GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Megan Lizotte feels like she finally has her running groove back.
No longer worried about building back up to an elite status following her pregnancy, the 30-year-old from Basalt won both the 10K and the 5K on Sunday in the 37th-annual Strawberry Shortcut.
“I’m not nursing anymore, at least,” Lizotte said with a smile. “Now I’m back racing, and not just trying to get back in shape by racing.”
Her wins in the Shortcut — which came in 37 minutes, 4 seconds in the 10K and 18:56 in the 5K — were substantial and against runners who had quite a competition resume.
The second-place finisher in the women’s 10K was Chiara Del Piccolo (37:41), who won a national cross country title for NCAA Division III Williams College (Mass.) in 2010. The second-place finisher in the 5K was Rachel Viele of Vail (19:22), who has nearly qualified for the Olympic Marathon Trial in 2010.
“I was hoping to win both races, but it helped me that the field was really competitive,” Lizotte said.
Lizotte, who has qualified for the Olympic Marathon Trials, no longer lives in the area. She’s moved to San Diego when her husband, Andrew, took an engineering job there, but she’s making frequent trips back to the Roaring Fork Valley to work with clients who have hired her has a personal trainer.
That gives her opportunities to get in altitude training in preparation for the Eugene (Ore.) Marathon next month, along with the U.S. Mountain Running Championships on July 6 in New Hampshire.
Viele and Del Piccolo switched spots in the final results on both races, with Viele taking third in the 10K and Del Piccolo finishing third in the 5K.