CNW Athlete, Meghan Lyle shares her experiences and background as a runner.
Tell us about your running history.
I was a late bloomer, playing soccer through high school and doing track 'on the side' just to stay fit. Later in college I was continuing to run for fitness, and started to develop more speed as I trained for a few half marathons. One random day my senior year, I did a treadmill run, and was running late for an engagement so I picked up the pace. I was able to run about 7:00 mile pace and I thought "Hey l, I wonder how fast you have to run to run to run in college?" I started looking up the Husky women's race times online, and did the calculations. To this day I can't believe I had the gumption to do this, but I contacted the coach to see if I could try out for the team anyway. I also can't believe they took a chance on such an unseasoned runner. They gave me a training schedule for the summer, and I walked on as a 5th year senior. The exposure to D1 training was miraculous for improving my fitness, and I ended up running really well, even making our XC Nationals team, and ultimately running third for the team at XC Nationals.