The Hungarian ran the fourth fastest time in Western States history as she clinched third in the iconic California race two months ago.
In less than a fortnight, Csillag will run just over 100 miles again as she looks to improve on her a fifth-place finish at last year’s UTMB.
She crossed the line in 26:32:39, less than an hour and a half shy of American Kaytlyn Gerbin, who took the final podium spot.
UTMB “holy grail”
“Seriously talking I know I’m playing with the fire,” she wrote on Instagram. “Doing two 100-miles, the ‘Double’, within one summer is a lot on the body.
“It’s like the holy grail that it can burn you alive.
“Yet, after long consideration and consultation of those close to me I decided to risk it and play with the fire.
“In these weeks we have been trying to build up a good training block with keeping in mind the recent [Western States] and maintaining some recovery protocols. “
Time will tell
Csillag added that her primary concern is not her performance suffering at the UTMB World Series Finals, and says she will only know the impact of a her demanding summer in the months that follow.
“Whether I took the right decision, I will not know from how I perform at UTMB, but from those unimportant everyday runs months later that nobody sees.
“For what’s to come, I am exited and getting ready to [dance].”