How often you run and how long your running takes?
It is easier to run, it’s hardest to prepare for it. It takes a long time, especially if you run long distances. For marathon and ultramarathon preparations, one training session lasts a minimum of three hours each week. Because of this, my choice is shorter races, up to 35km. Informative to mention, longer runs are becoming more popular, from 42km to 100km, and beyond that, so races up to 35km are shorter when it comes to long distance running. This year was an exception for me. In June, I ran two longer races – 57 km on the Stara Planina Mountain and 42 km in St. Petersburg. I run three times a week. Good organization and the effort, work and desire to use our time in the best way is very important. The challenge is to achieve everything we want in the little time we have after work.
Which race will you remember and why?
The most beautiful are the races you run without pain, and one of them is the marathon (42km) in Amsterdam. Good preparations made me enjoy my four hours of running. Also, running with a passport in a backpack through Šar Planina 33km is something I have remembered. The race lasted for six hours and it was my first difficult mountain race, which both tormented me and prepared me well for the aforementioned marathon in Amsterdam. My last race is also one of the fantastic ones. It is a race on Sinjajevina, a mountain near Mojkovac. The trail was 32km long, with 2,000 meters above sea level. It was a run for five hours and 39 minutes at over 30 degrees. I started with 3.5 liters of water on me to endure. The trail was extreme, with many hills and dangerous descents. My first ultra – 57km on Stara Planina is also a nice experience.
Which race is next and are you actively preparing for it?
This year, I run all Skyrunning League races in Serbia. They are mountain races with many hills and hills. I have completed five races from that league: Avala (10km); Stara planina (57km); Jadovnik (22km) and Sinjajevina (32km). Fifteen of the top men and women in the Serbian ranking will run the race in October on the 22k Suva Mountain, which is also known for running only uphill. I am currently fifth in the rankings, so I believe I will go to that race. In the meantime, I will be running races that I will use as training, as well as regular trainings within the Belgrade Racing Club. I plan to run a half marathon as part of the Belgrade Triathlon in September, as well as the Sarajevo Half Marathon, as well as some attractive mountain races through which I will meet the mountains of Serbia.
What would you say to colleagues who are not physically active i.e. what motivates you to be active?
No matter how busy you are, make sure you find a sporting activity that will appeal to you and commit to it regularly. You will be happier and you will pass on the positive energy to your family members and colleagues. Find motivation also in a quality expert (trainer), because we do not have time ourselves to learn how something is done, how it is progressing and to write training plans. I am motivated by running with friends, being in nature, getting to know Belgrade, the mountains and cities of Serbia and the region, and feeling good and not tired so easily. It’s really worth investing time in a sport you love.