On The Spot – Jesper Lidstrom

When did running begin for you?
I’ve always been quite active in sport during my teenage years and played a lot of Handball and Floorball (Like indoor hockey) in Sweden. I never really enjoyed running and generally thought it was quite boring.

Running for me started quite late. As part of team-building exercise at work in 2012 we entered Tough Mudder. We started to run at work to build our fitness and I’ve enjoyed running ever since!

Why do you run?
When I started running it was first and foremost to improve my fitness. I entered a couple of local races and really enjoyed seeing how quickly your time and fitness could improve. It really is addictive!

Nowadays I really enjoy exploring new trails and the social aspect of meeting like-minded people and training together. I also find that after a long day or week at work a run really puts your mind and body at ease and I feel “reset” again.

What race or moment in your running career holds the most significance
and why?
I guess that would be the latest one I did. The Highland Fling in Scotland, a 53-Mile Ultra. When I first started running I would never have imagined going that distance.

Who is your running inspiration?
I follow various runners on social media. I don’t think I have a particular one that stands out. Really enjoy (slightly envious!) all the exploring and events these elite trail runners take part in.

What event, past or present, would you like to take part in and why?
There are two races that I would love to do if I ever had the opportunity. Western States (The history of this race and just taking part would be immense) and The Costa Rica Coastal Challenge. (A multi-day race where you run in Jungle, Mountains and Beaches, what’s not to like!?)

I also would love to do the High Coast Trail again – it really is a stunning trail marathon in the North of Sweden. (http://hogakustentrail.se/). Warmly recommended.

What golden piece of advice would you give to other runners?
Those two extra holes for your shoe laces that you never use? If you find that your heel is not locked in properly use them! Google heel lock lacing.

What’s next?
The only current race I’ve signed up to now is an ultra in Wiltshire called “A run with no witty name” (Yes, honestly). It’s a run in AONB area in the Nadder Valley. I think it’s going to be stunning!

Who would you like to nominate?
Tristan Greaves

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