OOFOS: Fill us in on your history with running. When did you start running and did your dad have anything to do with this?
Nadia: I started running when I joined community boxing for the first time while in middle school. My coach saw that I could run lap after lap, so in high school I joined the Cross Country team my freshman year at age 14. I fell in love with the feeling that running and pushing myself to reach my best felt like, so I signed up for my first marathon that year without knowing what I was doing. I didn't train properly not running more than six miles, but when my dad heard I signed up for my first marathon, he joined me. He started running at age 40 with me and we have been running ever since.
OOFOS: How has running affected your relationship with your dad?
Nadia: Growing up, my dad and I were always close prior to running. I would shadow him at work sometimes and spend time with him on the weekends while he was at the coffee shop reading or exploring the home development warehouses thinking of creative things to change the family home. I was always intrigued to learn and I always felt my dad challenged himself to learn so I wanted to always be around that. It grew our relationship close and encouraged me to always be the best I can be as a student and then athlete. Running was another element that we both grew to love and I'm grateful that I can still share it with my 60 year-old father. He coined the phrase: "Team Mala Vida" for us to describe how much we simply love the good pain we feel when we run marathons. We have both slowed down, however, every mile is still as special as the first. Seeing my dad smile when he runs reminds me every time how important it is to never let that inner child be silent.