26 April 2009

The 21-year-old from Ajdovščina in the Slovene Karst, European Mountain Running Junior Champion 2007, has come back from injury. 

Lucija Krkoc and Mitja Kosovelj

Lucija Krkoč and Mitja Kosovelj, winners of the Bovški tek 2009


R.I.: Lucija, you have won the Bovški tek 10km race in Bovec, well done! Was it hard?

Lucija: Yes, it was. I was quite out of breath. This was my first race this year. I couldn't run for seven weeks and missed most of the base training over the winter because of a knee injury.


R.I.: Can you take part in any major competitions this year?

Lucija: Well, I'm trying to get fit for the European Mountain Running Championships in Austria in July, and then for the World Mountain Running Championships in Italy in September. But I will have to wait and see how the knee develops.


R.I.: How do you train now for the next races?

Lucija: I'm glad I have a very good coach who knows how to prepare me well. He's the father of my training partners Mateja and Mitja Kosovelj. We do long off-road runs in the countryside. And about twice a week, we do some intervals on the track, for instance ten times 1000 metres with a one minute break. But that depends on the time of the season.


R.I.: And what about the training for mountain races?

Lucija: Actually, we don't do any training in the mountains.


R.I.: How often do you go running?

Lucija: I run every day but only once a day. I'm studying sport at the university in Ljubljana and couldn't do any more training.


R.I.: Is there any running event in Slovenia that you like particularly well?

Lucija: Yes, the Šmarna Gora Mountain Race in October. Last year, I was 6th.


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