Brasov Marathon – The epic adventure of the first race in a new city

As a kid, I used to play the violin. It meant hours of practice almost every afternoon, when everything I played made my family and our neighbours cringe.

I could tell by their fake smile when we met in front of the building. They’d ask me “so how is the violin practice going?” as if they didn’t already know it was going terrible.

But every once in a while, the noises I usually made would sound like real music. Call it flow or practice making perfect, but some days the chords just “aligned” to play as they should.

I had the same feeling about running Brasov Marathon last Saturday. A race that I hadn’t been to before on a route that was kind of familiar to me because I had trained on parts of it, but never entirely and definitely never feeling in such a good flow as I did on the race day.

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Transylvania 50k: preparing my first ultra

With only one month left before the start of Transylvania 100k event I thought about sharing some things about how I’m preparing the 50k race, which I consider to be my first ultramarathon.

Technically, everything longer than a marathon falls into the ultra definition. However, the mad people in the trail running world who run long distances say that nothing under 60k counts as an ultra. I won’t go for the extremes, so let’s say 50k is somewhere in between.

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Run, travel, and feast like a vampire in Transylvania 100k trail race

Running on spring hills and chilly weather is one of the biggest pleasures I get from trail running.

This spring, on May 18th, I’m going back to one of my favourite races, in one of my favourite places – Transylvania 100k. It’s a competition in Bucegi mountains, that blends the beautiful scenery of the wild mountain valleys and peaks with the legend of Dracula and overall a great vacation-like atmosphere.

The kind of vacation in which you run ultras and sweat a lot.

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The fitness industry wants you fat, unhealthy, and unhappy

The fitness industry is not really in the health promotion business.

It’s a kind of vicious circle if you think about it.

On the one hand, our goals are more related to how much we weight than with how healthy we are.

And on the other hand, the fitness industry is trying to sell us all these things that don’t work, just to keep us hooked and buying the next 10 miracle supplements or programs they’ll be selling tomorrow.

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How to lose the holiday weight by doing things differently

Unless you isolate yourself in a cave, refuse to visit your relatives or spend Christmas in a remote place away from all the traditions, chances are you’ll be eating differently for a week or so. And differently usually means heavier meals that lead to some weight gain. We already know this happens because it’s the same every year. But what can we do to lose the holiday weight?

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What you need to know about intermittent fasting and how it works

I get a lot of questions about what intermittent fasting is, if it works, how it’s best to do it, and so on.

It’s definitely been getting a lot more attention in the past years, some people are trying it, and others are getting rich by writing books on it. Has any of this made us healthier or happier overall? Not sure yet.

If you haven’t heard of IF so far and what I’m writing below is mostly news for you, then you’ve either been living in a cave or you’ve successfully managed to become immune to fitness hypes (you’re my idol, in this case).

So what is Intermittent Fasting (IF)? It’s simple: alternating periods of eating with periods of not eating.

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Small tweaks that helped me improve my running performance

I’ve learned a lot since I started running. How to train for a marathon, how be faster on uphills, how to survive when you’re injured and can’t run, what to eat before a race, or during a race, how to convince my mom that it’s safe to run in the mountains, what’s the best recovery, and how to shop for fluorescent shoes are just some examples. But these are the big lessons, the foundations.

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