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A couple of months ago I started running and fell in love with it. I tried running three years ago. I even registered for motivation in a mini 10k race in NY, but after four short training runs (4.5 km each) I stopped running at all. I did not feel that I am ready to run. And it is explainable. I have not exercised at all back when, I have not cared about my nutrition, and 4.5 km for first trainings was too much for me to take. It takes time for the person who never exercised to start loving the sport, beeing active and sticking with healthy lifestyle.
Later I started to exercise regularly in the gym with the online trainer. I did meal preparation, tried to eat healthily, but the healthy on that moment meant for me: dry and not tasty chicken breasts, minimum carbs and little veggies on the side. My motivation was to lose weight. Because as many people who moved from another country (I am originally from Russia) to the United States I gained in a first year a lot of extra weight (around 20 pounds).
The vegan diet helped me to be more energized and changed my perspective on the nutrition upside down. I was so afraid of carbs for so many years that I think I starve my body for good energy (which we can receive from quality carbs like potatoes, rice, pasta, etc). I measured each gram of carbs and protein I ate. I tried to eat waaaay to much of protein. Normal person does not need that much of protein, only 0.8 gr per 1 kg of your body weight. If you athlete 1-1.6 gr per kg will be more than enough! My life changed after switching the diet. I eat as many carbs as I want now. I am not struggling to get my protein amount because with good amount of good plant based food it is easily reachble. I feel energized all the time, my sleep is better, and my performance went up. I exercised 5-6 times in the gym.
I believe that you need to allow your self try different things in sport to stay always interested and excited. Try yoga, tennis, run, gym, box, swimming, hiking.. it is so many activities out there, and I bet you did not try some of it!
In February 2018 I felt like I am ready to do something new in sport and I decided to start running again. I am a very ambitious person who needs to have goals in every aspect of life. And with running is the same story. I already made up my mind to run a New York City Marathon in 2019. For this reason, I registered for nine races in 2018 through NYRR club and one race I will be a volunteer. This way I will have a guaranteed entry in NYC Marathon. YAY.
I want to share here my journey to NYC Marathon in 2019 and share my passion to healthy lifestyle with you. Also, I am currently study to receive a NASMA personal trainer certification. And I will be glad to share my knowledge here with you. Stay tuned.