thumb when it comes to planning her race schedule with a  focus on recovery

Check out Emily’s website to see what she’s up to, and/or connect with her on Twitter and/or Instagram.


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