Lucie Zelenkova

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A few weeks ago the Ironman race happened in Durban. I knew I had to source one of the female athletes. I respect anybody who even attempts IronMan because I believe my heart would stop. 

SWIM! 
BIKE!
RUN! 
Read this interview and follow her on instagram: @luciezelenkova 


On who you are… 

Crazy Czech Chic;). I'm Czech girl who was lucky to end up in South Africa. I can be very stubborn. I'm very lucky to do what I love for living. I'm positive person and I try to enjoy every day. I love books and my cats. Sport was and always will be my life and I really enjoy helping people to achieve their goals. 

On running…

Running is my safe place. I run when I feel down and when I need some space. It helps me to clear my head and get my thoughts together. I prefer to run slow and long run alone at my own space. Its my private time.



On your First Run...

I dont remember my first run. It was when I was small, my dad used to do some running races and they used to have parents with child category. It was special time for me to run with my dad and against other people. I stopped running during my school time as I became a swimmer. I started again at university but it took me time to get my running fitness back and start enjoying it.

On Street culture…

I'm lucky that I visited lot of countries around the world with my sport. Sometimes running is easiest way to see different City and different place and even meet people. 

I think in South Africa runners have more respect to each other then in some part of Europe. And I'm still firm believer in greeting my fellow runners!

On gadgets…

There is too many of them. Sometimes I think people forget about beauty and freedom of running because they just chase right pace and heart rate and distance. I like running without watch, just listening to my own body. That's your best gadget. 

On injury…

Lot of injuries are preventable. Most of them come from trying too hard too quickly. If you build your running base first it is possible to avoid some. I been lucky with injuries over the years and didn't have many of them. But with injuries you definitely have to learn patience and not to rush back into it too early. 

On achievements…

Achievements are What get me in the morning out of bed to go train. Since I was little I always liked racing but didn't like losing. Sport taught me to be driven person in what I'm doing. I achieved some of my sport goals and memories of some races I won will be with me forever. One of the best memories for me was when I could tell my parents I qualified for Olympic games. They were so proud and happy.


On future goals…

I have only short proud of time left racing on top level like now. But I will always be sporty, I can't stop. I would like to do more trail running. There are awesome races in South Africa to do. 

And then fully focus on my coaching. I love watching my athletes racing.

On your social media…

Social media is today's world. And perhaps I don't keep up with it. I like to follow people in instagram, it's quick and picture can say thousand words. It's still something I need to improve in it

On Pink…

I absolutely love pink. Most of my running clothes are pink. It's colour which makes me smile and brighten my mood. 

On Pain…

Healthy pain is part of training and even more part of racing. You discover your pain treashold, your pain limit during long races. I was good in Ironman because I could take pain during the race


On the Past you (what would you tell your non-running past self)…

Go out and run. Slow and just enjoy every moment. It's best way to see the world and feels great to be fit. Find the joy in running and do it for yourself.


When I die…

Hopefully someone will remember me that I inspired them to take on sport and discover beauty of it.

#RunRevolution


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