10 Ques­tions

Nick El­son

Canadian Running - - DEPARTMENTS -

1 What would you say are your defin­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics as a run­ner?

I en­joy all types of run­ning, but I par­tic­u­larly like longer days mov­ing eff iciently through the moun­tains. This has led me to be­come rel­a­tively com­fort­able on more tech­ni­cal run­ning ter­rain and has given me a good base in aer­o­bic fit­ness.

2 What do you ad­mire most in another run­ner?

I ad­mire run­ners who are in­trin­si­cally mo­ti­vated and pur­su­ing goals that in­spire them, re­gard­less what those goals hap­pen to be. I also ad­mire run­ners who t ake run­ning se­ri­ously with­out tak­ing them­selves too se­ri­ously.

3 What is your idea of hap­pi­ness?

If I could only fig­ure that out, I’d likely be well on my way to achiev­ing it. Thank­fully, when I’m out in the moun­tains I’m largely dis­tracted from wor­ry­ing too much about such things.

4 Who are your ath­letic he­roes?

I grew up read­ing books about moun­taineer­ing. Many of the climbers’ val­ues in those books, such as ad­ven­ture, ex­plo­ration, self-suf­fi­ciency and per­sonal growth still in­form what I’m do­ing to­day.

5Where would you like to live, other than where you live now?

Any­where with world-class run­ning, ski­ing and climb­ing, and a rel­a­tively fair and pro­gres­sive so­ci­ety.

6What is your great­est run­ning-re­lated re­gret?

I ac­tu­ally ran a bit in high school and at univer­sity and I some­times re­gret not tak­ing it more se­ri­ously back then. At the time, I thought that I didn’t have much tal­ent for run­ning but in ret­ro­spect, I re­al­ize how fast you are at a young age with min­i­mal train­ing isn’t a very good in­di­ca­tion of your ul­ti­mate po­ten­tial. I also re­al­ize now that most of what’s re­ward­ing about run­ning isn’t par­tic­u­larly tied to how fast you hap­pen to be.

7 What is your great­est fear?

I do some rel­a­tively dan­ger­ous t hings, so I have no short­age of per­fectly ra­tio­nal fears. How­ever, in re­al­ity I spend more time wor­ry­ing about awk­ward so­cial sit­u­a­tions or em­bar­rass­ing my­self in public.

8 If you could change one thing about your­self, what would it be?

Just one thing? I of­ten wish I was a lit t le less la zy a nd a lit t le more pro­duc­tive. How­ever, be­ing a bit lazy as a run­ner means that I think a lot about how to t rain smarter rat her than harder and that I’m not afraid back of f from t rain­ing when it ’s nec­es­sary to st ay healt hy, so it ’s not en­tirely a bad t hing.

9 What’s one thing you can’t live with­out?

I sure en­joy eat­ing pas­tries.

10 What is your motto?

“It doesn’t al­ways have to be fun to be fun.”— CR

ABOVE Nick El­son at the Skyp­i­lot trail race

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