Celebrities who pound the pavement!
Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no denying the health benefits of running. It’s good for the entire body and even helps to cleanse the mind, which is why so many people run to stay fit, including some of Hollywood’s hottest stars! For these celebs, getting away from the paparazzi isn’t the only reason to break into a sprint.
If you’re looking for a fun running goal for 2016, Mark Zuckerberg has you covered although you’ll have a little catching up to do first! Facebook’s founder and CEO created a fitness challenge for himself dubbed “A Year of Running.” The challenge is to run a total of 365 miles in 2016. The challenge is open to everyone and those who want to participate were invited to join a public group he created on Facebook. “It’s a mile a day, and at a moderate pace it’s less than 10 minutes of running per day,” Zuckerberg wrote in a post. At the time of writing this feature, the community has more than 110,000+ members. Unfortunately for Zuckerberg, some eagle-eyed viewers have criticized a recent running photo of the 31-year-old saying that he appears to be overstriding and striking the ground with his heel which have been called surefire ways to injure yourself. Better work on that form, Zuckerberg!
The younger sister of Catherine Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, chose one of the toughest marathons in the world to knock off her bucket list in 2015. With temperatures rising to more than 86 degrees Fahrenheit at an altitude of 5,550 feet, the 2015 Safaricom Marathon in Kenya was no easy task. Fortunately the 26.2-mile race was no match for Middleton who placed 30th overall and was the seventh female finisher with a time of 3:56:33. Although the Safaricom Marathon was her first marathon, Middleton is an active runner and cyclist who regularly competes in various events. A week before Safaricom, Middleton rode 54 miles from London to Brighton to raise awareness for the British Heart Foundation. Less than three months later, Middleton completed the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship in Sweden which involves a total of 6.1 miles of swimming and 40.3 miles of running. Middleton finished the race, a day after her 32nd birthday in 13:04:24. Way to go, Pippa!
Whenever actor and comedian Kevin Hart arrives in a new city, he literally hits the ground running with a 5K whether it’s a race or just the exercise. The 36-year-old also uses the activity as a creative way to connect with his fans. In 2014, Hart decided to see how many fans he could get to join him for an impromptu 5K run via social media. That first event drew two hundred people and now Hart regularly runs impromptu 5Ks with thousands of fans in various cities. “When I’m running, I’m not competing for a gold medal,” says Hart. “The reward is telling myself, ‘I’m staying consistent. I’m staying true to something.’ If I continue to set goals and accomplish those goals, that means I’m doing something right. Who knows where that could take me?” Best of all, Hart makes it a point to stay and high-five everybody at the end of the race even refusing to leave until the last person has crossed the finish line. How’s that for motivation?
Andrea Barber, who played Kimmy Gibbler on the ’90s sitcom Full House, is a veteran full and half marathoner. In February she completed her fourth 26.2 mile marathon in Los Angeles, just 12 days before reprising her role as the Tanner family’s zany neighbor in Netflix’s reboot, Fuller House. The 39-year-old has two children and started running four years ago. She has since completed nearly 30 races and boasts a marathon personal record of 4:43. In an interview with Runner’s World, Barber said running is what keeps her sane and grounded, which means a lot considering she used to hate running and only began racing due to peer pressure! “I had some friends signing up for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon. It was almost sold out, and I decided I couldn’t miss out,” says Barber. “Something happened out there around mile nine where I felt the runner’s high for the first time. When I crossed the finish line I cried. I was changed. I signed up for my next race that night.”
For Gordon Ramsay, dealing with subpar chefs is more of a nightmare than training for a marathon. The 49-year-old celebrity chef has been running for over a decade and competes in several long-distance races each year. Ramsay trains for these races year-round with his wife Tana who actually beat him to the finish line by 15 minutes in the 2012 London Marathon (Ramsay ran 4:26:21). The former soccer star has even ran a few double marathons in South Africa. According to an interview with BBC, Ramsay believes it’s crucial to cleanse the body for up to four days before a race. During the race, his biggest tip is to take a sip of water at every station. In 2015, Ramsay entered the grueling Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, but was forced to drop out during the final marathon leg due to vomiting and dehydration. Despite the unfortunate ending, Ramsay says he will be back this year! In 2013, Ramsay’s finished the Ironman race in 14 hours.
British singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding is an avid runner and regularly runs five to six miles—even while on tour! Much like Kevin Hart, Goulding often invites fans to join her runs through her Facebook page. The “On My Mind” singer began running at 18 years old and never looked back. Now the 29-year-old credits music and fitness as being two of the most important things in her life and calls running a huge part of what keeps her motivated. “My training is part of my life. It’s something I need to do every day because it affects my mood, my fitness, even my mind-set onstage,” says Goulding. In 2013, Goulding ran an impressive 1:41:33 at the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Washington D.C. and finished 362nd out of 15,000 runners. Goulding has since gone on to become a brand ambassador for Nike and even designed a 15 minute workout for Nike+ Training Club. Check out Goulding’s exercise tips and fashionable fitness looks at Nike.com!