In the Running: Megan Lizotte competes for USA, wins the bronze at World Mountain Running Championships

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The United States fielded both a senior and junior team at the 30th IAAF World Mountain Running Championships (wmrc2014.com/en/) in Casette di Massa, Italy, on Sept. 14. Seniors were selected at the USA Mountain Running Championships at Loon Mountain on July 6. Juniors were selected by resume. This also marks the 20th anniversary of USA women’s participation at the WMRC.

Women’s team members included Megan Lizotte, 30, of La Jolla, who made her fifth appearance at Worlds. Lizotte, originally from Basalt, Colorado, moved to La Jolla in September 2013. Lizotte is the 2011 USA Trail Marathon Champion and first American woman to win the famed Sierre Zinal Mountain Race in Switzerland. Lizotte is also an accomplished road runner, boasting two USA Olympic Marathon Trials berths in 2012 and 2008. Lizotte is also a running coach and founder of Hit the Ground Running at hgrunning.com

The 7.5-kilometer course (with 455 meters of elevation gain) included some sections on paved roadway and gravel 4-wheel drive roads, as well as single-track trail, grassy pathways, steps, and intense vertical climbing, much of it through a marble quarry.

(At press time, Lizotte was part of the U.S. women's team earning third place at the World Mountain Running Championship Sept. 14, 2014 in Casette di Massa, Italy.)

What brought you to La Jolla?

My husband was offered a job in the aerospace industry in San Diego, so we moved to La Jolla a little less than one year ago.

What might you add, subtract or improve in the area?

I would re-pave all the roads in La Jolla! They're in horrible shape and that makes running with my running stroller really difficult and dangerous — not to mention super bumpy for my 2-year-old daughter!

Who or what inspires you?

My parents have always been a huge source of inspiration to me. They are both such giving people and until I became a mom, I didn't realize how much they really did for me and my sisters when we were growing up. Their enthusiasm and encouragement really set the bar high and shaped my perspective for what it means to be a supportive wife and mother. I wish they lived closer!

If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

I would invite my favorite movers & shakers — Jesus, Oswald Chambers, Coco Chanel, Amelia Earhart, Kara Goucher, Giada de Laurentiis, Jillian Harris and Ryan Raddon.

What are you currently reading?

Right now I'm reading "Parenting with Love & Logic," and the occasional issue of Trail Runner Magazine!

What is it that you most dislike?

This is a loaded question! Probably political corruption ... and running injuries!

What is your most-prized possession?

That would be my sweet, 2-year-old daughter Maven. She is the most amazing and joyful little creature; she keeps me on my toes and reminds me to slow down and be present!

What do you do for fun?

I love to run, but since it's also my job (professional runner and online running coach at hgrunning.com) I try to carve out time for other things like hiking with my family, playing at the beach, cooking, skiing, shopping and discovering new restaurants.

What is your philosophy on life?

Love people and look for ways to serve and show compassion.

What would be your dream vacation?

My husband and I have always wanted to explore the Galapagos Islands. As long as I get to run, sleep-in, eat amazing food and drink even better coffee, I'm there!

— ON THE WEB: Readers can follow Megan Lizotte and the USA Mountain Running Team online for race updates from their competitions around the world at:

usmrt.com

Facebook.com/usatfmut

Twitter.com/MeganLizotte

Twitter.com/usmrt

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