Spotlight on Megan Lacy - Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier
Updated: Feb 17
The first thing you notice about Megan Lacy is her bright smile and infectious energy. A young entrepreneur and two time winner of the annual and arduous local spring half marathon, Race to Robie Creek, she has a stalworth determination in going after her dreams and goals.
After observing the comradery and success of the newly established IDP, Megan was one of the first to join their roster of high performance runners. She was thinking that her competitive running career was over (see struggles below), but was rejuvenated having a group of likeminded athletes to train alongside. Megan Lacy's Olympic Trials Qualifying race was at Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota, on June 22, 2019. In her debut at the 26.2 mile distance she clocked 2:39:12.
When asked what one of the greatest struggles was that she has overcome, she stated it was being injured for 2/3 of her collegiate running career and losing confidence in herself. She endured continuous injuries for three years and did not set a single Personal Best race time in any distance for five years. She had been running competitively since she was 8 years old, and now, only in her early 20’s, she felt like she no longer belonged. She suffered with ‘imposter syndrome’ for several years and thought that her competitive running career was over. It was only within the past year, while working with Coach Kameron and training with the IDP, that she has found her stride again and has shown improvement. In 2019 she set huge PBs at 10K and the half marathon on her way to placing 9th in USATF 25 km Championships.
Megan would like others going through similar struggles to realize that if you are passionate about running you shouldn’t stop. If you’ve been struggling with injury allow your body time to heal and learn to love running again. If you focus on that the rest will come: enjoyment, confidence, PRs.
When asked what she learned from her first and only marathon, Megan said she tried to remind herself to stay calm and not panic. A marathon is going to feel hard. There are going to be rough patches over a distance that long, just remember to relax and keep running through it. Don't get wrapped up in keeping to a rigid pace; if your goal is to run a 6:30 per mile pace there may be times when you feel rotten and need to slow for a bit, or you may find yourself coming out of a bad stretch and you dip a bit under your target pace. It helped for her to find someone else in the race pack to hang out with. She felt running with a group could allow her to just zone out for a bit throughout the race and just focus on moving herself forward.
Megan currently resides in Boise and is co-founder and CDO of Lumineye, which helps first responders and soldiers find people in rubble, during hostage rescue and in emergency situations.
Information at a Glance
Olympic Qualifying Time: 2:39:12
Residence: Boise, ID
Hometown: Marlton, NJ
College: Stanford University (Undergrad); Boise State (Grad)
Age on Race Day: 25
Affiliation: Idaho Distance Project
Qualifying Race: Grandma's Marathon 2019
Marathon Best: 2:39:12
Social Handles: Instagram - @legan_macy Twitter - @leganmacy
Advice to herself: Be patient and stay tough.
Favorite inspirational quote: "There comes a time in every life when the past recedes and the future opens. It's that moment when you turn to face the unknown. Some will turn back to what they already know. Some will walk straight ahead into uncertainty. I can't tell you which one is right. But I can tell you which one is more fun." - Phil Knight
Favorite post-race indulgence: Pumpkin milkshake
Favorite book: The Alchemist
Introvert or Extrovert: Extrovert
Favorite Vacation Spot: Wildwood, New Jersey - a favorite childhood destination with 4 miles of boardwalk to run on and a great place to people watch.
Dream Vacation : Spain
Typical Weekend: Saturday morning long run, veg out for the rest of the day, then dinner and drinks later with friends. Sleep late on Sunday morning and prepare for the week ahead.
Biggest accomplishment to date: Pushing herself in both her startup and her running, persevering beyond the point where it was logical.
Once the trials are concluded: Go somewhere warm with her mom to just bask and relax for a bit.