Interview with a Runner

This week's runner is Natalie Fields from Portland, Oregon. She is a former soccer player, leading her University of Portland team to a National Championship and playing pro in Germany. She loves racing and has been known to bust out sub 6-min miles on a consistent basis. She's running Boston this year and we are excited to follow her during race day. 

When did you start running?
I started running when I was 10. I would run in local events all over Portland. My father and brother are big runners and I also took up the family sport. I started running marathons when I retired from soccer. I needed a competitive outlet and it presented an opportunity to train and work for something with my father. We have both complete over 5 marathons in a few short years and we both will be running Boston this year.

Are you running for fun or sport?
I run for fun, health, and sport. I was a collegiate and pro athlete so I have a competitive side that needs to be fed.

What is your favorite running route? Why?
I enjoy running along Lake Coeur d'Alene in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The Centennial Trail spans all the way from Spokane to Couer d'Alene with gorgeous views of the lake and the surrounding mountains.

Favorite post-run meal?
Eggs and bacon.

Best piece of running advice?
I have a tendency to go out super fast for races, so the best advice I received was to slow down at the beginning of a race and then pick it up as the race continues.

Who inspired you to run? 
My father.

Who would you love to run with? 
My uncle David.

Favorite way to sweat other than run?
I love lifting weights or a cycling class.