Ida B Olsson is a 35 year old runner and blogger living in Vara, in the west south of Sweden together with her husband Daniel and two children Stella and Charlie. Working as a health entrepreneur, personal trainer, yoga teacher and running coach amongst many other hats, sport is obviously a huge part of her life and seeking out new challenges and next to be uncovered adventures - just like the Great Wall Marathon.
Thank for taking the time Ida. So let’s jump right in: how did you hear about the Great Wall Marathon?
I read about it on Instagram and I was curious about it. I asked my husband if he would come along on an adventure like this and from there away we went!
What made you want to do it?
It’s once-in-a-life-time experience! Shortly before I read about The Great Wall Marathon I had run a marathon in the south of Sweden in Bjäre. From that, I felt marathon running was something for me.
The main thing about the GWM was that I was not interested in a regular marathon but to have a real challenge thrown in on top. When I read about it the more I understood that this race was one of the toughest in the world. That’s exactly what I loved about it!
What training did you do for the marathon leading up to it?
My husband and I ran a few long distance routes together and 3D-training, uphill training. The main reason for our 3D-training was to strengthen our joints in the feet, knees and hips. Then I ran a few intervals and had a few on the bike as well. As for weight training we focused on areas such as legs and core.
Where did you stay for the event?
We stayed at Beijing Hotel and the Mariott in Jinxan (roughlz an hour from the race start).
What was your raceday kit and shoes?
I wore a sleeveless tee, shorts and sunhat. Then, of course, my Cloudsurfers.