10 questions with vlad ixel

10 Questions With Vlad Ixel

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 3-4 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!

Find Out More About Ivan

You can follow subscribe to Ivan's YouTube Channel and we highly recommend the checking out his Bix electrolyte tablets, which won our best overall in test in our electrolyte tablet guide