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Mountain marathon week in Åre, Sweden 2019

Mountain marathon week in Åre has grown into a real running festival with lots of races and activities for both runners, friends and family. The event took place in Åre, Sweden, July 27 – August 3, 2019. 

Åre is a small little cute town located in the north of Sweden, famous for its beautiful nature and varied mountain environment.

It’s almost become a family tradition spending our summer vacation in the mountains of Åre, Sweden, as I like to attend the mountain marathon race “Kia Fjällmaraton, 43 km, 2100D+” in the end of the week.

Here are some of activities that me and my family did together during the week.

View from Åreskutan to Åre lake, Sweden.
View from Åreskutan 1420 m, to Åre lake, Sweden.

Mountaineering at Åreskutan

My daughter Matilda says she wants to become a Skyrunner. So, she loves to come around with me in the mountains doing some easy mountaineering. We also use to bring a lunch pack eating it while enjoying the fantastic scenery together.

Matilda takes a rest in the middle of mountaineering at Åreskutan.
Matilda takes a rest in the middle of mountaineering at Åreskutan.

Running above the clouds

Combining our family vacation with training is for us perfect! Åre offers a great variety of running trails and you can find lots of running routes above tree level.

Katinka Nyberg, training at Åreskutan, Sweden
Katinka Nyberg, training at Åreskutan, Sweden

Hiking in the beautiful nature

Great hiking in Åre for you and your family! We experienced some of the hikes and there is something for everyone. Ullodalen offers very easy hikes and beautiful rivers.

Hiking in Ullodalen, Åre, Sweden
Hiking in Ullodalen, Åre, Sweden

“Ullån” had a temperature around 19 degrees and we spend a whole day here sunbathing. The kids just loved the river and the waterfalls, and it kept them busy for hours.

Sunbathing and playing in Ullån, Åre Sweden
Sunbathing and playing in Ullån, Åre Sweden

Lundhags minimaraton – Kids race

Lundhags minimaraton is a fun race for kids of about 1500 meters located in Edsåsdalen next to Åre.

My kids Tom and Matilda run the race for the third year in a row now and they just love being a part of the mountain marathon week, racing in the same way as their mother do.

Lundhags mini-marathon Edsåsdalen, Åre, Sweden
Lundhags mini-marathon Edsåsdalen, Åre, Sweden
My twins Tom and Matilda Nyberg, Lundhags mini-marathon
My twins Tom and Matilda Nyberg, Lundhags mini-marathon

Välliste runt – Mountain race for families, 13 km, 500 D+

Välliste runt it’s a great mountain race to start with if you are beginner or a “younger family member”. Unfortunately there was about 30 degrees warm this day and it was very hard for Tom and Matilda (my twins) that are only eight years old. A lot harder than they expected actually.

Tom and Matilda Välliste runt first food and drink stop after 5 km.
Tom and Matilda Välliste runt first food and drink stop after 5 km.

After many hours struggling with the heat, the kids being very tired, we finally made it to the Välliste top 9 km, 500D+, as the last, but also the two youngest participants.

Matilda almost made it to the top of Välliste 500 D+.
Matilda almost made it to the top of Välliste 500 D+.

To Mathilda’s biggest disappointment we didn’t make it in time. We were taken of the track and we had to go down in a 4-wheel vehicle the last 4 km downhill to the finish line.

Horseback riding in Ottsjö

Rest days before and after races is perfect for some outdoor family activities!

We experienced horseback riding with Iceland horses in Ottsjö. In a tough and rough mountain environment the horses took us safely both up and down the mountains, and the kids just loved it.

Horseback riding in Ottsjö, view from Hållfjället towards Ottfjället.
Horseback riding in Ottsjö, view from Hållfjället towards Ottfjället.
Horseback riding in Ottsjö, Matilda and Tom downhill from Hållfjället in full speed.
Horseback riding in Ottsjö, Matilda and Tom downhill from Hållfjället in full speed.

Peak Performence Vertical K race

Peak Performance Vertical K is 5 Km, and 1 000 meters in vertical climb from Åre square to “Åreskutan” top. Part of it is so steep, that you have to climb with ropes.

This was my first time doing the race and it was great! I did it in time 1:15 which is quite good, I think.

Finish line Vertical K, On the top of Åreskutan, Sweden
Finish line Vertical K, On the top of Åreskutan, Sweden

Swimming in Åre lake

The weather was quite good this summer, so we did a lot of swimming in Åre lake, just outside our apartment at Holliday Club.

Fredrik, Tom and Matilda enjoying Åre lake.
Fredrik, Tom and Matilda enjoying Åre lake.

Mountainbike in Åre Björnen

Åre Björnen have made some new mountain bike tracks that is a little bit easier than doing the downhill biking from Åreskutan.

Tom doing some mountain biking in Åre Björnen.
Tom doing some mountain biking in Åre Björnen.

Indoor activities

In the evening or if it is bad weather there are also some nice things to do in Åre. At Holliday Club they have an inhouse Swimming pool area, restaurants, Kids lab, bowling and pool. Kids lab is by the way a great place for the kids to hang out while I’m doing my daily training 🙂

Here we are at O’learys playing some pool.

Matilda and Tom at O'learys playing pool.
Matilda and Tom at O’learys playing pool.

“Kia fjällmaraton 43 Km, Åre”

Finally, the best part of the week, “Kia fjällmaraton Åre”. A mountain marathon race of 43 km, 2100 vertical meters.

The conditions this year were quite good, and the trail wasn’t that muddy as the year 2017, if anyone remembers that. 🙂

This time I was also so much more prepared than the year before, and I knew what it was all about. I started to train more seriously in January this year, and I also took some help from a trainer in Spain from the middle of April. If you like you can follow my training program here https://skyrunner.nu/2019/05/07/my-mountain-marathon-training-online-program-week-1/.

Kia Fjällmaraton,, Hållfjället.
Kia Fjällmaraton,, Hållfjället.
Katinka Nyberg "Kia Fjällmaraton" finishline in Trillevallen.
Katinka Nyberg “Kia Fjällmaraton” finishline in Trillevallen.

The race was great, and it went quite well. I almost accomplished my goal and finished the race at 6:48 (which was an hour better than the year before).

Now it’s just to recharge till the next race, “Bydalens Fjällmarathon” 50km, 2900 D+, the 24 of August, which will be my greatest challenge ever.

Summary of the week

It was a great week and I will definitely recommend other Skyrunners and their families to come here and enjoy the beautiful Swedish mountains.

Happy SkyRunning!

/Katinka Nyberg

 

My Mountain Marathon Training Online Program – Week 15

This week has been mostly about rest and recovery from “Kia Fjällmaraton”. Just taking it easy doing some peaceful mountaineering in Åre, Sweden.

I’ve just had three fantastic weeks in Åre training, racing and mountaineering together with my family enjoying the beautiful mountain environment.

Even though I’ve always had some problems with my recovery time from hard races, I wanted to enjoy this last week as much as possible. So, I decided to do some nice mountaineering.

Last year it took me one month to recover from “Kia Fjällmaraton”, and I really hope that I have shortened my recovery-time since then (as I’m better prepared and trained this year).

My next challenge is “Buff – Bydalens Fjällmaraton” 50km, 2900 D+ in the 24 of August, and I really need to be 100% recovered till then.

So, a recovery time of one month as last year is not really an option. 🙂

Katinka Nyberg - Mountaineering, Östra leden Åre, Sweden.
Katinka Nyberg – Mountaineering, Östra leden Åre, Sweden.
Östra leden Åre Sweden
Östra leden Åre Sweden

If you like to see the whole training program from week 1 start here.

My Mountain Marathon Training Online Program – Week 1

This is week 15 of my online training with Fernando…

Training week 15

7 Aug – 13 August…

Wednesday

Rest day

I still feel tired from the race this Saturday (4 days ago) and my body is not recovered yet. The resting pulse zone is also a little bit too high. About 56 instead of 49.

Thursday

Mountaineering/Trailrunning – Uphill 1000 D+

Total time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Friday

Mountaineering/Trailrunning – Downhill 1000 D+

Total time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Saturday

Rest day

Rest day and travel back home to Stockholm.

Sunday

Rest day

Monday

Rest day

Tuesday

Functional training with PT

Focus on shoulder mobility/strength, scapula mobility/strength as these are problem areas of mine. Also working on the combination body/legs/feet doing squats up on toes.

By the way. My PT Ulrika says that my feet have been a lot stronger after 3 weeks of mountain training.

Check out some of the exercises shown by my local personal trainer Ulrika Andersson. Focus on feet mobility/strength and shoulders/arms mobility.

Summary of the week

A great week that was mostly about rest and recovery. Only one-hour effective training plus some nice mountaineering.

I’m not 100 % recovered yet from “Kia Fjällmaraton” but I hope that I will recover just in time tilI my next and also greatest challenge so far, “Buff – Bydalens Fjällmaraton” 50km, 2900 D+ in the 24 of August.

Happy SkyRunning!

/Katinka

Facts

Name: Katinka Nyberg

Nationality: Swedish

Age: 45

Family: My husband Fredrik and my twins Tom & Matilda 8 years

Country/town: Stockholm, Sweden

Your team or sponsor now: SkyRunner

Occupation: Founder SkyRunner

Background: Entrepreneur in IT

Education: Backelor of science, IT

Facebook page personal: https://www.facebook.com/katinkakvist

Facebook page: hhttps://www.facebook.com/skyrunner.nu

Facebook group: SkyRunner Adventurers https://www.facebook.com/groups/320548848596214/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/skyrunner.nu/

Webpage / Blog: https://skyrunner.nu/

To become a true Skyrunner you need to find your inner motivation

You need to accept Skyrunning as a lifestyle. You love the mountains; you never give up and for you all the hard training is part of the game.

Rok is only 25-year-old and already one of the top Skyrunners in the world. He loves everything about Skyrunning and he is a true role model for the “new generation of Skyrunners”.

He started his Skyrunning career in 2016 and today he is one of the most promising Skyrunners in the world. This year he accomplished a 3rd place in Skyrace des Matheysins, a 3rd place Skyrace Comapedrosa, a 1st place in the Internaltional Skyrace Carnia and finally the winner of the month in the Skýrunner Challenge 2019 (hosted by a Skyrunner Adventurers, a new Facebook group for Skyrunner lovers).

Rok has always gone his own way and earlier in life Rok dreamt about being a professional cyclist. But something happened.

Year 2013 Rok was involved in a serious cycling accident, he lost his consciousness and woke up in Ljubljana hospital.

After the accident, he put his bike aside, put on his running shoes and changed sport. Maybe this was his destiny that lead led him first into mountain running and now, Skyrunning.

This is Rok’s story…

Rok Bratina third place on the Skyrunner World series in Andorra.
Rok Bratina third place on the Skyrunner World series in Andorra.

Who is Rok and your story behind?

I’m a 25-year old mountain lover from Slovenia that grew up in small town in the western part of the country, very close to Italian border.

During my primary school years, I was never the one who stood out from the crowd. Neither for my mostly average school grades nor for my talent in sports. I tried athletics and football during that time, but I wasn’t particularly good at it.

However, I always loved to watch different sports on television, like skiing, ski jumping, football and cycling. It was Le Tour de France that influenced my future the most.

During my high school years, I started to train bicycling more seriously and as my hometown was surrounded by the mountains I mostly trained uphill and downhill.

The more hours I spent, the more confident I got.

My dream become to once be a part of Le Tour de France. As a climber I didn’t think about the yellow jersey for the best cyclist overall. Not at all. Instead I preferred to wear polka dot jersey, designed for the best climber.

However. My dreams collapsed in 2013, when I suffered a very serious bicycle accident on a race. After that I found my new way of life, running in the mountains.

However, polka dot jersey is still in my mind and heart and this is still my inspiration to become the best climber possible. If not on a bike, I will do it with a pair of shoes on my feet.

Can you describe yourself with two sentences?

I define myself as a Skyrunner. Running fast and light in the mountains is what perfectly describes my personality, my identity.

What is most important for you in life?

The most important in my life is motivation and endurance. From the moment you find your way it is important to follow it. Being motivated on a daily basis is a must if you want to go further.

From motivation then comes hard work attitude by which you can achieve amazing, unbelievable things. Here comes endurance, an important part of the game. With endurance I mean, that you are capable to endure different difficult situations that might appear while you are moving forward.

Your passion for Skyrunning? Where is that coming from?

Before I heard about Skyrunning as a special discipline, I already practiced the sport more or less.

In 2013, for example, I managed to take 6th place in the European junior championship in Borovets, Bulgaria, just minutes after the podium. Already being a part of Salomon Running Slovenia, having good international results, still under 20, with good social media presence were the keys to one day getting a call from Salomon Running’s International team.

In 2015, I was invited to Salomon’s Junior Academy for the top 16 young athletes from all over the world. The academy was located in picturesque Limone sul Garda where I actually first heard about Skyrunning and its type of lifestyle. I immediately fell in love with the sport and after a week of training and workshops with names like Emelie Forsberg, Kasie Enman, Anna Frost and Jonathan Wyatt, I found my own way.

For me, Skyrunning means running freely in the mountains without rules. It’s more than an extreme sport, and for me it’s a lifestyle.

Rok Bratina Skyrace des Matheysins
Rok Bratina Skyrace des Matheysins

Can you describe your significant personal strengths that took you all the way to this level of Skyrunning?

I have a very good self-confidence, I always put myself first and I think it’s important to always treat yourself in the very best possible way.

I prefer to go my own way. I do not listen to advices from others and I don’t care too much of what people might think or say. Sure, I’ve made a lot of mistakes and I hit the wall several times, but I also see that as part of the journey and game.

No one believed in me when I chose Skyrunning, which in my country is still not recognized as a sport. But that doesn’t mean I will give up. No, I will continue on my own and I will continue to fight and dream big.

When I speak from my heart, all I have achieved so far is the result of my own work.

I have no personal trainer. No, because only me can follow my dreams. That doesn’t mean that I don’t trust people. Obviously not. I just want to say that this is my personal opinion.

I am the only one who is aware of my own personality and inner motivation. The only one who knows the answer to a question, “why am I doing all this?”

Is Skyrunning a hobby or is it something you do for a living?

It is not my hobby, nor my job. Skyrunning is my lifestyle and everything is spinning around this sport.

However, I have a dream that one day it will also become something that I will get paid for.

Currently I am just finishing my master’s thesis from management, I already graduated from history, so this winter will be a super interesting period of time. Even the season will be finished.

When the season is over, I will probably go searching for a regular job. As I live just in the presence, I don’t really care about that now, because I am totally focused on my trainings, races and my master thesis.

However, it is in my mind and I am ready to take the next step.

Have you always had this type of lifestyle or have you done any change direction in life that you like to mention?

Generally speaking, the people who I was surrounded by during my childhood (friends, schoolmates, family, acquaintances) have always described me as a big dreamer, whose imaginations don’t belong in real life.

I was told that rather than dreaming I should keep both of my feet on the ground and do things in the same way as “ordinary people” do.

Being different in those times was very difficult. No one really understood my desire to do something big in life.

My introduction to sports were in primary school. Here I tried some athletics and football. However, training with others following the instructions from the coach was not really what I wanted to do. I did never really fit into the crowd and I was there just because my friends and schoolmates were.

If I look it back now, I would say that I was still in the search of my own way, unaware of how the near future would be like.

In high school I tried road cycling. With every single training I did, I was getting more confident. For the first time in my life I was doing it on my own.

I trained alone, spending hours and hours on local roads around my hometown. As Tolmin is surrounded with the mountains, I trained more or less just uphill. I was getting stronger and lighter, and In my first races I did I prove that I was a born climber.

After that I did some good results in uphill races, I got in contact with cycling team Sloga 1902 from Idrija. I was impressed and took everything so serious like I would already know that I will participate on Le Tour de France. I can’t really forget to mention this race, because it is still great inspiration for me.

But then it happened.

It was my first race in the season, with a brand-new bike. I was in a fantastic shape. I followed the leading group of 15 cyclists, but in one moment I fell over the bike and hit the ground. My helmet was broken, as well as my wrist. Moreover, I lost my consciousness and woke up in Ljubljana hospital.

The accident happened in spring, 2013. After that injury I put on my shoes and changed the sport. Maybe it was my destiny that lead me first through mountain running scene and now in Skyrunning. Not maybe, I really believe something is above me, taking care of my life while driving it through numerous obstacles that may appear.

But I am sure without all these experiences I would never have found my way, my passion for Skyrunning. Everything happens for a reason!

Which is the most challenging and demanding situations that you been through to get you where you are today as a person?

Here I have to mention again my bike accident in 2013 that completely changed my life. Until that moment I was easy going young boy with big dreams. After the fall, I felt like I was born again. I came home from hospital motivated as never before. I already had in my mind that the destiny gave me another chance to finally find my way.

From shy boy who was always afraid of expressing his personal opinions, always hidden in the crowd and flexible to the interest of other people, I transformed into a lion, who is doing it by his own, who knows what is the best for his own interests and will do everything to achieve them. Who doesn’t care of what other people might think. Why should he, if he is the only one who is following his chosen way.

Do you usually push yourself outside your comfort zone? How does it feel at the time? Can you see that the rewards coming out of this is worth this little extra effort?

Yeah, quite a lot. I mean, it’s just when you push yourself in the red zone you realize that you are alive and it feels like that moment seems to last forever.

It’s just like one of those moments after a workout, when I always feel better. I’m more confident and any kind of problem seems to be solvable.

How does your race plans and goals look like for 2019?

I am totally focused on the Skyrunning World Series and I don’t care about any other races or competitions. I even don’t find motivation to participate in other events. Speaking about goals, hm, actually I don’t have goals. I always go step by step, day by day and do it the best possible way.

If you have goals, once you achieve them the story is over, and you have to look for a new challenge. However, I have a way that I follow. It is all about being better than yesterday. To become the best version of myself is what pushes me forward, what really motivates me.

Of course, I love competitions. So, like I wrote above, fighting for the top positions in the Skyrunner World Series is what’s in my plan for this season. 

How does a normal week with training and all that look like for you right now? 

I am a 24/7 athlete. I train every day without rest. Of course, I don’t run every single day, then I would start to get bored. As a previous cyclist I like doing combination with my bike. I think it is perfect for me and I love changing sport in that way.

I normally get up at 4 a.m., eat breakfast, check e-mails, writing master thesis, and then spend 3-4 hours in the mountains. After I come back home, I prepare lunch, rest 1 h, do some social media stuff and then I have to go on work.

From 12 pm I have to be at the tourist information centre, where I work this summer. Then I get back home at around 9 p.m. and immediately fall asleep.

Let's go to work! Training and working is the two things that I love the most in life!
Let’s go to work! Training and working is the two things that I love the most in life!

Which are your best training tips to other Skyrunners all over the world?

I strongly recommend everyone to do what you feel it’s the best way for you. What suits me might not suit you, so you should be careful when trying to copy other athletes.

My tip for you is just to enjoy the mountains, accept their love, feel free and run without worries. If you will do like that, you will forget how many hours you already did, how many kilometres are behind and how many vertical meters you managed to do.

Everything is about the moment. Try not to look on your watch and imagine yourself like you are a true part of the nature. An animal who is running like humans did in the past, quiet and free.

Which are your favourite races that you would recommend to other Skyrunners all over the world?

I like races that include steep uphills, technical downhills and are long enough so that you can still push yourself all the way to the finish line. I also love to participate in the races that are located in spectacular environment, not to mention the fans that make all stuff like a party in the mountains.

Thinking about all what I mentioned above, Limone Skyrunning Extreme and Zegama are the first two races that come to my mind. Also, because I have already experienced both of them. Limone has special place in my heart just because it was my first experience with Skyrunning. When we talk about Zegama then we cannot forget to mention all those crazy fans who are pushing screaming on you while climbing from Sancti Spiritu on the top of Aizzkori.

Of course, I would like to feel how it is running Olympus Marathon. As the historian Greek mythology always fascinated me, I get goose bumps just by thinking about climbing on Mt. Olympus, the palace of Gods.

For all lovers of long Skyraces, I would consider Transvulcania or maybe just book a flight ticket to the Madeira island, where Madeira Skyrace is taking place. I haven’t tried it yet, but I was on Madeira on a holiday three years ago and I fell in love with its landscape.

Do you have any dreams and goals for the future that you like to share?

As I wrote, no goals for me. I just want to follow my way, doing my best every day, working on my endurance and trying to become the best version of myself. If that means I will become the best Skyrunner in the world? Okay, I accept that.

How does your game plan look like for that?

Well, it is not really a plan. It is hard to make plans for something that can change in a moment. For example, it is impossible to predict weather for the next month, how we can predict our future? We can’t. Everything comes from present. Even if I know my way, I don’t know what is waiting for me. What is around the next corner?

Being patient and capable to adjust to different situations are the keys to success.

What is your inner drive?

I want to be the best possible version of myself!

What I achieved yesterday is just history. I try to live in the present and my focus is always to do better and faster next time. Never being satisfied is my inner drive which I wake up with every morning.

When you are satisfied you accept your boundaries and frankly, it is the same as giving up.

I don’t want to be a person that gives up. For me, there are no limits. I mean, the universe is infinite, while the boundaries are limited only in our minds.

What is your advice to other people that is dreaming of an active lifestyle running in the mountains as good as you?

First you have to find your inner motivation. You should ask yourself why you want to be as good as me? Isn’t that approach wrong? Why you don’t want to be better than me?  I think you always have to be in your mind the best. Just with this approach you can exceed all your inner barriers.

Never stop believing is my personal advice to anyone of you. Don’t ever think about quitting. Because once you quit, you have to start all over from the beginning. Here it comes lifestyle.

If you accept Skyrunning as a lifestyle, you should never think about of giving up. Why? Because you love mountains and you don’t see hard training like a mandatory thing. Instead, you see it like a game, where you are playing the main role. 

Sometimes, during my long trainings, while I have a time for thinking about different things, I pretend myself to be a hero of my own story.
Sometimes, during my long trainings, while I have a time for thinking about different things, I take a picture and I pretend myself to be a hero of my own story.

Do you have anything else in your life that you like to share or talk about in the blog?

Well, I would just like to exploit this space inviting everyone to follow my social media accounts (see below). I will try to do my best to present my lifestyle, publishing news, writing race reports and of course uploading some pics and videos.

P.S. You can remember me as a polka dot Skyrunner. This kit from Tour de France that is given to the best climber has always had a special meaning to me.

If I had to choose a place where my body would be buried, then I would choose exactly this one by the lake, behind which the great crown rises from the background.
if I had to choose a place where my body would be buried, then I would choose exactly this one by the lake, behind which the great crown rises from the background.

Facts

Name: Rok Bratina

Nationality:  Slovenian

Age: 25

Family:  Single

Country/town: Tolmin / Slovenia

Your team or sponsor now: Scott Running

Occupation: Master student

Education: Graduate hisotorian

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rokibratina/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rokiskyrunner/

Webpage / Blog: https://bratinarok.blogspot.com/

Thank you!

Thank you, Rok, for taking your time sharing your amazing story! Very inspiring!

Wishing you all the best luck in the future with your Skyrunning and everything that you want to do in life.

Happy SkyRunning!

/Katinka Nyberg

 

Everything is possible, the impossible just takes a little more time

She was born with a significantly reduced lung capacity and against all odds she is now one of the top Ultra/Skyrunners in Serbia.

Snezana is a 29-year-old very energetic young woman that lives and train in a small mountain village in Serbia called Kragujevac.

Life hasn’t forsure always been easy as she was born with a very bad diagnosis of asthma. The doctors advised her not to exert too much physical activity and she was told to take it easy.

Instead, she did the opposite and started to train.

Today Snezana is one of the top Ultra/Skyrunners in Serbia and the frontrunner of the Asics team. In 2018 she was the winner of Trekking League of Serbia and the winner of three Skyrunning races. This year she’s already won two Skyraces, participated in the RedBull 400 race, a third place in Half Ironman race in Montenegro, a first place in Ultra Trail Staraplanina and finally the winner of the month in the Skýrunner Challenge 2019 (hosted by a Skyrunner Adventurers, a new Facebook group for Skyrunner lovers).

This is Snezana’s story…

Congrats Snezana for being the winner of the race Ultra Trail Staraplanina, 57km, 2450 D+! Can you tell us a little about the race and your experiences from that?

This race was my first ultra and I prepared it together with my personal trainer Marko. The mountains in which the race was hold, I think are one of the most beautiful in Serbia.

The weather was a bit cooler, which is not so bad for me personally. The only thing that bothered was the fog. All in all, this was a very nice experience for me. Nice mountains, a whole new experience, I managed to run the entire race and win.

Who is Snezana and your story behind?

In the first place I am a dancer and I’m a part of our national dance, which is my greatest love. I’ve been dancing since I was seven years old and at the same time, I also started running in order to solve breathing problems. Soon I loved it.

When I was three years old, I started to experience serious breathing problems. The diagnosis were asthma and my breathing capacity was significantly reduced. The situation was so bad that I had to be picked up by the ambulance almost every night.

The doctors gave me lots of medications and I was told not to do anything physically strenuous.

When I was seven years old, I came to see a physiotherapist, who unlike the doctors advised me to start training and practicing sports as part of the treatment.

He told me that my lung alveoli were damaged and that it needed to develop, and that I needed to start training my lung.

So, I started dancing at first and then running later. Running went slowly, only later when I grew up and started to deal with it more seriously, everything started to change.

I love the mountains, so it was logical for me to start with mountain running. The mountains inspire me, motivates me and give me special energy. Ever since I was a child when my grandmother took me for a walk in the mountains to cure my lungs I started to love and respect the mountain.

Can you describe yourself with two sentences?

The dancing made me disciplined and positive. Dance and running made me healthy.

I’m an energetic girl, I have people around me that I love and I’m happy!

What is most important for you in life?

In the first place it’s always family and the people that I love. And of course, to be positive.

Your passion for Skyrunning? Where is that coming from?

I started to participate in mountain racing three years ago. In the beginning, they were some slightly easier races, shorter distance and with a little climb. As time passed, I trained more and naturally I started for more serious races. My luck is that I have people around me who love the same thing, so that we can train and enjoy together.

I fell in love with the mountains and the challenges, and Skyrunning races are always a challenge so…I must do that!

Can you describe your significant personal strengths that took you all the way to this level of running?

I think the dancing plays an important part and there for my joints and ligaments are strong.

For several years now I am paying a lot of attention to the stabilization of muscles and a strong core. The power of will is also very important and of course, my coach is very strong, so I have to listen.

Is Skyrunning a hobby or is it something you do for a living?

I work as a physiotherapist. Skyrunning is more like my hobby, but it would be interesting to do something about it. Medicine and sports are connected.

Which is the most challenging and demanding situations that you been through to get you where you are today as a person?

The most demanding and hard situation for me in life is as I told you earlier when my doctors told me that I should not do anything hard. Another person very smart told me the opposite. That I needed to start developing my lungs.

I started to do that and here is where I am now. Of course, it was difficult in the beginning. There were cravings and my lungs did not have enough capacity.

But I did not want to give up!

Instead, all this strengthened me as a person.

In any case, if someone had told me when I was a kid that I would run this many kilometre I would not believe him. But thanks to the man who treated me and now my coach, I made it.

Everything is possible, the impossible just takes a little more time…

Do you usually push yourself outside your comfort zone? How does it feel at the time? Can you see that the rewards coming out of this is worth this little extra effort?

Leaving the zone of comfort also strengthens you as a person. Feel when you do something for what you thought you cannot…well that be incredible.

How does your race plans and goals look like for 2019?

I had 13 races already, half the season is over. Now the second half is not easy, but all of these are new challenges. My new love is a biking, so I will also devote time to do that. We will see.

How does a normal week with training and all that look like for you right now? What do you train? How much do you train? Where do you train? Other things you do?

My day begins at 7:00 am and lasts … lasts … until I finish all my obligations.
I have running trainings, power trainings, dance training and now I’m also riding a bicycle.

I have to go to work too, so the organization is important to me!

Because of my breathing problems my training program has always been designed specifically for me. My trainer had a similar problem, so he knew exactly what to do with me. Running 5 or 6 times a week, strength training 3 or 4 times a week, dancing 3 times a week. The bike was recently inserted into the program, so we’ll see.

Off course the pulse zone method is also an important part of my training. I use a Suunto that has a heart rate bar and measures the pulse at each workout. We do everything in training. Running at low pulse, at high pulse, short stretches, long distances, highs.

My lungs respond to a sudden change in time so in those moments we work with less intensity. The altitude of the city where I live is 173 meters and I go to races where the altitude is much higher, so I have to get used to that.

Which are your best training tips to other Skyrunners all over the world?

I cannot decide. I think they all have something characteristic. I would like to learn from the best.  

Which are your favourite races that you would recommend to other Skyrunners all over the world?

Lavaredo ultra trail, Ultra trail du Mont Blanc, Cappadocia ultra trail, every trail in the world J! Trail races in Serbia of course!

Are you involved in any other types of running-projects that you like to talk about (ambassador / entrepreneur etc)?

I am ambassador of the Asics team in Serbia, Asics frontrunner project.

Do you have any dreams and goals for the future that you like to share?

I would like to go to some of the world’s races to feel the atmosphere and see the mountains of other countries and to hear the experiences of world participants.

How does your game plan look like for that?

I hope that I will collect enough points for some of the races and I will train for more miraculous.

What is your inner drive?

A healthy body, healthy mind and positive vibes are important to me.

What is your advice to other people that is dreaming of an active lifestyle running in the mountains as good as you?

I advise you to get started. Go out into nature, climb to the top, and first of all consider yourself and nature, train for the beginning as much as you like.

Ask for advices from people who are skilled, wear shoes and go!

People! Do what you love and keep smiling!

Do you have anything else in your life that you like to share or talk about in the blog?

Thank you, Snezana, for taking your time sharing your fantastic story! Wishing you all the best luck in the future with your Skyrunning and everything that you want to do.

I like to share with all my gratitude to my trainer Marko for everything he has done for me.

Thank you 🙂

Facts

Name: Snezana Djuric

Nationality: Republic of Serbia

 Age:  29

Family: Parents, brother, sister and grandmother

Country/town:  Serbia, Kragujevac

Your team or sponsor now: I am in Asics frontrunner team and
Club of extreme sports Kragujevac

Occupation: Physiotherapist

Education: Medical college

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/snezana.djuric.397

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/djsnezaa/

Thank you!

Thank you, Snezana, for taking your time sharing your fantastic story! Wishing you all the best luck in the future with your Skyrunning and everything that you want to do.

Happy SkyRunning!

/Katinka Nyberg

My Mountain Marathon Training Online Program – Week 14

This is the week that I have been training for, longing for, and looking forward to all year. Åre Mountain Marathon Week and “Kia Fjällmaraton 2019, 43 km, 2100 D+”.

This will be my third time doing the race and this time I also had a time goal. My goal was to do it in 6:30 (In my first race 2017 I did it in 8:45, 2018 I did it one hour better in 7:49), so it’s quite an aggressive goal that I have been training for very hard all year now.

I started to train specifically for this mountain running season in the beginning of January this year. Since then I’ve managed to stay out of injuries, and I haven’t even got sick once. So, I’m very glad for that. In average I would say that I’ve been training 5 times a week with some variations during the time of course.

  • Once a week functional training, mobility and stretch (1 hour).
  • Once a week basic strength training (1 hour).
  • Once a week Pace changes in very high pulse zone including stretch (1 hour).
  • Once a week Easy run + stretch (1 hour).
  • Once a week Long run / hillwork (1:30 – 2 hours).
  • Sometimes I have also added some Cross training, Powerwalking or Yoga as extras.

The training method has proven to work very well on me personally, and this season I also started racing a little earlier  doing my first race in June at Madeira running the  Santana Skyrace. Which was a smart thing to do, I think.

Check out below how I did in the race!

Välliste, the last mountain of Kia Fjällmaraton.
Välliste, the last mountain of Kia Fjällmaraton.

If you like to see the whole training program from week 1 start here.

My Mountain Marathon Training Online Program – Week 1

This is week 14 of my online training with Fernando…

Training week 14

31 July – 6 August…

Wednesday

Rest day

I can definitely feel my legs from the Vertical K race from Tuesday (yesterday), and I’m a little worried that I will not recover in time.

Thursday

Easy run

Very easy and short run, just to get my legs moving.
(PS DON’T COPY MY PULSE ZONES, THEY ARE HIGHER THAN NORMAL)

  1. Easy run

    20 min @ 155 bpm
    Zone 2: Aerobic
    En zonas 1-2

  2. Repeat 1 times

    1. Progresiones

      5 min @ 200 bpm
      Zone 5C: Anaerobic Capacity
      4 progressions of 50-60 m. Recovery of 1 minute easy running or going back walking to the initial point

    2. Cool down

      5 min @ 146 bpm
      Zone 1: Recovery
      Vuelta a la calma

Total time: 30 minutes

Stretching

Massage with ball to discharge foot muscles

Hamstrings stretching

Total time: 12 minutes

Friday

Rest day

Saturday

Race day – Kia fjällmaraton, 43 KM, 2100 D+

I woke up with to high rest pulse (56 instead of 51) and I felt tired. I was a little worried that my body wasn’t 100% recovered from the Vertical K race this Tuesday. I had a nice breakfast with egg and sandwich, and I took some extra magnesium and Resorb (to keep hydrated) and of course coffee.

The race started at Vålodalen and the first 3 km in the race was street running uphills. Almost everyone in the race started too fast and too hard (for me) and I think there were a lot of street runners in the race. I didn’t do very well here and I got too high pulse too soon. I tried to don’t care so much of the other runners and I tried to keep my own pace and went very slow in the first uphill.

When the first downhill started everything suddenly changed. I realized that I was very fast and good technical compared to the runners around me and that gave me lots of energy. In the first downhill I ran past many runners, and at the first stop after the first downhill my time was quite good.

The race starts to go better and better and I just run and run! I managed to keep hydrated and I had a good level of energy the whole race (I tried to eat and drink a little bit all the time while power-hiking uphill).

I noticed that the people around me gets all types of problems like cramp, hurting knees and are generally tired. But I feel good and just kept running on all down hills and the flat parts, and I keep a good power-hiking pace uphills.

Finally, I made it to the third and last mountain (Välliste) and I started to go even faster in the last downhill section. I went so fast in the last section, so I got to Trillevallen (finish line) about 8 minutes before predicted time (according to Race One).

I did the race in 6:48 which is a very good time (even though I didn’t reach my goal of 6:30). The race was a pleasure all the way through (except for the first hour :-)), and this time I felt that I was very well prepared.

Great thanks to my trainer Fernando that helped me with all the preparations! While people around me has been comparing and talking about how many km they have done before the race, I’ve just been focused in doing my planned trainings, training SMART!

Total time: 6 hours 48 minutes

Ottfjället, the first mountain of Kia fjällmaraton
Ottfjället, the first mountain of Kia fjällmaraton

Sunday

Rest day

I feel totally ok after the race this time. Not like my first race 2017 when I was in pain for a month after the race.

No injuries, no extreme muscle soreness, just a little normal tired as expected.

Monday

Mountaineering with my daughter

A great recovery for the day is mountaineering together with my daughter Matilda. Today we did  Östra leden, 1000 meters in vertical downhill.

Total time: 4:30 (normal time is about 1:30 :-))

My daughter Matilda, Åre, Östra leden.
My daughter Matilda, Åre, Östra leden.

Tuesday

Rest day 

Summary of the week

A great week with full focus on race (about 8 hours of effective training and racing this week all together). It’s been a very good week I feel ready for my next challenge, “Buff – Bydalens Fjällmaraton” 50km, 2900 D+ in the 24 of August.

Check out Week 15!
https://skyrunner.nu/2019/08/15/my-mountain-marathon-training-online-program-week-15/

Happy SkyRunning!

/Katinka

Facts

Name: Katinka Nyberg

Nationality: Swedish

Age: 45

Family: My husband Fredrik and my twins Tom & Matilda 8 years

Country/town: Stockholm, Sweden

Your team or sponsor now: SkyRunner

Occupation: Founder SkyRunner

Background: Entrepreneur in IT

Education: Backelor of science, IT

Facebook page personal: https://www.facebook.com/katinkakvist

Facebook page: hhttps://www.facebook.com/skyrunner.nu

Facebook group: SkyRunner Adventurers https://www.facebook.com/groups/320548848596214/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/skyrunner.nu/

Webpage / Blog: https://skyrunner.nu/

My Mountain Marathon Training Online Program – Week 13

Only a couple of days left to Åre Mountain Marathon “Kia Fjällmaraton 2019”, one of my major goals of the year.

I’ts been a fantastic couple of weeks of training, racing and spending time with my family here in Åre. Now it’s time for rest and recovery till the big race on Saturday 3 August, Kia Mountain Marathon 43k, 2100 D+.

Tom och Matilda Nyberg, Välliste runt 2019, Åre, Sweden.
Tom och Matilda Nyberg, Välliste runt 2019, Åre, Sweden.

If you like to see the whole training program from week 1 start here.

My Mountain Marathon Training Online Program – Week 1

This is week 13 of my online training with Fernando…

Training week 13

24 July – 30 July…

Wednesday

Trailrunning long uphills – Åreskutan Östra leden, 1000 D+

Very nice upphill-training today between Åre village to the top of Åreskutan via Östra leden.

Total time: 2 hours

Katinka Nyberg, Trailrunning long uphills - Åreskutan Östra leden, 1000 D+
Katinka Nyberg, Trailrunning long uphills – Åreskutan Östra leden, 1000 D+

Thursday

Trailrunning long downhills – Åreskutan Östra leden, 1000 D+

Very nice downhill-training today between Åreskutan and Åre village via Östra leden. The very best run I had in a very long time actually.

Total time: 1 hours 30 minutes

Trailrunning long downhills - Åreskutan Östra leden, 1000 D+
Trailrunning long downhills – Åreskutan Östra leden, 1000 D+

Friday

Functional Strength Training upper body and CORE

Wall slide, plank, scapula push ups, row with rubber band, one arm chest press. Streching exercises for pectorals, deltoides and core

Total time: 45 minutes

Saturday

Anaerobic recovery – Racing with the kids – Välliste runt, 13k, 500 D+

My kids Tom and Matilda my eight years old twins did their forst mountain race Välliste runt. It was very hot and hard for them, but they had a good fighting spirit, and finally they made it to the top!

Family Nyberg, Välliste runt 2019, Åre, Sweden
Family Nyberg, Välliste runt 2019, Åre, Sweden

Sunday

Easy run

Took a very very easy and slow run to day next to Åre lake, followed by a nice swim with the kids.

Total time: 30 minutes

Stretch Cuadriceps 

Total time: 8 minutes

Family Nyberg, Åre lake, Sweden
Family Nyberg, Åre lake, Sweden

Monday

Rest day

Enjoying the nice view from the appartment at Holliday Club working on my blog.

Holliday Club, Åre Sweden
Holliday Club, Åre Sweden

Tuesday

Race day – Vertical K, 1000 D+

This was my first Vertical K race and I did very good I think! Last year I did a test run in the same track and I did it in 1:45. This time I did it in 1:15!

Total time: 1:15

Katinka Nyberg, Vertical K, Åre, Sweden
Katinka Nyberg, Vertical K, Åre, Sweden

Summary of the week

About 6-7 hours of effective training and racing this week. It’s been a very good week I’m ready for “Kia fjällmarathon” race 43k this Saturday!

Happy SkyRunning!

/Katinka

Facts

Name: Katinka Nyberg

Nationality: Swedish

Age: 45

Family: My husband Fredrik and my twins Tom & Matilda 8 years

Country/town: Stockholm, Sweden

Your team or sponsor now: SkyRunner

Occupation: Founder SkyRunner

Background: Entrepreneur in IT

Education: Backelor of science, IT

Facebook page personal: https://www.facebook.com/katinkakvist

Facebook page: hhttps://www.facebook.com/skyrunner.nu

Facebook group: SkyRunner Adventurers https://www.facebook.com/groups/320548848596214/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/skyrunner.nu/

Webpage / Blog: https://skyrunner.nu/

Follow your dreams, stop talking and start doing

If you want something you’ve never had, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done. It’s out of your comfort zone you grow and that is what’s giving you energy in life.

Joep is a 37-year-old very energetic and goal-oriented young man that always try to push his limits. He is an engineer for a living, has got three kids and his greatest hobby is running. He started with running only three years ago and this year he did his first Skyrace.

In June 2019 Joep won the prize Skyrunner Rookie of the month in the SkyRunner Challenge for doing his first Skyrace. The Livigno Skymarathon, 34 km, 2 450 D+, that is a very demanding and challenging race.

This is Joep’s story…

Joep Jussen - Livigno Skymarathon.
Joep Jussen – Livigno Skymarathon.

Congrats Joep to your first Skyrace, Livigno Skymarathon. Can you tell us a little about the race and your experiences from that?

Thank you! I can only describe the race in one word: Breath-taking! I really enjoyed the race. The mountains are really amazing.

 Who is Joep and your story behind?

I’m a very energetic guy that always try to push the limits. I think I found that in skyrunning!

Can you describe yourself with two sentences?

I would describe myself as unstoppable and I never ever quit.

What is most important for you in life?

My family and running are the most important for me in life. 

Your passion for Skyrunning? Where is that coming from?

Six months before the race I saw a video of the Livigno skyrace on Youtube. The only thing I could think of was, I WANT THAT TOO. I was hooked with the “Skyrun virus”.

Have you always had an active lifestyle, or have you done any change direction in life that you like to mention?

No, three years ago I started with running. I’m a person that needs some action and two years ago I started with trailrunning.

What do you do for a living?

I’m an Automotive Engineer OEM CAR Manufacturer.

Can you describe your significant personal strengths and how that helped you in the Skyrunning and life in general?

Just like the two words as I describe myself -> Unstoppable, never quit and never give up. I do have this mindset my whole life, so it is a significant personal strength.

Do you usually push yourself outside your comfort zone? How does it feel at the time? Can you see that the rewards coming out of this is worth this little extra effort?

I always push myself outside my comfort zone. It’s just likeed the old saying: If you want something you’ve never had, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done. Out of my comfort zone give me the energy in life.

How did your training preparations look like for your first Skyrace? How does a normal week with training and all that look like for you right now?

In the Netherlands everything is flat, I am lucky that I live in the South and here are some little bumps (very little). There are a lot of trail runs in the South so a lot of people from come to the South. Most of the time I make around 40 – 50 km a week in 3 runs. Once a week a do a uphill training at Snowworld. At Snowworld is the largest stairs from the Netherlands. So, I will run 10 time uphill and go down the stairs. This is around 500 D+.

How does your race plans and goals look like for 2019?

Marathon Eindhoven October and Beartrail 58 km October.

Do you have any dreams and goals for the future that you like to share?

Some goals are 100+km ultra’s in the mountains and someday the Marathon Des Sable. I actually hate the warm weather, but I want to see If I can do a multistage in the warm weather.

How does your game plan look like for that?

Train, train and keep on training. Next year I will do some more “Skyruns”.

What is your inner drive?

It is in my nature to set the bar as high as I possibly can.

Which are your best advices or tips to other people that like to start with Skyrunning?

Follow your dreams, stop talking and start doing!

Facts 

Name: Joep Jussen

Nationality: Dutch

Age: 37

Family: Married, 3 kids

Country/town: Heerlen, The Netherlands

Your team or sponsor now: ICECARD.shop

Occupation: Lead Engineer

Education: Higher Professional Education

Thank you!

Thank you, Joep, for taking your time sharing! Wishing you all the best luck in the future with your Skyrunning and everything that you want to do.

Happy SkyRunning!

/Katinka Nyberg

My Mountain Marathon Training Online Program – Week 12

Three fantastic weeks of training and racing in front of me in my favourite mountain village Åre in the north of Sweden.

I just love this town and I’m enjoying every little moment being here. The Swedish mountains are gorgeous and they really have something special to offer.

I’ve been training a lot now all year (4-6 times a week), about 5-10 hours a week, for my three big goals. One of them was Santana Skyrace at Madeira this June and the next one is Kia Mountain Marathon 43k, 2100 D+ here in Åre the 3’th of August, and the hardest race will be Buff “Bydalens Mountain Marathon” 50k, 2900 D+ the 24 of August.

So, right now I’m just enjoying the mountains doing some nice mountain training, preparing for the race…

View from Åreskutan, Sweden.
View from Åreskutan, Sweden.
Östra leden Åre, Sweden
Östra leden Åre, Sweden

About 12 Weeks ago I escalated my training program one more level and started to train with Fernando. A personal trainer from Spain specialised on ultra-trail and Skyrynning.

If you like to see the whole training program from week 1 start here.

My Mountain Marathon Training Online Program – Week 1

This is week 12 of my online training with Fernando…

Training week 12

17 July – 23 July…

Wednesday

Pace changes

Warm up

10 min @ 151 bpm
Zone 1: Recovery
Repeat 4 times

Hard

5 min @ 173 bpm
Zone 4: Sub Threshold

Easy

1:30 @ 155 bpm
Zone 2: Aerobic
Cool Down

10 min @ 155 bpm
Zone 2: Aerobic

Total time: 46 min

Stretching multisport

Total time: 16 min

Thursday

Functional Strength Training upper body and CORE

Wall slide, plank, scapula push ups, row with rubber band, one arm chest press. Streching exercises for pectorals, deltoides and core

Total time: 1 hour

Friday

Easy running 30-40 min zones 1,2 and 3 (maximum)

Total time: 44 min

Cuadriceps down with the knees + lateral plank

Total time: 12 min

Foam roller

Total time: 12 min

Saturday

Rest day – Travelling to Åre

Sunday

Mountain running – Uphill – Åre

Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Katinka Nyberg Åreskutan, Sweden
Katinka Nyberg Åreskutan, Sweden

Monday

Mountain running – Easy trail

Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Easy trail, Åre Sweden
Easy trail, Åre Sweden

Tuesday

Rest day and horseback riding

Very relaxing activity and also good for core and back 🙂

Horseback riding with "Åre Ridcenter", Ottsjö, Sweden.
Horseback riding with “Åre Ridcenter”, Ottsjö, Sweden.

Summary of the week

About 6 hours effective training time this week. It’s been a very good week and I can feel and see that my results from the training is coming just in time for the race.

Fernandos pulse training methods is forsure starting to bring in some results. My watch measured a new VO2 max.

 

Check out week 13!

https://skyrunner.nu/2019/08/02/my-mountain-marathon-training-online-program-week-13/

Happy SkyRunning!

/Katinka

Facts

Name: Katinka Nyberg

Nationality: Swedish

Age: 45

Family: My husband Fredrik and my twins Tom & Matilda 8 years

Country/town: Stockholm, Sweden

Your team or sponsor now: SkyRunner

Occupation: Founder SkyRunner

Background: Entrepreneur in IT

Education: Backelor of science, IT

Facebook page personal: https://www.facebook.com/katinkakvist

Facebook page: hhttps://www.facebook.com/skyrunner.nu

Facebook group: SkyRunner Adventurers https://www.facebook.com/groups/320548848596214/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/skyrunner.nu/

Webpage / Blog: https://skyrunner.nu/

Adventure Race athlete switches to Ultra-trail and Skyrunning

He was an active Adventure Race athlete for many years and recently he made a new venture within Ultra-trail and Skyrunning.

I had the chance to meet Kalle and his Team Billingen X-trail at Madeira Skyrace this year. Except for that Kalle and his team did very well at the race, I really liked his way of looking at training. I liked his training methods and I got curious of his background.

Kalle is a 40-year-old very determined and competitive person that lives and train in Idre, a small ski resort in Sweden.

About fifteen years ago he and some friends started an *Adventure Racing (AR) team. They worked their way up to the AR World Series, they competed for some years and they also managed to place themselves in the top 10 in some of the races.

Running has always been Kalle’s best discipline within AR. So, two years ago when he started to run more, he found out that he evolved quite fast. He got some podiums in national competitions and after that he took his running to the international stage.

Now he runs Ultra-trails and Skyrunning.

This is Kalle’s story…

Congrats Kalle to your second place in M40, Madeira Skyrace 2019! Can you tell us a little about the race and your experiences from that?

One of the most beautiful races I´ve ever competed in, extraordinary surroundings and views. I, like most of the other competitors, struggled a lot with the heat. But I felt strong in the steep up hills and over all I´m really pleased with how the race turned out for me.

Can you describe yourself with two sentences?

When I set my mind to something, I will achieve it. I don´t stop when I´m tired, I stop when I have crossed the finish line.

What is most important for you in life?

My small family of three and to do the things we love. Be out in and enjoy nature, train and just have fun together.

Your passion for Skyrunning? Where is that coming from?

Skyrunning is very new to me I´ve only competed in like four or five races including this one. But what I like about it the most is the pure rawness of it. I love the rough, exposed environment that high mountains give you, and of course the adventure and adrenalin.

Can you describe your significant personal strengths that took you all the way to this level of running?

I would say my determination for sure, and my competitive nature.

Can you tell us a little about your training methods?

I like to work with very varied training to keep the motivation up!

I combine long, low intensity workouts with short, high intensity ones. I also like to emphasize that it is very important that you dare to keep the speed down in order to keep the pace/pulse low during the long-distance trainings. This in combination with hard intervals and some strengths usually do the work.

Running is always the primary focus, but I really like to mix things up so my body doesn´t get too strained. I corporate mountain biking into my training and in the wintertime, I do a lot of cross-country skiing. Of course, I do some weightlifting as well.

  • I train between 15 to 20 hours a week.
  • About 80% of my running is low intensity.
  • About 20% of my running is very high intensity.
  • About 60-70% of my training is running. The rest is strength and other sports.
  • At least 2 strength trainings a week

Do you usually push yourself outside your comfort zone? How does it feel at the time? Can you see that the rewards coming out of this is worth this little extra effort?

No one likes being outside their comfort zone, but it is what makes you better at what you do. I don´t usually push myself outside of my comfort zone when I train but when I compete I´m good at doing so. In competitions I´m prepared to go far outside my comfort zone for long periods of time to achieve my goals and it´s definitely worth the misery when my goals are achieved.

How does your race plans and goals look like for 2019?

My largest goal for 2019 is to win Kullamannen 100 miles in November. I was fifth in 2017 and third last year so I´m hoping that the third time is the charm.

Which are your best training tips to other Skyrunners all over the world?

Train low intensity workouts for long periods of time, and of course have fun.

Which are your favourite races that you would recommend to other Skyrunners all over the world?

Buff Bydalen mountain marathon. It is an ultra-trail in the beautiful Swedish mountains with tough terrain and hard exposure.

What do you do for a living?

I’m a part time worker in Idre ski resort and I do a few different things. I keep track of our trails and some hikes. I also work with our high-altitude course. These activities I combine with other jobs, like in the supermarket.

Are you involved in any other types of running-projects that you like to talk about (ambassador / entrepreneur etc)?

I am the cofounder and organizer of the competition Billingen X-Trail and the running team with the same name. The competition is a short but tough trail run in the southern parts of Sweden.

What is your inner drive?

My motivation is definitely to become the best mountain runner I possibly can.

What is your advice to other people that is dreaming of an active lifestyle running in the mountains as good as you?

Just do it and have fun while you are running.

Facts

Name: Karl-Fredrik Andersson

Nationality: Swedish

Age: 40

Family: Lisabeth, my partner and our five-year-old dog named Affe.

Country/town: Idre

Your team: Team Billingen X-trail

Occupation: Seasonal work in the local ski resort, Idre Fjäll.

Facebook page: Karl-Fredrik Andersson

Instagram: @Kallea1

Facebook page: Team Billingen X-trail

Instagram: team Billingen X-trail

Thank you!

Thank you, Kalle, for taking your time sharing! Wishing you all the best luck in the future with your Ultra/Skyrunning and everything that you want to do.

Happy SkyRunning!

/Katinka Nyberg

*Adventure racing can best be described as races that integrate multiple disciplines into a single event, over a long period of time and over rugged terrain. Races can be solo or team events. The sport owes its origins to triathlon — swim, bike and run races. During the 1980s athletes took triathlon ‘off road’ and threw in a whole new mix of activities and adventure racing was born.

Entry level adventure races are usually four to six hour events and are essentially ‘off-road triathlons’ involving a lake or river swim, mountain biking and trail running (with a map and compass). From entry level events, adventure races increase in duration and number of disciplines involved, from multi-day races to elite level races over a period of weeks.

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