Manuela Dannwolf is a Fitness Trainer and founder of Lauf-Liebe.
What do I do best?
I really love motivating other people. Since this is something I really love doing I guess that makes me good at it. I got many people into doing more sports, starting running or simply choosing a healthier lifestyle. That makes me feel good, proud and happy. That’s why I launched my website “Lauf-Liebe” – to motivate other people and help them to fall in love with running, with motion in general and finally with themselves.
What makes me the best version of myself?
I am very persistent. Once I set my goal I work for it until I reach it. Sometimes it’s a good thing, sometimes it’s bad – for example when it comes to pushing myself beyond the limits of my body. I always set my goals a little higher once I’ve reached them so I tend to overdo it sometimes. But altogether I am happy the way I am. This is what makes me unique. This is what makes me myself. And this is what made me accomplish things I had never dreamed of - like running 71k and finishing as 4th women in my first ultra-race.
What are my aspirations?
I want to become the best version of myself, whether it’s in sports or in business. That’s my goal in life. Don’t complain about what you don’t have. Instead take what you have and make the best out of it. Life isn’t always fair. Life doesn’t always treat you right. That’s why you have to take charge, take your opportunities and work for your dreams until they become reality. My personal goal is to write a book. I’ve had that dream since I was a little kid. And even if it might take a couple of more years, I know: one day I will reach that goal.
My Biggest Success?
I’ve had a couple of accomplishments in running. But personally, my biggest success was to convince my boyfriend to run the Berlin marathon. I call it a big success since he was what you call the complete opposite of a runner: 80kg of pure muscle mass, a real gym rat with no running ambitions at all. The idea that I would finish a marathon with him one day was so abstruse, I couldn’t even believe it when we crossed the finish line. But he did it. He finished. With only four weeks of training. Running over the finish line with him was one of the happiest moments in my life. And I’m proud of him beyond words. Besides this, I am really happy to have created one of the biggest German running communities on facebook (www.facebook.com/lauf-liebe). It is awesome to be able to share my passion with so many people and get so many positive running vibes from all over Germany and around the World. That makes me really happy and, yes, a little proud, too.
My Most Challenging Moment?
My biggest challenge - that’s what I’m experiencing right now. I’ve hurt my knee during the last running season and am not able to run or do cardio sports at all at the moment. I can’t even walk or go down stairs without pain. That’s an awful situation for someone whose maxim had always been: “Motion is my life”. The last months were tough. I had to cancel the Tokyo Marathon – a running event to which only 1/10th of all applicants have been accepted. But I don’t give up. I will work as hard as I can to get back on track. And I hopefully will run again – sooner or later.
“Never let success get to your head. Never let failure get to your heart.”
My Favorite People/Role Models?
My role model is my mom. Not in every aspect of life. But when it comes to strength and toughness – she’s the killer. She’s the strongest and toughest women I’ve ever met. I love her so much and we have such a strong band. The older I get the more I respect her for what she has accomplished in life – and still does. We walked the “Camino de Santiago” together in 2016. 800km within 31 days. And she, being 61 years old (which is 23 years older than me), complained less than myself. She’s simply amazing – and even more stubborn than myself. Therefore, she is my favorite girl and will always be my best friend. Mommy, I love you.
My Favorite Places/Destinations?
I love Europapark!!! It’s an amusement park in the South of Germany. I’ve been there every single year since I was a kid – about 30 years now. Whenever I go there, I change into the little girl from back then, running around, screaming, eating pancakes and having the time of my life. My goal is to go there until I’m old and my hubby has to roll me around in a wheelchair. And I will still be screaming and eating pancakes and having the time of my life still – ok, without the running ;-)
My Favorite Products/Objects?
My favorite objects are my running shoes. They have guided me through so many tough times in my life. Once I put them on, I feel calm. When my feet start clapping on the asphalt, my breath becomes deeper and I inhale the freedom that running gives me, I forget about all my problems – or solve them with every step. I love where my running shoes take me and what they’ve made out of me: a proud, self-confident, self-loving woman who knows what she wants and where to go/run to in life.
My Current Passions?
Running and Writing. That’s what were and hopefully will always be the two passions that determine my life. Perhaps in another manner, perhaps in a less demanding way – but those two things in my life hopefully will persist, so I pray, and will by my side to guide me through this crazy roller coaster called life.
Photo Credit; ©Denis Drayer-Varga Photography.