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    Run Wild: 1 Million Runners for 1 Million Species

    Does anybody get the feeling that nature is sending us some signals this year? If ever there was a time to Run Wild and advocate for the planet, it’s now. As of 2020, more than 1 million species of plants and animals are threatened with extinction because of human activities. So let’s get to work. During this year’s Run Wild, we’re calling on 1 million runners to give a voice to 1 million species at the UN General Assembly Biodiversity Summit. Together with our partners United Nations Environment Programme and Internet of Elephants, we will show that athletes are ready to support policy decisions that create reform on a global scale. 
    We are 1 million runners in favor of a more sustainable planet where humans, animals, and everybody else on the web of life can thrive. 
    WHY RUN? IF YOU RUN WILD, THEY RUN WILD
    We know that when large groups of passionate, motivated people rally around issues, we can make progress toward change. When you participate in Run Wild in the adidas Running app, you’ll follow one of three threatened species through their habitat as you try to keep up with the kilometers they travel daily. As you do, you’ll learn more about their ecosystems, the foundations and people working to protect them, and more ways you can get involved to support. By taking part in the Run Wild Challenge, you’ll also use your voice, effort, and activism to represent the interests of all threatened species at the UN General Assembly Biodiversity Summit.
    CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE (BUDDY)
    Pick from one of three animals and see if you can outrun the distance they travel from September 25 – October 4. You’ll follow either Adjany the elephant, Tendrel Zangmo the tiger, or Pamoja the pangolin on their daily journey, learning more about their natural environment, the challenges they face, and how we can help prevent their extinction.
    RUN WILD WITH ADJANY THE ELEPHANT
    Adjany is a female elephant who roams the plains of the African Savanna. Her species is primarily found in sub-Saharan Africa, but can also be found in the deserts of Mali and Namibia as well as deep in the rainforests of West Africa. One of only 400,000 wild elephants left, she spends her days gathering the 300 pounds of food it takes to maintain her body weight. But don’t let her fool you, this lady can move! Because she is the most active of the animals, this challenge is for advanced runners. See if you can keep up! 

    Support Space for Giants
    Learn more about Space for Giants, the organization protecting elephants like Adjany, and how you can help them continue their work.

    RUN WILD WITH TENDREL THE TIGER
    Tendrel Zangmo is a female Bengel Tiger who lives in Royal Manas National Park in Bhutan. A little over a century ago, there were more than 100,000 wild tigers in existence. Now, Tendrel is one of only 3,900 wild tigers who survive in an ever-shrinking territory. She spends most of her time hunting for herself and her teenage cub (he’s not around much and mostly just shows up for meals–typical teenager). Some days she stalks her prey for hours, and other days she lays around with a full belly digesting her prey. Intermediate-level runners will find it challenging, but manageable, to keep up with her daily activity level. Run Wild with Tendrel! 

    Support the Bhutan Tiger Center
    Learn more about the Bhutan Tiger Center and how you can help them continue their work protecting tigers.

    RUN WILD WITH PAMOJA THE PANGOLIN
    Is slow but steady more your running (or walking!) speed? Pamoja the pangolin may not cover the same ground as an elephant, but she has to move a bit every day to keep herself fed and out of danger (and to get away from the annoying roommates who recently took residence in her burrow). Pangolins are critically endangered and one of the most trafficked animals in the world due to their scaly armor. Keep up with Pamoja and learn more about the plight of pangolins by joining her challenge!

    Support the Pangolin Project
    Learn more about the Pangolin Project and how you can help them continue their work protecting pangolins.

    HOW TO RUN WILD: WHICH ACTIVITIES COUNT?
    All running, treadmill, walking, virtual running, and trail running activities in the adidas Running app count toward the completion of this challenge. Be sure to follow your local regulations regarding COVID-19. Join the challenge in the app! 
    ABOUT TERRA MATER
    Curious how and why these species are under threat? Here’s more info about how urbanization, habitat loss, and fragmentation are impacting these and other endangered species and what we can do to help!

    

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS  
    Run Wild

    Can I change my animal in the middle of the challenge? If so, what happens with my accumulated kilometers?

    Yes, you can change your animal and keep your progress. All the kilometers you already ran or walked during the challenge timeframe will count towards the new animal’s challenge.

    Can I join more than one challenge/animal?

    Yes, you can! If you want, you can join all three challenges. Please be aware that the challenges are targeted for different levels of runners: beginner (pangolin), intermediate (tiger), and advanced runners (elephant).

    How does the challenge contribute to the conservation of endangered animals?

    As part of our mission for Run Wild 2020, we are working to present the results of our challenge at the United Nations General Assembly Summit on Biodiversity. We want policymakers to know that we support them in making bold changes that will help us on our way to a more sustainable planet.

    What about COVID-19?

    We are all currently experiencing a global pandemic. The situation and regulations are very different in each country. Therefore, we ask participants to follow their national guidelines and practice social distancing. Remember that walking and treadmill activities also count during the Run Wild Challenge!

    RUN WILD PARTNERS
    We believe unconventional collaborations are needed to bring the urgency of environmental action to the attention of people and policymakers worldwide.Thank you to our partners Internet of Elephants, United Nations Environment Programme, Space for Giants, Bhutan Tiger Center, and The Pangolin Project for supporting Run Wild 2020! Learn more about each organization below. 
    Run Wild Partners

    Internet of Elephants

    Internet of Elephants was founded in 2017 in Nairobi by National Geographic Fellow Gautam Shah to create fun and meaningful connections between humans and wildlife. With a mission to make animals like Uuliin the snow leopard, Chili the gibbon, and Mtweturia the elephant as famous as Beyoncé, Neymar, and Jon Snow, Internet of Elephants wants to change the way wildlife conservation is supported today.

    Space for Giants

    Space for Giants is an international conservation charity that protects Africa’s remaining natural ecosystems and the mega-fauna they contain, whilst bringing major economic and social value to local communities and national governments. It is headquartered in Kenya, works in nine countries in Africa, and is registered as a charity in the UK and a 501c3 non profit in the US.

    The Bhutan Tiger Center

    The Bhutan Tiger Center, under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Royal Government of Bhutan, serves as a center for research, education, outreach, and policy as a part of the continued commitment of the leadership of Bhutan to being at the forefront of environmental and wildlife conservation. Our mission is to conduct world-class tiger research, to provide education and outreach resources to the people of Bhutan and tiger range countries, and to conserve tigers and their habitat for future generations.

    The Pangolin Project

    The Pangolin Project is a non-profit conservation organization based in Kenya, dedicated to pangolin conservation research and protection.  We are dedicated to securing a future for African Pangolins in the landscapes where they live.  We do this by supporting protected area managers and communities to better understand the status of pangolin populations in their areas and to develop strategies to protect them.

    United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

    The UN Environment Programme is the leading global voice on the environment. It provides leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. UNEP works with governments, the private sector, civil society and with other UN entities and international organizations across the world. 

    OUR TRACKING PARTNERS
    As always, you can use many of your favorite gadgets and apps to participate in the Run Wild challenge! Remember to join the challenge in the adidas Running app first, and then you can use any of our tracking partners to log your runs. Find more info about our tracking partners (and a few special offers they’re providing for Run Wild participants) below!
    Run Wild Tracking Partners

    POLAR

    You can also contribute to the Run Wild Challenge using your Polar device. If you haven’t already done so, here is how to connect your accounts. Don’t have a polar watch yet? Check out the Polar Grit X which features a lightweight design with military-standard durability. Get 10% off POLAR products using the code POLARWILD. The offer is valid from September 25 – October 2020 and only in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, and US.

    SUUNTO

    All Suunto mobile connected watches can be connected to adidas Running. If your accounts aren’t connected yet, here is how to do it. Run Wild participants can use the discount code ADIDAS10 to get 10% off Suunto products. The offer is valid until the end of October and can be used at Suunto.com in all supported countries. Offer is valid for all Suunto full priced products.

    ZWIFT

    Use your Zwift account to go on a virtual run and contribute kilometers to the Run Wild Challenge. Here’s how to link your accounts.

    #RunWild #ForNature
    Imprint
    The Pangolin photos were kindly contributed by Andy Campbell Safaris and Tom Dames of The Pangolin Project.
    The Elephant photos were kindly contributed by Space for Giants and Gautam Shah
    The Tiger photos were kindly contributed by the Bhutan Tiger Center, Bhutan Foundation
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    adidas Running: Which Running Watches and Apps Work?

    Did you know that the adidas Running app and adidas Training app support integration with various smartwatches and running watches and can sync to other apps? If we’ve lost you, then what we’re trying to say is: If you already have a smartwatch or running watch, then it may be compatible with the adidas fitness apps! In addition to smartwatches, you can also opt to share your activities in the adidas fitness apps with a few, select partner apps.
    Which smartwatches and apps are compatible with the adidas Running app or adidas Training app? What apps should you download? Give our list a read to see which smartwatches and apps can be used.

    Important:
    This list is constantly updated to give our users the best experience possible. Thank you for your patience!

    SMARTWATCHES
    POLAR WATCH

    The adidas Running app offers Polar integration. No need to run with your phone – easily sync activities tracked with your Polar GPS watch directly to the app!
    Here’s how to connect your adidas account to your Polar running watch: Open the adidas Running app, click on the gear icon on the main screen, click “Partner Accounts” and click “Connect” in the Polar Flow section.
    GARMIN CONNECT

    Instead of bringing your phone with you during your activities, you can simply use your Garmin watch, and your workouts will be available in the adidas Running app for further analysis.
    Here’s how to sync your adidas account with your Garmin watch: Open the adidas Running app, click on the gear icon on the main screen, click “Partner Accounts” and click “Connect” in the Garmin Connect section.
    Within the adidas Running by Runtastic or adidas Training by Runtastic apps go to “Settings”. In the User Profile go to App Setting, then Partner Accounts, and select Garmin Connect. Once you have selected “Connect” you are directed to sign-in to your Garmin Account.
    APPLE WATCH

    The adidas Running app is also available for Apple Watch. If you have the app installed, you can leave your phone at home and track an activity with just your watch. Or, use your Apple Watch with your phone as a second screen. You can use the adidas Running app on a Series 1 Apple Watch (and newer). You’ll need at least iOS 13 (or higher) on your phone and watchOS 6 (or higher) on your watch in order to install the app on your Apple Watch.
    Did you know? Apple Watch works with the adidas Training app, too.
    WEAR OS BY GOOGLE

    Android Wear is an operating system designed for wearable tech (such as smartwatches) – if your smartwatch is running Android Wear, then you’re ready to go with the adidas Running app. The smartwatch pairs to your Android phone running Android 4.4 or higher; you can even start a run by saying “Ok Google, start a run!” In addition to starting a run using voice commands, you can use your smartwatch to see key stats during a run, pause and stop your run with a tap of the screen and also view your post run analysis directly on your running watch.
    You can also workout with your adidas Training app right on your Android Wear
    SUUNTO
    Do you have a Suunto Smartwatch? All the latest Suunto smartwatches (Suunto 3, Suunto 5, Suunto 7, and Suunto 9 as well as Suunto Spartan and Suunto Ambit) are compatible with the adidas Running app.
    How to connect the adidas Running app with the Suunto app: Download the Suunto app on your phone, open it, and tap “Profile”. Then click on “Connect to other services”. Select adidas Running and enter your adidas Running login details to connect the two apps.
    Apps

    Apple Health (iPhone)

    When you complete an activity with the adidas Running app and you are connected with Google Fit, Google Fit will also receive the activity data and then display information such as start time, duration, distance covered and calories burned. This information then forms part of your daily activity stats in Google Fit.
    How to connect the adidas Running app with Google Fit: Open the adidas Running app, click on the gear icon on the main screen, click “Partner Accounts” and click “Connect” next to Google Fit.
    Google Fit (Android)

    When you complete an activity with the adidas Running app and you are connected with Google Fit, Google Fit will also receive the activity data and then display information such as start time, duration, distance covered and calories burned. This information then forms part of your daily activity stats in Google Fit.
    How to connect adidas Runtastic with Google Fit: Open the adidas Running app, click on the gear icon on the main screen, click “Partner Accounts” and click “Connect” next to Google Fit.
    ZWIFT

    Zwift and the adidas Running app will take you into a virtual world – either on a stationary bike or a treadmill. Join virtual group events, races, or challenges for an additional dose of motivation.
    How to connect the adidas Running app with Zwift: Log in to the Zwift Companion iOS or Android app and select the “Menu” button in the top-left corner. Select “Settings” and click “Connections”. Select “Connect” under the third-party site you wish to connect to and log in. Log in to your third-party account and authorize the connection. 
    Need more help? Check out this Zwift How-to Video.
    KINOMAP

    Play a sport with Kinomap and adidas Running! Run, ride, or row around the world virtually with thousands of videos and different levels. Challenge your community to a race and push your training to the next level! 
    How to connect the adidas Running app with Kinomap: Open the Kinomap app and select “Profile”. Click the “Settings” symbol, then tap “Share”. You will now be sent to the Kinomap website. Scroll down to the bottom of this page and select “adidas Running app”. Log in with your adidas account. Your Kinomap account is now connected with the adidas Running app and you can start working out right away. 

    Good to know:
    Your data is only ever shared across different apps when you have linked your account and allowed sharing to happen.

    Have fun with your next workout!

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    Running Apparel >> 4 Tips for Running in Summer

    Finally summer is here and you can go for a run and enjoy the nice weather! But the first runs in the heat are always difficult and you need to adjust your pace until you get used to it. To avoid the high temperatures in the summer, plan your runs for morning or evenings. Don’t forget to protect your skin with sunblock and drink plenty of water. If you are going on a longer run or it is very hot, be sure to carry a water bottle with you. Try our liquid requirement calculator to find out exactly how much water you should drink when you exercise. 
    Additionally, the proper running apparel is crucial. You don’t want to head out for a run only to realize you’ve chosen the wrong fit or fabric. Here are some things to look out for…

    4 Running Apparel Tips for Running in the Heat
    1. Avoid cotton!
    The running apparel and footwear that you choose can either make or break your workout. One of the worst experiences is to go out for a run and be completely overheated and sweating because you chose the wrong outfit. 
    There’s one rule that everyone should be aware of: COTTON HATES SUMMER! The only thing you definitely don’t need when it’s warm outside is a material that absorbs your sweat, and cotton does that. Therefore, opt for more appropriate fabrics that will let your body breathe in high temperatures. The Primeblue Collection from adidas is the perfect, sustainable solution to your running apparel challenges. Primeblue is a high performance recycled material made from plastic waste that was collected from beaches before it ended up in the ocean. All products in the collection contain at least 40% recycled material. 
    2. Wear running apparel that adapts and performs
    Running tops are made from lightweight breathable fabrics and cut in a way that the fabric moves with your body instead of against it. A running top will be a bit longer in the torso so that it stays in place, allowing you to move effortlessly. When it comes to running shorts, you should pay attention to the fit. They shouldn’t be too snug, cutting into your skin; plus, the right length will prevent chafing. And of course a moisture wicking fabric is essential to keep you cool and dry and draw the moisture away from your skin.

    3. Sports bra support
    Attention, women: never forget to wear a good sports bra! This is one of the must have pieces for women. You don’t want any distractions while you are running and the right sports bra is critical for your comfort and your health. Make sure the bra holds you in place but still allows you to take a deep breath. 
    4. Sneakers to boost not distract
    Last but certainly not least is the right running shoes. Running shoes are a very personal choice, and once you find the right shoes you will never want to give them up. Great shoes help the kilometers to go by a little smoother and a little easier. They should give you a boost in your step and never distract. When choosing the right shoe you need to consider the type of surface that you are running on. Is it mainly streets, trails or the track? How often are you running and how far? Are you training for any specific goals? Also consider adapting your footwear to the weather, terrain and temperature. Not all running shoes are created equal and choosing the right footwear will allow you to forget about the run, enjoy the sights and the music and get into the zone. 
    Now you know what to look out for when choosing your running apparel in the summer. Enjoy the weather and stay cool!

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    Train like… you: Tap into Your Workout Motivation and Find Your Strength

    Every one of us is unique. We each have our own story – also when it comes to fitness. No matter what kind of sport you prefer, what motivates you, don’t compare yourself to others. What’s important is that you do what feels good for you and your body. 
    How Train Like You will Help You Get There
    The Train Like You campaign is designed to help you harness your workout motivation and get in shape at your own pace. Join others in the Train Like an Athlete challenge in the adidas Running and adidas Training app. Motivate each other and enjoy the fun of competing in a community!  
    Don’t miss the four featured workouts (such as “Train like a runner”) and two guided workouts that will push you to new levels.
    How can I participate in the challenges and workouts? 
    You can join three different challenges from July 20 to August 23. Here’s how it works: 
    Download the adidas Training or adidas Running app on your phone. 
    Open the adidas Running app and tap the Community tab or adidas Training app the Progress tab. 
    In the Challenges section you will find “Train like an athlete”, “Train like a trail runner” and “Train like you”. Open the challenge you want to join and tap “Join Challenge”. 
    Track all of your activities (listed in the challenge description) with adidas Training or adidas Running and see how great it feels to Train Like You. Now’s the perfect time to try a featured workout or one of our training plans! 

    You can find guided and featured workouts under the Workouts tab in the adidas Training app. 
    Looking for some workout motivation? We talked to three strong women who are members of adidas Runners Vienna and couldn’t be more different. They told us what motivates them to push themselves in their workouts. Check them out – you might just connect with one of their stories.

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    Meet our athletes 
    1. Nasim 

    She walks into the room with the air vibrating around her. Her energy and enthusiasm is palpable as she and her sister share their stories, finishing each other’s sentences and admiring each other’s accomplishments. Nasim is a Crew Runner with adidas Runners and an adidas Runtastic Ambassador. Her major source of inspiration and workout motivation is her sister, Sajeh, who is an adidas Runners Captain. 
    Nasim’s motto is “You can achieve anything if you want it badly enough.” Through her life she’s been criticized for being too different, too loud. People have told her that she didn’t have the right body for running. But instead of letting these negative comments get to her, she turned them around and used them to grow stronger.  
    Then one day, Nasim was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune disorder that damages the thyroid gland and is nine times more common in women than in men. Most people with Hashimoto’s disease eventually develop hypothyroidism. Again, Nasim demonstrated her grit and made a decision: “I want to be healthy and fit. I want to keep my disease under control.” With support from her sister, she changed her diet and made a commitment to herself to actively work on staying strong and healthy. 
    2. Cat

    Slight in stature with glossy black hair that reaches almost to her knees, Cat glides the office gracefully and surveys her surroundings with a close eye. After getting her own questions answered, she opens up and shares insights into her life. Cat has always been petite, struggling to gain weight and muscle, even as a child. She often felt invisible, overlooked, and had trouble with her self esteem. In her early 20s she discovered her passion for dance (hip hop, freestyle, and house), which took her to New York City. The more she danced, the better she understood her body and realized how strong she really was. Cat’s self confidence grew along with her muscles. 
    After suffering from a herniated disc, Cat realized that she had to do more to stay in shape in addition to dancing. That’s when she discovered running. Now she knows that running is the foundation for her dancing. She also practices yoga, which helps her focus on her breathing. 
    Cat wants to motivate other women to feel stronger. “Even if someone tells you that you’re too weak or too thin, don’t let it discourage you. You are stronger than you think!” 
    3. Lolu

    The last to join our meeting is Lolu, and we hear her laughter before we see her. Her stories are peppered with jokes that everyone can relate to. She is down to earth and magnetic; the image of her on stage with her African dance crew comes easily. Dance is not exercise for her. What she loves about it is the adrenaline rush and how it feels to move her body with the music. It is the perfect release after a stressful day. 
    Lolu was never able to understand why people got so excited about running. But when she joined the Punch Runners project with adidas Runners Vienna one day, things changed for her. 
    Her goal is to improve her fitness and endurance. She still describes her feelings about running as a love/hate relationship, but the adidas Runners community gives her the support and the push she needs to keep it up. The camaraderie of running together as a group is what motivates and inspires her. 
    No matter where you come from, what you look like, or what your goal is, whether you run, dance, or lift weights – what’s important is that you stay motivated and focus on your own personal goal. Have fun when you exercise and do it for yourself, because in the end, the things you do best are the things you enjoy. So get out there and Train like…YOU! 
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    Mary Keitany’s Journey: A Life of Long Distance Running

    The Past, the Present, & the Future
    She wasn’t born an Olympic athlete. No one is. When we exercise, whether at a competitive level or as a hobby, we hope to find joy in our bodies, in reaching our goals, and a sense of accomplishment in overcoming setbacks. 
    Mary Jepkosgei Keitany holds the world record for the women-only marathon, which she set when she won the 2017 London Marathon with a finishing time of 2:17:01. Her journey has been a rich one, mixed with intense competition, becoming the mother of three children, recovering from injuries, and planning for the future. In this interview she shares her experience and insight into how to integrate running – no matter the level – into your life and experience the same pleasure she does while training on the professional level.

    What is your first memory of racing? 
    My first competitive running memory is from a race in Spain. It was the first time I had ever competed internationally. And I was already 24. By then I had learned how to train and was mature enough to make my own decisions. Soon after that, I took my first career break to have a baby. 
    You’re a mother and a professional runner. What’s that like?
    Being a mother inevitably creates its own challenges. It means I have to organize my training around the needs of my family. But being a mother is also a natural and normal thing to do and it keeps running in perspective. Dealing with the natural weight gain following childbirth is another challenge. It is hard at first. My body changed a lot when I was pregnant and afterward, and I had to work hard to get back into my pre-pregnancy shape. But my children kept me active and I refocused on my next goals, which helped me stay on track. 
    Can you tell us what shaped you as a runner?
    As people, we are all shaped by our environment, upbringing and, of course, our genes. It is probably fair to say that my greatest fortune is that I was born to run. I am Kenyan and Kenyans love to run. My parents gave me the natural qualities and characteristics to be good at it. But all of that counts for nothing unless you have the passion to take advantage of the qualities handed to you at birth. It is also true to say that even if you are not necessarily a natural runner and someone blessed with the qualities shared by Olympic athletes, you can still derive the same pleasures and benefits that a world-class runner gets from pounding the roads, parks, or beaches. 
    And how did you become a professional runner? 
    Long before I won my first London Marathon in 2011 I ran just for fun and my mental well-being. I didn’t even train properly until I was in my twenties. I have read many stories about myself in which I am described as a “late bloomer”. That’s true. My parents gave me the heart, lungs and legs to become a great athlete but they always struggled financially. I grew up without electricity and running water. I was not brought up in the same house as my four sisters who lived with our neighbors. My parents couldn’t afford to feed us all. When I was 15, I gave up school, stopped running, and became a live-in maid. It was two more years before I was in a position to resume training. That two-year hiatus was the first of a few career breaks that characterize my career. Taking a rest away from training to devote my time to something else inevitably creates challenges but, at the same time, is responsible for the fact I am still competing at the highest level despite being aged 38. 

    Any setbacks? 
    Like all athletes, I suffer injuries. But what my career breaks have ensured is that I have not suffered from the sort of stress injuries that are often accumulated by runners who train and compete on a continuous annual cycle. It’s important to remember that if you do suffer a setback, whatever it is, go easy on yourself. If you have a major life change or get injured, give yourself time. Putting more pressure on yourself to recover quickly will only make the process take longer. And it’s a good idea to try to develop habits that help you avoid getting hurt in the first place.  
    What are the challenges of running as you age? 
    Training is more tiring at first and the older I get the smarter I have to be with my training. These days I do a lot more stretching and mobility exercises as well as regular massages. Avoiding injury in the first place is always better than knowing how to treat them. That is a simple tip which is always worth reminding yourself of. And, at my stage of career, something I am always aware of. 
    Any advice for other runners?
    The best advice I can give to runners is that the greatest rewards are felt within and come from the satisfaction of having trained hard and gotten the best out of yourself. Running is competitive. Sometimes your greatest rival is within you. However fast or slow you may be, there is no greater possible achievement than to have run faster than you’ve ever done before. 
    Can you share your plans now that the 2020 Summer Olympics have been postponed? 
     The postponement of the Olympic Games means that I shall be just six months short of my 40th birthday when the marathon in Tokyo takes place. It shall be my last chance to win Olympic Gold and I’m determined to get to the start line in the best shape I can be. There is no doubt that having a great team around me has allowed me to maintain my level of competition. My husband is a former athlete, so he knows all about the highs and lows of training and competing. As well as helping to look after our three children – two of them are my own while we have also adopted our nephew – Charles plays a central role in our ownership and management of a hotel in Eldoret. Though we have had to work really hard to get to where we are, living in Kenya provides daily reminders of just how lucky we are. That’s why, and because so many people around us have to live day-by-day without the luxuries of a comfortable lifestyle, my husband and I have pledged to support our local community. We have helped fund a local school with our race and career earnings and they have been able to develop science labs as well as dormitory accommodation for both students and young, up-and-coming athletes. 
    Train Like an Athlete
    Are you inspired by Mary’s story? Check out these other strong women who are making running and bodyweight training part of their lives and their identity. You don’t have to be a professional athlete to have fun working out. Whether you are training for a race or just want to step up your game, you can join the Train Like an Athlete Challenge and track your active minutes in both the adidas Running app and the adidas Training app. Why not start today? 

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    RUNNING FOR BEGINNERS: HOW TO BREATHE WHILE RUNNING

    Many beginner runners quickly find themselves out of breath. This usually means that their pace is too fast. But it can also be due to inefficient breathing while running. In today’s post, we show you how to breathe properly while running and thus improve your performance. Deep belly breathing vs shallow chest breathing While running […] More

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    What to Avoid After Running: Don’t Make These 5 Mistakes

    When you run, you subject your body to intense training stimulus. Your muscles are challenged, the joints work harder, and your brain is in overdrive, because you have to concentrate on every step. As soon as you’ve finished your workout, a very important phase starts: recovery. Now your body compensates for the stress it was […] More