06, 2020
4 min

As a professional historian, Dr Andrea Löw’s job takes her to some of the most remote corners of the world, including Australia, Morocco, Namibia, Vietnam and Mongolia. And, as a dedicated sportswoman, she can often be found exploring these exotic destinations in a pair of running shoes and a technical T-shirt. However, her passion for running stems from an unlikely beginning as a long-distance athlete.

Shortly after her birth, her parents weren’t even sure whether their daughter would ever be able to set one foot in front of the other. Then, at the age of thirty, Andrea was scheduled to undergo a serious hip operation, with doctors declaring that her physically active life was soon to be over. But, against the odds, she started running extremely long distances and discovered a passion for it, which she shares with her followers as a blogger.

However, despite the many benefits of exercise, you can have too much of a good thing! Commonly referred to as “overtraining”, an excessive or overly intense workout routine can manifest itself as chronic pain and soreness, mood swings and even physical damage.

“As an ultra-runner,” Andrea explains, “I sometimes put my tendons and joints under a lot of strain. And, in recent years, I’ve periodically struggled with an inflamed tendon, most recently at THE TRACK, a race in the Australian outback during which I ran 522 kilometers in nine stages in May 2019.”

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Andrea continues: “TENDOFORTE® strengthens and supports my tendons, so I had no problems with my shins during the Ultra Mirage El Djerid, a 100 km non-stop run through the Sahara in Tunisia … and at the GELITA Trail Marathon in Heidelberg in autumn 2019.”

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“I am very grateful for the support and the extremely useful advice I’ve received from GELITA, as I also have big goals for 2020.” In July, this year, Andrea will be running the Ultra Norway Race in the north of Norway (140 km with a 9000 m change in altitude) and, in September, she’ll tackle the 220 km Ultra Bolivia Race in seven stages, all at an altitude of more than 3000 m.

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