Hi, Strong Runner Chicks! Check out our latest Workout Wednesday with Meghan Lloyd below! Meghan is the school record holder in the 3,000m steeplechase for the University of Texas, and is currently competing in her third season of cross country for the Longhorns. She has some great advice about how to focus on being your best self!
- Who are you? I’m Meghan Lloyd, and I run for the University of Texas. I’m 20 years old and a junior this year. I run cross, the 3k, 5k, and 3k steeple!
- Short description of running experience or greatest accomplishment. My running career began when I didn’t make the cut for my high school soccer team and I decided to give it a shot. I started out as a 400 meter runner and I sucked. I slowly began figuring out my freshman year of HS that I was better at longer distances, so the following year I joined cross and I really fell in love with the sport. I ended up improving dramatically my junior and senior year, and had no idea that running would take me to the University of Texas, my dream school. I was told by a coach from a different smaller school when recruiting that I shouldn’t bother with Texas because I wouldn’t be top 7. Since I committed to Texas, I kept improving and now hold the school record in the 3k Steeplechase. I would say my biggest accomplishment was not listening to outside opinions and continuing to work hard.
- What does your typical week look like in terms of workouts? When preparing for a race? I start the week off with long run on Sunday and have general runs M,W,TH,S. Tuesday and Friday are workout days, and Friday is usually the harder workout of the week. Wednesdays are usually slightly shorter or cross training days, I really like to run on the underwater treadmill if I can. On non-race weeks I usually have a longer tempo style workout on Tuesdays, but they are slightly shorter on race weeks. Every week is filled with lots of fun 2 mile shakeouts J
- What is your favorite running workout? Least favorite? My favorite workouts are 1k steeple repeats! My least favorites are speed workouts, usually 400s.
- How do you incorporate strength training into your week? I do full body weights twice a week and they’re on hard days.
- Do you work with a strength or lifting coach?Yes! My team has awesome strength coaches that we get to work with twice a week.
- What is your favorite strength training exercise? Least favorite? My favorite strength training exercise would definitely be planking and sometimes incorporating weight slides, and my least favorite are pull-ups.
- Must have training equipment? Calf socks and my Compete Training Journal.
- How has strength training benefited your performance? Personally I came into college pretty non muscular, but I think adding it in to my weekly routine has kept my body healthy from major injuries and helps me run more efficiently.
- What are your favorite training related resources? I love my Believe and Compete training journals, they’re filled with super awesome tips and activities that really break down your training.
- What motivates you to get through a hard workout? My teammates really help getting through tough workouts because I always know we will be there pushing each other
- Do you ever have workouts that just don’t go your way? How do you handle that? If I’m struggling during a hard workout, just knowing that pushing my limits is helping me get better really helps me keep a good mindset through the workout. Also accepting the fact that I don’t need to feel 100%, if I feel like I have 80% that day I’m going to give me best with what I have that specific day.
- What is your favorite way to recover from a tough workout? NAPS and an ice bath/contrast, but mostly naps.
- Do you have a favorite spot or location to run? I love running in new places when we travel for meets, but my favorite is when we travel to Seattle during the indoor season for the Husky Invite. Seattle is just so different and the scenery is absolutely beautiful!
- What does being a strong runner chick mean to you? To me, being a strong runner chick means being the ‘best you’ you can be. Strong runner chicks put in the work everyday to be the best they can be and do not let anyone convince them other wise. Putting in the daily grind week after week is something that takes so much dedication, from general runs to workouts to recovery. Some days are harder than others, but giving it your best effort that you have that day takes strength. It is something all of us runners can bond over. But it’s also important to be your best self outside of physically running. For me, this means bringing a good attitude to practice and life. Strong runner chicks are encouraging and lift others up. Whether it’s having a good out-look on a workout or race, or helping out a teammate that’s having a rough week. Positive vibes are so necessary! It only takes one person to start spreading the love and it’ll catch on. Be the best version of you!
All article photos were taken by official University of Texas media. Header photo by Brandon Sotelo.