Monumental Runner – Erika Fields

Erika Fields with her cousin

Name: Erika Fields

Self-described age group: 40-45

Residence: NE D.C.

Occupation: Operations Manager for Circa Lighting

Why you run: Fresh air and exercise cures most woes.

When did you get started running:  I remember joining my dad for Turkey Trot 5K when was around 10 years old.

Have you taken a break from running: I take breaks all the time.  I’m currently trying to get back into a running routine after a break.

Training shoe: Running in Brooks Ghosts right now.  I don’t have loyalty to a specific brand or style.  Every time I need a new shoe, I get a fresh assessment at a local running store and try something new.

Coach or training group: I’m not part of a running group but would like to be!

The hardest race you’ve ever run: High Country Half Marathon in Boone, NC (Aug 2018)

Most adventurous decision you’ve made with your running: solo trail running in Shenandoah.  The ankle hazards abound.

Running mentors: My dad

My favorite place to run in the D.C. area is:  Anacostia Riverwalk Trail when running from home, C & O Canal Towpath when running from work

Favorite local trail:  same as above

My best race was: One year the Army Ten-Miler was on my birthday.  Running it was a great way to celebrate with 20,000 new friends!

Favorite local race: Cap Hill Classic

Ideal post-run meal: eggs and IPA

Favorite flavor of gel, gu, etc: I don’t touch the stuff!

Pet peeve: bottlenecks on narrow race courses

Goals:  Break two hours in half marathon

Your advice for a new runner:  Don’t overthink it.  Just start.

Favorite running book:  I don’t read many running books, but I love several books about hiking.  Recent fave is Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail.

Song in your head during a run: Bombs over Baghdad (Outkast)

Have you dealt with a major injury: just minor injuries – shin splints, broken toes, minor sprains, etc.

Running quote: “If you are in a bad mood go for a walk. If you are still in a bad mood go for another walk.” – Hippocrates

Why is the D.C. area a great place to be a runner:  Want to run on a track or a trail? Hard top or bare earth? Hills or flat? Cityscape or among the trees? Alone or with a group?  Whatever your running preferences, DC’s got options for you.

I’m currently being inspired by #runstreak on Instagram.  It’s a great reminder for me to hit the trail even when I just have time to run 1 or 2 miles.  Every little bit counts.

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