There is no shortage of Instagram accounts devoted to the glorious sport of running, from those that feature Olympians to your everyday mom or dad just starting out. If you're looking for inspiration, here are a few Insta @s you'll definitely want to follow.
This online running community is both inspirational and fun because it mainly features pictures posted by members. Those who tag the account in their pics have the opportunity to get featured on the feed. If you're looking for real runners from all across the globe and you want the chance to see your pics featured, this is a great Instagram feed to follow and support.
If you find certain, high-profile running accounts a bit intimidating, you're going to like this everyman approach to the milieu, embodied by their motto: "If you run, you are a runner. It doesn't matter how fast or how far." Posts features community members, whether they're pounding pavement for the first time or winning their hundredth medal, and all can compete for the honor of Runner of the Week.
This Instagram account is nothing if not visually stunning - no surprise considering the resources at this sporting company's disposal. True, you're going to see a lot of shots of Nike running apparel on this feed, but if you're looking for some gorgeous, inspirational eye candy to motivate you to get off the couch and hit the trail, you'll also find dazzling pics of runners in motion and beckoning landscapes.
Women are capable, independent, and proud, and this is the view promoted by @voltwomen, which reposts pics of female runners displaying strength, camaraderie, and girl power in the running world.
It's not hard to see why Olympic champion Usain Bolt has nearly seven million followers to date - he's an international celebrity, a paragon of athleticism, and an inspiration to runners and non-runners alike. His feed is inspirational, uplifting, and often times humorous. It also features both candid and professional pics of an insanely fit athlete for your viewing pleasure.
Running is a struggle, for some more than others. If you think you've got it hard, check out the exploits of Amanda Sullivan Love and her husband Todd. She completes races on crutches and he does it in a wheelchair. If they can do it, you can, too.
Had your fill of photos of triumphant runners crossing the finish line? @roxietheaussie is a totally different take on the sport that features Roxie, an Australian Shepherd that happens to be a service dog. Her owner, veteran Desiree Rincon, chronicles Roxie's exploits as she runs alongside her in daily life and during races and even obstacle courses. This adorable service dog does everything her human does, while also monitoring Rincon for seizure activity. If you're looking for some heartwarming inspiration, you'll find it here.
Nutrition is a big part of any fitness routine, and running is no exception. Lottie Bildirici, a food blogger and health coach, uses her Insta account to post eye-catching images of veggie-based meals for runners. Head to her website of the same name (www.runonveg.com) for complete recipes.
In point of fact, many runners find yoga extremely beneficial when it comes to combating soreness, stiffness, aches, pains, and injuries frequently associated with the sport. Ann Mazur, founder of the Runners Love Yoga instructional videos, uses @runnersloveyoga to post running and yoga pics that track her progress, review races, inform followers about products and sales, and provide tips and tricks.
Sometimes we can all take running a little too seriously, but like everything in life, there are bound to be funny moments and relatable experiences that bring a bit of levity to this intense activity. These moments are highlighted by memes like the one that features a photo of a woman walking with a cane and the caption "how you show up to work the day after your race or a long run", or the post that simply states "to run is to live (...a very sore and sweaty life)". When running makes you crazy, hit the reset button and have a laugh with @runnersbe.
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So what instagram accounts do you think are must follow? Let us know in the comments below.