Athletes you should follow on social media

Athletes you should follow on social media

Are you starting to train and you need motivation and help to do it correctly? Would you like to know what are the others doing while you are training? We suggest this list of athletes that you should follow on social media, to be updated about what happens around you: Too Fat to Run?:  Fattymustrun has a challenge: to get 1 million overweight and inactive women running. In her blog, Julie provides support for larger woman who want to start (or are already) running. This blog is about empowering other women to start running and overcome their insecurities, and if you check her Twitter profile or blog, you will see that she’s making a huge change. Julie is also a motivational speaker and an author of the book “New Year, Same Me”. Check her blog here: http://toofattorun.co.uk/ Lazy Girl Running:  As a runner of ultra-distance, marathons and triathlons, Laura uses her Twitter account to motivate her readers to use running as a tool to overcome limitations or difficulties. She owns a blog and has also written two books: “The Lazy Runner” and “Tricurious”. Definitely she has no time to be bored! http://www.lazygirlrunning.com The 5K runner: The5kRunner is a great resource for beginners to the sport. The blog, owned by 3 people, contains tips for those who are getting started in triathlon and duathlon, but also reviews on all kind of gadgets for running, especially watches. You can check their blog here: https://the5krunner.com/  Randall Wharton:  Many of you can relate to Randall’s story: he started running on 2012, when he was 39 years old, overweighed and unfit. Since then, he has been counting kilometres and...
Chris Froome – Becoming a legend

Chris Froome – Becoming a legend

Chris Froome has win for the third time the Tour de France.  However, what else do we know about the british cyclist who represented Kenya until 2007? Chris Froome (Froomie for the close ones) was born in Kenya in 1985, and that’s where he participated and won his first race when he was 13 years old. Due to this success two years later he moved to Johannesburg to continue training with Robert Hunter who could see in him the qualities and skills of a champion. In 2008, Froome got the British nationality (as despite being born in Kenya, his parents are British) and moved to United Kingdom to continue with his career Chris Froome, from the african savannah to the Tour de France Although he is specialized in climbing and time-trialilng, his qualities on the bike once he arrived to Europe and thanks to a recommendation of his trainer in Africa, Robert Hunter, Chris Froome could join the British team Barloworld. In this team, he achieved his first big win in the land that raised him as an elite cyclist, South Africa, at the Giro del Capo II 2009. In 2010 he joined the Sky Team, his current team, and the one where he achieved the biggest wins of his careers and increase his track record. Among all his big achievments, we must emphasise that Froome is the 3 times winner of the Criterium Dauphine (2013, 2015 and 2016), the Criterium International in 2013, the Tour of Romandie in 2013 and 2014 and the third position in the 2012 London Olympics. Chris Froome has entered today the Olympus of the best cyclist...
Jan Frodeno – The triathlete that has already won everything

Jan Frodeno – The triathlete that has already won everything

Are you a triathlon fan? Then we assume that you already know Jan Frodeno. Whether if you know him or not we are about to tell you the story (and the secrets) of the triathlete that has won everything already. Jan Frodeno, the unexpected triathlete Borned in Cologne, Germany, on 1981, Frodeno was raised in South Africa. It was in Cape Town where he started swimming at the age of 15, however, it was not a passion for this sport what moved him to start swimming, but the necessity, as he was a surfer. Four years later, on 2000, he fell in love with triathlon while watching the Sidney Olympic Games. Little he knew that this moment will make him become the legend that he is today. A few months later, Frodeno was selling his bike in order to buy a flight ticket to Germany and start competing as part of their triathlon team. On 2003 he won his first medal, silver, at the European Cup and on 2007, he was sixth in the World Championship. From that moment, the Olympic Games became his goal, and his moment arrived on the Summer Games of Beijing, 2008. Only 8 years after he discovered triathlon for the first time, Frodeno was participating in the Olympic Games of Beijing, where he rose to the top of the podium, winning the gold medal in triathlon against strong rivals such as Javier Gómez Noya, who was forth. However, 4 years later, and after achieving great success in many events, Frodeno finished the Olympic Games of London in sixth position, and a year later, after...
Alejandro Valverde – Born to cycle

Alejandro Valverde – Born to cycle

If you are familiar with cycling, or at least if you follow events such as Le Tour de France or La Vuelta de España, it’s very likely that you have heard the name Alejandro Valverde at least a few times. Alejandro Valverde, from “The Unbeaten” to “The Bullet” Valverde took the cycling world by surprise a few years ago. However, the only ones that were not surprised by his successsare his parents. When he was 9 years old, he received his first bicycle from his father, and during his first outing he cycled 100 km (62 miles). It didn’t take long for him to receive his first nickname. When Valverde was 9 years old he won the second race he participated in. From that moment on, his colleagues started referring to him as “The unbeaten” and the parents of his competitors begged him to participate in less races, so that other kids could win sometimes. He debuted as professional cyclist on 2002 with the team Kelme-Costa Blanca after briefly cycling with the team Banesto. From that moment on, it became very frequent to see Valverde in the highest positions of the podium in most of the competitions he participates in. Naming all his achievements (which gave him the nickname of “The Bullet”) can take a long time, and although a lot of people think that he wins easily, Valverde claims that he is under a lot of pressure, both from the fans and also the press. Valverde, however, is still being humble and says that winning is not easy as it not only depends on him, but also on many...
Marco Olmo – A Trail Runnig Legend

Marco Olmo – A Trail Runnig Legend

“In my life I am a looser, I run for vengeance – Io corro per Vendetta” Marco Olmo is a living legend of extreme running. He started late, when the others started to stop. In his “previous lives”, as he says, he has been a farmer, a truck driver and a worker in his village’s cement plant. He is now 66 years old and keeps on running international races Marco is from Robilante, a little municipality of the Piemont Region in north-western Italy. Born into a peasant family, when he was twenty he left the countryside to work in the town’s cement plant . His fate and life have been marked by this choice: still nowadays, notwithstanding his sport successes, he defines himself as a “loser”. Marco Olmo is well known in Europe, and particularly in his native Italy, but stunned many outsiders when he won Europe’s top trail ultra at Mont Blanc (UTMB) twice in 2006 and 2007 aged 58 then 59, ahead of top trail runners. UTMB is one of the hardest and most important endurance races in the world, over twenty hours of uninterrupted running, 167 km (over 100 miles) around the tallest mountain in Europe. An almost unimaginable race, where mental and physical training and personal motivations are fundamental. These are just a few examples of Marco Olmo´s achievements since the 90´s 1996: Marathon des Sables (Marocco) 3rd 1997: Marathon des Sables (Marocco) 3rd 1998: Desert Marathon (Libia) 1st Marathon des Sables (Marocco) 4th 1999: Desert Marathon (Libya) 1st Marathon des Sables (Marocco) 3rd Verdon trail (France) 1st 2000: Desert Marathon (Libia) 1st Marathon des...
Who is Emelie Forsberg?

Who is Emelie Forsberg?

“Running is all about being in nature, in the mountains and forests. There’s so much freedom to be had and the best time is being in the mountains, where the clock and the world outside don’t count. Mountains are simplicity, freedom and responsibility — everything that I love!” Emelie Tina Forsberg (1986) is a Swedish athlete that has burst onto trail running scene like a breath of fresh air. She is a European and world Skyrunning champion and describes herself as a ‘lover of the mountains’. “I grew up on the east coast of Sweden,” she says. “There are just small hills there so I’m more of a forest girl really. But nature has been my playground since I was a kid.” She is mainly based in the city of Tromso (Norway) but if you are around Chamonix (France) maybe you can meet her coming back from her daily training around the Mont Blanc. Although Emelie has always loved running, she only started to take it more seriously from the age of 20. “Running doesn’t have to be hard,” she adds. “Just go out and explore and have a good time.”  Forsberg has since been crowned the 2012 Skyrunning world champion and won a string of races including Transvulcania, Ice Trail, Pikes Peak, Zegama… At the 2013 skyrunning championships in Italy she left with three individual medals — two gold and one silver. She took gold again at Matterhorn Ultraks and the future surely promises more. Running and the mountains aren’t Forsberg’s only loves. She also lists baking among her hobbies and her website is full of recipes for...
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