When dreams come true

This is the year when I turned my Skyrunning into a professional career and became a part of something new and very important.

Blog by Snezana Djuric and a continuation of the story…
Everything is possible, the impossible just takes a little more time

These are my home mountains, Kablar, Serbia.
These are my beautiful mountains and home arena, Kablar, Serbia.

Everything is possible, the impossible just takes a little more time

That’s right. Point taken here is time. Of course, with time goes work, effort and willpower. As a kid, I often thought that people run so many miles, 10k, 20k … how do they do it?

Will I ever be able to do this?

When I started it was difficult. However, every start is difficult, so they say :)! I got to the half marathon from the beginning. Not so fast, but I arrived :). After that, I was thinking, can I do it fast? Can I go to some other races? What is a half marathon and what is a mountain race? Because, as you read, I am a fan of trail running :). So, I came to my coach and an extreme sports team in the city where I live. Well, then there was a mess in my head! Meters, kilometres, hills, plains, hillsides, speed, breathing, where are the arms, where are the legs: D ?!Ahahahahah…

But, as I wrote, with hard work and a strong will, everything comes into place. So, I started competing in trail racing. There was everything, ups, downs, hard races, those easy ones, the pain, the laughter, the fun … I was thinking more and more about how it would be good to make it a lifestyle, a job, something to live on.

How I turned my Skyrunning into a professional career

When I was writing last blog, one of the questions was, is Skyrunning my hobby or something that I live by? It was a hobby at that point, and my job was the job of a physical therapist. I was then named the Runner of the Month by the SkyRunner Adventurers Community and it was already the beginning of my dream come true … It is nice when you really want something, you work, and the results come.

A few months after that, after more races and miles, I was declared the winner of the SkyRunner Challenge. I was literally screaming with happiness! Wow! Me?!

Yes me. More specifically, my coach and I :). To make the surprise even bigger, SkyRunner, more precisely Katinka Nyberg (the founder), offered me a professional contract. My hobby is growing into something more … 🙂 Well, this is an opportunity not to be missed!

First place on Skyrunning race in Serbia. Ultra trail Stara planina 57km, 2450 D+ Time 6:44:53 SkyRunner Challenge 2019 Skyrunning Serbia.
First place on Skyrunning race in Serbia. Ultra Trail Stara Planina 57km, 2450 D+ Time 6:44:53, Skyrunning Serbia. Winner of the SkyRunner Challenge 2019.

We talked about everything, exchanged opinions, talked about mountains, about racing everywhere in the world, about Serbia and my opportunities and desires, about everything … One of the questions in last blog was, what are your plans for the future, what do I want? Honestly, I wanted something like this :). It’s nice to do what you love and enjoy it. Katinka recognized and understood it.

Serbia meets Sweden, meets Spain

Shortly after the agreement was concluded, Katinka and Fernando (SkyRunner Head Coach) expressed their wish to come to Serbia, to get to know me, and to start something that would certainly be big and important, nice and useful.

Serbia is a small country with a big heart. I hope they saw it. We trained together, doing tests of mobility, flexibility, strength. Go to the mountains and places where I usually train with my friends. They met my coach Marko, a friend of mine, Vladimir, my running pal. The week that we had together was hard-working, fun and motivating!

Me, Vlada, Katinka & Fernando mountaineering at Kablar, Serbia.
Me, Vladimir, Katinka & Fernando mountaineering at Kablar, Serbia.
Me, Vlada, Katinka & Fernando mountaineering at Kablar, Serbia.
Me, Vladimir, Katinka & Fernando mountaineering at Kablar, Serbia.

Working on our new training services

In my new job at SkyRunner where I now work together with Katinka and Fernando I will be a part of developing our Online Coaching Services for Skyrunning. We started off this work by doing some mobility and strength tests which will also be a part of the training services. You can read more about these mobility tests in the article “Stretching, yes or no?“.

Fernando is doing some mobility tests on Snezana,
Fernando is doing some mobility tests on Snezana,

Skyrunning Adventures this year

This year lots of great things is going to happend with team SkyRunner. We are arranging a Training camp in Spain – Valle de Tena, a Race trip to Serbia – Ultra trail Stara Planina, a Race trip to Sweden, Åre mountain marathon weeks, where there will be 8 interesting races, a Race trip to Spain, Trail Valle de Tena a high altitude race, a Race trip to Scotland, Ring of Steal Skyrace.

We will go on these camps and races as a team :). You can read about all this on our social networking pages. We hope that we will be able to motivate you and inspire you to join us and enjoy :)!

At the beginning of 2019 I asked my coach – can I do all this ???

He answered: – 2019 is your year!

And it really was. He was right as always. 2019 was the year of Dreams come true! To be continued…:).

2020 is the year of your dreams, go for them! J

/Snezana Djuric, SkyRunner

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