Paul
Chelimo

Running

Kenyan born American athlete Paul Chelimo is one of the Fastest US 5000m runners in history, Paul won the Silver Medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in the 5000m event, the first American male since 1964 to win an Olympic medal in the 5,000 meters. An advocate for patiente anc consistency, Paul loves to push himself to achieve his goals and has a favorite saying "Go hard or suffer for the rest of your life"

STATS


2016 5K Olympic Silver Medalist
2017 5K World Bronze Medalist
1500 - 3:39.33
Mile - 3:55:96
3000m - 7:31.57

Please tell us about yourself and what you are currently training for?

My name is Paul Chelimo. I’m the 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist, 2017 World Bronze Medalist and 2018 Continental Cup Champion over 5000m.

I’m currently preparing for the 2021 Olympic Games.

How did you get introduced in the sport?

I grew up in Iten, Kenya, which is also known as Home of the Champions. I grew up watching people running every morning and every evening so running is part of my culture. One day as I was watching the Olympics ,I just fell in love with the 5000m and that was it. I never thought any other distance since then.

What do you enjoy the most about your sport?

I love my sport because I get to do what I love. Running depends on hard work and persistence to be successful in it.

I’m a self-driven individual so running is just perfect for me because of the great degree of freedom and control. I also love my sport because I can travel all over the world.

Who are the people you rely on to help you perform?

I rely a lot on my family to help me perform. My wife and daughter have been so supportive and they are the reason why I wake up early every day and work so hard. They believe in me and what I do.

I also rely on my coach because he is the reason why I’m this consistent. We work together for one big goal which is an Olympic Gold.

I also rely on my friends and training partners to help take me to new heights personally and professionally.

How does your typical training day look like? 

I would wake up as early as 7 AM, get ready for a workout (dress up and get light breakfast plus hydration) and then at around 8 AM, drive down to the trail for a workout. This normally consists mainly of a tempo or a track workout. 3 miles warm up then workout, and then finish up with a 3 mile cool down.

After the workout, I would drive back home for lunch thereafter get an hour nap depending on how intense the session was.

At around 4pm do an hour gym session then head out for second run which is usually 4-5 miles. After the run, it’s dinner time at around 8pm then retire to bed at around 10pm.

What is your biggest challenge now?

My biggest and most elusive challenge is getting an Olympic Gold Medal but I will make it happen.

What does it take to succeed at the highest level in your sport?

To succeed in track and field takes a lot of hard work, discipline, courage and perseverance.

Sometimes the tough times in running in what prepares on for success.

Tell me about a recent injury you have had and how you recovered.

During the winter I suffered an achilles injury. I had to do lots of massage and lots of icing and rest to recover.

Achilles is an injury that needs lots of maintenance and rest. I recovered quicker because I was able to do the right things like massage, icing and rest.

What’s the achievement you are most proud of? 

The achievement I’m most proud of is being an Olympic Silver Medalist over 5000m.

How important is mental preparation to competition and training?

Mental preparation to competition and training is very important. Being strong mentally gives me lots of confidence which in turn results to exceptional performance.

How do you stay motivated?

I stay motivated by setting goals and sticking to them til’ I achieve them.

I also have a personal motto that I believe in: Go Hard or Suffer the Rest of Your Life.

What does it feel like to win? What has been your favorite victory so far?

Winning feels amazing because it shows whatever I’m doing is working and in turn that motivates me to stay on course.

My greatest victory so far is being an underdog at the Rio Olympics games and coming out as an Olympic Silver Medalist.

What role does recovery play in your athletic success? How much time do you dedicate to each week?

Recovery is paramount to be a successful athlete. I never take recovery for granted since the more I recover the better I perform. I always try to recover as quick as I can before the next session because every session counts.

After a tough session recovery starts and doesn’t stop. It’s rinse and repeat for me.

Can you walk us through your recovery program?

I recover by taking recovery drinks, a lot of stretching, ice bath, massage and mobility exercises.

I use Xendurance recovery products as soon as i’m done with a workout session to kick start my recovery process.

I follow that with the use of the Sidekick vibration ball and muscle scraper to relieve muscle tension and work on tight spots if I feel like I’m tight or sore after a workout; because the 90 minute massage sessions I usually get is not enough.

I end it with mobility exercises after a workout since active recovery is very important in relieving muscle tension and soreness. 

What is the best recovery tip you have ever received?

The best recovery tip I have ever received is that; it’s the little things that matter: stretching, foam rolling, massage, etc. Never take them for granted.

What goals do you have for yourself for 2020?

My main goal for 2020 was to get Gold at the Tokyo Olympics. With the Olympics postponed, i’m working on my weaknesses in preparation to strike at the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2021.

What advice would you give for athletes looking to follow your footsteps?

Always believe in what you do, be passionate in what you do, no one should ever tell you that you can’t do it; It’s all in the mind.

Running has a lot of setbacks you should never quit but instead use that as a motivation.

How can someone find more about you?

Go to my website www.paulchelimo.com, there you will find more about me, what I do and who sponsors me. At the website be on the lookout for my monthly newsletter that will give a scope of me and how i’m progressing.

What is your favorite sidekick tool and why?

Muscle scraper is a game changer and very unique to me as it is designed to ease tension, relieve pain, and recover faster. 

What is the best part about being a sidekick athlete?

Working with the brand to continue to develop and innovate product for the athlete.

"Muscle scraper is a game changer and very unique to me as it is designed to ease tension, relieve pain, and recover faster."

PAUL'S FAVOURITE SIDEKICK TOOL

Swerve Muscle Scraper

65 reviews

WHAT'S INSIDE THE SET

  • Swerve Muscle Scraper
    Polished stainless steel, functional and affordable.
  • Oasis Roller Gel
    Made from 100% natural ingredients, apply this lubricant prior to scraping.
  • Sidekick University
    Access over 40 Chiropractor & Physiotherapist led videos.
  • Protector Case
    Keep your Swerve protected at all times.
  • Cleaning Towel
    This towel is great for wiping off excess oil on your skin after-use.

WHAT'S INSIDE THE SET

(Save $10! Receive an additional $25 value for only $15 more.)

  • Swerve Muscle Scraper
    Polished stainless steel, functional and affordable.
  • Oasis Roller Gel
    Made from 100% natural ingredients, apply this lubricant prior to scraping.
  • Sidekick University
    Access over 40 Chiropractor & Physiotherapist led videos.
  • Protector Case - $20 value
    keep your Swerve protected at all times.
  • Cleaning Towel - $5 value
    This towel is great for wiping off excess oil on your skin after-use.

STATS


2016 5K Olympic Silver Medalist
2017 5K World Bronze Medalist
1500 - 3:39.33
Mile - 3:55:96
3000m - 7:31.57

Paul
Chelimo

Professional Runner

Kenyan born American athlete Paul Chelimo is one of the Fastest US 5000m runners in history, Paul won the Silver Medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in the 5000m event, the first American male since 1964 to win an Olympic medal in the 5,000 meters. An advocate for patiente anc consistency, Paul loves to push himself to achieve his goals and has a favorite saying "Go hard or suffer for the rest of your life"


Please tell us about yourself and what you are currently training for?

My name is Paul Chelimo. I’m the 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist, 2017 World Bronze Medalist and 2018 Continental Cup Champion over 5000m.

I’m currently preparing for the 2021 Olympic Games.

How did you get introduced in the sport?

I grew up in Iten, Kenya, which is also known as Home of the Champions. I grew up watching people running every morning and every evening so running is part of my culture. One day as I was watching the Olympics ,I just fell in love with the 5000m and that was it. I never thought any other distance since then.

What do you enjoy the most about your sport?

I love my sport because I get to do what I love. Running depends on hard work and persistence to be successful in it.

I’m a self-driven individual so running is just perfect for me because of the great degree of freedom and control. I also love my sport because I can travel all over the world.

Who are the people you rely on to help you perform?

I rely a lot on my family to help me perform. My wife and daughter have been so supportive and they are the reason why I wake up early every day and work so hard. They believe in me and what I do.

I also rely on my coach because he is the reason why I’m this consistent. We work together for one big goal which is an Olympic Gold.

I also rely on my friends and training partners to help take me to new heights personally and professionally.

How does your typical training day look like? 

I would wake up as early as 7 AM, get ready for a workout (dress up and get light breakfast plus hydration) and then at around 8 AM, drive down to the trail for a workout. This normally consists mainly of a tempo or a track workout. 3 miles warm up then workout, and then finish up with a 3 mile cool down.

After the workout, I would drive back home for lunch thereafter get an hour nap depending on how intense the session was.

At around 4pm do an hour gym session then head out for second run which is usually 4-5 miles. After the run, it’s dinner time at around 8pm then retire to bed at around 10pm.

What is your biggest challenge now?

My biggest and most elusive challenge is getting an Olympic Gold Medal but I will make it happen.

What does it take to succeed at the highest level in your sport?

To succeed in track and field takes a lot of hard work, discipline, courage and perseverance.

Sometimes the tough times in running in what prepares on for success.

Tell me about a recent injury you have had and how you recovered.

During the winter I suffered an achilles injury. I had to do lots of massage and lots of icing and rest to recover.

Achilles is an injury that needs lots of maintenance and rest. I recovered quicker because I was able to do the right things like massage, icing and rest.

What’s the achievement you are most proud of? 

The achievement I’m most proud of is being an Olympic Silver Medalist over 5000m.

How important is mental preparation to competition and training?

Mental preparation to competition and training is very important. Being strong mentally gives me lots of confidence which in turn results to exceptional performance.

How do you stay motivated?

I stay motivated by setting goals and sticking to them til’ I achieve them.

I also have a personal motto that I believe in: Go Hard or Suffer the Rest of Your Life.

What does it feel like to win? What has been your favorite victory so far?

Winning feels amazing because it shows whatever I’m doing is working and in turn that motivates me to stay on course.

My greatest victory so far is being an underdog at the Rio Olympics games and coming out as an Olympic Silver Medalist.

What role does recovery play in your athletic success? How much time do you dedicate to each week?

Recovery is paramount to be a successful athlete. I never take recovery for granted since the more I recover the better I perform. I always try to recover as quick as I can before the next session because every session counts.

After a tough session recovery starts and doesn’t stop. It’s rinse and repeat for me.

Can you walk us through your recovery program?

I recover by taking recovery drinks, a lot of stretching, ice bath, massage and mobility exercises.

I use Xendurance recovery products as soon as i’m done with a workout session to kick start my recovery process.

I follow that with the use of the Sidekick vibration ball and muscle scraper to relieve muscle tension and work on tight spots if I feel like I’m tight or sore after a workout; because the 90 minute massage sessions I usually get is not enough.

I end it with mobility exercises after a workout since active recovery is very important in relieving muscle tension and soreness. 

What is the best recovery tip you have ever received?

The best recovery tip I have ever received is that; it’s the little things that matter: stretching, foam rolling, massage, etc. Never take them for granted.

What goals do you have for yourself for 2020?

My main goal for 2020 was to get Gold at the Tokyo Olympics. With the Olympics postponed, i’m working on my weaknesses in preparation to strike at the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2021.

What advice would you give for athletes looking to follow your footsteps?

Always believe in what you do, be passionate in what you do, no one should ever tell you that you can’t do it; It’s all in the mind.

Running has a lot of setbacks you should never quit but instead use that as a motivation.

How can someone find more about you?

Go to my website www.paulchelimo.com, there you will find more about me, what I do and who sponsors me. At the website be on the lookout for my monthly newsletter that will give a scope of me and how i’m progressing.

What is your favorite sidekick tool and why?

Muscle scraper is a game changer and very unique to me as it is designed to ease tension, relieve pain, and recover faster. 

What is the best part about being a sidekick athlete?

Working with the brand to continue to develop and innovate product for the athlete.

"Muscle scraper is a game changer and very unique to me as it is designed to ease tension, relieve pain, and recover faster."

PAUL'S FAVORITE SIDEKICK TOOL

Swerve Muscle Scraper

65 reviews

WHAT'S INSIDE THE SET

  • Swerve Muscle Scraper
    Polished stainless steel, functional and affordable.
  • Oasis Roller Gel
    Made from 100% natural ingredients, apply this lubricant prior to scraping.
  • Sidekick University
    Access over 40 Chiropractor & Physiotherapist led videos.
  • Protector Case
    Keep your Swerve protected at all times.
  • Cleaning Towel
    This towel is great for wiping off excess oil on your skin after-use.

WHAT'S INSIDE THE SET

(Save $10! Receive an additional $25 value for only $15 more.)

  • Swerve Muscle Scraper
    Polished stainless steel, functional and affordable.
  • Oasis Roller Gel
    Made from 100% natural ingredients, apply this lubricant prior to scraping.
  • Sidekick University
    Access over 40 Chiropractor & Physiotherapist led videos.
  • Protector Case - $20 value
    keep your Swerve protected at all times.
  • Cleaning Towel - $5 value
    This towel is great for wiping off excess oil on your skin after-use.

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