Megan Rolland is one of our OG Oiselle athletes, a perfect example of consistent work over the course of years yielding phenomenal results. After a brief post-track season break, Megan is brushing off the dust at the USATF 5K Road Champ race held in conjunction with the Dash to the Finish on NYC Marathon weekend. Here's to getting out of your comfort zone, Megan!
DL: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF FALL TRAINING?
MR: My favorite part about fall training is the base we put in. We don't do fancy, killer workouts but more a steady constant build up of mileage. We tend to take this time to explore new trails and places to run. The weather is usually perfect and the trees are out in a full fall force of colors. It is a low stress time to train because you really get to enjoy the process of building back up again. It's a great time to fall in love with running all over again.
DL: ANYTHING NEW IN THE MIX THIS YEAR?
MR: Nothing too new going into this year. I did have a quicker buildup because I usually do not race quite this early but very similar work to what a typical fall looks life for me. One big difference was I felt I finished my summer season with gas still left in the tank which was great because I enjoyed my break and was ready to roll again soon. In seasons past I have felt completely depleted at the end of the year and really struggled with the build up phase. This year I am in a much better place mentally and physically which gets me excited to race!
DL: DASH TO THE FINISH 5K: SO FUN! WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS?
MR: This will be my first time racing a road 5k besides the turkey trot I have done the past couple of years. I am looking forward to pushing myself on the roads and really getting out of my comfort zone earlier in the season. It is going to be a stacked, fun, energized field! My goal is to put myself in the mix and hang on for a fast ride. I would love to break 16:00 for the race. My 5k PR is 16:11. It's always a little shock to the system of ripping the band aid off for the first race back but can also be really exciting because you can surprise yourself and have a lot of fun in the pursuit.
DL: ANYTHING ELSE FUN PLANNED IN NYC?
MR: I have never been to a major marathon race so I am incredibly excited to be a spectator and cheer on Steph the next day. Unfortunately my plane leaves pretty early so I wont be able to catch all the fun shenanigans but I am going to try! I hope to meet up with as many of you as possible over the weekend and cowbell it up on Sunday for the marathoners.
Excited to see you mix it up! Head up, wings out!