“The more I ran the more I felt a sense of accomplishment. My body change, I became fitter and I learned to eat healthier. I learned that it is possible to enjoy food without eating bigmacs, fries and kebabs all the time. I learned to take care of myself”.
I love running and I like writing stories. Stories can be inspiring and they can encourage people to embark on unexpected journeys. So, what about telling my story and trying to persuade others to start a new path or simply helping them to regain the lost motivation?
That is the question that I asked myself when I start blogging and it is the question that still today moves me to keep doing this. If you ever thinking about start running or giving up, in The Running Journey you will hopefully find your source of inspiration.
I may surprise you saying that I hated running. Yes, you are reading rightly: I hated running. And it does not end here…I did not care about eating healthy at all.
I was overweight and I used to practice very little physical activity. During my time as a student at the university, I just focused on being a good student (I guess too much) and finding an employment opportunity. Unfortunately, life is not easy and things take time.
After the second traineeship experience in Vienna in 2015 (that did not end in a job) I came back to my hometown completely depressed and dissatisfied. I studied hard, travelled in many countries and I was still unemployed. I was completely discouraged, I gained 16kgs and I had no prospects for the future.
In that period, running literally saved me. I needed to find something to do during the day and above all I needed to think and focus on myself. I started walking and then running. I ran 3km, then 5, 10 and finally I ran an half marathon. I got injured but I kept running.
The more I ran the more I felt a sense of accomplishment. My body change, I became fitter and I learned to eat healthier. I learned that it is possible to enjoy food without eating bigmacs, fries and kebabs all the time. I learned to take care of myself.
It was not simple, in many moments I repeated myself that running and hurting my knees was just a waste of time, but it was worth it.
My depression and anxiety went down. I rediscovered old passions, such as writing and blogging. I used to blog when I was at the university. I built a small academic blog on EU migration and citizenship where I published articles and opinions on political and social issues (I even did not remember the title of the blog now…). It was a good experience since I ended up writing for an online journal One Europe. After that experience, I quitted writing and blogging. And forgot about that until I started running.
Telling about my running experience was the opportunity to start blogging again. I opened a first experimental blog “Vivere Correndo” in Italian and then I worked for the final version: The Running Journey.
So, here we are now!
The Running Journey is the sum of my previous experiences that from now on I hope to share with you!
Every weekends, you will find new articles and updates, so stay tuned!
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