Name: Margo Malone
Based out of: Mammoth Lakes, CA
Favorite Distance: 10k
Favorite place to run: Bald Mountain Trail in Mammoth, CA
Currently training for: Summer Road Races
[Margo training in Mammoth Lakes, CA, photo c/o: Margo Malone]
Q: Where did your love of running come from? How did you get started running?
A: My love of running began in 4th grade. I joined my grade school’s cross country team and my mom recalls me cresting a hill during my first race with a huge smile on my face….I haven’t stopped smiling since...or climbing:)
Q: What keeps you running?
A: The thrill of discovery keeps me running and competing. The sport challenges us to discover new territories of ourselves and nature. To me, it is always exciting to travel down a new trail or push past a barrier in a race or workout that my body has not conquered before.
I would also credit my sisters for being a huge part of my love and commitment to running. They are also runners and we have always shared a special bond that made the many miles of training over the years way more fun!
Q: Do you have a weekly mileage that your body is happiest at?
A: My weekly mileage changes based on the time of year and goal race. I enjoy putting in solid mileage weeks and consistently hover somewhere between 70-90 miles.
[Equally as important as what we put out: what we put in! Margo has a love for cooking!]
Q: You have the incredible opportunity to train with Mammoth Track Club. What’s that like? How has your training changed since joining the team?
A: I moved to Mammoth in February to join the Mammoth track club. I had done a few altitude trips prior to joining so I was familiar with the area but am more and more amazed by the beauty each day. Coach Andrew Kastor has set up a perfect environment for success with a supported group and motivated teammates all aiming to make world and Olympic teams.
The training has been complimentary to my training in Boston. My previous coach, Terrence Mahon, was the Coach of Mammoth Track Club from 2004-2012 and coached Deena Kastor (my Mammoth TC teammate) to the American record in the marathon. I have found confidence in the transition knowing that the base principles of the training have similar foundations.
Q: What does a typical day of training look like for you?
A: A typical day of training begins with a nice cup of French Pressed coffee and some breakfast with my roommate, Sandie Raines. The team usually meets at Mammoth Creek Park and travels in the team van to the training destination of the day. If it is a workout day (normally Tuesdays and Fridays) Coach Kastor will divy out the paces and we head out to warm-up. After some drills and strides, we hit the workout! Following a hard session we will go to the gym for some stretching and lifting. A generous brunch is important after a morning of hard work to replenish. The afternoons are for recovery and relaxing, napping or reading. Depending on the training we do easy shakeout runs in the evening and finish our days with some team cooking and chilling.
Q: What’s the biggest difference between training on the East Coast and the West Coast?
A: The sun!! I couldn’t believe how consistent the sun shines in California. There are also some differences in travel to meets and the space available for training.
Q: The team dynamic of MTC seems so strong. How do your teammates influence your goals and training?
A: Coming from a big family, I don’t take the world team lightly. I believe a solid team is what leads to success. MTC is full of incredible people who all add different strengths to the group. We have two main team condos located next to each other so we spend many days cooking and hangout together.
[Margo training in Mammoth Lakes with her teammate, Deena Kastor. Photo c/o: Margo Malone]
WOMEN && RUNNING
Q: It’s hard to believe women have been “allowed” to participate in running for only 50 years here in the U.S. Where do you feel we stand as a community in 2018? How can we continue to move forward?
A: It is amazing the growth in woman’s running over the past 50 years. I have so much appreciation for the strong women that have paved the way. Thanks to the many trail blazers in our sport, young girls are inspired to follow their dreams and excel in running.
One of my teammates, Sarah Attar, is the first Saudi Arabian female Olympian. Sarah’s performance and graceful example has created a new culture for young girls in sport. Moving forward, I think it is important to continue to support organizations such as Girls on the Run and media platforms, such as “Run Wild & Be”, that continue to showcase the power of women,
THE FUN STUFF!
Q: Do you have a best run ever?
A: Running to the top trail with teammates on a long run at Green Lakes Park in Syracuse New York
Q: Dream races or places to run?
A: A European Cross Country race
Q: Do you have any favorite runners you follow?
A: I like to follow Shalane Flanagan and her recipes
Q: Favorite post-run food:
A: Eggs on avocado toast
Q: Favorite coffee:
A: French Press
Q: If you weren’t an elite runner what would you be?
Q: Something that is challenging you right now?
A: Breathing techniques
Q: Something that is rewarding you right now?
A: Looking at the Mountains everyday!
Q; What are you most looking forward to in 2018?
A: Racing US Cross Country with my teammate Sandie Raines