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Why I Run: Megan Lizotte

What fuels and motivates national trail running champion Megan Lizotte? Find out!


From a career that centers on speeding down trails to her new job as a mom, Megan Lizotte is always on the move. The Colorado native (who recently moved to San Diego) was the first American woman to win the Sierre-Zinal mountain race in Switzerland in 2010. Lizzote’s New Year’s goals? Run an Olympic Marathon Trials qualifying time and secure a slot on the U.S. Mountain Running Team in 2014.

“I think of every workout as a single drop in a big bucket filled with water. Workouts and fitness accumulate over time and I’ve stopped stressing about the workouts I can’t do.”

“My dad has always been an inspiration. When I was growing up, he ran in local races and often won, so it was really cool. My sister and I would wear his old race shirts and cheer for him.”

“After my daughter, Maven, was born [in 2012], I couldn’t jump right back into running. Breastfeeding has made me dehydrate quicker and I don’t get as much sleep as I used to, but it’s made me mature in my running. I focus more on quality, not quantity.” 

“I must have my Montrail Rogue Fly shoes! They fit like a road shoe but are light and responsive for the trails.”

“I always wear mascara when I race—Clinique High Impact in black.”

“My gym bag has two full water bottles, Shiseido sunscreen, Vosges chocolate bars, extra sunglasses, a winter hat and gloves (I hate being cold!), a Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer rain jacket and Effie’s Oatcakes.”

“For on-the-go fueling, Honey Stinger gels are my favorite, especially ginseng.”

“After a good run, I enjoy a latte, sometimes while sitting in a cold mountain river.”