Let’s Go for a Run | Auguste Augustinaite

“I’ve been active all my life. I started with rhythmic gymnastics when I was about 4 years old (I was the youngest in the group then) because my best friend decided to do it. I participated in some competitions for a few years until it started to become even more serious: specific diets with low calorie intake and professional training 6 times a week. Because I was just a small kid, my mother was concerned about my health and said no to it. Then I went to ballet for a year, changed back to gymnastics (this time to aerobic gymnastics), continued with a lot of different kinds of dance classes (from ballroom dancing to street dances) until I was 17. Also, I played table tennis and got a lot of medals from that.

As I grew older, I got busier and busier: I started working, learning to drive, studied for finals. I couldn’t go anywhere with a tight schedule so I started going to the gym. At the same time, my male friends decided to run in a 4,2 km race. Even though I hadn’t tried to run more than a few hundred meters in my life, I wanted to go and to be able to keep up with them. So, for the first time, I started running. I outran them and I still do now. Running fitted my busy lifestyle so well that I still love it and seek to improve every year.” -Auguste Augustinaite

Auguste Augustinaite found a love for physical activity early on in life and expanded that when she was introduced to running. If you were to ask her mom, Auguste has been running since before she could even walk. “I almost didn’t crawl like other babies, I was running around the house on my knees, carrying things in my hands,” Auguste says jokingly. But in reality, she started running 4 years ago and as she mentioned earlier, she really just wanted to outrun her friends. Eventually, she developed a real passion around running. It went from something to do occasionally to something she can’t see herself without.  “It wasn’t consistent running though – I ran only when I really wanted to and I was going to the gym a whole lot more than running. Almost a year ago, in the beginning of 2017, I moved to southern Spain and realized that with such perfect running conditions it would be silly to skip running. I started running more in February and ran my first official Half Marathon at the end of March. Then, at the end of May, I decided to do a run streak for a month and been running almost every day since then. I improved all my PBs(personal bests) this year and I am really happy about it,” Auguste says.

“Running is my hobby and I love participating in a variety of races. I ran in some races in Lithuania, USA, and Spain so far and I am really looking forward to Helsinki Half Marathon in June 2018!” -Auguste Augustinaite

The Reward of Running

Running and a love of general fitness has been great for Auguste. When I asked what has been her most rewarding experience, she didn’t hesitate to say completing her first Half Marathon. “I was just starting running longer distances and had run only a few 10K so far when I heard my friend had finished a Half Marathon with a time of 2:06. I felt an immediate urge to do that too. So I just went outside, ran a little bit slower than usual and ran 21,1 km in 2:05 without normal training. The last kilometers were really hard for me, I felt like I had to move my legs with my arms in order to finish it and my body was sore for a week but it showed me that I can do whatever I want and nothing is going to stop me,” Auguste exclaimed!

However, there were other experiences pulling in for a close second! “Standing on a podium in USA and Spain and hearing them trying to pronounce my Lithuanian name was really unforgettable and encouraging to seek to win again and again. Finally, I feel so good that I inspire people to be active that I just can’t stop training. I love being part of healthier and stronger community creation,” Auguste continues.

What advice would you give to a young person today who wanted to ditch a sedentary lifestyle and become more fit and healthy?

Just do that! There are so many scientific studies showing advantages of active lifestyle that I am surprised some people still lie on the couch. Depending on a level of the previous lifestyle I would suggest to take it slowly in order to avoid burnout and to keep enjoying new routine. Psychologists say that you need to do something for about 30 times to make it a habit. So start with some activity you could enjoy doing and do it at least 30 times. Find people who support you, participate in challenges. Follow fitness pages. Take pictures of your progress. Believe in yourself, it’s all in your mind!

Where should they focus most of their energy to get the most bang for their proverbial buck?

Focus on your main goals instead of  what others have to tell you.

Think about the 80/20 rule: If you get 80% of your impact from 20% of what you do, what is that 20% for someone just starting?

Creating realistic goals. Training both mentally and physically. Building a stronger will.

Why do you think a person’s mindset is so integral to their success?

Let’s take placebo for example. How come is that that only thinking you’ve got an active treatment can really treat you? Our mind is our strongest muscle and it is impossible to achieve something when you don’t believe in yourself, don’t have hope. From my personal experience, it’s so much easier to succeed when there is a specific goal and attitude. When you know what you are achieving, you just need to direct your energy and push yourself towards your goal.

Auguste Augustinaite