Becoming the first American woman to win the Sierre Zinal mountain race in Switzerland made Megan Lund-Lizotte a household name in the trail world. She is no slouch on the roads though. She is a 2x Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier and recently added 2011 USA Trail Marathon Champion to the list of her accomplishments.
Runners Feed: Take us through a typical day of your life
Megan Lund-Lizotte: In the summer, I usually run first thing in the morning, but Colorado winters are cold so I mostly run in the middle of the day when it’s warmer. I get up, drink a few cups of coffee, eat some toast and check my email. I then usually work on training plans for my clients (I’m an online running coach). However, if I’m meeting with clients on-site, I will do my workout beforehand so I can utilize my energy wisely and take advantage of my client’s workout as a shake-out or recovery run.
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During the past 2 years, my focus has been primarily on trail and mountain racing domestically and internationally. My training has consisted of mileage between 60-90mi/week, lots of time on the trails, long runs, long tempos and of course lots of hill workouts. However, since I’ve been focusing on training for the Trials, I’ve been doing track workouts and other interval training more than usual. I don’t have the world’s fastest legs, so I’ve been focusing on what most marathoners may consider 10k training. For me, long distances are my strength; it’s the leg speed I usually need to focus on to remain sharp and competitive! Other than training and coaching, which take up most of my schedule, my day is full of “domestic diva” activities–cooking, cleaning and lots of laundry! I can’t imagine how crazy my life will be once we start having kids!
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RF: Do you work full or part-time while training? If so, what do you do? If not, what has kept you afloat while you pursue your dream?
MLL: I have an online running coaching business, “Hit the Ground Running” which allows me the flexibility to work from home and set my own schedule so I can focus on training and racing while still bringing in some income. I juggled part-time jobs with training for a while and realized it was more like having a full-time job crammed into a part-time schedule! Fortunately, by working for myself, I can set my own hours and work from wherever I am in the world as long as I have my computer and an internet connection!
My shoe/apparel sponsors Montrail & Mountain Hardwear make it possible for me to do a fair amount of traveling to some sweet races and of course provide me with awesome gear! I love running for these two partner companies…they are not only making huge gains in running technology, but really value my opinion on the product design level. I get to test out a lot of new technology a few seasons before it hits the stores–lucky me!
I recently got married, and my husband Andrew is amazing! He’s a true supporter of my running career and former competitive mountain biker so he really understands the commitment required to be competitive at the elite level. While running is a lifestyle for me, I’m thankful my husband is not a serious runner because it gives my life balance and perspective–it’s not just running 24-7, which helps to keep running exciting and fulfilling. Additionally, my dad, Ron Lund, is a total running junkie and one of my biggest supporters! He’s been running marathons since he was in 12 and has no plans to stop anytime soon! I look up to him so much for his experience and sheer passion for the sport. While I am self-coached, I still get a lot of my training ideas from my dad and every once in awhile we’ll do some runs together. He, my mom and my sisters are all such loyal supporters and have always encouraged me to pursue competitive running as long as it’s enjoyable.
MLL: I am a true believer in the power of consistent body work! My chiropractor, Dr. Dave Jensen and the incredible team of therapists at WIN Health Institute graciously keep me aligned and limber! I usually visit the WIN once a week for an adjustment and then I get a 2-hour massage every 7 to 10 days to keep lactic acid flushed out and scar tissue and adhesions from accumulating. I also sleep 9 hours/night, take an iron supplement, and focus on fueling with nutrient-dense foods…lots of kale, beets, nuts…okay I eat a lot of chocolate & coffee too!
RF: Favorite pre-race rehab tool?
MLL: Portable ultrasound machine–best investment I’ve made in my running career! Instead of using the standard ultasound gel, I swap it out for arnica gel as the conductor to increase the anti-inflammatory effectiveness. It was $200 which felt like a lot at the time, but has saved me from countless physical therapy sessions and the corresponding office visit fee…well worth every penny!
RF: Sock or no socks?
MLL: Super low ankle socks–I can’t stand anything higher…makes me look like I have cankles!