Pro Q & A: Meghan Peyton
Team USA Minnesota's Meghan Peyton, a member of the professional field at the Medtronic TC 1 Mile next Thursday, answered some questions recently for TCM Blog readers. The University of Iowa alumnus even revealed a few secrets about the Nicollet Mall course that citizen runners can put to use!
What is your goal for the Medtronic TC 1 Mile?
My goal is to compete to the best of my ability! My best time on the Medtronic TC 1 Mile course is 4:41, I would try and better that time and represent our great state of Minnesota proudly!
What is your favorite speed workout when you're training for the mile?
My favorite speed workout is repeat 400's! An example is 10 X 400m with 400m jog recovery between each one. I love doing this workout with Heather Kampf because she makes it look so effortless, it helps me to summon my inner miler and run each one fast!
What advice do you have for citizen runners training to run fast for the mile?
The Medtronic TC 1 Mile course is a little sneaky! The first 400m is uphill, so make sure when you start the race to start off quickly, but know that you could go faster. Once you hit the 800m mark the course starts to wind slightly downhill -- this is the time to let yourself fly! The last 400m, stay close to the left curb because as the course turns this is the shortest distance between you and the finish line. Most importantly have fun and believe in yourself all the way to the finish line.
What motivates you as a runner?
My motivation as a runner is to be the best that I can be, to test the limits of my human spirit. I want to show that anyone who is willing to work hard to give their best each day can achieve their dreams. These dreams don't have to be strictly running related. That is the beauty of being a runner, the lessons you learn each day that you get out there and are your best self translate into lessons for every part of our lives.
Where is your favorite place to run in the Twin Cities?
Favorite place?! There are so many beautiful places to run in the Twin Cities, which is why it is such a great place to be a runner. I like running through the many beautiful parks along the river. Anywhere where I can hear the birds chirping and just be at peace with my run.