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How the Love of Running Created a Family

imageSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic. Sun, beaches, merengue, and…marathons. Yup, you heard right. Santo Domingo happens to be home to a very active group of runners; or rather, a family of runners – Senda Corre. It all started about a year ago, when this intrepid group of runners decided that they would take on Pico Duarte – the highest peak in the Caribbean. They planned on reaching the top of the mountain to claim the glory of crowning the imposing peak together. Not all of the group members were active runners, so they needed to prepare for the challenge. To do that, the group started training together, and the enthusiasm spread. Senda Corre made its “official” debut at the 2014 Punta Cana Marathon. Members of the group look back on that day fondly. “We will always remember that moving moment when Walter Garcia reached the finish line of his first marathon, and almost everyone there kept chanting: Go Walter…Senda Corre!”. After that, it was all uphill. Literally, because they reached the summit as a team, and they plan on doing it again this year.

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If you see me pass out while I’m running, all I ask is that you pause my Endomondo app

The group has now grown to over 60 active members, and they’ve been using our app to stay connected with each other while they get fit. A few of the members of Senda Corre were already using Endomondo to track their activity, but when they realized that they could create group challenges, it became the group’s fitness app of choice. One of their core members, Gledynthon, shared what makes him a fan of our app. “What I really like about it is that not only can I sync it with my wearables, but I can track my friends’ workouts live. Sometimes, when I don’t participate in one of our running events, I keep track of my teammates’ progress through Endomondo. It helps me know how long it will take them to reach the finish line, so I can meet them and cheer them on as they cross it.

Finding a great community with which to get active is a definite boost in motivation. If you are in the Santo Domingo area and would like to reach out to Senda Corre, you can contact them via their Facebook or Twitter. They train together about 3-4 times a week, at the “Parque del Este” and “Parque Mirador del Sur”, so don’t forget your sneakers :)

Free your endorphins!

The Endomondo Team

Thinking Software – Taking the Sedentary Out of Programming

thinking softwareNo matter how much of an avid athlete you are, if you have an office job, chances are you’re probably sitting for a large part of your day. Working at a desk, hunched over a keyboard can wreak havoc on your body (carpal tunnel, anyone?).  As you may already know, programmers are notorious for putting in long hours in front of their screens, which can make these problems even worse. Doing something as simple as taking a stretching break or a going for a short afternoon jog or walk can help alleviate these aches, but it’s tough to remember to do this when you’re chained to your desk trying to wrap up a project and to get home in time for dinner. That’s where a shift in corporate culture can come to the rescue of these aching necks and backs. At Thinking Software, a company dedicated to developing workforce management solutions, there were already a few keen mountain bikers enthusiastically supporting Endomondo and using our app regularly, but there wasn’t a joint approach to getting the entire team on the fitness bandwagon.

That all changed when the management team over at Thinking Software decided to make fitness an official part of the culture by signing the entire office up to Endomondo Premium with an Employee Fitness planthingking software employee fitness. With the plan, they got their very own fitness hub on Endomondo with their Company Page, where they’ve been setting up challenges and events to keep the motivation going strong. The enthusiasm is running rampant over at Thinking Software HQ, with over half of their entire staff signed up to Employee Fitness, creating their own training plans and joining the challenges. They’ve gone a step further, getting actively involved in charity runs (using JustGiving to track their efforts), which they’ve added as challenges on their page. Making fitness an important part of their team activities has helped their team feel more connected and more energized. “The sharing of training advice, inevitable banter about best times and memories from attending training sessions and events all contributes to a great team environment during the working day, ensuring we’re working together to serve our customers to the best of our ability.” This year, their team is planning on joining various events, including Wolf Run, Tough Mudder, Spartan Race and a Half Marathon, so training with our app will help them get motivated, train smarter  and face these challenging races head on.

Have you ever wished you could share your workouts with your colleagues and add some healthy competition to your workday, just like the Thinking Software team does? Well, just drop us a line here, and let’s get your company fit too!

Free your endorphins!

The Endomondo Team

Why We Love What We Do – Leszek’s Story

lezek1We think our community is awesome, and so we love sharing your inspirational stories with the world. There’s this sense of pride which permeates the office every time we hear that our app has had an impact on your lives, because these are the moments which remind us that we are making a difference. Every once in a while, our team gets an email that puts a huge smile on someone’s face, such as this one from one of our users from Poland. His name is Leszek, and his path to becoming an athlete is one of the many great stories we’re proud to share with you:

Hello Endo team,

With the start of the New Year, I wanted to take the opportunity to wish you all the best and tell you how grateful I am for your service.

I was an Endo user for some time, had some problems, contacted you and as compensation, one of your colleagues gave me a premium code…and then it really began ;-) I started clicking around and found this funny thing called “training plans”. I was using Endomondo to track my cycling activity before, but this was a good reason to try running. I don’t remember when exactly (probably sometime around Nov ‘13), but I created my first plan to run 10km (never did running before). It was hard for me, partly because it was winter at that time, and also because I was a typical IT guy with few kgs above the advised limit ;-)

I leszek2didn’t give up though; I signed up for the first timed run, and completed it in ~1:04 (Dec ’13). I also started to look and feel better, so I decided it’s a good reason to continue and signed up for a half-marathon. I created another plan and followed it as much as I could. I finished my first half-marathon in March ’14 – ~2:06. I was exhausted but very proud and happy. I decided that it’s time to raise the bar and signed up for marathon. Again, I trained with a training plan from you. I skipped few trainings, had my ups and downs, but on the 28th of Sep ’14, I started my first ever marathon run and finished it in 3:50:53. The finish line was set at the National Stadium in Warsaw. I remember every single second of my run; all the cheering people, this incredible empowering noise that lets you run even faster despite barely standing on your feet. I remember my wife’s proud smile when I crossed the line and the feeling that I can achieve almost anything.

With this, I wanted to say a big Thank you, Endomondo.

Without you, I would’ve never felt that!

P.S. I have a lot of XL clothes for sale, anyone? :D

Leszek, we are amazed by your achievements, and we’re grateful that you took us along while you pursued your goals. Thank you for reminding us why we do what we do, and keep on proving that you can reach any goal you put your mind to.

To see more of Leszek’s marathon pics, check out his blog.

Free your endorphins!

The Endomondo Team

The Dragonfly Tandem Project: Biking from Bangkok to Paris

tandem1There are times when ordinary just doesn’t cut it. You feel a need to do something different…extraordinary…life-changing. Two of our amazing users proved that by setting out to do something that’s completely unexpected and kind of wild, it can lead to the experience of a lifetime. These guys are anything but ordinary when it comes to getting the most out of life. They’ve taken “carpe diem” to a whole new level, while making sure to help others along the way. After a stint as volunteers for a French NGO, one day Victor and Timothée got up and decided that they would take the leap and bike their way back home from Bangkok to Paris. Because, seize the day, right?

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As they prepared to embark on their six month journey, spanning over 16000 kilometers, they couldn’t begin to imagine what lie ahead. It turned out to be the ride of their lives, and after chronicling their incredible expedition from Bangkok to Paris, they finally had some time to sit back and reflect on their awe-inspiring road trip. We reached out to hear all the highs and lows from their experience. Read more

Making excuses for not working out? Take a hike!

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Think becoming a new parent means that you have to put your training on hold? Think again. We came across one of our users, Anca, a trailblazing member of “Hike it, Baby”; an organization whose mission is to “get families on the trails with their new little ones, with a special focus on new moms”. Their main rule on every hike is “leave no mama behind” to foster a feeling of safety amongst all the hiking parents.

Anca reached out to us, telling us about her impressive post-baby fitness regime. “I’ve used Endomondo for every walk & hike I did with my baby since he was born and while it took a while to get back into shape, after one year I was finally at the fitness level I used to be pre-baby.”  She is an amazing user, and we are in awe of her dedication to staying in shape and of how she included her baby boy in her fitness. As a contributor to Hike it Baby’s blog, she has also been a great ambassador of our app, and she filled us in on Hike it Baby and their activities. Read more

It’s the 2014 Endomondo Peptalk Awards!

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Many of you may already be using our Peptalk feature to root for your friends while they work out. But some of you may be asking what a pep talk even is? Read more

Running Past Adversity – Peter’s Story

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Sometimes, it takes getting though the school of hard knocks to come out a champion. That’s what happened to one of our users, Peter. He reached out to us, telling us about how one decision to change has made a world of difference. With his permission, we’ve shared Peter’s inspiring story, which is a testament to the strength and tenacity of the human spirit.

“Hey Endo team,

I was just checking out my Endomondo profile and saw that my first workout is from August 2nd, 2011. At the time, I was at a very personal crossroads in life. I weighed about 100 kg and my daily exercise routine consisted mainly of getting the mail in the morning. I had decided to turn my life around, and so I said goodbye to my old job up and started moving in a new direction. I was also about to move into a new apartment in Aarhus, after having spent a year living in a halfway-house. In short, I faced a lot of challenges which at the time seemed very scary. It was around this time that I also got really tired of the extra weight and of being so out of shape. So, I decided to change my diet and I slowly started shedding the weight. Since I wanted to get fitter, I took up running . I heard about your app through some friends, but I thought that it wasn’t for me because I didn’t want to measure anything due my total lack of fitness, and because my athletic performance was nothing to brag about. I dared myself to install your app anyway and try it out. I quickly discovered that when my pace was slow, it motivated me to continue to try and improve my times and go for longer and longer distances. My first Endomondo workout was approximately 4 km and I remember that I was completely finished and exhausted afterwards! The first several months I was limping around due to my aching legs :) In May of the following year, I ran my first marathon in Copenhagen. This culminated in my participation at IM Copenhagen in August 2014 (pictured above) – three years after my first Endomondo workout.

 His great memories of the past three years

His great memories of the past three years

I know that there are many different factors in my life that made this possible, especially my family and friends who have supported me through all my wild whims and who have always shown incredible and unwavering faith in me. Your app is also part of the reason, and so I’ve wanted to write this email for a long time. Due to a lack of time and the fact that it’s a pretty personal story, it took me a while to pull myself together and send it, but here it is :)

PS. Now I am in the process of advanced studies in the field that I started and I love my new job. At long last, I have finally found my niche in life. Finally, many thanks for your great app, which has helped make all of this possible. I hope you continue your good work with Endomondo for many years to come!”

When we asked Peter about what he’s currently working on, he told us that he is pursuing a career in Health and Social Care. “My job now is about helping people and I love doing that so maybe, just maybe, I will study on and become a nurse, but I’m not sure about that right now”.

We are humbled to have been part of Peter’s remarkable transformation of not only his body, but his entire life. Stories like his make us continue to strive to achieve more in order to pay tribute to our community with the same dedication that keeps us in awe of our amazing users.

Thank you Peter, and tillykke!

The Endomondo Team

Winning Without Losing: Share Your Top Tip to Win!

Balancing work and your personal life usually isn’t an easy task. We all want to be “winning” at everything; have perfect relationships, stay in awesome shape, and still be super-productive at work. But seriously, who has the time to stay on top of it all without neglecting at least one of these aspects? If you’re having a hard time juggling all this, we hear you, and we want to share a winning game plan.

WWL_Cover_POD_low_res_Recently, we had a special guest blogger, Martin Bjergegaard, who shared his tips on how to fit running into a busy schedule. Martin is an expert when it comes to finding the time to stay fit while keeping his work/life balance in check. He is a best-selling author, public speaker and entrepreneur and has written extensively on the subject. So, when we asked him if he would be willing to help enlighten our users on how to achieve this perfect equilibrium, he said “Sure!”

He has agreed to give a few lucky readers a signed copy of his best-selling book “Winning Without Losing: 66 Strategies for Succeeding in Business While Living a Happy and Balanced Life“, and one will also receive a one-on-one personal coaching session with Martin via Skype!

How do we choose who will be the winners of his book and coaching session? Easy. We want to hear what your personal tips are on how you fit workouts into your day. We know our Endomondo community knows how to stay fit, so let’s hear from you! Post your workout scheduling tips on our FacebookGoogle+ or Twitter with the hashtags #WinningWithoutLosing and #Endomondo by Wednesday, September 17th to be eligible to win.

The authors of the best tips will be chosen as the winners, and announced on the 18th of September on our FacebookGoogle+ and Twitter. So, start writing and tell us all the ways you win without losing!

 

Fun at the Color Run!

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Last Sunday, Odense hosted a Color Run. You’ve probably heard of them (or even attended one), but if not, a Color Run is basically a fun 5k run where you start off wearing white, and get blasted with colorful cornstarch powder every time you run through a color station. We had our own run to go to that day in Copenhagen, so we were feeling a little blue that we couldn’t make it. Luckily, a few of our friends were able to go, so they captured some beautiful shots and shared their awesome experience with us! Read more

Jussi’s Road to Ironman – Toughing it out for Doomsday


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In November 2009, Jussi weighted 330 lbs (about 150kg), had metabolic syndrome, early signs of diabetes and felt really out of shape. Now, five years and 2,042 Endomondo workouts later, he has completed the grueling Ironman triathlon twice, run a 53-mile Ultra Run and has lost over 100 pound! Recently, he rowed second place in the Finnish National Championships! It’s safe to say he’s in terrific shape nowadays.

We were amazed by his 180° lifestyle change, so we asked him a few questions about how he managed to get so fit, and see if we could learn a thing or two from his story:

What made you decide to start getting fit?
I was in the prime of my life, but I didn’t feel so great. At the end of 2009, my health started to go downhill – my blood sugar kept soaring and I had painful varicose veins, so I couldn’t manage to even walk a mile. Finally, my belly button popped out due to the amount of fat I had put on around my stomach. That was my wake up call.

At that time, the Mayan End-of-the-World (21.12.2012) was the hot topic in the news. I decided that on that date, it would be the end of my out of shape days. So, I marked the day and made a plan for myself: by the time the world was supposed to end, I would turn myself into an Ironman.

What kept you going?
Well, I had tried fitness plans before, but I couldn’t keep the promises I made to myself. This time, many little things were different. Not only did I have a specific plan, but I had a great friend who got me back on track when I had doubts. My wife and the family kept cheering me on, and there was now a young, 4-legged personal trainer in the house. Our dog demanded longer and longer walks, so I had no choice but to take him out. So, for the first year, it was mostly increasing the number of walks, swims… and then I started running. When I noticed Endomondo in early 2010, I immediately started using it. After doing a workout, it was kind of my proof to myself: I really did it. My friends and I shared exercises, and planned future walks, runs and routes together.

But what I did not realize in the beginning is how the importance of Endomondo grew with each workout I did. So far, I’ve tracked a bit over 2000 workouts with it, with heart rate data, speed, maps, etc. Using Endomondo’s stats, I can easily see what I’ve done, and see how it’s affected my progress. When I’m out there running or biking, I like to go with the flow, but I have to admit that I love checking the stats and trying to understand what made the difference, too :)

So, what are you planning next?
Since the start, I’ve always had a goal for each 3-6 month period. I am not so much into competing against others, but I like the idea of just squeezing myself through a challenge. Something that seems impossible at first becomes possible on second thought. First, it was a half marathon, then a full marathon, Ironman, Ultra Run, and so on. Longer, faster, harder – that’s the motto.
This year has been a year of triathlon. I have already done two half Ironman distances this year, the Ironman 70.3 Eagleman in Cambridge, Maryland, USA, and one here in Finland. Next, I am aiming for my third full distance triathlon on the16th of August. After that, I think I’ll drop my triathlon gear and start running. Not yet sure how far, but I am starting to dream about completing my first 100km Ultra run this year.

Jussi has been writing a blog chronicling his journey since November 2009. It’s in Finnish, but he promised to write a little re-cap in English. You can visit his blog here: http://laskimaija.blogspot.com/

If you would like to follow Jussi as he competes in tomorrow’s full distance triathlon, be sure to check out his profile: https://www.endomondo.com/profile/86193

Keep it up, Jussi! We wish you the best of luck on your upcoming triathlon.

The Endomondo Team

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