Looking for some running and fitness inspiration that comes with a side of outdoor awesomeness? These impressive trail runners bring a refreshingly fun and mellow mood to your Instagram game. Not only are they dedicated to training and crushing some monster goals in the process (see: 50-mile ultras), but their ability to just let go and get real make them easy favourites in our books.
MEC Ambassador Nick Elson
Follow @nicksethelson for: mid-race photos from the Kneeknacker, Hardrock 100 and more, plus summit vistas and real-talk on getting through races, facing competition and the payoff of hard effort.
Cresting Eagle Bluffs during the Kneeknacker 30 mile race yesterday. The race starts just above Horseshoe Bay (visible 1000 meters below) and traverses Vancouver's North Shore to finish in Deep Cove. With amazing community support, a storied history, and a logical, challenging course, the Kneeknacker is a really wonderful local event. I ran the race four years ago as my first ultra. Like most first ultras, it was a humbling experience as my legs cramped up horribly in the last quarter of the race. As it turns out, most of the ultras I've run since have been equally humbling - even when I've managed to have good results my legs have generally felt awful near the end of long races. So it was very satisfying to return to the Kneeknacker yesterday and feel strong where previously I'd struggled. I knew that I would need to have a great race to even approach Aaron Heidt's 2009 course record (Aaron is a Canadian running legend who has run a 4:01 mile and finished well at UTMB) and for whatever mysterious reason I felt great and managed to improve on it. Thanks @skiericcarter for crewing for me and keeping my fans (aka my parents) appraised of my progress via social media. Thanks @thehilaryann for the great photo.
Follow @mark_sawh for: lighthearted captions, awesome park pictures with friends and his adorable sidekick Blaze, plus heartwarming outdoor moments that definitely meet #relationshipgoals criteria.
Follow @thehilaryann for: seemingly endless energy and gratitude, a solid dose of fun (including Winnie the Pooh quotes), a hit of wanderlust and natural authenticity.
New blog post: Am I Still An Ultra Runner if I’m Not Ultra Racing? • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Races make excellent goalposts. They can provide training incentive, help us push farther than we otherwise would have, and provide progress markers. However, they do not define us as runners or what we are capable of, and they are but one piece of the puzzle. When I was injured last fall and unable to race, I began questioning whether I could actually still call myself an ultra runner — I mean, if I wasn’t ultra racing, what would I tell people I was working towards? It seemed so underwhelming to simply talk about being a trail runner, without having some sort of epic goal on the horizon. And then I realized how ridiculous that was. • • • • • Head to the link in my bio to read the rest. 📸one of my fav shots ever, by the talented @adameloso
Follow @adameloso for: goofball mentality, gorgeous photography of picturesque landscapes, and good buddy hangs (an inadvertent reminder to get outside with your friends more).
Pumped to be working with @saucony, and now transferring to the Canadian side this year (@sauconycanada ). Can’t wait to get out on the trails, and explore some new places in there awesome gear 😀. Thanks again Saucony for bringing me on for the 3rd year. Also congratulations to @sparrowfitness.ca and @anygivenrunday, looking forward to seeing you two on the trails :) . #runyourworld #findyourstrong #explorebc #hikebc #photography #explorecanada #thankyoucanada #goodtimesoutside #dailyhivevan #herpnwlife #hellobc #artofvisuals #exploretocreate #unrulydreamers #sheadventures #expandyourplayground #getoutside #optoutside #pnwcollective #wanderlust #livefolk #socality #stayandwander #thatpnwlife #outdoorvancouver #happyadventuring @pnwdiscovered
Kimberley Teshima Newberry
#tbt A memorable day during Orcas 50k a couple years ago! The day didn’t go as planned, but I clearly had some muddy fun! I need to get back there one day to actually conquer that course. Good luck to all who are running Orcas 100 this weekend! Also, I miss Pearl Izumi trail shoes! Photo credit: @gtach Glenn Tachiyama
Follow @kilianjornet for: an athlete’s perspective, including training tips, technique talk, and cross-training adventures, plus down-right magical landscapes and first looks at Salomon gear.
Follow @mira.rai for: run training and races all over the world, incredible views of the Himalayas, and an insider look at Nepalese culture and the close-knit Nepal trail running community.
Hailey Van Dyk
Follow @haileyvandyk for: bottomless enthusiasm and playfulness, inspiring reflections and encouragement, updates from Run Like A Girl, rad mountain scenery, and cameos from her Ecuadorian rescue pup Cotopaxi.
Follow @garyrobbins for: race information, reveals and updates, cameos from the trail running community at large, stats, sponsorships, endorsements and general die-hard running.
Sporting our new @coastmtntrail cool kids tech hat during my Run Ridge Run course scout this morning. Run Ridge Run is fully sold out at 350 runners with a deep talent pool on both sides. We will certainly see course records challenged next weekend. Course conditions are suboptimal as of today, but there's rain in the forecast. Given that the course was in prime shape just a few days back, it would be foolhardy to attempt to predict conditions nine days out. We'll have a much greater sense of things in a week's time. Till then, cheer for a little bit o rain and a whole lotta sun 🌞
Run, Run, Run Mountains 🏃🏼 . . . . . . . . . #mountainrunning #mountainlife #choosemountains #fitspo #throwbackthursday #trailrunning #borntorun #neverstopexploring #themountainsarecalling #explorebc #goodtimesoutside #allergictoaverage #currexsolecrew #whistler #seatosky #outdoorwomen #enerc #sourceforsportssquamish #popeyescoquitlam #itsbetteroutside #thatpnwlife #wildernessculture #intothewild #runnerlife #runsteepgethigh #runnershigh #instarunners #runstagram 📸 2013 Black Tusk
Follow @lucy_bartholomew for: a regular dose of positivity and gratitude, foodie comradery, regular pre- during and post-race updates, and run-happy reminders to be yourself.
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Dreaming of warmer days? The days are getting longer, and summery sunsets like these are in your future! 🌄 🌄 🌄 Have you experienced the lush beauty of Mount Revelstoke National Park? 📷: @calibreus . . . . . @HelloBC @Revelstoke @seerevelstoke #ParksCanada #MountRevelstokeNP #MountRevelstoke #revelstoke #revelstoked #TheRealStoke #exploreBC #explorecanada #igtravel #views #solotravel #instacool #inspire #traveltheworld #travelgram #wanderlust #adventure #view #travelphotography #bucketlist #sunset #britishcolumbia #HelloBC #hiking #climbing #mountain #nationalpark #nationalparks
Follow @dirtbagrunners for: fun, dirt, travel and community.
DIRT. SWEAT. GRIT. 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 HUGE congrats to our AZ DBR Ambassador @joyfuljessss for crushing her first 50K, getting SECOND place...on her birthday! Let’s all give her a very dirtbag CONGRATS 💃 Who else raced this weekend? Tell us where / when / what you ran & how it went in the comments below! 📝👇🏼 . . . . . . . #dirtbagrunners #trailandultra #ultrarunning #run #trail #runner #trailrun #trailrunner #runners #runhappy #instarunners #instarun #workout #instarunner #photooftheday #runtoinspire #happyrunner #instagood #runitfast #seenonmyrun #time2run #runchat
MEC Ambassador Jim Willett
Stay the course. If you believe in what you’re doing & you’re putting in the work, stay the course. The path won’t always be rainbows & sunshine, but stay the course. And if you’re being driven by something inside, if you have passion for what you’re pursuing, then you already know this. This is just a reminder. Stay the course. • #goodtimesoutside #mecambassador #hokaoneone #toronto #runchat