Some of our favourite elites from the running scene are proving that track and road racing aren’t their only strong suits: they’re quite the gurus on their social media platforms too. As elites racing on the international level, it’s pretty important to promote themselves through twitter and Instagram and grow their fans base. Social feeds can be overwhelming with so many wise words and great photos storming in. It can be hard to see everything but these ten athletes certainly caught our eye. As if we needed more reasons to love them even more…
Semenya outlines the importance of keeping the mental strength on point – something that runners of all abilities need to check in on.
— Caster Semenya (@caster800m) August 22, 2017
True to form, Watson thanks her fans and updates them on her high points. This one’s never out of touch.
My season has come to an end earlier than I would have liked but I am so grateful for these two amazing moments this year! pic.twitter.com/s4mbr64ISk
— Sage Watson (@SageWats) August 22, 2017
Evan Dunfee looks back on Rio and keeps it real about his performance this year in London. Disappointment is part of the game. No one is immune but Dunfee’s words show how poised and classy he is in low moments.
August 19th, 2016 was the greatest day of my life. One year on and I’m still coming to grips with my performance last weekend in London. To say I am devastated would be an understatement, it completely shattered me. I had no contingency plan, my own fault, it was medal or nothing. When my body started to falter and a medal slipped from my grasp, my mind completely crumbled and my body soon followed. The last 2 years I’ve done an admirable job of dissociating my happiness from being based solely on my performance in training and racing, it wasn’t perfect but I was making good progress. This year, more specifically these last few months, entering London as a favourite for a medal I slipped back into my old ways. Poor training led to a poor demeanor and that had the tendency to spiral downwards. Moving forward, as I put myself back together piece by piece, the priority will be on making sure, first and foremost, that I am happy with what I am doing. I will bounce back, I always do, I just need to make a plan this time to ensure any changes actually stick. Finally, thank you to everyone who continues to support me despite this setback. It was amazing last year to see the outpouring of support post Rio, but more amazing this year to see who’s sticking around to support me when I’m at my lowest.
Soon after their retirement, Brianne Theisen-Eaton and husband Ashton are making a big life change: a move to San Francisco. Fun fact: she’s also running the Chicago Marathon.
Lanni just convinced us to go buy a pair of roller blades.
“There is just no comparison between having a dinner date with a man & staying home playing canasta with the girls.” #marilynmonroe ••• ‘cept me & my girls run, blade, bike & do 100 burpees when we get together (🙈 #workinprogress) #whoplayscanasta #fitnessfriday #fitfriends @bethanymcches @claire371 @underarmour @underarmourwomen #iwill
Here’s to winging it!
Decided to go to Iceland on my way home from Europe. Neither my girlfriend or I have adequate clothing.
This should be interesting…
— Matt Hughes (@HugheSteeple) August 20, 2017
Wayde van Niekerk
400m speed on point. Pretzel making ability seriously lacking.
Who has a pretzel bread recipe for me? 🙏🏾
I want to make an impact in the kitchen 😁😁
— Wayde van Niekerk (@WaydeDreamer) August 23, 2017
Someone please get this girl to a dock.
are you gonna invite me to your cottage this summer or what
— Sheila Reid (@shewolfruns) August 23, 2017
Gary Robbins celebrates nine years since his first 100-miler. More importantly though, this is what his face looks like without a beard. Whoa.
Nine years ago! Ellie Greenwood ran her first 50 miler and I ran my first 100 miler, at the Stormy trail race which has since evolved into my own @squamish50 race! What a ride the last decade has been, and what a blast it’s been to share so much of it with a world class athlete like Ellie! Race week prep in full affect with almost 1500 runners and volunteers en route to Squamish for this weekend’s 50m / 50k / 23k / 50-50 races, including, once again, this time in the 23k race, Ms. Ellie Greenwood 🙂
The king of track just celebrated his birthday. Appropriately his friends doused him in champagne. Fair enough.