Most Recent Posts for Athlete Stories

On Friday 14th June 2019, ultra-runner and inov-8 ambassador Paul Tierney will begin his attempt to try to break the record time for summiting all 214 of Alfred Wainwright’s Lake District peaks in one go. Paul will be wearing a tracker so that you can follow his progress live. Stay updated with the latest news …

Tags:
All Posts Athlete Stories Graphene Grip

Inspirational runner and cancer survivor Nicky Spinks has created history by becoming the first person ever to run doubles of each of the Classic 3 British 24-hour Rounds. Nicky started the trilogy in 2016, to mark 10 years of surviving cancer. She broke the overall record for the Double Bob Graham Round in the English …

Tags:
All Posts Athlete Stories Running Inspiration

Having previously completed a Double Bob Graham Round (England) and Double Charlie Ramsay Round (Scotland), record-breaking inov-8 ambassador and inspirational breast cancer survivor Nicky Spinks is now aiming to finish an incredible British trilogy with a Double Paddy Buckley Round (Wales). Starting at Capel Curig on Friday (May 17th), the 51-year-old aims to run and …

Tags:
All Posts Athlete Stories Running Inspiration

An Endurance Lab Project Our very own Nutrition & Performance Research Manager, Roxanne Vogel, is pushing the limits of mountaineering through a technique dubbed a “Lightning Ascent,” drastically reducing the time it typically takes to acclimatize and summit the world’s tallest peak through training, technology, and careful nutrition planning. Follow @GUEnergyLabs on Instagram and Twitter for updates on Roxanne’s trip. […]

Tags:
Athlete Stories Featured Nutrition Lab Nutrition Tips

Photo Courtesy of Alpenglow Expeditions PART 1: THE PROJECT​ Mt. Everest has been summited 9,159 times. Only 6% (or 610) of those summits were achieved by women. By day, she’s our Nutrition & Performance Research Manager… but by night, she’s an accomplished alpinist with more than a dozen summits over 15,000 ft and five of […]

Tags:
Athlete Stories Featured Nutrition Lab Nutrition Tips

Part 2: The Training From Berkeley to the top of the world and back in 14 days. CLICK TO READ PART 1: THE PROJECT Our very own Nutrition & Performance Research Manager, Roxanne Vogel, is pushing the limits of mountaineering through a technique dubbed a “Lighting Accent,” drastically reducing the time it typically takes to […]

Tags:
Athlete Stories Featured Nutrition Lab Nutrition Tips

We caught up with inov-8 ambassadors Victoria Wilkinson and Chris Holdsworth for a quick chat ahead of the iconic Yorkshire Three Peaks Race on the 27th April 2019. Victoria is returning to the race as the defending champion, having won the race 4 times before. She currently holds the women’s course record. Chris is returning …

Tags:
All Posts Athlete Stories Get A Grip

SCOTT RAN FAST. REALLY FAST. https://youtu.be/IK9zcHqBfsU At 9:59am on Monday, April 15th, 2019, Scott Fauble was standing on the start line of the 123rd edition of the Boston Marathon. With a PR of 2:12:28 (from the New York Marathon in 2018), it’s safe to say Scott was not the favorite among the stacked field. But […]

Tags:
Athlete Stories

A total of 289 runners started this year’s Georgia Death Race. Just 154 reached the finish line. Described by organisers as a 70-mile ‘march’ through the North Georgia mountains, this year’s winner was Colorado-based inov-8 ambassador Morgan Elliott. In taking the victory, Morgan earned himself a golden ticket to race the biggest ultrarunning event in …

Tags:
All Posts Athlete Stories Golden ticket win

The Boston Marathon is (Almost) Here!   Come Hang + Run + Chat with Us! The GU Crew will be out and about all weekend, and you can always find us at our booth in the expo to stock up on any last-minute nutrition needs!  Shake out from the Rabbit Pop Up Shop292 Newbury Street […]

Tags:
Athlete Stories Featured Nutrition Tips

We caught up with inov-8 training athlete Dani Speegle, who just smashed the 2019 CrossFit Open, placing first in the USA. The 26-year-old, who hails from Melbourne, Florida US, has enjoyed a meteoric rise since starting the sport less than 4 years ago. Of over 140 000 female athletes who entered the 2019 CrossFit Open, Dani …

Tags:
All Posts Athlete Stories Training Team

Scott Fauble’s Quiet, Simple road to Boston To earn a spot in the elite corral at the start of the Boston Marathon, you have to be driven, disciplined, and laser-focused. Every detail maters… from tracking bio-markers and sleep routines to utilizing the newest technologies in running. For a sport as simple as putting one foot […]

Tags:
Athlete Stories Nutrition Tips

We’ve all been there… you’re out on a run or ride, you feel the dreaded bonk coming on, but you don’t have any Gels, Chews, or Stroops to keep you going!  Introducing GUber Eats https://youtu.be/cIhx1rnEgjM DOWNLOAD THE APP From the makers of the original Energy Gel, GUber Eats is the ONLY on-demand sports nutrition delivery […]

Tags:
Athlete Stories Featured

BONUS EPISODE! A Live Conversation with Katie Arnold + Another Mother Runner In our first ever podcast collab, we teamed up with Sarah Bowen Shea from the Another Mother Runner team for a LIVE conversation with GU Crew runner Katie Arnold.  Last year, Katie won the prestigious Leadville Trail 100 Run, and she just released […]

Tags:
Athlete Stories Featured Nutrition Tips Pinnacle Podcast

Runner Nicky Spinks was dubbed “Britain’s Toughest Woman” by media following her pioneering completion of a 116-mile Double Ramsay Round over Scotland’s unforgiving mountains in 2018. Now, however, the 51-year-old breast cancer survivor and inov-8 ambassador faces arguably her toughest running challenge to date – the notorious Barkley Marathons, a ‘race’ no woman has ever …

Tags:
All Posts Athlete Stories Graphene Grip

inov-8 Training is proud to announce the signing of new training athlete and inspirational CrossFitter, Dani Speegle. Dani, who hails from Melbourne, Florida USA, has had a meteoric rise since she first stepped foot in a CrossFit gym, less than four years ago. We caught up with Dani for a quick chat before she embarked …

Tags:
All Posts Athlete Stories Training Team

This summer will see ultra-runner and inov-8 ambassador Paul Tierney try to break the record time for summiting all 214 of Alfred Wainwright’s Lake District peaks in one go. The current record is held by Steve Birkinshaw, who, in June 2014, did it in 6 days, 13 hours and 1 minute. Prior to that the …

Tags:
All Posts Athlete Stories Graphene Grip

Welcome to Season 3 of the Pinnacle Podcast! YiOu Wang is a pro trail and ultra runner who also dabbles in the marathon with a time that qualifies her for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials. She also recently punched her Western States 100 ticket, which means she’ll be mixing it up on the trails from […]

Tags:
Athlete Stories Featured Nutrition Tips Pinnacle Podcast

Few brands are as lucky as we are to have such a brilliant group of female athletes who continue to inspire us every day with their incredible achievements. While we champion them throughout the year, we’d like to use International Women’s Day on March 8th, to raise the profile of these phenomenal women up a little …

Tags:
All Posts Athlete Stories International Women's Day

Over one weekend every February, the population of Hayward, WI balloons from 2,302 to over 30,000. Why? Two words — Birkie Fever. What is Birkie Fever? “It’s that yearly craving for the excitement, camaraderie and challenge that can only be satisfied by clicking into a pair of skis and lining up at the start line […]

Tags:
Athlete Stories

Photo by Justin Britton Scott Fauble is one of the best distance runners in the country. Last November, he placed seventh (and was the second American) in the New York City Marathon. In January, he placed sixth at the USATF Cross Country Championships in Florida, the pinnacle of cross country running in the US.  He ran […]

Tags:
Athlete Stories Featured

It’s widely regarded as one of the world’s toughest endurance races. Held amidst the harshness of British winter, the 268-mile Spine Race pushes competitors to the limit as they run, hike and, at times, crawl their way along the iconic Pennine Way trail, taking in around 37,000ft (11,277m) of elevation gain as they go. First …

Tags:
All Posts Athlete Stories Graphene Grip

100 Events1,000 Hours65,000 Dollars 2018 was a big year for our GU Gives program. Since January, we’ve contributed over $65,000 to some incredibly worthy causes, supported over 100 charity events across the country with cash and product donations, and volunteered over 1,000 hours in our community as part of our 1k program. We are proud of […]

Tags:
Athlete Stories Featured

The Cape Wrath Trail from Fort William to the northwestern tip of Scotland is regarded as Great Britain’s toughest trail. Wildly remote and packing in around 12,000m of ascent, the 230-mile route usually takes trekkers around three weeks to complete. Starting this Saturday (December 8th), ultra running friends Damian Hall and Beth Pascall hope to do …

Tags:
All Posts Athlete Stories Get A Grip

Inspirational runner Nicky Spinks has been presented with the British Empire Medal following her inclusion in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for 2018. The 51-year-old cancer survivor and inov-8 ambassador was rewarded for her outstanding services to sport and charity. She proudly collected her medal at a ceremony held in Yorkshire, England this week. Nicky …

Tags:
All Posts Athlete Stories Queen of the mountains

inov-8 Training announces latest athlete Lauren Herrera. Our team had a chat with the 3x CrossFit Games athlete, following her joining the inov-8 Training team and here’s what she had to say. Q1. Congratulations Lauren! Why inov-8? Inov-8 has been around fitness and training since day 1. Whether my day involves lifting, running, interval training …

Tags:
Athlete Stories

One Thousand Miles Through Kyrgyzstan  Jay Petervary is about as “ultra” as an ultra-racer can be. A ten-time Ultra Iditarod champion, Tour Divide record holder, and half of the only team to ever do the Dirty Kanza XL on a tandem bike, the big question usually circling around Jay is “what’s next?” Well, this past […]

Tags:
Athlete Stories Featured Pinnacle Podcast

Thousands of obstacle course racers descended on London last weekend as the UK staged the OCR World Championships for the first time in the event’s five-year history. During three days of intense competition, racers from 60 countries battled it out over courses of 3km and 15km, before teaming up with friends on Sunday for the …

Tags:
All Posts Athlete Stories obstacle course racing

I think I ran my perfect race last weekend. Remote, long, unmarked, through high and beautiful mountains, over unrelentingly technical terrain, Els 2900 was low-key and understated, like a classic fell running race being played out on a grand stage. Admittedly, in terms of performance it was far from perfect – photographs taken during the final two …

Tags:
All Posts Athlete Stories Adventure is waiting. Catch up.

With a gradient in places of 80% and multiple daredevil drops, the iconic Streif ski slope on the Hahnenkamm mountain in Kitzbühel, Austria, is regarded as the sport’s most notorious downhill. This past weekend, however, saw runners – not skiers – racing down its insanely-steep slopes, as we staged the first-ever inov-8 Descent Race. Starting …

Tags:
All Posts Athlete Stories

It’s been a whirlwind 10 months for Jasmin Paris. In December she gave birth to her first child – a baby daughter called Rowan. Just four months later she won the opening race of four in the 2018 British Fell Running Championship. In September, the 34-year-old wrapped up the British Championship title and then won …

Tags:
All Posts Athlete Stories Els 2900

In this special episode of the Pinnacle Podcast, we asked our friends at Another Mother Runner to sit down with Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae to talk training, strength, recovery, and how she’s making it all work with a one-year-old baby. In her first triathlon season after giving birth to daughter Isabelle, the three-time IRONMAN World Champion […]

Tags:
Athlete Stories Featured

The story of ultra runner Sophie Power, who stopped mid-race at Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) to breastfed her three-month-old son has gone viral this week. News stations and publications across the world are all telling Sophie’s inspiring story, with fellow female runners also adding their support. One of those is inov-8 ambassador Jasmin Paris, who wrote …

Tags:
All Posts Athlete Stories Role models

Runner Damian Hall is The Underdog. A 42-year-old journalist and father-of-two living in the flat-lands of southern England, he went to this year’s Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) – the biggest trail running race in the world – hoping to fulfil a dream of finishing in the top-10. Racing against the sport’s best professional athletes, some …

Tags:
All Posts Athlete Stories Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc

Mike Wardian Runs Fastest Known Time on the 184.5 Mile O&C Canal (Re)-Introducing Mike Wardian Mike Wardian was not born a runner, nor did he grow up a runner. This fact is hard to believe, since he has been a household name in the ultra-running community for a decade. However, Wardian began running competitively after […]

Tags:
Athlete Stories Uncategorized

We caught up with inov-8 Training athlete and The CrossFit Games team athlete, Shane Farmer on the recent changes to The CrossFit Games, what it takes to be a CrossFit athlete and all things rowing!

Tags:
All Posts Athlete Stories

inov-8 stamped its name on the UTMB – the world’s biggest trail running race – by placing two athletes in the top-five. Underdogs Hallvard Schjolberg (Norway) and Damian Hall (UK) ran the races of their lives to finish 4th and 5th respectively (and 1st and 2nd veterans aged over 40) in one of the most …

Tags:
All Posts Athlete Stories Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc

the ultimate race for amphibious people Endurance athletes are an interesting breed. We go to great lengths to discover the limits of our bodies, only to push the envelope by finding ways to increase the challenge. By creating ultramarathons and extending triathlons, we are convinced to create new thresholds once we break through what’s been […]

Tags:
Athlete Stories

History was made on Ben Nevis as Victoria Wilkinson set a new women’s record for the iconic race up and down the UK’s highest mountain. The inov-8 ambassador clocked a time of 1hr 43mins 01secs for the nine-mile race, slicing 24 seconds off Pauline Stuart’s previous record, which had stood for 34 years. The Ben …

Tags:
All Posts Athlete Stories Get A Grip

Photo by Linda Guerrette Finish line of the 2018 Leadville Trail 100 Run Listen: Rob Krar Wins the Leadville Trail 100 Run One Week After a 14th Place Finish in the Leadville Trail 100 MTB Imagine this scenario: you finish 14th in the competitive Leadville Trail 100 MTB race. You wake up the next day, and […]

Tags:
Athlete Stories Featured Nutrition Tips

Photo by Chris Neilson Keely Henninger placed fourth in the 2017 UTMB CCC 101k, and she wanted to drop some tips for anyone planning to test their mettle around Mont Blanc in the upcoming UTMB races this week. The GU Crew will be in Chamonix for the festivities, so if you’re in the area, stay tuned […]

Tags:
Athlete Stories Nutrition Tips

Last weekend, ultrarunner mountain biker Rob Krar finished 14th in the competitive Leadville Trail 100 MTB race in 7:08:27. Since he was already in Leadville, he decided to doubleback and toe the line at the Leadville Trail 100 Run just one week later. While relatively new to the competitive mountain biking scene, Rob is a […]

Tags:
Athlete Stories Nutrition Tips

Ultra-distance runner Pavel Paloncy will attempt to break the record for the fastest completion of the 268-mile Pennine Way this weekend. The Pennine Way is Great Britain’s oldest national trail. It follows a central upland spine, wriggling its way from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders and incorporating around 37,000ft of …

Tags:
All Posts Athlete Stories ultra running

Ever Wonder How the Pros Train? Here’s an inside Look with Pro Marathoner Scott Fauble. Marathons, meditation, and Mexican food. If Scott Fauble’s recent years as a professional runner could be described in a few words, these would surely make the list. In addition to being a prolific blogger and spearheading a burrito movement called […]

Tags:
Athlete Stories Nutrition Tips

Yoga for Athletes It’s a rare athlete who dismisses yoga out of hand. Most athletes — whether we ride, run, kayak, climb, hike, or anything else — understand that it would be nice to learn yoga to improve our core strength and flexibility. Most of us leave it at that, though; we’d do yoga if […]

Tags:
Athlete Stories Nutrition Tips

The inspirational Nicky Spinks is aiming to become the first runner to complete a 116-mile Double Ramsay Round in the Scottish mountains. The Ramsay Round is a 24-hour challenge which sees mountain runners attempt a 58-mile circuit over 24 summits, including the UK’s highest, Ben Nevis. The total ascent that must be scaled is 28,500ft …

Tags:
All Posts Athlete Stories #graphenegrip

Extreme heat and oppressive humidity, lightning storms and hail, peanut butter prairie mud and spirit animal encounters… and 350 miles of self-supported gravel riding. Sound like fun? In this episode of the Pinnacle Podcast, Fat Cyclist sits down with The Queen of Pain, Rebecca Rusch, and our Community Development Manager, Yuri Hauswald, to discuss the training, nutrition, gear […]

Tags:
Athlete Stories Nutrition Lab Nutrition Tips

“The Dirty Kanza wants your soul.” That’s how our ambassador Noah Tautfest described the 206-mile gravel-grinder through the Flint Hills of Kansas. The roads around Emporia, KS are a grid-network of rolling gravel through farms and open land. It’s a small community, and the whole town comes out to cheer on riders… literally the whole […]

Tags:
Athlete Stories Featured

We’re set to get a grip of the training footwear market following the appointment of top crossfitter Fran Calvert. Below is the press release issued on 21/05/2018. PRESS RELEASE: INOV-8 APPOINT TOP CROSSFITTER TO MARKETING TEAM Fran, a regular competitor at the CrossFit Games Regionals, will head up inov-8’s functional fitness and training category. She …

Tags:
All Posts Athlete Stories Performance Training

Three inov-8 ambassadors topped the podium at the Madeira Island Ultra Trail (MIUT) on a Super Saturday to remember. Selected as a 2018 Ultra-Trail World Tour event, the MIUT saw runners from all continents descend on the Portuguese island for super-competitive races over a variety distances. In the main event, the 115k race, Andris Ronimoiss …

Tags:
All Posts Athlete Stories That winning feeling