Escaping from the mess does not mean I sweep problems under the rug.

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A speed run, an ice cold bath, getting lost in nature, enjoying silence, making someone smile, deep conversations and meditating are some well-proven ways that shake me up and declutter the chaos in my head.

And when life becomes overwhelmingly heavy, I just break out of my ordinary environment for a day or two to switch off. It does not mean that I run away from difficulties or simply sweep them under the rug. In fact, having some space and time, giving the right amount of attention to myself helps me truly and deeply deal with hardships.

There are two…


Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither is my career on Medium.

Collect at least 100 followers in order to blah blah blah… This new rule was not introduced by those who are eager to join Medium Partner Program so why would I blame them for their desperation? In fact, I did obey some new members’ Follow me! requests, simply because I like helping people. And I do endorse the idea of creating more thematic Facebook groups where Medium members can easily and genuinely support each other.

I am a sort of newbie, too, and I like to follow writers whose work interests, impresses and inspires me. On the other hand…


Some useful advice from an ultra-runner—for the times when the going gets tough.

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Whether you’re a beginner, an advanced, or a professional runner, you will eventually or might have already gotten to the point where you felt stuck at increasing your mileage or improving your pace. That is when your running hits a plateau.

The good news is that you can make this flat line arch upwards again, but first you have to investigate what makes your progress level off. I interviewed ultramarathon runner Gábor Muhari about the possible reasons behind stagnation — as well as the most important factors of maintaining continuous improvement.

Scorching heat, freezing cold, slippery terrain and upwind are…


No harsh critics or rants — just an attempt to understand the incomprehensible.

Reading Yuval Noah Harari’s books is undoubtedly a thought-provoking experience filled with hundreds of wow and aha-moments that can also lead to some sleepless nights. Here is a train of thought that was born during one of those ‘racing brain nights’ triggered by the popular historian and philosopher’s work.

Objective reality is ruled by our fantasy

What made our ancestors stand out from the animal kingdom and conquer the world? The ability to communicate about imaginary things. This huge cognitive advantage enabled humans to create myths, empires and religions, thus connecting big crowds and encouraging them to cooperate. …


If you don’t already know, here’s how to find it.

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  • T’Pau – China In Your Hand
  • George Michael – Faith
  • Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
  • Rick Astley – Whenever You Need Somebody
  • Tiffany – I Think We’re Alone Now

There is at least one common feature of the songs listed above: they were all #1 hits on the day I was born––according to official music charts of five different countries. If you too like travelling back in time on the rails of music, then just click on the link below and enjoy your search results.

Now you can also surprise your loved ones with a personalized birthday…


6 ways my backpacking adventures have made me a better person.

The minute I set off on my first backpacking trip at the end of 2018, something set off in me as well. That something made a huge difference in how I perceive things and how I relate with myself. The most valuable and longest lasting effect that has accompanied me on each step of the way since then.

Above Rio de Janiero.
Above Rio de Janeiro. All images by the author

Looking at the world from various angles through a bunch of lenses, constantly zooming in and out, embracing contrasts and similarities, finding newer and newer perspectives… My soul is not only filled with stunning landscapes, energizing dips in ice-cold waterfalls, and delicious…


They might even boost your performance.

Imagine life without music. Painful. Tasteless. Empty. Bleak. Flat. How would YOU describe it? What does music mean to you?

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.”

Confucius

Music, let it be traditional inca chants and melodies from the Andes, nursery rhymes from our childhood or Symphony №9 written by Ludwig van Beethoven, can captivate us like nothing else. A song can bring back memories, evoke feelings, enhance our mood, connect us to each other, thus improve our general well-being.

On top of all that, music can help you run faster and even get that…


What is the difference between the two training methods?

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Depending on an individual’s goals and physical condition, there are many types of running workouts that help improve your performance. In order to develop essential skills like endurance, efficiency, speed, muscle strength, flexibility, and resistance to injury, you must incorporate all of the following training methods in your workout plan:

  • base/normal run
  • progression run
  • tempo run
  • long run
  • sprints
  • hill repeats
  • interval training workout
  • fartlek

When I first heard about the method of high-intensity interval training, I asked a professional runner:

In the world of running, are interval training and fartlek synonyms?

The brief answer (which the list shown above…

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