Meghan Shea can do it all. She can keep her mile time under five minutes when running. She keeps her GPA over 4.0 in the classroom. And in fact, her fastest mile time is 4:57– and that’s lower than her weighted GPA.
Meghan’s mile-long list of credentials, varying from First-team All-State in cross country to Academic All-State, the Lion Heart award for McKinney High School and team MVP, is formulated by her fierce motivation and determination to succeed.
“The goals that I have for myself motivate me to run everyday,” Meghan said. “They keep me out of bed ‘cause I know I want to achieve them. My goal this year was to win state — I didn’t win, but it definitely kept me going.”
Though she didn’t win at state, Meghan placed in the top seven overall runners for the third consecutive year.
“When you finish a race and don’t meet your goal, you feel so disheartened,” Meghan said. “And if you don’t reach the instant gratification it’s really upsetting.”
To prep for meets, Meghan sets aside 15 hours of her pressed time to run 50 miles a week.
“The best part about running is its flexibility, really — I can run whenever I want,” Meghan said. “I can run in the morning and then just focus on schoolwork after school.”
Beyond high school, Meghan aspires to further her cross country training at the collegiate level.
“I’m between three schools– University of Texas, University of Virginia and Vanderbilt, and after my official visit to UVa in 3 weeks, I can commit to a school,” Meghan said.
Although her high school and collegiate careers are soon to end, Meghan wants to take running with her for the rest of her life.
“When I’m older I want to run in marathons and half-marathons and collegiately,” Meghan said. “Running will keep me in shape for the rest of my life. It sets me up for opportunity. It’s a passion I’ve found in life.”
Story by TSB contributor Quinn Murray.
Photograph by TSB contributor Shelby Tauber.