Vajin Armstrong pre TNF100

Tomorrow Vajin Armstrong will toe the line in his 3rd appearance at The North Face 100km in the Blue Mountains in Australia. Vajin has placed 2nd in both his previous runs in Australia’s premier 100km race and we had a quick catch up with with Vajin to get this thoughts on tomorrows race-

Vajin at the 2012 TNF100

Vajin at the 2012 TNF100

Already a pretty good summer- you have had PR’s at Tarawera, as well as in half and full marathons- what are the expectations for Saturday?

The goal is always to try and push the envelope and see how close you can get to the edge without falling over. Having said that you want to run smart and of course you want to enjoy the experience as much as possible. So hopefully I will flirt with disaster, laughing all the way, while still managing to hold it together enough to record a result I can be proud of.

How has training been- changing it up between 100km, marathon and back to 100km? What challenges, or advantages does this offer?

I enjoy the variety it offers being able to switch it up between the trails and the road between the mountains and the flat. At the end of the day I am a runner and I enjoy the sensation and experiences I gain from running whether on the roads, the track or the trail. As ultras become increasingly competitive I feel that it’s more important than ever to keep working on my speed. It also keeps me mentally fresh and inspired and always gives me new goals to aspire towards.

Pretty stacked field- who do you expect to be leading the charge on Saturday morning?

It’s a pretty interesting line up with a few familiar faces plus some of the top Asians heading down for it. I expect a couple of people to go out hard which tends to drag the rest of the field along with them. It’s going to be a fast race and it just depends on who gets their effort right and who can close it out over the last 30km.

And your race tactics?

Run smart, stay relaxed and then when it’s time to race just relax a little bit more. Real speed comes from smoothness and relaxation.


Post TNF100- what do you have planned for the rest of the year?

Early June I will be heading off to Europe for a full season of racing with some short mountain races a few mountain Marathons and a couple of Ultras. The big one for me will be UTMB at the end of August. Last time I was there I had a couple of broken ribs so this year I am hoping for some smoother sailing. We have a good crew of New Zealanders heading over for it so it should be a fun time in Chamonix.

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