Meghan Kennihan is a fitness writer, personal trainer and running coach living in La Grange, Illinois. She coaches at various locations throughout the Chicagoland area and is well known in the Chicago running community.
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Meghan is an avid runner and triathlete, but actually didn’t start running until her sophomore year in college, when she ran her first 10K and took 1st place. She kept entering 10Ks and half marathons and kept winning, eventually running in the 2008 Chicago marathon and the inaugural Illinois marathon, where she posted a finishing time that was only 7 minutes from qualifying for Olympic trials. This became her new goal, but Meghan quickly discovered that there’s a good reason Olympic trials are so difficult to qualify for. Her body didn’t cooperate with the accelerated training regimen and she suffered two stress fractures while training for her next Chicago marathon.
After overcoming this setback with the help of NOW supplements, and adjusting her regimen to incorporate biking and swimming, Meghan began competing in triathlons with great success. She’s still doing triathlons and has joined an elite triathlon team.
Why I’m a NOW Ambassador
I’m a huge fan of NOW products because they’ve helped me not only prepare for races, but recover from injuries as well. NOW supplements helped me so much during my recovery from stress fractures, and I now incorporate them into my training regimen as well. I feel better than ever, and I firmly believe NOW supplements have helped keep me in tip-top shape for the past several years. They’ve greatly improved both my performance and recovery. Because of the success I’ve had using NOW products I recommend them to my personal training clients to help them get in shape, improve their metabolism, and improve their energy levels so that they can enjoy longer, healthier and more productive lives. For my competitive clients I recommend NOW products to help them improve their race-day distances, set new personal records, and ultimately achieve their professional and competitive goals.
Current Run Goals: Break 1:20 for the half marathon Qualify for the Olympic Trials in the Marathon (2:45) Break 18:00 for 5K
Current Triathlon Goals: Olympic Triathlon 2:05-2:10 Half Ironman- Improve my Swim and get in the 4:30-4:45 range
40 to 60 miles of running including intervals and long runs; 150 to 200 miles of biking with a long ride of 80 to 100 miles on Saturday; and hour of strength circuits (or Crossfit-style WODs or powerlifting) an hour each of yoga, stretching, ab work and foam rolling.
Dublin Half Marathon (September 17th, 2011; 3rd in Age Group, 6th out of 2500 overall 1:21:28
Schaumburg Half Marathon First Female 1:21:33
Bonfield Express 5K First Female 18:03
Illinois Marathon First Female 2:55
Big Foot Triathlon 3rd in Age Group 2:27
Pleasant Prairie Triathlon 2012 2nd in Age Group 2:11:08
Ironman Racine 70.3 2011 4th in Age Group 5:02:18
Ironman Racine 70.3 2012 2nd in Age Group 4:57:30
Ironman Steelhead 70.3 1st in Age Group
Lake Geneva Half Xtreme 5:01 (swim extra .25 long)
(all averaging 19 mph or higher)
Sub-Five Hour Century 5:00 (the clock never stops, 100miles)
Plainfield Metric + (we did 134 miles)
Bike Psychos 200K Horribly Hilly Hundred (126 miles in 8 hours)