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Ten Runners You’re Not Following—Yet

You’ll have no trouble keeping up (online) with these highfliers


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Rare are the runners who don’t shamelessly sing their own praises and exclusively promote their sponsors. For the athletic-blog equivalent of indies, add these 10 freewheelers to your streams.

For Ultra Advice: Sage Canaday

The youngest competitor in the 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials, Sage Canaday now lives and trains for mountain races between 10K and 100K in Boulder. He makes running-related videos then uploads them to YouTube. His most popular video covers running form, tips, and drills. Canaday has attracted nearly 10,000 subscribers and more than 2 million views. His favorite video? A post he made running in the foothills of Boulder when he first moved there. “I think it captures the excitement of my start in mountain-trail running and being in Colorado,” he says. “Through this video, I can keep reliving those emotions.” Vo2 Max Productions

For Laughs: Andrew Wheating

A University of Oregon graduate, Olympian Andrew Wheating still trains in Eugene. Known as a relentless prankster, Wheating once tweeted about a bet he’d made with a deliveryman. Saying his house was harder to find than Waldo, he offered the guy a 30 percent tip if he could locate it without calling. “I won,” Wheating later reported on Twitter. When he isn’t busy punking people, the runner manages to do a lot of training, to post updates detailing that, and to preach his own brand of truth: “Track etiquette 101: If you are walking, jogging, standing, sleeping, or anything other than running, don’t do it in Lane 1!!” @AndrewWheating

For Tasty Treats: Ryan and Sara Hall

If you think professional runners subsist on a grueling diet of celery and snow, the food pics in Ryan and Sara Hall’s Twitter feeds will shock you. These husband-and-wife runners often make red-velvet muscle-milk pancakes, eggs poached in vodka sauce, and even homemade poke with sushi-grade ahi. You can catch the recipes for many of their meals on the couple’s website. Ryan, a 2008 and 2012 Olympic marathoner, reportedly specializes in “bulletproof” or buttered coffee (blended coffee, butter, and sugar). “Paleo people have it for breakfast,” Sara tweeted. “But we just have it w/ breakfast for taste.” @RyanHall3 and @SaraHall3

For Earth Porn: Scott Jurek

Ultrarunners shuffling over hill and dale naturally have the scenic advantage on their road and track cousins, but Scott Jurek’s feed is a rarity—one that doesn’t saturate the Internet with gratuitous mountaintop selfies. His spare account posts new photos only about half a dozen times each month, but when Jurek does make additions, you’ll want to see them. “I’m a visual person, so I love what art and photos can convey,” Jurek says. “It’s also a simple way to connect others about what I’m doing. I love how quick and easy it is, compared with writing a longer blog. As they say, ‘A picture is worth a thousand words.’” @scottjurek

For Uplifting Inspiration: Norma Bastidas

Add a touch of inspiration to your Instagram feed by following this self-described “Mexican running wild.” Norma Bastidas was the second person in history to run seven of the planet’s most unforgiving environments (including Antarctica and the Gobi Desert) on all seven continents, and the first to do that in seven months. She mostly publishes messages seasoned with action pix and day-in-the-life snapshots. In 2014, she boldly proclaimed she’d break a Guinness World Record for the triathlon by traveling from Cancun to Washington, D.C., covering 90 miles of that swimming, 2,700 miles biking, and 600 miles running. Expect lots of images that will have you wanting to obliterate your own limits. @ultrarunwild

For a Surrogate Coach: Jay Johnson

Jay Johnson’s feed is a virtual smorgasbord of training tips and wisdom—but instead of loading up on potato salad, you get heaps of advice on how to become a faster, less injury-prone athlete. This runner-turned-coach has been involved in three U.S. national champions in a trio of disciplines: indoor track, cross country, and road racing. Johnson, who coaches runners in Boulder, tweets his thoughts on strength training, avoiding overtraining, and many other subjects. But don’t expect to crush records just because you read his feed. Johnson’s the first to remind followers that “you gain fitness in baby steps, over time;  #patienttraining.” @coachjayjohnson

For Workout Ideas: Anton Krupicka 

A two-time Leadville 100 champion, Krupicka publishes a painstaking record of his daily training via Blogspot. The athlete has been posting the lowdown on each run every day—with few interruptions—since November 2007. Want to know how many miles Krupicka ran over a particular week? Want to know how much vert he gained, and how quickly? It’s all in there. But don’t assume this isn’t filtered. “My private training log is much more detailed,” he says, “and far more profanity-laced.” Riding the Wind

For Diversified Discourse: Lauren Fleshman

Quickly scanning the feed of this two-time 5,000-meter national champ will tell you that most of Lauren Fleshman’s tweets begin with “@.”  But her posts are just the tip of the conversational iceberg. Fleshman offers refreshing honesty, sharing her innermost thoughts on everything from her dad’s liver cancer, to dealing with a forced change of coaches, to wondering just exactly what parchment paper is. The runner has strong opinions, and isn’t afraid to take controversial stands like, for instance, it’s time to get over Steve Prefontaine. @laurenfleshman

For Politics: Nick Symmonds

Symmonds, a several-time U.S. 800-meter champion, is also an outspoken advocate for athletes’ rights who terminated a seven-year relationship with Nike at the start of this year. “I think the way Nike is currently writing its contracts pretty much strips the athletes of all their rights, their ability to market themselves to potential other sponsors,” Symmonds told reporters when he signed an endorsement contract with Brooks Running. And the 30-year-old isn’t afraid to say his piece on social media when sports and politics collide. After winning a silver medal at the 2013 track and field world championships in Moscow, Symmonds dedicated his medal to the LGBT community, making him one of the first athletes to speak out against Russia’s “gay propaganda” laws on that country’s soil. @NickSymmonds

For the Scoop on Usain Bolt: Usain Bolt

Usain St. Leo Bolt is “the most naturally gifted athlete the world has ever seen,” this famous athlete’s Twitter bio used to proclaim. Bolt recently revised the horn-tooting, but his shenanigan-filled feed confirms he’s the Miley Cyrus of running. Whether posting selfies while DJing in Oslo, playing Call of Duty, or hitting on Rihanna from his Twitter account, Bolt’s handle is so cheesy, self-absorbed, and bad, it’s good. @usainbolt

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