A Swiss-born ultrarunner, Luzia Buehler now lives in the mountains, trying to live a good life while protecting what is most important to her.
Luzia has always been an athletic person since she was a child because of her great love for the outdoors and the mountains. Luzia discovered her passion for trail running when she was about 20 years old, and she has since competed in all of the most important international races.
In 2016, Luzia competed in the Western States 100 race for the first time, finishing 27th (27hrs 03mins) and 11th (20hrs 23mins) in 2019.
Having run this race twice, which has greatly prepared her, Luzia, 40, has rocked the world’s oldest 100-mile trail race, the Western States Endurance Run, by becoming the 4th place women's finisher in a time of 18 hours, 08 minutes last year.
Luzia is also a social worker who enjoys skiing and snowboarding during the winter.
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Living in East Switzerland by the mountains
Working as a social worker
Being the youngest child and growing up in a sport family
Getting into skiing at a young age
Always being a runner
Working as a cook and fitting in running around her hours
Doing her first Half Marathon on the road and why it wasn’t good!
Working with running coach Ellie Greenwood
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Needing more flexibility in her training
Running the WS100 in 2016 and why it was the hardest thing she has ever done
Running for 27 hrs and needing to walk the majority of the race
Wanting to come back and do the race again (this time training with Ellie)
Winning a golden ticket to gain entry to Western States in 2018
Going into the race with a lot of passion
Why it’s so much more than a race
Having stomach problems on Raceday - but completing it in 20hrs
Wanting to race the Western States again in 2022
Completing the WS100 in 18hrs 8 mins 27 secs
Why it was such a good day and feeling proud of herself
Race strategy and tactics for Western States
Needing to run at her own pace
Feeling the impact of jet lag and needing to go slower at the start
Running really well when she runs alone
Starting to overtake a few people and having fun while she raced.
Just keep smiling and keep putting one foot in front of the other
What’s going on in her head while racing
Trying to stay in the current moment and be in the present
Fuelling and nutrition while racing
Wanting to eat more salty food and less fatty food
Pizza and beer at the end of the race
How she recovers after a 100 mile race
Taking a week or 2 weeks off from running
“The future is unwritten” - what does that mean?
Her dream race - Hardrock 100
Being an inov-8 ambassador
Advice for new runners who are just starting out
Losing her running mojo and what she does when she doesn’t feel like running
Remembering her why - why does she run?
Wanting to create happy memories
Her favourite paid of Inov-8 trainers
Wearing PARKCLAW G 280 in the Western States 100
Advice for more experienced runners
Why time on feet really does count
Doing strength training 2/3x a week
Remaining injury free due to strength training
Why cycling is good as well
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