Hello again + Beginner’s Running Guide!

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Hey guys! Sorry I’ve been so inactive – school has been insanely busy and I just haven’t made the time to just stop and write. I’ve always heard the myth that Junior year is THE WORST year of high school with all the hard classes, extracurriculars, standardised testing, and starting to stress about college – and it’s kinda true.. This semester, especially the last few weeks, have just been a hectic mess of one thing after another and not really any time to breathe.

For those who are new to this blog, hello! My name is Christina and I started this blog to share my personal life as a TCK, running tips, and nutrition tips. Check out my “About me” page and “Purpose” post for more info – I’d also love to get to know you guys, so if you want to talk to me drop me a DM @a.runners.fuel!

Where were we again? Ah, yes, talking about weird funk that was last semester. It’s finally winter break though! I’m so thankful to have this time to just completely relax, not think about school at all, and just recharge and reboot for another hectic semester ahead.

That also means the year is coming to a close, and it’s time to reflect upon this year and make resolutions for the new one! I know that a lot of people have the resolution of getting active/trying to get healthy, but it seldom sticks because of lack of a set schedule and not knowing where to start. Trust me – I’ve been there. That’s why I’ve decided to make a simple “Beginner’s Running Guide” Log for all of you who want to start running, get more active, or just try something new for fun! You never know, you may fall in love with the sport 🙂

Strength training and stretching is also an important part of keeping your body healthy and injury-free (admittedly something I’m still struggling with), so I’ve also linked to a separate page that has a list of simple exercises to do for lower body, upper body, and core strengthening, but feel free to change it up as you wish! The aim is for you guys to make your own copy of the “Running Guide” document and track your own progress!

I am in no way a professional trainer or have any qualifications, but just a avid and passionate runner who wants other people to love the sport as much as she does 🙂 This running log is just a guideline, and is completely flexible! In addition, if you’d like more of a personalised training plan or just want to ask a few questions, follow and shoot me a DM @a.runners.fuel on instagram! I would love to hear from you guys.

Without further ado, here is the link:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18Ff0VompWSPoVzFfOnhwSfOtg3GIDml-j7_dsqiMP9E/edit?usp=sharing

Hope you guys enjoy!

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Me eating a fake piece of bread. I thought it was real. It’s not.

So, this won’t be an ‘intro to me!’ post, you can find that under the ‘about me’ section of this blog.

Rather, I wanted to talk about my purpose. Why did I suddenly decide to start this blog, and what do I want you (and me) to get out of it?

Well, it’s simple.

Around 4 years ago, when I was around 7th grade, I decided that I was suddenly too fat and wanted to lose weight. Badly. I had been quite a chubby kid basically all my life (I absolutely ADORED food), but I didn’t really care what others thought of it. That was until I got to middle school.

Suddenly, the social pressures and expectations hit me hard. I remember the last straw was when I came in last in the mandatory timed kilometer for the 4th time in a row in my ENTIRE PE Block ( I think I ran a 6:45?) I was super embarrassed. No one probably cared, but to me, it was one of the most humiliating moments of my life.

From then on, I vowed to myself that I would become healthy and fit and pretty. I was already quite an active kid (surprisingly), participating in sports from soccer to swimming, but from then on, I started to add running into my daily regimen. Almost every day, I would go to the gym and run on the treadmill. At first, I ran painfully slow (I think 7km per hour??) for 10 minutes, and I would be completely out of breath. Slowly but surely, though, I managed to build that up to 15, 20, 30, then even 40 minutes at a 10km per hour pace after less than 6 months.

While all this was happening, I also started to restrict what I ate. At first, it was just cutting down on simple things, like trying to stop ordering soft drinks when I went out, or reducing my full bowl of rice to 1/2.

I guess you could call by ‘diet’ successful, at least momentarily. Exercising more intensely + eating less did show its results – I got fitter, I ran faster, I felt prettier. And I was ecstatic. But, the more I progressed, the more intense I got. I upped my cardio and restricting my eating, up to the point where it was clearly getting unhealthy. Eating and exercising were constantly in my head, and I couldn’t shake it off. It almost became an obsession, and this was started to affect my mood and my health.

Thankfully, with the help of my family and God grace, I realised that what I had intended to become ‘healthy’ was actually becoming very unhealthy and consuming my life. When this realisation hit me, I knew I needed to change my mindset. As a growing teenager and now quite a serious runner, I had to properly fuel my body and my mind. I slowly started to not restrict my eating, instead focusing on eating “whole foods” most of the time but also allowing myself to eat intuitively – which means cake + ice cream + cookies + fries (more than) a times a week 🙂

By eating more wholesome foods and also being mindful of my exercise, I was able to become stronger and healthier in mind and in body. Though as a high school varsity runner I sometimes still have thoughts to restrict my diet (which is needed sometimes), I try to find a balance between health and happiness.

That’s why I started my food instagram (@a.runners.fuel) a few months ago, to share some delicious yet nutritious meals and hopefully inspire people to eat healthy on their own too. But I found that instagram was a bit restricting (let’s just say it’s very based on looks), and I wanted to create something alongside it that is more authentic, real, and where I can write a lot more 🙂   I wanted to start a food blog, to share my passion about food, running and fitness to students and student-athletes worldwide through nourishing recipes for the body and the soul. To give my advice and tips for people trying to find that delicate balance between food and health. To write about my life, my experiences as a student and a student-athlete. To share a bit of my life with you.

Hopefully, you all will be willingly to share a bit of your time with me.

Peace out and God bless!

Christina