Running Diary: Answers to Your Hows Whats, and Whys

What is running — a physical or mental training course? How often and far should we be able to run? Where to run and why we run? So many questions enter our mind before our very first step on the track. Even more will show up on the horizon after hundreds of miles. How to get the most of your running activity? When to give up and when to push ahead? This Running Diary is your chance to have a glance at the personal answers and dilemmas, which are stacking up on our to-do lists with every day passing.    

How to motivate yourself to go for a run

7/3/21, Prague. If you run for some figures on your watch, then you’d best be sitting and enjoying your time on the couch.

It’s not a unique thing, nor an extraordinary challenge, yet we tend to find so many reasons why we shouldn’t go for a run. Timing, tiredness, pointlessness, and an ever-growing set of critical dilemmas on the horizon that you cannot put off. All of these is just an idle excuse revealing weaknesses of our personality. While nobody sees them (except for us), it’s easier to close your eyes and say that’s all simply my imagination taking over my mind.

Obviously, the most challenging nudge when it comes to running is to throw yourself on the track. Don’t romanticise your image while running or on the way to running as you’re not a special guest on the scene. We all tend to idealise our lives, our looks, as a result, we’ve got this picture of ourselves as if we’re playing leading roles in a Hollywood movie that’s meant to be a huge success. Unluckily, this picture for many of us will never see the light of day since laziness and lack of discipline might break all of our best intentions and make us glued to some comfortable and mellow state of life.

To motivate yourself to go for a run:

  • Don’t see running as a self-torture. You invest your time in your health.
  • Find a podcast you’d like to listen to. Once you got focused, time flies faster.
  • Diversify your daily routine. 1 hour spent without Netflix isn’t a loss.
  • Build up your fortitude and discipline. Consistency does wonders.
  • Get rid of your itchy thoughts. An empty mind is a mind freed from noise.
  • Reconsider the run of life. Sometimes, your breath is the best music to ears.

How far should I run?

7/7/20, Prague. You’ve just survived the damn 10k run with two heavy stones in place of your legs.

From what I’ve been thinking during my evening run I’d like to mention the extremely intense feeling (was that a déjà vu ​thing?) as if I did the same route a long time ago, which, however, cannot be possible under any circumstances except for one or ones, a previous life or previous lives respectfully.

On a different note, over the last several months, I was constantly hitting the gym (especially treadmills so hard that my membership was hanging on a thin rope) — a decent time with one extremely positive additional thing like a sauna after sessions. However, how much I was missing as nothing can replace the beauty of the street and the night Prague outfit (check it out if you’ve never seen). No doubt, the city wears well as no other city does… It would be very foolish to let any opportunity to amuse you slip. Hopefully, I won’t fall into the same trap yet again.

The more winding the journey, the longer the road!

How to prepare yourself for running

9/7/20

Another run, another 10. Another torture, another relief.

I’ve got to admit a thing that I’d already admitted several times in the past. As simple as that, morning runs haven’t been designed for me and I haven’t been born to do them. As you can see our love for each other is as mutual as two right pieces of the same puzzle.

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Today, in addition to my will power, I’ve exclusively trained how to wash me, myself, and my ego away from this fabulously weird planet.

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To be frank, I could’ve said explaining away my countless stops on the road there were many traffic lights giving me solely red lights, but the truth is, obviously, I’m so unfit that even a snail would be a better runner than slow me. Yup, “coronasitting” was a smooth journey to have for a while and meanwhile, its repercussions are so clear right now that even the blind could witness.

The only choice, to start behaving myself in a physical sense as if I’d be preparing for the Olympics!

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