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I have been running for years, but it is a constant cycle of several months of solid running followed by a few weeks to a couple months off and then it starts over again. I have struggled with depression since I was a teen. Whenever the depression comes back or I face some kind of significant challenge I am more likely to experience a gap in my running. My story is not the brilliant success story where the person goes onto run endless marathons (maybe it will be one day). My story is about a person fighting to work their way back to their running shoes. Whenever anyone asks me how I “keep doing it” or “find the motivation” I usually laugh a little. The simple answer is that I don’t. I don’t always do it. I have to find a way to put my feet back in those shoes and remind myself why I love running.
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Most people don’t associate lifting with runners, and it’s mostly due to preconceived notions. When we think about powerlifters, or even people who lift regularly, we tend to conceive images of people who are just absolutely ripped, with huge and bulging musculature everywhere throughout their body. “All that muscle would slow down a runner!” we think to ourselves. The strongest runners are the ones who are as lean as possible.
Particularly if you’re a female runner, you will especially stand to benefit from going to the gym regularly. Below, I’ll describe in more detail additional reasons as to why female runners, regardless of the distance they run, should hit the gym regularly.
One of the biggest obstacles I come across while trying to eat what my body needs for training are summer cookouts. Typically, you’ll end up with the usual cookout spread: a fairly processed meat (hot dog, hamburger, bratwurst, etc.) on a bun paired with some heavy “salads” (potato salad, pasta salad), chips, and fresh fruit.
This recipe for Greek Salad provides another option for you to bring to a cookout that gives a much more fresh option compared with the normal sides. I’m not going to pretend like this is the ultimate in health food, but it does use garden vegetables and comes together just as quickly as the other options for side dishes!
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