Nationality: Swedish
Lives in: Romsdalen, Norway
Activity: Trail Running
Our friend since: 2018

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Trail runner

Winning the Transvulcania ultramarathon has started to become a routine for Ida Nilsson, having secured her third gold medal in a row. Before an injury, she competed and won several national championship medals in athletics. In 2016, Ida won the Marathon du Mont Blanc in Chamonix, France and one year later she set a new course record in Ultravasan. In 2018, Ida won the international skyrunning competition “Zegama-Aizkorri”, strengthening her position as one of the top runners in the world.

Main merits
– 3 time winner Transvulcania
– Zegama skyrace winner 2018
– Ultravasan 2017 winner
– The North Face 50 miles 2016
– 2917 winner

Ida's favourites

Favourite destination in the world?
Hovdenes in Romsdalen.

Favourite meal?
All vegetables and berries I grown or picked.

Ida's training habits

How often do you excercise?
1 or 2 times a day

What kind of training do you do?
Mostly skimountaineering in the winter and running in the summer.

How do you train during the darker season?
 I love to train with a head light in the winter. When I lived up in Abisko and I didn’t see the sun for two months I used to take on a headlamp, run one hour straight out on the mountain, switch off the lamp and throw myself on the ground admiring the stars and northern lights and when I got cold I got up, switch on the lamp and ran home.

Your best energy during training-sessions?
During training my favorite is when there are a lot of ripe berries in the forest or on the mountain. Only problem is that food stop tend to be too long sometimes : )

How du you charge/load before a competition (food, rest, mentally, etc.)?
I like to relax and train as little as possible the days before a race. I usually eat normal, the food I always like to eat. I feel that for the big races the mental preparations come naturally with resting the body and getting exited for a race I have prepared for.

What should you think of/consider if you want to start ultra running/trail running/sky running?
Start to build a base slowly and gradually and enjoy the training and progress.

What are your best running tips?
Consistency, variation and joy in running.

The best/most fun competitions for amateurs as you see it?
All the races I’m doing are both for elites and amateurs and I think it’s important to choose a race which exites you. I really like Transvulcania and Zegama if you want to experience huge cheering crowds. But there are so many cool trail or ultra races around the world. In Sweden I really like Kia Fjällmaraton and Ultravasan.