Nicole Steele

Interview with a Runner

This week's runner is as dedicated as they come to her running AND her cross training! Nicole Steele is a Seattle native, but has lived in Los Angeles for 13 years working at the same post production company for 12 years (she's now VP of Production!).  Living with her boyfriend in Silver Lake with their cat Vinnie, Nicole's obsessions are traveling, book club, wine, Vinnie and her recently planted garden.  And of course running... We'll be cheering for her this weekend as she takes on the Pasedena 10k

When did you start running and why?
I started running off and on in college, mainly because it was a cheap way to get in shape. Over the years I've gotten bored or hurt, and strayed from regular runs, but I always came back. After a disastrous first half marathon, I even swore off running forever! Famous last words!

What inspires you to run?
Any strong woman, whether they are Olympic athletes, my friends that are runners, or the chick that's passing me at the lake.

What is your favorite running route? Why?
Probably my most frequent route, which is around Silver Lake. It has varied terrain, nice views, and a really nice bathroom. Also amazing people watching...hipsters wear the most insane work out gear (jean shorts??).

Favorite post-run meal?
A fresh kale protein shake, with the kale from my garden. I'm living the dream!

What is the best piece of advice you ever received?
Don't run every day! For years I felt nagging guilt if I didn't run daily, but that guilt made me hate and resent running. Also I got hurt. A lot. Now running is something I look forward to, rather than dread.

Are you running for fun or sport? 
I run for fun, but signed up for a 10k to keep me focused on my goals. My current goal is to finish my 10k strong and uninjured, and to get faster.

Favorite way to sweat other than run?
I really enjoy the Bar Method and spinning. They push me to the limit both mentally and physically. I have a love/hate relationship with the pain and sweat!