Hood to Coast

Interview with a Runner

This week we sat down with Jessica's husband, Matt Green. Matt is about to return to running after taking some time off while starting a new job as a Renewable Energy Trader in Portland, Oregon and helping take care of his daughter while Mom gets her runs in.  Matt's more of a sprinter - quick bursts - as in to the fridge for a beer. Apparently, he's also a fan of the old school Vaurnet tank.  With Hood to Coast around the corner, it's time for him to get back in the game. 

Hood to Coast finish line circa 1980's?When did you start running?
I started running when my wife made me. I have always played sports and always hated just running. I learned to enjoy it when I was running in Brooklyn. I ended up running the NYC Marathon in 2011 and thoroughly enjoyed it. Treadmills suck.

Who or what inspires you to run?
My wife.

What is your favorite running route? Why?
Vacation runs because it is a great way to see the area.

Favorite post-run meal?
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Best piece of running advice?
Hydrate and stretch.

Are you running for fun or sport?
When I do run there is always a competitive component. Do not let anyone pass me, etc.

Who would you love to run with (doesn't have to be a runner)?
The Wilpons (Mets’ owners) so I can convince them to sell the team.

Favorite way to sweat other than run? 
Surf, ski or my mini at home workout.


We love.....Races

Signing up for a race is a great way to hold yourself accountable, stay on track, test your strength, stamina and endurance and experience the adrenalin rush of competition! We race a handful of times throughout the year for just those reasons AND to have fun!

We've run races from 1 to 200 miles throughout our running careers. Not all have been that great, however. What makes a great race? To us, a number of factors - race organization, the course, post race atmosphere and logistics (getting to/from the start/finish).

Here are the races that we've loved and highly recommend:

  • Eugene Marathon - great atmosphere, beautiful course and you end on Hayward Field - home to some of the best athletes in the world.
  • Boston Marathon - you're psyched you qualified and you are running on one of the most historic courses ever.
  • New York City Marathon - you will feel like a rockstar for the entire 26.2 miles.
  • Great Cow Harbor 10k - fun, fun atmosphere and the best post race food we've ever seen.
  • Buenos Aires Marathon - the best tour of Buenos Aires!
  • Battle of Brooklyn (relay) - get two friends and race around Prospect Park in this fun, easy relay.
  • Hood to Coast - the mother of all races - 200 miles from Mt. Hood to Seaside, Oregon with 11 of your friends. You've never raced this this before!

What are your favorite races and why? We are always looking for new races. Share your favorites with us!