Thousands of runners across the planet are right now putting in the final preparations for the upcoming series of Spring marathons. From London to Boston, via Barcelona and Copenhagen, the Endomondo training miles are being logged, kit is being sorted and personal goals are being set. I’m one of those runners but I’m preparing for a marathon challenge with a difference. In less than two weeks I will attempt to run eight marathons in 20 days on three continents.
Starting on 5 April, I’ll tackle the brutal Sahara Desert Ultra, the Marathon des Sables. More than 156 miles, carrying up to 8.5kg, in temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius up and down sand dune mountains. If I survive that I then fly to America for the Boston Marathon before finally coming back to the UK for the Virgin Money London Marathon, where I’ll finish my challenge on the Mall in front of my friends and family.
Last week, we asked you to connect with your inner poet and share your best fitness-themed poems. We received quite a few great ones, which made us realize just how multifaceted our users really are! Though it was tough to choose just three fitness poet laureates from the bunch, we decided that the following three poems deserved the honor of “Best Fitness Poems” for our World Poetry Day competition this year.
Today, we have some really exciting news that we’re thrilled to share with you. After years of working towards making Endomondo a connected network where fitness is a fun, social and engaging experience, we will now form part of an even greater team to take that experience further. Our team will now be powered by Under Armour, the originator of performance apparel and a global brand that remains at the forefront of sports performance innovation. We’re going to continue to develop Endomondo under our current brand and our team couldn’t be more excited about the new opportunities that lie ahead, for us and for our users.Continue reading Endomondo Joins Under Armour; Continues Operating as Endomondo
Santo 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. Continue reading How the Love of Running Created a Family
No 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.
We 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 ;-)Continue reading Why We Love What We Do – Leszek’s Story
There 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?
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. Continue reading The Dragonfly Tandem Project: Biking from Bangkok to Paris
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. Continue reading Making excuses for not working out? Take a hike!
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.
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.