When we first thought about setting up Ultra Race Romania we wondered what it really takes to run 250km in a remote part of the world, in self-sufficiency? Courage? A bit of madness? Recklessness? And how are the people who usually embark on such adventures? What drives you to reach the finish line?
I have never done an ultra or have even been close to doing an ultra race before. This will be my very first ultra. How I chose URR as my first choice was happenstance. It was a year ago in June when I received the news from my Oncologist that I was in full remission and cancer free. Hearing these words put me in a level of euphoria that is hard to describe. It was at that point I felt invincible, alive and ready to take on the world. I knew I wanted to do something GREAT to celebrate. Something that reminded me that I was still alive and can now accomplish
That same day, I saw an advertisement for URR and thought PERFECT. This is how I will celebrate beating cancer and this is how I will celebrate being able to live to see 40 (if the race doesn’t kill me, haha).
My training has been quite unconventional in the sense, I do not have any prior experience with doing an ultra or running more than a half marathon. But that has not stopped me. I run when I can, for how long I can. There are some days I just focus on weight training the muscle groups I know I’ll need. Even with having a short notice surgery, getting back to training has been a focus for me to conquer this challenge I set for myself. I’m still slowly building up my endurance to what it was before my surgery. And I have no plans of stopping once I have started. Keeping in mind my reason for pushing through is I am alive. The pain will be a bitter sweet reminder that I am here to feel it and enjoy this moment. This journey for me, is a celebration of life.