I’m happy to see that I have some readers! I’m still learning how the blogging world works exactly, but I find it amazing that people can already find my blog through Google searches! I used to have a pretty successful blog about language learning, but I haven’t posted anything in it for a few years.
I’m almost two months into my official marathon training and I am very excited! I am spending my free time checking out running blogs, websites, forums, YouTube videos, reading books and magazines about running, learning as much as possible. This is all good and great until I end up getting tired of it. I know myself. I have always been like this. I get so completely consumed with a pursuit or passion and start to make real progress in it, and then I give up. As a child it was gymnastics, soccer, swimming, environmentalism (I had an Earth Club!), horses, dogs, cats, figure skating, surfing, biking, basketball,… but I never stuck with anything. Part of me wishes that my parents had been a little bit stricter with me when I wanted to quit, but of course it was my decision. They were always very supportive of whatever I wanted to do.
Now I’m into running. Really into running. For the past few years I’ve had periods of being into running and not into running. It always came and went. Now, I am really enjoying my running obsession. It’s my summer project. But in order to make it sustainable, I am making sure to enjoy running and all things running related in balance. I’m making sure to take rest days. I’m meeting friends for a drink. I’m going to the cinema. I’m reading books. (Okay.. some running related ones as well!)
Also with my diet. I had been eating horribly in the past few months. Horribly as in I would go days without seeing a vegetable. Living off of frozen pizza and ice cream, chocolate croissants and muffins. In the past month and a half, I have lost weight and I’m feeling strong. I’ve really found balance in what I eat. I try to eat healthy 80% of the time, but I am not restricting myself. If I want to have some tomato mozzarella stuffed pasta topped with parmesan cheese, I will! But instead of stuffing myself with it, I will make a slightly smaller serving and serve it over a salad so that I get some veggies as well.
If the sun is shining and I’m feeling like a cold treat, I will do this after my run:
There’s a place for everything, and balance is so important. Happy Running and Happy Naschen!