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Getting Back To Running

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Here is the problem, apart from hiking and doing push-ups every two days at home, I am not doing enough sport. I think it could be worse, because apart from myself and other nature interested people, who does go on 14 miles hike regularly? My point is however that I still think that there is a bit more room for sports. I have a normal figure, I would say I am slim, if there wouldn’t be this hill in the middle of my body that is called big belly. I think that’s how it goes for mens, careless eating is first and maybe only visible at the belly. In my case, the result is that I would basically be a matchstick in the landscape (literally translated from a German saying about slim people), but my belly is a problem.

I wouldn’t mind about some extra kilo if they would be distributed fairly, but no I am basically slim with a growing belly. Hey, I could say the issue is that we had a long winter and a stormy spring season, and that nobody saw my belly during this time anyway (laugh). No, I love to wear tight polo shirts when its warm, that means my belly is clearly visible now. Some of my friends said I should calm down and stated that we all get more and more issues over the years and that we are not 18 years old anymore. Anyway, the truth is that it’s also just an excuse.

As said, I am hiking and I guess the problem would be even more apparent if I wouldn’t do that. Next thing is, I don’t want that my nutrition becomes rocket science. The smell from the kebab shop indicates that I should enter the shop to buy one of the delicious creations? Sure, I will! I could come up with many examples, but the point would be that I don’t want to starve myself. Eating is very important to me, I don’t want to live a life where I constantly have to tell myself things like “No, sorry, that meal has too much kilocalorie”. Especially as I am basically already slim, so, instead I guess I can fight back my slightly oversized belly with more sport.

Over the last weeks it was always just a plan, but today I was motivated enough to give it a try again. I wanted to get back to running, because I did that two years ago but eventually lost motivation. Also it was not really necessary anymore since hiking was enough at that time. Why that is different this year? I have no idea, maybe it’s just as simple as some of my friends always preach, we get older. So, today I did convert my motivation into action. I found an old running shorts in my wardrobe that looked just ok, but I told myself that this would not be a fashion show and started to run.

It was a bit difficult today, because I am of course not in a good running form anymore. It was not continuous running, I changed between running and walking on my way. I was doing this for an hour, but I guess the running part was more like 30 mins as I walked too. But I think I tested my current limits and I am curious if I will improve when I do this again and again. I really hope I can find this motivation regularly, because I don’t really plan to do this every day but I’d like to do it twice a week. Maybe I can get to a point that I don’t even have to change between running and walking but for now I want to start slowly.

I always said that hiking long distances is fun, I wouldn’t say the same about running. But on the other side I must admit that my mind felt really good after the running. Since I sometimes still have issues with anxiety and depression, I believe the running could help me even further to reduce the stress that is sometimes caused by my disease. Hiking works well for this, but I had a really nice feeling after the running today too. I did sweat, my legs did hurt but my mind felt incredible clear and relaxed afterwards. It’s funny, the running part is like torture when you start from scratch again, but the mind feels so good afterwards that I would almost say it’s worth it. I will see if I can stay motivated, if not, there are more attractive sports like biking for example. Let’s see.

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    • I should include them in the program too πŸ™‚ I like push-up because they are easy, but I found sit-ups always difficult or painful πŸ˜€ But you are right, they are important for the stomach.

  1. If you like hiking, maybe trail running would be for you? I do both road and trail but I always prefer trails… And I’m a keen hiker too! πŸ˜‰ I find it more peaceful and less competitive than road running, and the beautiful landscape is a plus too. Good lock in your running journey!

    • Yesterday it was half and half… I had to run side walks to get out of the city because my plan was to run along the local river (in the photo) where the path is more sandy. I do also like the idea to run through the forest paths. I find hiking or running over side walks more annoying. Sand paths are much better πŸ™‚ Also you are righgt, it’s good to get out of the city because it’s more calm, more peaceful πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  2. I have been on a very careful not extreme diet, so over the past month I lost about 7 pounds. I’m hoping to drop another five or so. Not trying to become a model, but trying to get more comfortable in my skin. This isn’t one of those “lose 20 pounds a week” diets, so it’s pretty easy. It’s also healthy.

    • I am drinking a bit more water than usual, otherwise it would have been more icetea… but apart from that I won’t change a lot. I like eating, especially hefty food πŸ˜€ Most of our German dishes are very hefty πŸ˜€

  3. Love it! Keep at it. ☺️ For me, personally, no other activity has given me that same mental clarity part you mentioned like running does! Anxiety/depression warrior over here too. πŸ™‹πŸΌ But I also think it’s fun too, so I may jus be weird πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks I will πŸ™‚ I do still run regularly, every second day and my stamina improved even further. I just feel good with the running πŸ™‚ Keep it going too!

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