A runner at heart, Morgan Sears has learned the value of cross training through triathlon this year. Morgan doesn’t just dabble though – instead she completed triathlon distances all the way up to a Half Ironman in her first year. While doing so, her run times have dropped considerably, including a 14 min half marathon PR. Morgan is the pinnacle of what it means to be a team member – always supporting her fellow teammates and introducing new people to the sport. Learn more about Morgan’s story in her own words below…
Tell us about your journey to endurance sports. How did you get started?
I grew up swimming and around the age of 22 decided to pick up running, and after that started I never stopped. I met my boyfriend Austin who introduced me to triathlon and have now found a way to balance all three sports but mainly focus on running.
When was your first race? Tell us about it.
“First” has taken many forms over the past few years. My first race was Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon in 2016 where I ran a 2:35 (this is the same race I PR’d this year with a 1:35!!) My first marathon was in 2017 and my main goal was to go sub-4 hours. I was lucky enough to achieve that, and I immediately signed up for another. I completed my first IM 70.3 this year after training with EF. I was extremely nervous going into it as my biking is by far my worst of the three and only a month before was I able to use clip in shoes. Coach Erin has a lot of patience with me haha.
What is your greatest accomplishment in the sport?
Half marathon PR of 14 minutes after training with EF for less than a year and completing my first sprint, Olympic, and IM 70.3 distance within a year of starting this sport. Back in February, I decided I would really become crazy and that all those distance weren’t enough. I signed up for my first full Ironman distance and trained as hard as I could. Austin and I showed up at Placid and I was not confident in myself enough to master the technical bike course so I threw in the towel before I even started. This taught me that to love this sport you must love training for it just as much as racing. I enjoyed spectating and seeing everyone’s big smiles as they crossed the finish line. I hope to be back one day!
What is your biggest goal right now?
To qualify for the Boston marathon at Richmond this Fall. From there I would love to qualify, for the New York marathon and eventually (sorry Meredith eventually) complete an Ironman.
What motivates you?
PR’s, staying healthy, training and competing with friends.
Outside of training and racing, what are other important things in your life?
My family, friends, and good health.
How has training and racing impacted the rest of your life?
It’s taught me several things: Not to be afraid to be a beginner at something, to trust a process, and know that small steps each day can lead to outcomes I never thought possible.
Why did you choose to train with Endorphin Fitness?
To achieve crazy goals you need crazy people who love doing the same things as you. The community at endorphin is the best.
What do you love most about training with Endorphin Fitness?
The coaches, the support, and being a part of the EF family.