From gorgeous trail routes to easy post-run recipes and training tools, there’s a world of runners out there happy to share their experiences and motivate others into going for that first run. The next time you need a push, take a tip or two from the vibrant running community online. Here are some inspiring runners to follow on social media sites.

Eat and run with Scott Jurek
The American ultramarathoner is a practising vegan, an amateur chef, and a bestselling author and public speaker, who’s broken records in world-famous races such as the Badwater Ultramarathon, Hardrock Hundred, and Spartathlon. He shares images from his running adventures, daily life and healthy treats from his inspired diet on Instagram and Twitter.

Looking forward to sharing more of these images from my trip to Snowdonia, TOMORROW at @rei Seattle! 9:00 – 10:00AM: Group run on some of my favorite urban trails in Seattle. Meet in front of the REI Flagship Seattle store, all levels are welcome! 11:00AM – 12:30PM: Presentation of slides and stories from my recent running journeys in the high Himalaya and rugged UK hills of Snowdonia and the Lake District. I’ll also share tips on how to travel light and smart for your own trail running adventures. The first 50 people will receive a Free Limited Edition @brooksrunning trucker hat. Everyone in attendance will have the opportunity to win other raffle prizes and two people can win dinner with me later that evening! Space is limited, sign up at the link below and see you there! #runhappy #trailrunning @rickeygates

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Wild chase

After her son was diagnosed with a progressive eye disorder, Norma Bastidas took up the challenge to run across seven of the world’s harshest environments. A strong advocate against trafficking and abuse, Norma doubled the existing Guinness World Record in 2014 for the longest triathlon completed. Follow her for a daily dose of inspired quotes and images on @ultrarunwild

Last long run before #BadwaterSS on Sunday. #81MilesOfFierceness #Running4ThoseWhoCant #badwater135HereICome A photo posted by Norma Bastidas (@ultrarunwild) on

Run, Rickey, run
Professional trail runner, globetrotter, and shutterbug Rickey Gates shares breathtaking images and stories from expeditions on his blogInstagram and Twitter feeds. The nomadic athlete, who has raced in several unbelievable trails across the Grand Canyon, Norway, Antarctica, and Central Mexico, documents both his runs and travel tales engagingly and with a dash of humour.

Adrenaline junkie

Naresh Kumar moved to the USA in 2010 and discovered trail running soon after. A software engineer in California by profession, he’s been a barefoot runner in several ultramarathons across the globe, as well as a biker, skydiver, mountaineer, and surfer in his ‘free’ time. Follow him to discover what amazing vistas he’s conquering next @iamarunr  

Shut up and run

Maintenance miles. Race day can’t come soon enough! #C9byChampion

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A corporate lawyer turned ultramarathon runner, Robin Arzon inspires you to ‘sweat with swagger’ on her blog, Instagram and Twitter feeds, through snippets from her races, training and personal life. As a certified running and cycling coach, Robin has been running with Type 1 diabetes for years now and motivating several others along the way.

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