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Ellie Goulding Ran The Nike Women Half Marathon To Raise $$$ For Leukemia & Lymphoma!!

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How AH-MAYZING is Ellie Goulding?!?

The 26-year-old singer may not look like an athlete, but that didn't stop her from running the Nike Women Half Marathon in Washington, D.C. yesterday!!

Since the marathon has been raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for nine years, we can see why Ellie wanted to take part in such a wonderful cause.

And to give us a little insight on her feat, she told Vogue everything about why she ran the marathon, how she trained, and what music she listened to while she ran.

Here are the HIGHlights:

On how long she's been running:

"Since I was eighteen. It doesn’t sound believable but I woke up one morning in a friend’s flat and felt the urge. I had never really been a sporty child or teenager, but when we had the odd cross country run at school, I would either win or come second, so I guess I always had some sort of flair for it."

On what type of music she listens to when she runs:

"I listen to everything from classical to heavy dubstep, mainly just to feel like I’m with another presence. I prefer running alone so music keeps me alert and energized. I definitely listen to remixes of my own songs and early mixes of things, because running gives me a kind of clarity nothing else does. It makes me notice things I want to change in my music."

On how she trained:

"Because I spend most of my time touring, I never know the weather so I take a whole bunch of things. I find long-sleeved tops and jackets stifle me, so I tend to wear shorts and my custom Nike Flyknits. I love Nike track-and-field sneakers for shorter distances, and I will usually be wearing my GPS watch and a beanie because my hair resembles that of a scarecrow when I run a long distance."

On why she decided to run the marathon:

"I run so much by myself that I decided it was time to team together with my fellow runners and kick ass! I guess I just want to heighten awareness of keeping fit even when you’re mega busy and complete my fourth half marathon among other amazing women."

We feel you guurl! If running is already a hobby, then why not run for a cause???

Now if only we can get enough strength to run a half marathon because we know running 13 miles is NOT easy!!

[Image courtesy of Nike.]

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