Foto: Andrei Tale

Maine e zi de cursa

Stai pe marginea patului intr-o camera de pensiune dintr-un sat de munte in care n-ai mai fost niciodata. E inca un loc in care, acum cativa ani, inainte sa alergi pe munti, nu te-ai fi gandit ca ai sa cauti cazare.

Ai plecat cu o ora mai devreme de la birou, dar cu bagaje, drum, luat kit-ul si toate cele, tot te-a prins miezul noptii. Deja e mult prea tarziu si incepi sa devii anxios – ar trebui sa te culci cat mai curand, ca maine e zi de cursa. Ceasul e pus sa sune la 6, dar pana te culci, pana te foiesti in pat, iarasi prinzi cel mult cateva ore de somn. Asta daca reusesti sa adormi.

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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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Overcomplicating or getting even better at what you do

There’s a rather uncommon approach in running training that I’ve read about recently. It’s uncommon because it’s exactly the opposite of what most coaches tell their athletes to do.

When someone starts training and usually has a goal race in mind that’s taking place some 6-8-10 months later, the coach will have them do longer and easier runs. Volume. That’s because they need to create an aerobic base and prepare their bodies for the speed work that’s coming next, as the race gets closer.

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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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Brasov Marathon – The epic adventure of the first race in a new city

As a kid, I used to play the violin. It meant hours of practice almost every afternoon, when everything I played made my family and our neighbours cringe.

I could tell by their fake smile when we met in front of the building. They’d ask me “so how is the violin practice going?” as if they didn’t already know it was going terrible.

But every once in a while, the noises I usually made would sound like real music. Call it flow or practice making perfect, but some days the chords just “aligned” to play as they should.

I had the same feeling about running Brasov Marathon last Saturday. A race that I hadn’t been to before on a route that was kind of familiar to me because I had trained on parts of it, but never entirely and definitely never feeling in such a good flow as I did on the race day.

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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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