What’s your goal behind trail running?
First of all, I want to achieve the best physical condition I could have. I think I still have a lot of things to improve until I reach my physical limits. So, it’s my first goal which I always aim at. If to talk about the goals connected with competitions, I wanted to win the U23 World Championship in Skyrunning this year. But, unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus it got canceled, so now I have a new goal — the Senior World Championships in Skyrunning the next year.
What’s the best of being a runner?
Oh, it’s so much haha!. Well, it’s all the feelings and emotions I get when running: I feel at home and being surrounded by MY environment. It brings me calmness, happiness, and joy.
How did you choose this activity and what motivated you to pursue it?
I have been an athlete gymnast for 15 years when I was younger. And I really liked that “background” because this activity teaches you to be super strong, have great coordination and determination. But I always knew that outside the gymnastics hall I always wanted to go running. I discovered that feeling, which literally called me, at the age of 16 or 17. Since that, I really enjoy being outside, especially in the forest and the mountains. Later, I found out that it’s a great combination: you enjoy both the beauty of nature and physical activities.
What physical training do you need to become a professional outdoor runner?
Everyone has to start somewhere, right? Of course, you need to have a dedicated training plan and diligently do all the training sessions to increase your fitness level. Therefore, I’m convinced that everyone can aim at becoming a professional outdoor runner. In the beginning, none of us has a good base, so everybody can develop and increase their physical abilities. The only thing that’s essential is a passionate desire. When I was an athlete gymnast, my coach always told me, “Freya, your superpower is your willpower. That’s what makes you really good because you never give up”.