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Why I Run: Chrissie Wellington

Professional triathlete and reigning Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington tells us what keeps her moving!


Professional triathlete and reigning Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington tells us what keeps her moving!

“Overcoming more than I ever thought possible to win my fourth Ironman World Championship in Kona during 2011 was definitely the proudest moment of my career. I had a bad bike crash two weeks before, and sustained some serious injuries, which affected me psychologically as well as physically. In the race, I dug to the very depths of my soul and truly pushed beyond any limit I thought existed.”

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“My Brooks T7 Racers have carried me through multiple world championships and world records. Brooks custom-made a small batch of special edition T7 Racers and sold them to raise money for the Blazeman Foundation for ALS, a charity of which I am a patron.” $85, brooksrunning.com

I run to feel complete, to feel alive, to feel happy and to feel free. I run to visit beautiful places, to overcome my fears and to remind myself—and others—that our limits may not be where we think they are.

“I am fueled by my burning desire to be the best I can be and to use my platform to effect positive change. That and some Cytomax apple flavor!”

A Life Without Limits truly has been a labor of love. I wanted to share my life story (and some training advice) with people—the good, the bad and the sometimes ugly—but I also wanted to use it as a vehicle to inspire and encourage people to take a chance, to defy what’s possible and to be willing to look fear and adversity in the face.” $25, amazon.com

“My favorite running outfit is my TYR Fitted Tankini ($74) and matching Carbon Shorts ($120)—all in bright ruby red.” tyr.com