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Runner Interview: Elisabeth Borgersen (@elisbo)

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Location: Norway


Trail and Kale Runner Interview Elisabeth Borgersen running Transgrancanaria Advanced
Elisabeth Borgersen running Transgrancanaria Advanced

When and why did you start running?

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I have been a runner for many years, but after I tore my ACL three years ago my focus switched from roads to trails. Since I always have been a mountain lover; climbing, skiing and hiking, ultras, skyraces and mountain running has come as a natural development the last couple of years.

Describe your ideal race (let us know if it’s real or fictional, and describe details including the location, climate, terrain and duration)

My Ideal race (fictional) involves a lot of elevation (12.000 ft ++) and would be around 50 miles, it would be either in the European alps (so many nice places and spectacular mountains) or on the Canary Islands. It would be sunny day but not too hot. Smooth single track and some nice technical trail. The ideal race also involves having a great day on the trails; fresh legs, a lot of energy and being able to push all the way from start to finish.

Trail and Kale Runner Interview Elisabeth Borgersen in Norway 2
Elisabeth Borgersen running in the forests of Norway

Tell us about your favourite trail

I would like to say the Transgrancanaria route since I have been down there quite a few times for training and racing. But my go-to trails here at home is in the ‘Nordmarka’ forest; nice and technical single track and very hilly so you can get a fair amount of elevation even though it’s not any long ascents.

Since I always have been a mountain lover; climbing, skiing and hiking, ultras, skyraces and mountain running has come as a natural development the last couple of years.

What has been your biggest running / adventure challenge to date?

One of the best experiences was running the Transvulcania race on La Palma last year. My first 75k, an incredible scenery and a lot of nice people!

Trail and Kale Runner Interview Elisabeth Borgersen in Chamonix 2
Elisabeth Borgersen on the Chamonix Trails

Tell us about your greatest running fail, we’ve all had – or will have – them at some point!

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I got some serious stomach issues when I did a multi-stage race in Nepal. This forced me to walk two of the stages.

What is your approach to training? Do you follow a particular training plan?

I have a coach, Sondre Amdahl who is an accomplished ultra runner. He helps me with training plans and I follow these quite rigidly.

What advice would you give to a new trail runner?

Consistency is the key to development, especially for the long distances. Listen to your body and enjoy the nature when being out.

What is your favourite bit of running kit, and why?

My Suunto Spartan Ultra watch. Helps me find my way back home when I gotten myself lost on the trails. Which happens quite often as I love to explore new trails

What challenges / races / adventures are you planning for the coming year?

I have already participated in an Ultratriple in Sweden in January (26k+44k+82k) and in the Transgrancanaria Advanced (82k) in February. Plans for the rest of the year include Transvulcania in May (75k), Eiger in July (101k) and CCC in the start of September (101k during the UTMB week in Chamonix).

Consistency is the key to development, especially for the long distances. Listen to your body and enjoy the nature when being out.

Trail and Kale Runner Interview Elisabeth Borgersen in Chamonix
Elisabeth Borgersen running in Chamonix

Whats your favourite running/adventure book, and which songs keep you going when things get tough?

I found Run or Die by Killian Jornet to be quite inspiring. I don’t have one or a few songs that keeps me going but rather a long guilty pleasures playlist that helps me when the going gets tough. However during races I don’t run with music at all.

Finally, What do you get up to when you’re not running or adventuring?

I have a regular office job during the day time but I love being active. Most weekends are spent at the cabin me and my husband have in a more mountainous part of Norway. Besides running I ski and do ski-mountaineering during the winter and do mountain biking during the summer.

Thank you for taking the time to be interviewed Elisabeth! You have so many exciting races lined up this year! Good luck with all of them, and let us know how you get on!! 🙂
Happy Trails!

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