Daniel @Racingmedal is a person who loves running! He loves the races and competitive spirit, however more than anything enjoys the feeling of freedom it gives. We think a lot of people can relate to this! Well, Daniel’s story is really interesting, and he has some great tips for people that are new to running! Read the interview to hear what he has to say. Enjoy!
How did you start running?
I have been running around all my life since my early childhood, however, did not start racing in competitions until my thirties. I have always had so much energy and I needed to find a way to channel it. When I was younger, I played rugby and basketball, and was also an avid snowboarder. Running became important for me after I had spent a few years working in an office environment and I started getting back pains from sitting in front of a computer for long periods of time. My wife’s cousin signed me up for a half-marathon in 2009 as a birthday present. At first, I was hesitant and doubted whether I would manage to run that distance. However, after some training, I managed to complete the race and felt happy with my achievement. It was not until a few years later, in 2014 in fact, that I started running on a regular basis. Since then, there has been no looking back and I run as much as I can, having now competed in 87 races!
What motivates you every time you decide to lace up your running shoes and run?
I have always been very competitive and driven by improving my performances and personal records within running. However, I have also found the meditative and adventurous sides of running in later years, and I really want to help other runners with their performance as well going forward. Running is my therapy and is a way to take a break from everything else going on in our modern busy lifestyles. It is a great activity to get you outdoors and enjoying nature.
Do you have a big goal connected to this sport?
I would love to run a marathon under 3 hours.
Three things that you love in running the most
1. The simplicity. All you need is to put on a pair of shoes and just run. Anywhere. Whenever.
2. It feels like we were born to run. It is so natural and just makes sense when you are on the trails.
3. The adventure. You see so many beautiful places, enjoy great experiences, and create strong memories.