Eight marathons in the account, and two ultramarathons in the plans-Teresa Brzozowska, our company’s “torpedo”
Run, Teresa, run!
Teresa Brzozowska, our company’s “torpedo”, a woman for whom running a marathon seems a trifle and an activity as natural as Forrest Gump did. On the facebook profile of Etisoft Running Team we can see her on the podium all the time, whether on longer or shorter runs. This year she will celebrate her 50th birthday and she is not embarrassed to talk about it. He has eight marathons to his credit, and this year’s plans include two ultramarathons and two marathons. More and more often you can meet her running (often together with Adam Jeżewski) in the mountains.
We can only ask: Teresa, how do you do it?
Teresa is an employee of the quality department in Etisoft, she works at our outpost in Jaworzno, in Graffiti. As she recalls: – As a teenager I didn’t skip a gym class, I always liked running, cycling and other forms of activity. I made the right choice – my “other half” is also an active sportsman. I think running is the perfect way to get away from stress and sometimes difficult situations. However, I started running “hard” when I was in my forties and it was actually by a coincidence. My brother, a marathon runner, asked us to take him to the competition. We liked the atmosphere and joyful, even though tired faces of the participants. We saw that people older than us were coming to the finish line, it was in very different styles, so…. We did an examination at the doctor’s and… we started. It was the year 2010.
The first two kilometers were heavy. Exhaustion, slight stress. Unfortunately, the years spent “behind the wheel” took effect.
Not only for cyborgs
Our friend prepared training sessions for herself and ran the next kilometers without any pressure, gradually increasing the distance. After about a year of preparations, she stood at the start line of the half-marathon in Bytom. The first competition and immediate success! There was euphoria, endorphins and the conclusion that this is not a discipline for cyborgs only. At the next half-marathon – in Krakow – she missed 2 seconds to break the magic barrier of two hours. She gave herself a year to build up her condition on half marathons. She felt confident enough that after that time she headed for the “royal distance” route in Budapest.
I remember the weather madness. It was snowing at our place then, and it was really hot there. I ran my first marathon with a lot of strength reserves. I also had no “barrier” which most frequently happens to marathoners at around 35 kilometres distance. Now every run is first and foremost a joy for me. My goal is the finish line, but no nerves or anything like that. I am happy because I discovered the pleasure of running in the mountains. I don’t walk on them anymore and I cross them on the run. I had a lot of fun when, together with Adam Jeżewski, we raced the Butcher run in the Bieszczady Mountains, a route characterized by many altitudes. I am lucky that running comes to me quite easily and in a pretty good time – says Teresa, who last year was awarded the Crown of Half Marathons, that is 5 half marathons in selected cities, quite distant from each other. Such trips integrate and allow for “sightseeing by running”.
The dream of Athens – that’s where it all started
What is Teresa’s method of keeping herself in shape? She runs 2-3 times a week, minimum 10 km each time. She doesn’t forget about stretching and proper rest. Over the weekends, she is able to find time for a maximum of 25 km of the route. She knows that she has to work on even breathing, because it tends to get into a crazy rhythm. She is facing a challenge in the form of an ultramarathon in the Karkonosze Mountains (58 km) and 64 km at the Festival in Krynica. Her dream? Marathon in Athens. Running there, where it all started. Teresa, we wish you this with all our hearts!
The first of Teresa’s ambitious plans for this year has just come true – on 27 July she completed her ultramarathon in the Karkonosze Mountains. Congratulations!