Ali on the Run Show Episode 112: Sarah Cummings, Sub-Elite Runner

I knew things were going to unravel at some point… But looking back, I don’t know if I would’ve done things differently.” —Sarah Cummings

Few people have a work ethic like Sarah Cummings. Sarah, a 2:34 marathoner, lives in New York City where she runs for the New York Athletic Club and is a two-time New York Road Runners Runner of the Year. Sarah works long hours in the finance industry in addition to running 100-mile weeks — sometimes include 20-mile run commutes! On this episode, Sarah — who is a former competitive figure skater who graduated with top honors from Princeton University — talks about coming back from a grueling hamstring injury to run an Olympic qualifying time at the California International Marathon.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Sarah recaps her 2018 CIM performance (2:30)
  • Sarah reflects on her figure skating days and how she found running (7:00)
  • Sarah talks about her relationship with her sister — and whether or not they’re competitive on the run (14:30)
  • What it was like being a competitive runner in college (18:10)
  • How Sarah runs 100-mile weeks while working a demanding career in finance (22:10)
  • If given the choice, would Sarah go pro? (31:40)
  • Sarah talks about her hamstring injury and getting through a major setback (35:25)
  • What it’s like competing at the Olympic Trials as a sub-elite runner (48:50)
  • Sarah’s best advice for dealing with an injury (52:45)

What we mention on this episode:

New York Athletic Club

Hospital for Special Surgery

Princeton University

California International Marathon

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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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