Vlad Ixel is an Australian elite multiple trail running champion, with wins in over 40 ultra-marathon races across Asia and owner of Bix Hydration.
1 - When Did You Start Running?
I started running at the age of 25, a few days after I quit smoking (I had been smoking since the age of 18 about half a pack to a pack of cigarettes a day).
You can watch more about Vlad's story below:
2 - What Is Your Favourite Race Distance?
50KM trail races - around 3 to 4 hours of racing with a bit of elevation but not a crazy amount.
3 - What Motivates You To Run?
Competition - I just love the fact that I can complete almost on weekly basis against different runners and different courses.
4 - What Is Your Favourite Go To Session?
10 x 1min hard V02 max uphill repeats
5 - Are You Currently Working Towards A Race Or Have A Goal In Mind?
I have a few trail races this coming summer - and hopefully, run a sub 2:25 marathon later on the year.
6 - What Is Your Favourite Race That You Look Forward To Every Year?
I usually do 20-30 races a year so hard to say but I have done the The North Face 50KM trail race in Hong Kong 6 years in a row before covid hit.
7 - If You Could Only Choose One Pair Of Trainers To Train In, What Is Your Weapon Of Choice?
Probably the Nike Pegasus - I think they work well for easy runs and even key sessions, I run in them even on the trails - they are a great all-round shoe!
8 - Are You A Fan Of Super Shoes For Racing?
Yes absolutely, on the roads you can’t go past the Nike Next%, super light and bouncy.
9 - One Tip Every Runner Should Know About?
Do strength and mobility work on a regular basis - I have over 50 home workouts for runners on my YouTube channel.
10 - One Product Every Runner Should Know About?
Bix Recovery - one tablet after every single run!