Megan Feasel in Top 9 Percent of Boston Marathon Runners
(May 23, 2012) Armstrong’s very own Megan Feasel, assistant director of the Student Recreation Center, ran a 3:40 in the 2012 Boston Marathon held on April 16.
“I finished in the top 9% which I am very pleased with, especially since I was racing against the top runners in the world. It was a phenomenal race,” she said.
Feasel’s placement is an impressive accomplishment for her first appearance in the Boston Marathon, and the significance of her success is amplified by the challenges she faced during the competition.
After training in Savannah’s humid heat and qualifying for the race at the Miami Marathon, Feasel knew how to contend with Boston’s unseasonable 91-degree temperatures the day of the race. She never stopped or needed medical attention, even while other competitors collapsed around her as the marathon progressed.
But the relatively flat Low Country does little to help prepare a runner for the hilly terrain of New England. “Savannah is very flat, so the only hills are parking garages, the Savannah bridge and speed bumps,” Feasel joked.
To compensate, Feasel added Savannah’s Talmadge bridge to her training, running back and forth until she included at least 10 miles of hill workouts into her routine. The strategic planning proved helpful in Boston.
“There were a lot of hills, and this race was definitely mentally and physically challenging. The course is very tough, at least 85% up hill, and then you add 91 degrees to that. So I was very pleased with a 3:40,” she remarked.
The Boston Marathon began in 1897 and is the world’s oldest annual marathon. The race is held the third Monday every April, with the 26.2 mile course winding through several New England towns and ending in Boston.
Now that the race is over, Feasel will continue to utilize her fitness expertise on campus, helping the Pirate community become healthier and more active.
“Being the fitness director, I definitely practice what I preach. Eating healthy, working out and sharing my knowledge with students through exercise programs are all big priorities in my life,” she said.
And for those who dream of running a marathon in the future, Feasel recommends knowing what you’re getting into.
“Stick to a plan and make a goal,” she advised. “For someone who is training for a first marathon, it would be best to do a half marathon before doing a full and building training from this. It is also helpful to have a buddy system. In addition, training is very time consuming, so make sure your schedule allows you to do the longer miles.”
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