Lou Serafini joined the CITIUS MAG Podcast this week to discuss his chase for breaking four minutes for the mile. He describes himself as a blue-collar runner since he balances a full-time job with Tracksmith and coaches other athletes when he’s not running. Lou also maintains a great social life with some fun roommates and is not afraid to have a beer or two after his race. Among the questions that was submitted when we asked for listener suggestions were “How does one break 4 on a diet of only eggs and beer?” and “Slap cup or Chandelier?” so he can have a good time.
Here at CITIUS MAG, we also believe in the good time. So we asked Lou how he managed to find that healthy balance between running, working and having a social life.
“Over a long period of time. I definitely overcompensated for the fact that I was a high-level athlete in college and drank a lot immediately after graduating. As I improved in running, I definitely found a balance to be happy more. If you’re not happy with your social life outside of running then it becomes a job. It becomes miserable. And then when you’re not performing well, then you look at your social life and think ‘Oh I could be having fun. I could be doing all these things and I’m not even running well.’ That’s when really bad feeling set in about the sport itself. I’m just a big proponent of keeping it fun and having a good time with it. That being said, I’m not going to go out and drink four or five beers before a workout but I definitely open myself up to as many opportunities as I can. We had New England Championships, the week before the mile in which I broke four, and a bunch our friends raced at that meet. I did not. I just spectated it but afterwards we all went out and had tons of pizza and beers afterwards and hung out in my apartment. That ended up being a late night and it was the Sunday before the race. You try to tell yourself to make as many smart decisions as you can but if you make a couple like that, it’s not necessarily going to take away too much physically and it might help you mentally. It’s hard to let go of that obsession that drinking a beer, eating a slice of pizza or having a bowl of ice cream is going to make you slower but if you can, then it makes you a lot happier in the long run. It’s taken some time but I’ve definitely gotten to that point now.”
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