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Review ceas sport Coros Apex 42mm, dupa o luna de folosire

Am inceput sa folosesc ceasul Coros Apex de 42mm de mai bine de o luna. Am vrut sa trec prin cat mai multe tipuri de antrenamente si activitati diferite inainte sa-mi fac o parere cat mai informata si sa scriu o recenzie cuprinzatoare.

L-am folosit pana acum la alergat (trail, plat si intervale), hike, inot, bicicleta si sala.

Va avertizez ca e, totusi, un review care ia in calcul lucrurile la care sunt eu atenta la un ceas. Poate multi dintre voi apreciaza alte functii, despre care poate eu am vorbit prea putin. Insa eu sunt pe principiul lucrurilor de baza care sa functioneze brici (GPS, baterie, UX etc) si al lucrurilor nice to have care completeaza ce poate face ceasul.

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Grossglockner Ultra Trail – Conquering the Austrian Alps in our first trail relay

Grossglockner Ultra Trail is a race that goes around Austria’s highest peak, Grossglockner (3798m), through the National Park Hohe Tauern. And it’s one of the few trail events that have a long distance team relay race. Of course that’s what Andrei and I went for. 

It’s a relatively “young” race, the 2019 edition being the 5th one so far.

We signed up for the 110k race, the longest one, but split in two: Andrei would do the first leg, 60k with 4500m elevation, while I’d do the second, 50k with about 2000m elevation. The 50k segment was exactly the route of the official Kalser Tauern Trail race of the event. 

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5 mistakes I made in Lavaredo Cortina Trail race


Running the Lavaredo Cortina Trail’s 48km race in 2018 was a beautiful experience. I’ll call it that because it wasn’t just about the race. It was the entire roadtrip with friends, seeing new trails of the Dolomites, and going through the highs and lows of the competition.

Also, about rediscovering a place I’d fallen in love with a year before, on the road cycling trip.

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Thassos active holidays – run, cycle and swim in a Greek paradise island

When your friends set up a holiday plan for Thassos, a pictoresque island with blue waters in Greece, you know it’s going to be a beautiful and relaxing vacation.

But if your friends are runners, cyclists and climbers, then you should know they’re tricking your ass into a training camp, and not a vacation.

As you might have guessed, my case was the latter.

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Transylvania 50k – Chasing demons on the trails in Bucegi

After a few years of dreaming about it, I finally ran the Transylvania 50k race.

It’s not like I couldn’t run there any other day, but there’s something special that happens in a runner’s circuits when you put a bib number on his shirt and you wake him up at 5am to face neverending climbs surrounded by others sharing the same suffering. Yeah, it’s hard to explain why we love it so much.

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Transylvania 50k: preparing my first ultra

With only one month left before the start of Transylvania 100k event I thought about sharing some things about how I’m preparing the 50k race, which I consider to be my first ultramarathon.

Technically, everything longer than a marathon falls into the ultra definition. However, the mad people in the trail running world who run long distances say that nothing under 60k counts as an ultra. I won’t go for the extremes, so let’s say 50k is somewhere in between.

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Run, travel, and feast like a vampire in Transylvania 100k trail race

Running on spring hills and chilly weather is one of the biggest pleasures I get from trail running.

This spring, on May 18th, I’m going back to one of my favourite races, in one of my favourite places – Transylvania 100k. It’s a competition in Bucegi mountains, that blends the beautiful scenery of the wild mountain valleys and peaks with the legend of Dracula and overall a great vacation-like atmosphere.

The kind of vacation in which you run ultras and sweat a lot.

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Small tweaks that helped me improve my running performance

I’ve learned a lot since I started running. How to train for a marathon, how be faster on uphills, how to survive when you’re injured and can’t run, what to eat before a race, or during a race, how to convince my mom that it’s safe to run in the mountains, what’s the best recovery, and how to shop for fluorescent shoes are just some examples. But these are the big lessons, the foundations.

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Hercules Marathon – Running memories of a legendary autumn

Isn’t it funny how life gives you an answer right when you need it the most? This year’s Hercules Marathon race in the rusty autumnal hills of Valea Cernei, Romania, was exactly the feeling I had been missing and was looking for.

I’d been feeling tired and not so motivated after my previous race, Maraton Pirineu, in Spain. Actually, this sensation that I don’t really want to train and compete had been going on since after Marathon 3200, in July. I felt like turning the engines a bit off after that one and took a few weeks off from training.

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