Go! Running with Meghan Lewis
If you are a part of the Little Rock running community, or have been to one of our Thursday night runs or Sunday trail runs, you have probably met Meghan Lewis. As soon as we met Meghan back in 2010, we knew we had to hire her to be on the Go! Team. Now she is the Manager of our little community running store and we wouldn’t have it any other way. We sat down with Meghan to ask her about her life in Little Rock and at Go!
Why did you start running?
I started running when I was 25. I grew up doing all sorts of outdoors activities with my family so being outside running just seems natural for me. And, at the time, it was a great way to take my mind off of things and de-stress. I really fell in love with running a couple of years later when I started trail running. I love hanging out in the woods, so running the trails is even better.
What brought you to Little Rock?
Before I came to Little Rock, I had just found out I was pregnant. My husband Nick and I were living in Oregon at the time, but we wanted to move to be a little closer to family in Memphis. A friend of Nick’s worked at a cycling company here in town and had a job available, so we chose Little Rock.
Tell us a little about running Go! Running (pun intended!)
When we moved to Little Rock, I knew I wanted to get a job at one of the running stores since I love to run. I heard about Go!, so I took my resume in and Erin called me that night to set up an interview. When I met Erin and Gary, we instantly clicked and I fell in love with them and the store. So I got the job! Gary and Erin are one of my favorite things about working at Go! And, I just love sharing running with other people in our community. I love my job.
How did you meet your husband?
We actually met through running! I was going to the University of Memphis getting my Bachelors in Fine Arts and met Nick through trail running. Our first date was a midnight run and then we went camping. Now, we have a 6 year old daughter, Nour.
What do you and your family like to do together?
We are an outdoorsy family. We run together and like going camping, going out for walks, hiking, canoeing, going to the trails, kayaking, or just anything outdoors. Nour and I also like to take photographs, garden, and paint together too.
What was your best run ever?
I truly do love running and I like to run whenever I get the time. In the heat, the snow, whenever! Every race is a different experience and a great way to explore different parts of the country.
What do you love MOST about running?
I don’t know how to describe it. Running began as something that was just mine, just for me, and a way to get away, decompress and de-stress. Running is just a part of me and who I am.
If you would like to meet Meghan, we invite you to stop by the store to chat with her. We welcome runners and walkers from all paces and walks of life. Come and be part of our running/walking community. Remember, every run begins with Go!
Go! Run the trails of Arkansas
Our Go! Run family loves to get off the trail and Go! Run natural. Our state is so beautiful, so why not get out and enjoy it? There is just something about running through the woods, enjoying the scenery, and breathing the fresh air. Something about it makes you feel like the only person in the world. Plus, trail running helps with your balance and endurance.
There is a big trail running community here in the state of Arkansas. We wanted to explore some of the trails in our beautiful state, so we asked our Go! Run family what their favorite trail is and why. Here is what each of them had to say:
Gary: Lake Sylvia 132/132C loop. I love that it is so “runnable” and finishes with a smooth 3 mile downhill, oh, and let’s not forget the views!
Erin: Ouachita trail, lake Maumelle spillway section. I love the spillway, it’s great fun taking the dogs here, there are some quaint wooden walkways and you can access the lake easily.
Michael: Cossatot River Trail. This is my favorite trail to run especially in the fall – with the changing colors, cool temperatures, and beautiful views of the river and falls!
Jeremy: Sylamore trails. The views are so beautiful and the terrain varies from “runnable” to technical and challenging climbs and descents.
Stacey: Hobbs State Park. I love these trails, they are so well maintained plus it’s so close to a number of great coffee shops, restaurants, bars, and museums for your entertainment pleasure after a run!
Greg: Allsopp Park trails. They are in town and close by, but when you’re on the trails it’s like being out in a forest.
Meghan: The section of the Ouachita Trail from highway 9 east to highway 10. It’s magical – with challenging climbs, “runnable” flat sections, creek crossings, wooden bridges, lush greens and beautiful views.
Michelle: Pfeiffer Trail. So i’m usually a road girl, but I love the Pfeiffer loop because it is like a mini forest getaway so close to the River Trail and Big Dam Bridge!
Cortney: The Back 40 – 20 mile loop. So I have run many miles on the road, but trails are a new thing for me. I chose the Back 40 because it was so very challenging and new to me and knowing that I could do it was a cool feeling!
Join our running community for a weekly trail run every Sunday at 8 a.m. The details are posted on our Go! Run Natural Facebook Group. And, tell us what trail is your favorite!