- You won the 65km in a very impressive manner last year what made you decide to up the distance?
- I really enjoyed the challenge of the 65 km race and I wanted to come back to the Formosa race to run the huge climb that I missed out on last year.
- What was your strategy for the race? Did you follow it or did you have to adjust along the way?
- My strategy was to run my own race. I tried to conserve my energy and run smart. It was my longest distance yet, and I made sure I took my time at the check points to hydrate and eat real food.
- What makes you come back to Formosa Trail?
- The Taiwanese running community, huge climbs, very well organized race and incredible views made me come back to Formosa Trail.
- You recently married. Whats about your husband did he enjoy Formosa Trail and weekend in central Taiwan?
- I’m lucky to have such a great, supportive husband who survived a few training runs with me. When he saw how much I really loved the race last year, he even agreed to run it himself this year. We actually saw each other on the trail and were able to run a short segment together. It was a great boost for both of us to take our minds off the climb for a little bit.
- You live in Okinawa. How did you prepare for running in Formosa Trail?
- Okinawa does not have the elevation or lengthy trails that Taiwan offers, so I did a lot of hill repeats. I am really lucky to have a great group of running friends and we are able to push each other through early mornings and long runs.
- Can you describe your week training regime? Is there some tip for us to get stronger and faster on long distances?
- I have been on a running program for about three months, running anywhere from 40-60 miles per week, focusing more on effort than on speed. The majority of my runs were at an easy pace, with short speed workouts at the end of the run. I usually take Mondays off and do my long runs on the weekends.
- How does running in Taiwan compare to your regular training grounds?
- Trails in Taiwan are very technical and require a lot of coordination to navigate. I love the scenery running through the trails- the coffee farms, banana trees and small villages. It is certainly very different and unique from Okinawa.
- It is long race. What was your nutrition strategy?
- Nutrition and hydration were tied closely into my race strategy. For nutrition, I have Runivore bars and huma gels, in addition to the food at the checkpoints. For hydration, I used nuun tablets and Tailwind.
- Do you have some recommendation for runners travelers coming to Taiwan races?
- It is a great and beautiful race. Make sure you train for elevation and time on your feet. Train hard, but don’t forget to enjoy the incredible views.
- Elena Komova (Skarzynski)
- 104k Formosa Trail 2017 (1st, 2nd overall, 16:55:52)
- 65k Formosa Trail 2016 (1st, 2nd overall, 10:44:43)
- Ultra-Trail® D’angkor 2017 – Bayon Trail Angkor 64 Km (1st, 6:22:39)