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Twin Cities Marathon

Steve Wiens is a runner and a pastor in Minnesota. He’s also a gifted writer who I’ve just discovered blogs at The Actual Pastor and sometimes (not often enough!) writes about running.

He artfully captured the essence of running a marathon in a recent post that followed the Twin Cities Marathon:

If the first twenty miles are mostly physical, the last 6.2 are all mental … Your mind and your body are now engaged in full-scale war. Your body demands that you quit this foolish, meaningless quest. I have run 10 marathons, and I cannot recall even once when I did not desperately want to quit somewhere between mile 20 and the finish.

Amen! That’s all I can say.

So, why does he keep entering this “torture chamber” again and again? Really, it’s worth reading the whole story: There is More

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Herbalife athlete wins global gold

Herbalife-sponsored athlete Caterine Ibargüen won the gold medal in triple-jump competition at the recent IAAF World Championships in Moscow.

Ibargüen jumped 14.85 meters in the world competition. The Colombian also represented her country by winning the silver medal in the triple jump at the Olympic Games in London 2012 (with a jump of 14.80 meters).

Learn more about how Herbalife24 fuels world-class athletes.

Learn more about Caterine Ibargüen.

Leadville 100

Team Herbalife completes the 2013 Leadville 100 MTB endurance race.

Herbalife is the official Nutrition Sponsor of the fabled Leadville 100 mountain bike endurance race held a couple of weeks ago. 

The Leadville Race Series is among the most scenic and challenging races in the world. Nicknamed the “Race Across the Sky,” it boasts an incredibly challenging terrain that climbs to nearly 15,000 feet in altitude. Thousands of endurance athletes from across the world compete in various running and cycling events, including the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race. In this grueling 100-mile course across the Colorado Rockies, Herbalife® products like Rebuild Endurance serve as the Official Recovery Drink.

Rebuild Endurance and Rebuild Strength, two Herbalife24 recovery drinks, are a staple in my own marathon training. I’ve learned that how I recover from a workout is just as important as how I run during the workout. (See my earlier post, Bouncing Back.)

It’s not uncommon to see Herbalife Chairman and CEO Michael O. Johnson and Team Herbalife among the event’s world-class competitors.

Learn more at http://sports.herbalife.com/en-US/Events/Leadvill100.htm

Not to be outdone, there were also Herbalife athletes competing in the legendary Leadville Trail Run last weekend. Over 100 miles of extreme Colorado Rockies terrain, elevations rise from 9,200 to 12,600 feet.

Here is ultra runner Nathan Longcrier coming into the Twin Lakes aid station.

In other football news …

A certain quarterback is sporting a Broncos jersey and making headlines from Denver to Kansas City. Actually, I was more interested in some other breaking news about the sport  the rest of the world calls “football” and we Americans call “soccer.”

Also making headlines this week …

Herbalife partners with LA Galaxy

Herbalife announced a record 10-year contract extension with MLS Cup Champion LA Galaxy. Herbalife will not only continue as the team’s official presenting sponsor and official jersey sponsor, but will also remain the Galaxy’s official and exclusive nutrition partner, with all of our products available to the club’s players and coaching staff.

This is the single largest and longest sponsorship agreement for an MLS club in league history, running through the 2022 MLS season, and is valued at over $44 million.

Herbalife CEO Michael Johnson adds: “There’s another part of this agreement very dear to all of our hearts – making our communities better places to live and work. As part of the agreement, $2.5 million will go toward supporting charitable efforts between the Los Angeles Galaxy Foundation and the Herbalife Family Foundation to benefit vulnerable and underserved children.”

You can read Herbalife’s press release here.

 Leo scores big (234 goals)

Leo Messi — a world-famous Herbalife-sponsored athlete and perhaps the greatest soccer player in history – became FC Barcelona’s all-time top goal-scorer on March 20, 2012. The game against Granada will be remembered for this extraordinary feat: a hat-trick by the three-time Ballon d’Or winner that took his all-time tally to 234 goals.

At only 24-years-old, Messi is a living legend. Did I mention he is an Herbalife-sponsored athlete?

According to Time magazine, Messi is “the greatest player in the world” and perhaps the “best of all time.”

King Leo on the cover of Time Magazine

Lionel Messi on the cover of Time Magazine
Leo Messi — a world-famous Herbalife-sponsored athlete and perhaps the greatest soccer player in history (if you don’t believe me, just watch the video, below) — will be featured on the cover of the next issue of Time Magazine, which goes on sale worldwide this Sunday, January 29.

Headlined, “King Leo,” it’s the first time that a soccer player has graced the cover of the magazine. I haven’t been able to confirm whether this edition will be published in the United States or if it’s only Time’s global edition that will feature Messi. (Messi is far more famous in soccer-loving Europe and South America than here in the states.)

Here is the announcement at the FC Barcelona website

Watch Messi, in action: