How Not To Train For A 10km Run

How Not To Train For A 10km Run

Health & Fitness, Mood & Motivation
About 3 months ago, I learned that there will be a marathon in Istanbul, Turkey on November 12th. My first reaction was: I have to be in this thing. By no means I am a marathon runner. The longest distance I ran up to that date was probably around 8-9kms, but I had a great urge to participate in the event. The event had 15km and 10km categories as well, so I decided to do a 10km. Why So Enthusiastic? I don’t know exactly why I was very enthusiastic to participate in this event but I think it was a combination of these things: 1. I Like Running Even though I never ran a marathon before, I enjoy running a lot, and I do it regularly almost every week for…
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BJJ vs Exercising At A Gym

BJJ vs Exercising At A Gym

Health & Fitness, Mood & Motivation
“Human beings naturally continue doing things they like and they don’t continue what they don’t like.” -Haruki Murakami Even though I consider myself as an active person, I have always struggled with exercising regularly. Whenever my friends tell me there is a pick up soccer or basketball game, I am in. But these activities are every now and then, and for me, exercising regularly has always meant going to a gym regularly or doing similar stuff outdoors. At least until I recently started BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu). I should probably first mention that I am in no place to make judgements about the sport of BJJ. I only had a couple training sessions so far. Today, I would like to speak more about the change in my perception of exercising…
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8 Little Things I Try To Keep In Mind When I Am In A Bad Mood

8 Little Things I Try To Keep In Mind When I Am In A Bad Mood

Mood & Motivation
From time to time I get in a bad mood and I don’t feel like doing anything. Sometimes this happens for no apparent reason, and I can’t find a way to improve my mood. Whenever this happens I look at a small list I crafted over time. I thought this list might help others too so I am sharing it here. Disclaimer: I am not a psychologist or a doctor. These are only my personal suggestions that worked for me so far. Be Hardworking No matter how bad it gets I believe working hard overall always brings new opportunities. Sometimes your work might be wasted but as long as you keep going you will see the benefits. Eat Well Live Well When I am in a bad mood I tend…
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How Do I Motivate Myself To Do Things I Don’t Enjoy

How Do I Motivate Myself To Do Things I Don’t Enjoy

Mood & Motivation
I remember that in the past I used to lose all my motivation to work after checking my to-do list for the day. All my to-do tasks were either boring things i didn’t enjoy doing or things outside my comfort zone. It was always a big struggle for me to motivate myself to work. Without even noticing, I would always look around for other stuff to do. I would always get myself distracted with questions like “Should I make some coffee? What is in the news? House looks messy, should I tidy up a little?” It was like this whenever I had stuff to do I didn’t enjoy. And when it was too late to start doing actual work, I would feel very guilty about it. A terrible feeling. It’s…
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Waiting

Waiting

Mood & Motivation
People who do nothing while waiting somewhere for something, and then get bored and complain all the time really irritate me. If you have such an empty life that you absolutely have nothing you can do besides checking social media while waiting somewhere for an hour, of course you get bored. But we shouldn’t judge people, right? Everyone has their reasons in the end. True, but one should still be careful, because this attitude of “everybody has their reasons” (more…)
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How Did Making My Mom Cry Teach Me A Life Lesson

How Did Making My Mom Cry Teach Me A Life Lesson

Mood & Motivation
I don’t remember how old I was back then – however, more than likely, I was four or five years old. Anyhow, in my memory, my younger sister, our mother, and I were in our living room.  My sister and I was chasing each other, jumping around, and making a lot of noise. My mother was trying to do something important, but, I am not sure exactly what it was - I think she was talking on the phone with someone about an important topic. Let’s assume it was an important phone call for now, it doesn’t really matter. It was clear that she needed quiet. She used to work at a bank and come home around 8pm every night. After another exhausting day, she also had to deal with…
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