Hey everyone! Let me introduce myself: My name is Megan, and I’ve been a runner for over 20 years. To say running is a passion of mine is an understatement. In the spring of 2012, I landed what I considered to be a dream job as a reporter for Runner’s World magazine. There, I got the chance to meet so many awesome, inspiring runners, interview Olympians, and travel to races around the country. It truly was the opportunity of a lifetime, one that I’ll be thankful for forever.
But after nearly four years, (no) thanks to an industry with less stability than a runner moments after finishing a marathon, I decided to head down a completely different path. After an insane (and insanely rewarding!) 15 months earning a new degree, I now work as a Registered Nurse! It’s been an exciting, challenging transition, but I haven’t looked back.
I’ve also been a competitive runner since the day I started way back in middle school. I ran Division I cross country and steeplechase in track for Lehigh University, and I was a top runner back in my hometown during high school. But since my graduation from college, I learned just how freakin’ incredible it is to run for me and no one else. It makes me smile just thinking about how desperately I now want to pin on a bib number and hit the roads or trails. I’ve rediscovered a sport that’s been a part of my life since middle school. It’s been an enlightening and rewarding experience to say the least. I love to run now more than ever.
And since I moved to CO in 2018, I’ve ventured into the wild, wacky world of trail and ultrarunning, which is–no joke–an entirely different sport. I now co-lead group runs as part of the Rocky Mountain Runners crew and find myself deep in the woods at midnight pacing and crewing friends as they endure Type 2 challenges like 100-milers. It’s been such a blast running to enjoy the journey itself and soak in vistas worthy of the (since retired) Rave Run spread in RW.
I created this blog to document that journey for myself and to share it will YOU, the ever-encouraging virtual running community.
To follow along for more frequent updates, check out my Instagram @megrunnergirl.
To read all that I wrote for Runner’s World and Running Times, click here.
Hi Meghan (or megan?) – You totally have my dream job! I’m a master of journalism student right now and I can’t imagine a better world to end up working in: running and writing!!
So other coincidences: I’m an x competitive runner myself, who for the first time in my life, I’ve fallen a bit off the band wagon… like terribly so 😦 BUT, I feel like sometimes blogs have a way of working magic – I just started a “get on the bandwagon” running blog after 2 years of trying to avoid it! Ha! (Seriously I was always like.. “there are so many running blogs”.. but this time I’m just doing it for me)
Anyhoo – I’ll be following along with your journey here, best of luck!
Hi Emily! Thanks so much for reading my blog! =) Very cool to virtually “meet” a fellow journalist runner! I just started this blog too – took me forever to figure out what I wanted it to be about (still not entirely sure to be honest haha) but so far I’m loving it! So inspirational to read other runners’ blogs, too! Good luck with getting back into running! Before you know it, you’ll be “back on the bandwagon” and feeling great! Happy running!
Hi Megan! So happy to have found your blog! I also have a running blog and am a journalist, too. 🙂 You do have a dream job, that’s for sure! (I’m a longtime freelance newspaper & magazine journalist, with a piece in RW coming out later this year!) Anyway, good to “meet” you and I look forward to reading your updates. Love your freshman running pic, btw. I came to running later in life, and I’m always a bit jealous of those who have been running for much of their life. Happy miles to you! – Heather
I’m just catching up on reading blogs and I think we have so much in common (besides first names)! I ran in college too and I’m running my first marathon next week…racing on the roads post-college is such a fun new experience! I work at a running store but have a secret interest in journalism, marketing, and writing…particularly about running, haha. Can’t wait to meet you at Hood to Coast!
It was so great to get to meet you at RW. You are such a pleasure to be around! I hope to see you again in October! ~Meranda
You’re very welcome! Thanks for all your support of RW! =) See you in October!
Nice work! Was looking for a quote from Prefontaine on pre race anxiety and saw your site…. Love the stop sign!!