Emma Coburn

Ali on the Run Show Episode 60: Emma Coburn

“The narrative that I couldn’t do things never entered my life.”

Emma Coburn is a professional middle-distance runner for New Balance. She’s a world champion in the steeplechase, and competed at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic games. On this episode, the Crested Butte, CO, native (and newlywed!) talks about being coached by her husband, Joe Bosshard, explains the unintentional way she got into the steeplechase, and talks about what it was like breaking her own American record in the 3000-meter steeplechase in London in 2017. Plus, she opens up about body image, posing nude for the ESPN Bodies Issue, and what inspires her.

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Here’s what you’ll get in this episode:

  • Emma explains what exactly the steeplechase is, how she became a professional steeplechaser, and why it’s such an awesome event (1:30)
  • Why Emma had no interest in running in college (6:25)
  • Emma’s decision to go pro (9:45)
  • How Emma found her mental strength (11:20)
  • Emma’s most recent record-breaking performance — at 7,000 feet! (14:30)
  • What it’s like breaking your own world record (18:00)
  • How Emma met her now-husband — and coach! — Joe Bosshard (22:20)
  • Why Emma wanted to gain 10 pounds for her wedding (23:25)
  • What Emma’s relationship with her body is like (28:10)
  • Emma’s advice for improving your confidence and body image (31:30)
  • What it was like posing nude for the ESPN Bodies Issue (33:45)
  • What’s going through Emma’s head when she’s on the starting line (40:05)
  • What it was like medaling at the Rio Olympics in 2016 — and becoming the first American woman to medal in the steeplechase at the Olympics (41:00)
  • How Emma stood her ground against Rule 40 (44:15)
  • What inspires Emma every day (46:10)
  • Emma’s advice for how to make running fun (48:35)

What we mention on this episode:

New Balance

Western State Colorado University

Trent Sanderson

Joe Bosshard

University of Colorado

Aisha Praught Leer

Gracie Coburn’s viral video


Kaela Edwards

Orangetheory Fitness

Jenny Simpson

Secret Stash Pizza

Do You Believe in Miracles documentary

The Plaza Hotel

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4 Responses

    1. Hi Anne! Sorry about that — I’m working on it! I switched hosts this week and am working with the new technical team to figure out how to get the new episodes on SoundCloud. I definitely plan to keep having them on there — sorry for the momentary lapse. Should be resolved soon!

      1. Anne! It’s all fixed — this episode is now on SoundCloud, and all episodes going forward will be there as well. Let me know if you have any issues!

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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