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FUEL & TRAINING MOTIVATION - Boston Marathon 2017... Marathon Monday was the perfect storm. It wasn’t my day. I wish I could say what happened, place blame on something. But it was me and it just didn’t go as planned. There was a lot of walking and tears and telling myself that quitting would be easier than finishing. But I didn't quit. My crew came up with me, to cheer for me, to support me, no way could I let them down. I had to be strong for them and for myself. I worked hard to get there and I would finish. I did... and for that I am proud. 💙 Boston and I have some unfinished business. But until then, it is the one race that truly broke my heart. But it didn't break me. - @gambrelle_ 💛 • • #voltwomen #voltwomentakeover #bostonmarathon #throwbacktuesday #marathoner #tracksmithrunning #boston

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LEAVING THE COMFORT ZONE - OSR Midnight Half +/- 13.1 miles - May 2019 - 11pm - Brooklyn ⚡️ The race that drew me outside of my comfort zone. It had been 2 years since I had run more than 11 miles. 2 years since I really was able to put in some decent training. But I signed up. Signed up for an unsanctioned race at 11pm throughout Brooklyn with no set course - just 8 checkpoints you need to figure out on your own how to navigate. I was terrified. I don't know my way around Brooklyn. (Thankfully I have a great coach who gave me his route 🙌) The women's field was stacked. Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifiers stacked... (and the men's field equally impressive). But I put myself out there. I finished in part to the two ladies I ran with. Two ladies I had never run with before. One who I only met that night... but we pulled eachother along. We encouraged eachother and finished (almost) together. This race is pure grit, courage and a lotta crazy... and I can't wait to do it again with this field of fast and fierce women. - @gambrelle_ 🌟 • • 📸 @fredgoris @zhetrick #orchardstreetrunners #midnighthalf #osrmidnighthalf #voltwomen #voltwomentakeover #unsanctioned #runners

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My dog. A 4 year old Vizsla girl named Rye. @ryesutton 🖤 She has not only filled my heart ... she has opened my world to people I never would have met otherwise. And for that I am forever grateful... she has taught me patience and shown me unconditional love. Sometimes I even get her as a training partner... And to that I say dogs truly are a woman’s best friend. 🥰 • • #tuesdaytakeover #trainingpartner #womansbestfriend #ryesutton #runners #vizsla #voltwomen #voltwomentakeover

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INJURY & MOTIVATION - 6am - For the last 2 years I’ve been suffering from insertional Achilles tendinopathy brought on by Haglund’s Deformity. The tightness and pain have been chronic. Surgery may fix it but it’s a gamble. So I fight through each day. I train. I recover. I take notes... how I feel before a run, how I feel after a run. I try to listen to my body, my physical therapist and my coach. There have been weeks even months where I can’t run at all... and I’ve had to find other ways to stay motivated and active. And sometimes that’s been a struggle. I started taking @flybarre maybe 4 years ago. But not every instructor is created equal. And staying motivated at 6am requires a certain finesse that I finally found in @chase_willman 👯‍♀️ Thank you for your positivity and helping to motivate me in times when I’ve needed it the most! 🌟 • • #motivation #injury #achillestendinopathy #flybarre #6am #morningperson #tuesdaytakeover #voltwomen #voltwomentakeover

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#TakeoverTuesday. Hi! I’m Gambrelle @gambrelle_ and here to entertain you for today... give you a little insight to a “normal” life of a super active 40 year old native New Yorker just taking it one day at a time and wishing I had more hours in the day... 🖤 • I’m a morning person (~5am wake up), runner, sommelier (a little hobby), hedge fund trader and dog Mom (more on her later)... I just finished reading book #27 for the year. I love burgers and pretty much anything gummy as long as it’s @haribousa - so that’s a little on me... and more to come as the day goes on! 🌟 • #voltwomen #voltwomentakeover #newyork #adayinthelife #takeninnapa #gettingitdone #runner #hedgefundtrader #dogmom #sommelier

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GET READY AND SET FOR TOMORROWS TAKEOVER: Runner (Boston Qualifier), Retired Triathlete, Sommelier, Hedge Fund Trader, Dog Mom - and woman.

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I could tell the story of my run two different ways - a run to have coffee at a great pastry place here in cph - I could hashtag it runforcake or something like that - that is often how women’s running becomes an accepted cliché. And we did get a pastry. But the real value of my run was that even though we left each our house at the same time, And I live further away than my friend I was faster and I raced to beat her. It has nothing todo with her running but me pushing small motivations in front of me. Turned out she has a foot that is hurting. So we talked treatment etc. But my motivational intermezzo in my wondering mind still had a blast. Less about sugar more about strength. Storytelling and real motivations #voltwomen #crotchshots

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⚡️energy level to the sky I will soon signup for a new race, no matter if it's a 10k or a half marathon. It is a prize to keep your eyes on when you are based in a hardship post with restricted movement. Here's a big up to you all, running toward new goals!

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Because I can't go outside to run I need to swift and cross train. I started rowing and boxing. Amazing cardio !

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Why I run ? Million reasons but mostly thanks to the community. I started by running with a group and I miss that. Treadmill running is tough but I start to like it and find it easier. I know I'm not the only one ! But I still can't wait to be back running in short in the streets. PS: listening to podcast Helps if you feel lonely while running!

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Living in compound but with a garden. So it's great in summer, I can do yoga or fitness outside !

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This is me, Alexia. Aid worker I travel a lot for work. Runner since 2013, I had to adapt to fit sport into my ever changing lifestyles. Definitely a community runner I've had to adapt from being the back runner to the still slow but leading runs and to finding the joy of running alone on treadmill ! (I promise it's possible!)

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I am A mega fan of @tovelangseth - Today I went on a bike ride and in my mind I thought of Tove like I thought of ABBA as a kid haha - #FAN #voltwomen

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“But how are we meant to know all that when nobody really talks about periods? When our coaches often don’t ask about our menstrual cycle, or we feel too embarrassed to bring it up? I was lucky enough to be coached by someone who was willing to talk about periods and have teammates who celebrated the return of my menstrual cycle with as much gusto as a stellar workout. This might sound strange, but that’s only because we’re conditioned to think periods should be private. Strava believes that female athletes deserve to be taught about their periods and that young women deserve to grow up in a culture that celebrates menstruation as a sign of health, not a taboo to be brushed under the carpet. We need our coaches and our training partners to understand the menstrual cycle and be unafraid to talk about it. Just like we’d tell our coach when we’re getting sick, or when the neighbours had a raging row that kept us up all night we should be able to have a conversation about periods.” VIA @strava BY @katherine_m_turner

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“I, like many female athletes I know, fell into a trap of believing that it would all just be easier without periods. And that they didn’t matter that much anyway. Periods were inconvenient things to be bemoaned, not celebrated. They seemed to signify that my body was changing – was becoming more ‘womanly’, was rounding and softening in a way that felt like the antithesis of all the hard work I’d put in. Periods meant gaining fat and slowing down; they weren’t for athletes, right? I started under-fueling my training creating a dramatic mismatch between the energy I was taking in and the energy my training was demanding. My body shut down my menstrual cycle in an attempt to preserve energy and I didn’t get a period for eight years, a condition known as amenorrhea. I thought, at least at first, that I was doing something right. That not having a period meant that I was truly an athlete. Now, multiple stress fractures down the line, as a result of the adverse impact of low estrogen on bone health, I know that having a regular period is as much a marker of training health as fast times and medals. Although periods might be inconvenient they’re our body telling us it’s working. Missing one or two periods because of exercise isn’t normal. While missing 6 months, or 8 years in my case, can be catastrophic to our bone health, hormones, and athletic ambitions. I thought that not having a period meant that I was a better athlete. Actually, it meant that one day I wouldn’t be able to be an athlete at all.” VIA @strava BY @katherine_m_turner

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“Let’s talk about periods. Because, as athletes, we seem to talk about everything else. We talk about our mileage and our pace. Our watts and our weight. We talk about how much sleep we get and how many calories we consume. We even talk about our pooping habits! But we don’t talk openly about periods, which is kind of crazy, right? Because if you’re a female athlete – or you coach female athletes, train with female athletes or are the father of an aspiring female athlete – periods matter, kind of a lot.” VIA @strava BY @katherine_m_turner

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HOOD TO COAST EUROPE 2019 TEAM LPAC X WMN RUN TILLY GW / @THECONFUSEDBADGER FIRST LEG: RUNNER 4, 9KM My teammate comes in sudden and quick I congratulate her as she gives advice and warning of what conditions to expect Shortly, I’m off, into the night The path takes an immediate left then right turn, down cobbled residential streets The road glints in the moonlight It’s quiet, silent, calm Dark I spot a runner up ahead There’s 100 or so metres between us A clear target currently in sight I tell myself to catch ‘em READ THE FULL NARRATIVE ON STORIES

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DORA!!! Sets us off with the last wave of runners. @doradontexplore @lastpick.ac @wmnrun LETS GO FRIENDSSSSS!!! #HOODTOCOASTEUROPE #H2CEUROPE @htcrelay

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(Some of) TEAM WMN RUN X LPAC @wmnrun @lastpick.ac GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE RUNNING HOOD TO COAST EUROPE, CATCH YA (OR CATCH US) ON THE ROAD X X X LETS GO FRIENDSSSSS!!! #HOODTOCOASTEUROPE #H2CEUROPE @htcrelay

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TILLY GW / @THECONFUSEDBADGER HOOD TO COAST, OREGON 2017 I was 19, a sprinter, about to start university, I had no experience or confidence in distance running, this was my first trip to the US and weeks before the race I was diagnosed with depression. I WAS F*CKING TERRIFIED. HOOD TO COAST, HOLLAND 2019 I’ve just finished my second year of chemistry, I’m a 400/800 runner but rogue-ly ran 21k for my 21st birthday in March and in August I’m moving to NYC. I’m not afraid. COME AT ME

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HEY, IT’S YOUR GIRL TILLY GW AKA @THECONFUSEDBADGER HERE. I did my first Voltwomen takeover 5 years ago when I was 16 and I can say for certain my life has since been heavily shaped by running, the community and opportunity it can offer. Thanks to all you VOLTWOMEN for inspiring and encouraging lil me way back when to push boundaries, not put a cap on my ambition, say YES and to run: fast, far and fearless.

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VIA @highsnobiety “Nike has long positioned itself as being all about inclusivity. And now, with the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France serving as a springboard, the Swoosh is refocusing its approach and hoping it can change women’s sports across the board, all the way from the grassroots to the pros. Going forward, Nike wants you to know it’s all-in on women. This year’s Women’s World Cup has already shown that interest in the women’s game is rising. The BBC reports that a record 6.1 million people tuned in to watch England beat Scotland on June 9. That figure dwarfed the 1.2 million who watched the men’s team play Switzerland that same afternoon (albeit only available via pay-TV broadcaster Sky). Similarly, the United States’ 13-0 annihilation of Thailand recorded the best-metered rating for a soccer telecast on an English-language network since 2018’s men’s World Cup final on Fox. Sarah Hannah, VP GM of Nike Women’s in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, says, “[The Women’s World Cup is] a tipping point, not just for women’s football but for women’s sport.”

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“Make A Mark” in copenhagen is a 5 & 10km womens and mens race, where your medal is a donation to one of 5 different causes that helps different women in need

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Today I can’t live without running. It’s an important reminder of who is in control of my body and that being able to run is not a matter of course. Thank you for following my journey. I hope that all you Voltwomen out there can use my story for something positive. See you on the running paths in Copenhagen - and remember: You can do more than you think ⚡️

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One year after I was declared cancer-free I crossed the finish line at my first half marathon. And I cried. A lot. I was so emotional because that half marathon put an end to my cancer story. I pushed myself beyond what I thought was possible after the cancer and chemotherapy treatment. Nothing beats that feeling!

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Its A full mood! @running_riia running crisp pyramid intervals in Austria #voltwomen

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*stops frame* Yep, that’s me. I know you’re probably wondering how I got here with track being ”non-contact” and all. Well, it all started when... #CAPTIONTHIS 😂 #repost @goqueengo / #voltwomen