Beyond Running – One Year Later

Yesterday was exactly one year since I finished Running4Her, my 400 km solo charity run and educational project, finalising an eight year extreme endurance running career, comprising of thirteen such challenges, all of which I achieved.

Though I had announced publicly that Running4Her was to be my final solo extreme endurance challenge, few people believed me. Running has changed my life, it brought me from success to failure in much more than sports.  Though a wonderful and enriching sport, it can also be an obsessive one, and I wasn’t going to fall into this trap. I ran what I needed to run, my current business developed from my running as well as my studies in psychology and philosophy, and I changed my life, it was now time to dedicate myself largely towards this work – to help others change their lives, professionally or personally. My development, speaking, and writing work is too important for me to dedicate such extreme effort and time to running, and anyway, I didn’t want to continue – it was time to go beyond running.

I have spent this last year focussing purely on my motivational speaking, my professional and personal development programmes and retreats, and on writing my second book “Small Steps towards Excellence”. I have given talks and programmes here in Spain and in Greece, have given my first TEDx Talk, and have held numerous development retreats here in Spain for clients both from Spain and from abroad.

I have launched a women’s group here in Barcelona “BCN Women” and am currently launching my new Essential Transformation programs for 2016 where we work on personal transformation via exercise. I am launching a charity project “Tolerance Without Boarders”, and developing and major educational project. The Documentary of the Challenge “Catching Up with Alex” is currently in its post production and fundraising stage.

When asked why I don’t want to run any more extreme solo challenges, what else can I reply except that I have moved beyond running…I still run – for fun and health now – and I am still developing charity projects, and as for my own challenges? Each day presents exciting new projects and challenges.

My thirteen challenges remain permanently engraved in my mind and in my heart, as do all the amazing people who participated and supported them. Thanks to Frank and every single person involved in all of them!

R4H: Catching Up With Alex Trailer

Our Essential Running Camps launch in Spain this Summer!

Since 2012, I’ve been doing my Running Camps in the mountains of Zagori, Greece, and this summer we will be launching them in Spain, in the foothills of the Montseny mountain range just outside the village of Santa Maria de Palautordera – an ideal place to unwind from the stresses of everyday life , enjoy nature, tracks and fields or mountains and quiet while you learn everything you need to enjoy the long-term running smoothly.

There, you can focus on finding the necessary balance which is essential for runners of all levels. You’ll learn and develop the tools and habits needed to help yourself enjoy the long-term run and achieve your goals.

What’s involved in the Essential Running Camps?

Designed to help each runner  achieve their full potential both physically and mentally, while avoiding the most common mistakes made by most runners.

Each day there will be guided training runs,  with different groups according to the level of each runner, theory sessions, time for rest, and plenty of opportunities to share experiences and dreams with the rest of the runners. The training runs are designed for each group and may include routes on trails,  mountain tracks, roads,  rivers, peaks and even night training.

There are three types of camps:


These are designed for runners of all levels, from beginners to advanced who want to develop, strengthen and achieve their goals without injury, or major disappointments. They deal with mental preparation, strategy, injury prevention, nutrition, and the importance of rest and recovery, while teaching each person how to listen to their body.


These are aimed at experienced runners who want to tackle longer distances and get more in depth theory on not only  physical preparation, but more importantly in mental preparation, detailed planning, long-term goal setting, and individual issues such as nutrition, rest, recovery needs, and plans for long-term training.


These camps are held over long weekends and are for beginners who want to start running safely and want to ensure that they don’t fall into making the most common mistakes of new runners.


Our approach is tailored to each participant’s individual needs. These first camps are exclusive: there will only be gropus of 1-7 people, in order to ensure time for  individual theory sessions with each participant as well as  the group sessions.

The food is organic, international, homemade, and menus are chosen for flavor , and also for optimum atheltic performance.


“The truth is that they were excellent days, I  received more than I expected. When I went there I had high expectations, but all expectations ahve been greatly exceeded, both regarding the sporting and human aspects. It has been an enriching experience. We enjoyed spectacular scenery, delicious and hearty meals and wonderful company that made you feel like you were with friendsfrom the first moment . Sports, great atmosphere, great food and an beautiful setting. You cannot ask for more. For all I experienced, I reiterate my gratitude. “JoaquĂ­n LeĂłn Cid, founder and CEO of HOKO ESPORT

“Alex’s Essential Running Camp in Papigo, Greece was a great sporting experience for me in that it allowed me to deepen and strengthen my knowledge of Running, which has now allowed me to train more efficiently and optimise my performance. The theory sessions were extremely interesting, and the Running routes took place in incredible mountain settings – beautiful and intense. I must add that all the camp staff were highly professional and attentive, a fact which resulted in a strong friendship between the runners. The accommodation and food were excellent, as was everything including the organisation of the program and the fact that there were different training groups according to the level of each runner. In short, an unforgettable personal and running experience.” X.P.G

“The return trip was fantastic, but the memories of the camp are unbeatable. Yesterday I saw the photos on the computer was very moved.

It exceeded all my expectations. Running was great, but meeting you, Frank and Yanna was the best of the surprises … “ NGR

Ready to Welcome this years runners to Essential Running Camp 2014!

Frank & I arrived here in Papigo, Greece a week ago with the dogs and since then have been preparing everything together with Yanna for this year’s Essential Running Camp. We have checked and marked the running routes, prepared all the menus with Anna, and have finished the work and set up for all the seminars with Paris. We are ready to welcome the runners who arrive here in just a few hours!

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