何若君，2014年「台灣動感亞洲50」最快的台灣女跑手分享道︰「那次與一眾優秀跑手跑了一場緊湊而高強度的賽事，真的非常過癮，一試難忘﹗」何若君已報名參加今年「OtterBox動感亞洲越野賽 - 台灣站」和「台灣動感亞洲50」兩場賽事。
A1: 去年因為行程未能配合而錯過了「OtterBox動感亞洲越野賽 ﹣台灣站」。後來有機會參加石門50公里比賽，遇到許多實力非常強勁的本地、海外跑手，很具挑戰性。那次與一眾優秀跑手跑了一場緊湊而高強度的賽事，真的非常過癮，一試難忘﹗所以今年我早早把時間騰空出來，OtterBox動感亞洲越野賽 ﹣台灣站和MSIG 台灣 動感亞洲50都已報名了。
A3: 在「動感亞洲越野賽 ﹣台灣站」的準備方面，我主要以幾場比賽時間相近的越野賽作準備。然而，可惜最近台北幾場越野賽因故臨時取消，打亂了我的高強度練習計劃，只好改成獨自或相約朋友跑山徑，但訓練強度總是不及直接以賽事作為訓練厲害。「MSIG 台灣 動感亞洲50」方面，我則會增加一些山路或越野超馬訓練，因為AAE 50公里難度高，需要有長時間跑步的耐力和意志力。
“Addiction to run in nature”
“Addiction to run in nature”, said Jochun Ho, the fastest Taiwanese female runner at Taiwan Action Asia 50 last year
“I am now totally addicted to technical trail running races. For me, these tough races are definitely full of fun and tension”, said Jochun Ho, the fastest Taiwanese female runner in Taiwan Action Asia 50 2014 who also marked 26 September - OtterBox Action Asia X-Trail Taiwan on her calendar.
Q1: Why did you choose to race in the upcoming “OtterBox Action Asia X-Trail Taiwan 2015” on 26 September?
A1: Last year, I missed the race because of my tight schedule. I took part in Taiwan Action Asia 50 50K instead and I had the opportunity to get to know both local Taiwan and international elite runners who are also very passionate in trail running. Because of the challenging and unforgettable experience that I had at that race, I am now totally addicted to trail running. For me, these tough races are definitely full of fun and tension. Therefore, I reserved the race date 26 September earlier this time and I have signed up both OtterBox Action Asia X-Trail Taiwan 2015 and Taiwan Action Asia 50.
Q2: What got you into trail running? How do you arrange your time so that you could balance your social life, work as well as trail running training?
A2: I had several years hiking experience before I started trail running. I am in love with the fruitful nature of Taiwan, especially the stunning view from the top of the mountains. Meanwhile, I love running a lot. Trail running enables me to combine these two of my favorite exercises together. As long as you have a little time and motivation, It is really not that hard to arrange some training routine. With a pair of running shoes and a t-shirt, I can simply run by the river bank close by. At weekend, I enjoy spending my time on hiking myself or with friends to pursue quietness and peacefulness. I did give up some of my social life for training, but this is the lifestyle that I have chosen and been enjoying.
Q3: As it’s a 17k race, how will you preparing for OtterBox Action Asia X-Trail Taiwan 2015 this September based on your experience?
A3: As for the preparation for 17K, I planned to join some similar trail running races but due to the cancellation of those races, I changed to train with friends now, even though the trainings are comparatively less in terms of speed and hardship. I try to do more mountain run for Taiwan Action Asia 50 in November as it requires much more endurance and willpower.
Q4: As the 2015OtterBox Action Asia X-Trail Taiwan is only a month away, how do you train now?
A4: My monthly training target is 300K. I usually run 5 days per week, 10K for weekdays and 5K more at weekend.
Q5: In terms of preparation and training, can you give trail running beginners some advice?
A5: If this is your first time joining trail running race, you should definitely do some solid trail running training in advance as you can improve your physical agility, mentality and skills by practice. Remember to prepare suitable necessities for the race, including sport t-shirt, running shoes, water bottle, flip-belt and so on. Also, you probably don’t want to test brand new running shoes or other equipment on the race day.
Q6: What is your expectation of this race in terms of result, route, and health condition?
A6: I still haven’t got the chance to do the recce run yet so I’m not very familiar with the exact route. But I have watched videos of the race last year and I discovered that having a stable performance with a relatively smooth run is the key to reach a satisfying result in this race. My target at OtterBox Action Asia X-Trail Taiwan is challenge myself both physically and mentally while be able to maintain a stable performance throughout the whole race.