Greg is a northwest dad who works at Portland Running Company. He runs competitively in the Masters Division and has run many races including the Boston Marathon. Formerly Greg coached cross-country & distance runners track at Linfield College.
Q. Why do you run?
A: I started out running because I was good at it and I liked winning. As I've aged, I've mellowed a bit. Now I run because it makes me feel good. I always feel better after a run. When I'm running, I feel invincible. Except when someone yells, "Run Forest, run!" Then I feel angry.
Q: If you could pick one famous person to train for a marathon with whom would it be and why?
A: Pick some politician from Washington DC, I don't care who - the President, Vice President, Secretary of State, Speaker of the House, whomever. When you're running you feel good, you think more clearly and you tend to be genuinely nice to other people. Just think what it would be like if DC was filled with nice people, who felt good and were thinking clearly.
Q: What would you say to someone who is thinking about running, but hasn't gotten started yet?
A: Running is tremendously rewarding and enjoyable once your body get's used to it and you start to get fit. The trouble is, getting fit isn't that enjoyable. It hurts and this is where a lot of people give up. If you can ease into it and stick with it consistently for 4-6 weeks, you'll find that things suddenly turn a corner and then running actually becomes fun. I swear.