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Schneider runs marathon

October 12, 2018

Schneider runs marathons

By Kendra Paasch

WPBHS Spanish teacher Meghan Schneider is more than someone who can conjugate corre y correr. The cross country coach is also a marathon runner.

Schneider has participated in four full marathons. A marathon is 26.2 miles long.

Before running each marathon, Schneider had to train.

She ran seven days a week; one day was a long run (16 miles at beginning and 22 miles near marathon date). Two days were “speed workouts,” and the other days were mileage runs.

Schneider also made sure that she did core exercises a few days a week.

But training wasn’t just about running.

Schneider made sure she got at least eight hours of sleep each night. She ate proteins, vegetables/fruits, fats, and dairy right after she ran to refuel her body.

Schneider decided to run marathons because she felt that her body was designed for longer runs. “The more miles the better,” she stated.

Schneider started running in high school during cross country and track. Back in 2004, the length of a cross country race was 4k which has changed to 5k in 2013.

Her fastest high school cross country time was 16:30 which is comparable to a 21:00 (min) 5k.

In track, she ran every event from 800 meters to the 3200. Her fastest 3200 time in high school was 12:36.

Schneider then pursued her education at Wayne State College and participated in Division Ⅱcross country/track and field.

Collegiate cross country runs a 6k, and her fastest time was 23:57. In track and field, she ran the 3k, 5k, and 10k. Her 3k time was 10:53, and her 5k time was 18:48.

Schneider ran marathons in Scottsbluff, Nebraska; Lincoln, Nebraska; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Estes Park, Colorado.

The Estes Park run was her highlight marathon because she won and because it was in the mountains.

The trail led from Estes Park to Longmont, and the elevation dropped from 8,000 ft  to a mere 5,000 ft over the 26.2 miles. The path was along the edge of the canyon which, according  to Schneider, provided an extraordinary view.

Although the view was amazing, the first eight miles were challenging because of the steep decline. This left Schneider’s quads burning before she had completed a third of the course.

Schneider pushed through the pain and crossed the finish line at Longmont in 1st place with a time of 3 hours and 12 minutes.

Schneider has an excellent support system for which she attributes her success.

Her high school cross country coach was one of the main factors in her running career.

Schneider stated, “She was very good at disciplining while also being fun. She created a good team atmosphere. My teammates were also supportive. Cross country was by far my favorite thing about high school.”

Schneider is also thankful for her family support, both in the past and in the present.

Currently, Schneider is expecting her second child February 10. She is unsure about running marathons again.

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