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Runner Interview: Piotr Babis (@iron_explorer)

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Runner Interview: Piotr Babis


  • Location: Canmore, Canada

Winter
Winter

When and why did you start running?

I have been running for 4 years when I moved to London. I liked it so much that I decided to sign up for the Manchester Marathon. It was my very first race with only 6 months of training.

Describe your ideal race or adventure challenge

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Every race that challenges me and allows me to push my limits.

uphill
uphill

Tell us about your favourite trail

East End of Rundle in Canmore. It is a 20km run with 1400m of elevation gain and
absolutely amazing views from the top of the mountain.

I missed the turn and ran an additional 2 km. I still had a good race and finished 5th…

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

Finishing a full Ironman. It was my dream for a couple of years. At that point I did not know how to swim and did not have any cycling experience.
Running marathon after 3.8 km of swimming and 180 km of biking is a unique experience.

iron man 4
iron man 4

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

It was during my 1st ultra-run when I missed the turn and ran an additional 2 km. I still had a good race and finished 5th, but it was a bit frustrating and I could have finished 3rd.

What advice would you give to a new trail runner?

Run in a place that makes you feel happy.

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

MP3 player with my favorite tunes.

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

My main focus will be Calgary Marathon. I would like to finish it under 3 hours, which will allow me to earn a spot for one of most prestigious Marathons.
I am also thinking of doing 100km run.

Finishing a full Ironman. It was my dream for a couple of years. At that point I did not know how to swim and did not have any cycling experience.

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

Eminem – Till I collapse

Mexico run
Mexico run

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

Training and full time job takes most of my time. Whatever I have left I try to spend it with my girlfriend or friends.

Thank you for taking the time to be Interviewed Piotr, happy trails!

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