Interview with a Runner

This week's runner is Liz Oldenburg. Liz is from Seattle but she's lived in cities across the country - LA, Durham, North Carolina, and currently Portland, Oregon. She moved back to the Northwest because she loves the active and outdoor lifestyle here. You can find her skiing, hiking, camping, backpacking, basically doing anything outdoors, especially in the summer! Liz works at one of the best sports brands in the world, adidas, as a Digital Marketing Specialist. She spends all day on Facebook and Twitter and gets paid for it, and she loves it!

When did you start running?
I've always been active and played sports growing up. I liked team sports though, and never thought of going for runs until college, when it became an easy and convenient way to stay in shape. When one of my best friends signed up for a half marathon, I thought it sounded fun, so I signed up too! We trained separately but encouraged each other via long distance, and ran the race together when we were both back in Seattle. I've done multiple half marathons since then and 1 full marathon, and I'm getting ready to run my 2nd marathon in March!

Are you running for fun or sport? Current running goals?
Both. Running with friends is a great way to catch up and have some fun. I also like to compete, and training for races keeps me focused and pushing myself.

What is your favorite running route? Why?
I love running by water, or anything that's not an out-and-back course. I like doing loops of the waterfront in Portland and running along Lake Washington when I'm back in Seattle. It's very peaceful and helps me relieve stress.

Favorite post-run meal?
A turkey/bagel sandwich from Nuvrei, this awesome bakery in Portland. It's definitely my favorite treat after a long run!

Best piece of running advice?
One foot in front of the other.

Who inspired you to run? 
My best friend, Leah, who I ran my first half marathon with. Then I just kept going!

Who would you love to run with? 
Beyonce. How is she so in shape!?

Favorite way to sweat other than run?
Spin class is a great workout and gets me real sweaty. I also love hot yoga, especially when I need to stretch out my tight hamstrings!