Rebecca Hammel

Running Stockholm

Rebecca Hammel, born 1987 in Stockholm. Running is my specialty and triathlon my new love. I am a half-Swedish, half-German girl with one foot in two worlds. I work as an engineer within the IT industry, but I am also a personal trainer, running coach, group trainer, a writer for SATS Magazine and holds lectures about running. My passion is to push people beyond their limits, even if they don't want to!

What drives you? 

To constantly have goals to strive towards and prove to myself that I can do things I previously did not believe I could.

What's next in training? 

I think we will see two things, which will be each other's opposites. The first one is training forms that becomes more digitized and takes place in virtual worlds (VR). We have seen it a little already, but I think it will be so much more sophisticated and advanced in the near future. As a counter reaction, I believe the other one will focus on the nature and being even closer to it.

What makes you happy?

The energy and happiness I get back from my participants as a coach. There is nothing I love more then get people to like something they didn’t, helping them pushing their limits and prove to themselves that they are capable to do so much more than they thought.

How do you create balance in your life?

I always try to prioritize my myself, say no to things, avoid competing against others, sleep and run. Most of it applies for both training and work. Even if it´s sometimes easier said than done I do my best.

What’s one piece of kit you could not live without?

My running shoes, GPS-watch, rubber band and Exetube. Nowadays I also include my swimsuit and goggles in my “survival kit”.

What are your goals for the future?

One of my goals during 2018 is to become a better cyclist. I really want to perform better at IRONMAN in Hamburg than I did at IRONMAN in Kalmar in 2017. I would also love to Climb Kilimanjaro in the future.

Who inspires you and why?

I am inspired by ordinary people who do extraordinary things and/or contributes to public health. Mia Thomsen and Anders Hansen are such people. Mia went from being an overweight smoker who never exercised to running Sweden's longest trail, ultra-race 246K long. Anders Hansen is a Swedish doctor, psychiatrist and author who really worked hard to get out the message about how the brain is affected by being physically active. He has written two books “Hjärnstark” and ”Hälsa på recept”.

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