Most of the media around Corey Gallagher’s first ever and first place finish at the 2018 Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Full Marathon was around his previous title as the winner of the inaugural Beer Mile World Championship in 2014. But time has definitely changed this runner: now 31, Corey has worked through some health issues and created a lot of consistency and goal setting to get him to the finish line. Clearly hard work and dedication agree with him.

When he isn’t running this nature lover is likely to be spending time with some of his favourite animals: his English Labs Nova and Stella or perfecting his saltwater aquarium. We look forward to seeing Corey at the start line again next year to see what he has learned from his experience and where his next big goal will take him.

Why do you run?

I run for fun. I used to run to push my body and get PRs (personal records); now I do it because I love it.

What was the most personally challenging race you have ever completed and why?

The most personally challenging race I’ve ever done would have to be this year’s Manitoba Marathon. I’ve have had some health concerns prior the marathon, and I knew this would play a factor in the race. I was lucky enough however, to make it to the finish line—and for that I’m grateful.

What is your favorite post-workout snack?

I love my post run bananas and Gatorade

What is your number one method for injury prevention?

Best thing for myself to stay healthier is to never let my shoes fully break down before I get new ones. I always have a few on the go that I rotate in and out for training, and races.

If you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself about running?

If I went back in time I would be smarter about my training. I’ve learned so much in the last five years about what works best for me and how to best train my body.

What goals have you set for yourself in the past year? How have you worked to achieve them?

My goals these days are staying healthy. Past goals have been trying to be competitive in big races and trying to do more on an international level. I obtain my goals through dedication and a lot of hard work; lots of sacrifice with a good support team.

What does race morning look like to you?

My race mornings are basic. I wake up at least two hours prior to start, eat my oatmeal or a bagel, shower to loosen myself up, get to race and do two to four miles warmup with strides and two minutes of excel (slow pace to race pace), then some light stretching and good to go!

What is your number one “get pumped up for a great race” song?

Currently the song of choice is “Thunder” from Imagine Dragons.

Do you have a role model or a training buddy or coach that you want to give a shout out to? Anyone who keeps you going or contributes significantly to your training?

My running role mode is Jim Finlayson. He is 46 years old with MS and still kicks my butt. His views on training and life are so inspirational. My best training partner and helper these days would have to be my wife Marlee. She comes out for almost all my runs and bikes with me. She also supports me and my crazy obsession with running. So hats off to her haha.