Thank you for visiting Get Local Blog
Thank you for visiting Get Local Blog

Hi there! My name is Andrejs and, if you haven’t noticed, I’m a travel and fitness blogger.

It took me a while to get here, though.

I used to struggle with motivation and finding extra time for all the awesome things in life.

Most of the time I focused on doing too much wrong stuff. That left me physically and emotionally too drained for new adventures. On top of that I avoided travel, as it would mean skipping a workout. Wise strategy…

Over time, however, I learned a lot about physiology and healthy lifestyle. Equipped with knowledge I gradually made changes to my daily schedule, nutrition and training plan.

And it changed my life.

I found myself more fresh and efficient. And, suddenly, I had time and energy to do what I dreamed of – explore the world.

As I share my experience here, I hope to inspire others to make room for more in their lives as well.

How did I get here?

Winning the national championship
Winning the national championship

Long story long, I grew up in Latvia – a small beautiful country in the Northern Europe. Quickly it became obvious that I was too energetic, as it started to annoy others.

I switched many sports trying to utilize the energy, before I found my passion in kayaking. I’ve competed there for over 15 years, became the national champion multiple times, participated in European and World championships and the Universiade.

At some point I noticed something wasn’t right, though.

I was putting in more effort than ever, but seemed to stop progressing. I got over-trained frequently and was suffering from illnesses even more often. I just couldn’t feel the energy I had anymore.

So I took the time to think about it.

✈ Paris – taking a break

Exploring Paris
Staying in shape while exploring Paris

Travel and, in particular, Paris seemed like a great place to start.

Only then, of course, I learned how expensive the big city is.

I’ve spent next 4 months living in a basement of a Tunisian family just outside Paris. I explored the city on a rental bike by day and read as much as I could about healthy lifestyle and fitness in the evening.

It was the first time I’ve lived alone in a foreign country and, despite some discomfort, I absolutely loved it.

As I browsed through my training logs I figured out what went wrong. As always in life, I wanted too much too soon and neglected the proper intensity plan. That simple? Really?

So, I adjusted priorities, re-planned my schedule for the next season and started to put the right-intensity effort in.

It payed off quickly and made me stronger and faster than ever before. Already next year I’ve beaten my personal best – that hasn’t moved in years – by a serious margin.

The best part of it is that I was putting in less effort and getting back more results.

Such easy change gave me extra time and energy to enjoy life. Finally, I was not tired all the time, not dreading workouts, but rather looking forward to and enjoying those.

✈ Jakarta – travel fever

Coming from a small country I was always eager to see the world and Paris had re-connected me with that passion.

Luckily, life had the same vibe and soon I was packing bags for another adventure – 6-month-long trip to Jakarta.

Raising Latvian flag atop a volcano
Raising Latvian flag atop the second highest volcano in Indonesia

Indonesia was amazing and full of action. I would literally take a flight every week or so to a new place or try a new experience. Surfing, exploring temples, climbing volcanoes, riding tuk tuks, snorkeling – I was like a child in a candy shop.

At that point I started Get Local Blog as a means of keeping in touch with my family and friends. It was a great place to store all my memories and pictures.

The blog took off gradually, as friends got generally curious how am I able to travel so much and combine it with “normal” life.

For me it’s always the same principle – focus on maximizing energy and spend it on the stuff that matters.

With such thinking I always have the motivation.

✈ Back to Europe – competitions & blogging

Training for my first marathon
Training for my first marathon

To spice up my training, I signed up to run both a half- and a full marathon when I return to Europe.

I couldn’t imagine where that would take me.

As I started running everywhere I travelled to, I started experiencing places from a different perspective. Especially in Asia, where running is not popular, I had people smile and wave at me. In Europe, where it’s all business, I was running to places where tourists don’t go and usually that’s where the city’s character is.

Not only that – the whole preparation has taught me a lot of what I didn’t even consider earlier (like nutrition and time management). I started to share my progress and some theory behind it on this blog.

That got a massive positive feedback from friends and other readers. Some even asked me for an advice on their training.

Just as me, they were not seeing results and were eager to know what did I do differently.

And here I am, sharing my experience and tips to inspire and motivate to take it to the next level.

What can you expect on this blog

I’ve originally created Get Local Blog to push myself to travel more. To look for new experiences and stories to tell. I am still true to that mission as I seek adventure and challenge in every trip I take.

Wherever I travel I look for an opportunity to do something exciting. I seek other fellow running or fitness enthusiasts around the world to network, learn from and train together.

However, I also see this blog as, sort of, a book that contains all the knowledge I wish I had when I started. I hope someone can put it to good use.

Now that you are here, feel free to explore. If you look for inspiration or entertainment – visit my travel blog. I post fun stories, travel tips and advice on places to visit. If you are interested in training experience – explore my fitness blog posts.

If you have any questions/feedback/business proposals or if you would like to reach out to me personally, visit the Contact page or write to andrejs@getlocalblog.com.

Above all, it’s great to have you here, I really appreciate you coming!

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