One of Endomondo’s most extraordinary users, Annette Fredskov, completed an amazing 366 marathons in one year. We were eager to hear all about it. When we called Annette at the agreed upon time to interview her, she picked up and asked us to call her back in 20, because she was out…well…running. “I just ran much further than I planned for today because it felt so good,” she said. After one year of running a marathon a day, this woman is still in love with running.
Congratulations on such a huge accomplishment, how does it feel?
The last day (running 2 marathons in one day) was amazing – people were cheering on the sides of the road, more than 100 runners with me on each run, we just talked and laughed. It was a really special feeling, running across the finish line, my body was still working for me. My dream came true.
How has your relationship with running changed after project 366?
I still love running, but I got tired of not being able to decide how far and what time I wanted to run. However, the marathon is still a magical distance for me.
What was the biggest challenge?
That was in the beginning of this project. After just one week, I started having a terrible pain in my legs. I couldn’t run, and I wasn’t certain if I’d be able to continue. I made the decision to power-walk instead of running. Luckily, this strategy worked, and after just 12 days, I was able to run again and haven’t had such pain ever since. I got pretty good at power-walking, though :-)
How did your body deal with such an extreme exercise load?
Quite well, actually – I lost only one kilo, my bones got stronger, muscle mass increased, my fat mass is 18% now. I didn’t have any injuries during project 366. I usually had 3 buns with nutella during the run, besides that just a pretty normal balanced diet and ice-cream every day. Now that I don’t run that much anymore, I should probably reduce my ice-cream intake to every-other day :-)
What do you think about fitness apps like Endomondo?
I find it very useful that I can log all my runs and other activities. I like that people from all over the world can follow each other, participate in challenges, and comment on workouts. It is very motivating.
Was there something you couldn’t do, due to running every day?
I missed having the energy to do a lot of things: hosting dinners for our friends, playing with my kids, travelling….
What are you plans for the future?
Vacation! 2 weeks in Egypt, turning my phone off, playing soccer with my kids, enjoying spending time with my family. I have to wait and see what I feel like doing next…
I would like to try 100km, 24h races, marathons in different countries; it could also be fun to run shorter distances a little faster… I am going to write a book, it will be out this fall. I believe that I will find out along the way what to do next.
Do you have a message for Endomondo users?
No matter what happens in your life, you can always do something about it. If we just feel sorry for ourselves, that is also ok, for some time. But sooner or later, we have to take action. You should ask yourself, what can I do instead? The body is not telling you to sit in the sofa, it is telling you to do something differently.
This month’s running challenge: Accomplish your running goal, honors Annette’s accomplishment.