Hi, I’m Matea, the founder, blogger, and writer behind OLYRUN.

Thanks for visiting my blog!

OLYRUN is a blog launched in 2019 with the desire of providing help in the form of my knowledge and experience to all who love running and active living. This idea already came to mind during my athletic career, but my priorities were different at the time. Besides training every day, sometimes even two times a day, I was balancing my college obligations and family life.

In 2016 I have accomplished my dream by taking part in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. It has always been my wish to connect my two loves in life, sport and law. In my effort to do so, alongside daily training, I graduated from the Faculty of Law in Zagreb, defending a thesis on the Professional athlete’s work. I would say that 2016 was my year.

In 2017 I started working. Along with the job, I continued training and preparing for bigger competitions.

However, with time, it became increasingly harder to balance my job, daily training, and family obligations. I was not ready to focus entirely on running. I ran (for now ?) my last marathon on 14 October 2018 in Zagreb, finishing with 2:48:07 and winning third place.

For a longer period of time, I was unable to find pleasure only in training. When you become aware that you’re giving something up and no longer find it fulfilling, it is time for a new page in life. While it was extremely hard to give up professional running, on the other hand, I felt happy and free listening to my inner voice. I still run every day and enjoy every mile of it.

With the great support of my husband Tomo, I started the OLYRUN blog.

My part of the job is to share my experience and knowledge with all of you, while Tomo deals with the design and presentation of content, along with all the technical issues.

Why OLYRUN?

It was not easy to find an authentic name for a blog. In the end, we chose OLYRUN, which is a combination of the two words “Olympic Runner”. I hope you like it as well.

Matea Matošević

Let’s now go through some of the questions I get asked most frequently!

Where are you from?

I was born on 14 March 1989 in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, where I also live.

Are you married?

Yes I am. I got married in October 2017. My husband Tomo is a great support to me in everything and together we are a great team.

Why running?

When I run, I feel free and fulfilled. Every step, every kilometer is a chance to overcome all obstacles, test my boundaries, and discover how far I can go.

When and how did you start running?

I’ve been in sports all my life. I trained tennis and acrobatic rock’n’roll from an early age and got into athletics at the end of my 3rd grade of high school. As I sometimes ran by myself, one triathlete spotted me and advised me to apply at the athletics club. After a couple of months of thinking, I listened to his advice and started training under coach Nina Katalinić, after which I quickly joined a more advanced group, under my long-time coach Mladen Katalinić.

How did your athletics career develop?

At the beginning of my athletic career, I ran middle and long distances and competed in numerous domestic and international competitions. Among the more notable results that I’ve accomplished in that period, I would mention 6th place in the women’s 10000m at the European Athletics U23 Championship in Ostrava and national records in 10000m in the U20 category, and 5000m and 10000m in the U23 category.

I ran my first marathon in 2015 in Zagreb, where I achieved the qualifying standard for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Besides the Olympics, I competed in the 50 km World Championships in Doha in 2016, where my team won the bronze medal. I also ran a marathon at the 2017 World Championships in London and at the 2018 European Athletics Championships in Berlin.

During my career, I also competed in numerous European and World road, mountain, cross country, and indoor races.

What is your favorite workout?

When I was training seriously, my favorite workout was 10x1000m intervals on the track. However, now that I run for enjoyment, I do not concern myself with pace and like fartlek training the most.

What is your favorite running discipline?

Each is special in its own way, I can’t single out any of them.

What is your favorite victory?

A number of them stayed as special memories. One of them is winning the 2015 San Sebastian marathon, which was my second running marathon. Also, I won the 33rd Plitvice marathon in 2018. There I won the title of the national marathon champion, and due to the track being extremely difficult and demanding, making the race a big challenge in itself. I also remember the victory at the Split half marathon in 2018 because of the strong bora wind and snow, which is unusual for that area.

What is your favorite race?

My favorite race is the 24th Zagreb marathon, held in 2015. That was my first marathon run and that is also where I’ve fulfilled the qualifying standard for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

How does it feel to be an Olympic athlete and a member of the Croatian national team?

There are plenty of different emotions. Above all, I feel gratitude for having the chance of competing at the Olympic Games and living those unforgettable moments, then pride, honor, but also a great responsibility.

How did you manage to balance your college obligations, job, training, races, family…?

The most important things are time management, will, great support, and understanding of your loved ones. There were, of course, some tougher times: during college I used to carry books on competitions and training camps, studying whenever I had the time. However, when you have a goal in front of you and do what you love, everything is possible.

Have you ever had problems with injuries and how did you deal with them?

Unfortunately, I had problems with injuries. One of them was the iliotibial band syndrome, which I had during the preparations for the Olympic Games. Whenever I was injured, I did everything I could to speed up the healing process. I did alternative training like rollerblading, cycling, and swimming in order to stay in shape. With that, I also did strength training and physical therapy. What I’ve learned is that, no matter what injury comes, the most important thing is to stay positive and be patient and see the whole situation as an opportunity for strengthening your weaknesses.

Are there any specific life lessons that you’ve learned from running?

Running taught me that hard work always pays off in the end and that there are no limits. Running taught me patience and persistence. It is important to believe in yourself and what you do, be brave, and not give up on your dreams!

Personal bests and accomplishments

matea matosevic running
  • Olympic marathon runner – Rio de Janeiro 2016
  • Multiple-time national champion
  • Participant in numerous World and European Championships
  • Adidas ambassador
  • 14 years of active running
  • [U23] national record 10000m – 34:28,94
  • [U23] national record 5000m – 16:28,98
  • [U20] national record 10000m – 35:49,10
  • Master of Law – Zagreb 2016
  • Medal of mayor city of Zagreb – 2018 and 2020

MARAThON

2:41:42

Half Marathon

1:15:40

10000m

34:28

5000m

16:19

3000m

9:22

1500m

4:22

RACERESULTLOCATIONDATE
Marathon2:41:42Zagreb (CRO)8 OCT 2017
Half Marathon1:15:40Zagreb (CRO)11 NOV 2012
10 kilometers35:20Karlovac (CRO)8 JUN 2018
10000 meters34:28.94Ostrava (CZE)15 JUL 2011
5000 meters16:19.80Riga (LAT)22 JUN 2014
3000 meters9:24.83Tel Aviv (ISR)24 JUN 2017
3000 meters indoor9:22.64Istanbul (TUR)22 FEB 2014
2000 meters6:17.32Maribor (SLO)3 JUL 2008
1500 meters4:26.07Stara Zagora (BUL)28 JUL 2013
1500 meters indoor4:22.81Istanbul (TUR)23 FEB 2013
DATE COMPETITIONRACEPL.RESULT
25 FEB 2018Split Half MarathonHalf Marathon101:16:29
24 MAR 2018Valencia IAAF World Half Marathon ChampionshpsHalf Marathon DNF
2 JUN 2018Zagreb Croatian Club Ch.5000 meters218:49.5
3 JUN 201833rd Plitvice Marathon – MEDOMarathon12:55:29
8 JUN 2018Karlovac 10 km10 kilometers435:20:00
29 JUL 2018Zagreb Croatian Ch.3000 meters509:53.8
12 AUG 2018Berlin European ChampionshipsMarathon4502:56:29
15 SEP 2018Zagreb Croatian Club Ch.5000 meters117:32.0
16 SEP 2018Zagreb Croatian Club Ch.3000 meters210:18.1
30 SEP 2018Požega Croatian Half Marathon Ch.Half Marathon401:16:06
14 OCT 2018Zagreb MarathonMarathon302:48:07
DATE COMPETITION RACE PL.RESULT
26 FEB 2017Split Half MarathonHalf Marathon701:21:43
26 MAR 2017Velika Gorica Turopoljski Half MarathonHalf Marathon101:16:51
10 JUN 2017Zagreb Croatian Club Ch.5000 meters116:45.2
11 JUN 2017Zagreb Croatian Club Ch.3000 meters109:42.4
24 JUN 2017Tel Aviv European Team Ch. 2nd League3000 meters409:24.8
25 JUN 2017Tel Aviv European Team Ch. 2nd League5000 meters316:24.5
8 JUL 2017Zagreb Croatian Ch.5000 meters117:04.8
9 JUL 2017Zagreb Croatian Ch.5000 meters209:50.6
6 AUG 2017London IAAF World Championships in AthleticsMarathon6902:55:06
16 SEP 2017Zagreb Croatian Club Ch.5000 meters318:22.3
17 SEP 2017Zagreb Croatian Club Ch.3000 meters209:58.7
8 OCT 2017Zagreb MarathonMarathon402:41:42
DATE COMPETITION RACE PL.RESULT
11 JUN 2016Varaždin Croatian Club Ch.5000 meters217:19.4
30 JUL 2016Zagreb Croatian Ch.5000 meters217:25.8
31 JUL 2016Zagreb Croatian Ch.3000 meters210:19.1
14 AUG 2016Rio de Janeiro Olympic GamesMarathon10402:50:00
10 SEP 2016Zagreb Croatian Club Ch.3000 meters210:08.7
11 SEP 2016Zagreb Croatian Club Ch.3000 meters117:56.1
9 OCT 2016Zagreb MarathonMarathon702:42:28
DATECOMPETITIONRACEPL.RESULT
14 FEB 2015Wien ASVÖ Indoor Gala3000 meters indoor209:47.0
21 MAR 2015Pula3000 meters209:36.7
16 MAY 2015Zagreb Open5000 meters118:01.0
13 JUN 2015Zagreb Croatian Club Ch.5000 meters117:31.5
21 JUN 2015Stara Zagora European Team Ch. 2nd League5000 meters517:38.0
25 JUL 2015Varaždin Croatian Ch.5000 meters217:31.3
19 SEP 2015Zagreb Croatian Club Ch.3000 meters110:15.9
20 SEP 2015Zagreb Croatian Club Ch.5000 meters117:12.2
11 OCT 2015Zagreb MarathonMarathon402:44:55
29 NOV 2015San Sebastián MarathonMarathon102:45:25

Results from www.worldathletics.org.

Get in touch with me

Want to know more about me or my blog? Send me an e-mail: matea.matosevic@olyrun.com.

Thank you for visiting!

Matea Matošević