Warm-Up Lap: Q&A with Lindsey Greenlund
Nov. 21, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS -- Lindsey Greenlund wrapped up her redshirt freshman cross country season, running at three meets and posting a season-best time of 22:18.2 at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invite. Greenlund reflects on how she got into running, her career aspirations, and more.

Gopher Sports: How did you first get into running?
Lindsey Greenlund: Honestly, in seventh grade, my friend and I really liked the sweatshirt that the track athletes got so we decided to go do track. And then, I ended up loving it so, the rest is history.

GS: What other sports did you play?
LG: I played soccer in the fall and did Nordic skiing in the winter.

GS: Now that you have two cross country seasons under your belt, do you think of yourself as more of a cross country sided runner or track-sided runner?
LG: I would probably say a little more track sided, but I really enjoy cross country. I wish I would have done it in high school.

GS: What’s the biggest thing you learned last year as a redshirt?
LG: I would say really how much the little things count, like getting enough sleep or eating right or foam rolling, how big of a difference those things can make.

GS: You intend to major in chemistry and go pre-med? What drew you to that field?
LG: Both my parents are physicians. I’m from Rochester, so there have been some great opportunities to see what the medical field is really like. Honestly, I can’t picture myself doing anything else.

GS: Do you know what kind of medicine you would like to practice?
LG: I would love to be a dermatologic surgeon. That’s my dream job, so we’ll see what happens.

GS: Do you have a favorite motivational quote or running mantra that you keep in mind?
LG: My favorite quote is kind-of long, but it’s that one that says, 'The image of a champion is the person who is bent over, dripping sweat when no one is watching.' It’s a classic.

GS: What do you think is the most challenging thing about cross country?
LG: Hills and it not being flat. Coming from the track side, the distance is kind-of a challenge, but I think it’s cool because it’s something you can work into.

GS: What’s your favorite distance to race?
LG: I really like the 1500m on the track and also the steeplechase. I really enjoy both of those.

GS: Where’s your favorite place to run in Minneapolis?
LG: I would say across Stone Arch Bridge during early morning as the sun rises, when no one else is out there. That’s my favorite.

GS: Fill in the blank: Running is _______.
LG: My passion.





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