Forget the 5K. For trail runner Megan Roche, the sweet spot is more like 50K (31 miles). The 26-year-old has taken the top prize three times in the Way Too Cool 50K, an ultramarathon with 4,800 feet of vertical climb in the Sierra Nevada. This past weekend, Roche helped Team USA finish sixth at the IAU World Trail Championships in Badia Prataglia, Italy. The Italian course comes in at a mere 48.7 kilometers but demands nearly 3,000 meters of vertical climbing.
Even more impressively, Roche fits her training in alongside her work as a medical student at Stanford University. That often means logging miles in the middle of the night, which requires both an intense amount of commitment and a seriously awesome playlist.
The track that Roche has on repeat to help her get amped for early morning runs? "Space Jam" by the Quad City DJs. "At 3 or 4 a.m., it's easy to take life a bit too seriously. As soon as 'Space Jam' starts playing, I can't help but smile, then laugh, then start doing a jumping-up-and-down dance," she says. "The world (and running) can be complicated sometimes. But 'Space Jam' is pretty simple: Aliens playing basketball against Michael Jordan in a shakin' quakin' space kaboom."
She shared the rest of the playlist that complements "Space Jam."