Runner Interview: Angelika Sverdrup
Location: Ålesund, Norway
When and why did you start running?
I started to run May 2014, 41 years old, after reading the book: Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe. I had never liked running before. I didn`t see the point and were absolutely not interested in the topic. I started out as a completely naive runner and had to learn everything from zero. I started to read everything I came over, from books to blog posts and got more and more interested and hooked. I have been running for 2.5 years now. I run not because I need to stay fit, but to see how far I can come and how good I can become. I like to race and to explore new places and areas. Running is an excellent way to reach longer distances and areas in a short time. I love to run in new places, it`s like I own a bit of the place afterwards, it has become a part of me, a fantastic feeling!
Describe your ideal race or adventure challenge
I have several dream races I would love to run because of the nature and location. Bagan Temple Marathon, Australian Outback Marathon are some. I also long for the Himalayas, because of the incredible beautiful mountains and nature, and I would love to run in Grand Canyon. One day I would like to try a stage race in the desert, Oman… I love the desert. I know the heat will be a challenge, but I would like to try anyway. I also have to mention beautiful trail races in Norway, with ridges, fjords and spectacular nature, like Stranda Fjord Trail Race and Romsdalseggen race.
Tell us about your favourite trail
I love technical terrain and downhill running. This year I experienced that I also love ridges and a bit of elevation gain. I also love smooth, soft trails in the woods or in the mountains.
I have several dream races I would love to run because of the nature and location.
What has been your biggest running / adventure challenge to date?
My biggest adventure so far has been to run across Gran Canaria from north to south in 3 days with a group led by ultra runner Sondre Amdahl last February. We are going to repeat that trip again in January 2017. This time it will be my preparation for Transgrancanaria 42 km in February 2017.
Tell us about your greatest running fail, we’ve all had – or will have – them at some point!
My biggest failure so far (I have not been running many years yet) is to think/hope I am better that I am and starting out too fast. That makes me very disillusioned before I manage to change my thinking during the race. It helps to become more experienced.
What advice would you give to a new trail runner?
Don`t forget to enjoy the trails and the scenery.
What is your favourite bit of running kit, and why?
For trail running; my Salomon S-lab running vest.
I also have a dog, that I have turned into a trail runner.
What challenges / races / adventures are you planning for the coming year?
My first race is Transgrancanaria 42 km in February then Ecotrail Oslo 45 km in May, and Oslo Marathon in September. I have some more races I want to participate in also, but I have not decided yet which one.
Finally, what do you get up to when you’re not running or adventuring?
I work full time as a clinical psychologist in a private medical center in Ålesund. I love my work. I also have a dog, that I have turned into a trail runner. She loves soft trails. I am blogging for Norwegian Runners World www.runnersworld.no and I love reading books, doing some yoga, eating good food and relaxing.
Thanks Angelika for the really interesting interview, happy trails! 🙂
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