You’re probably thinking something along the lines of “what the hell, this is a blog about books, not running!” And I feel you, I totally do. But you know, sometimes you need to go running to appreciate the one true love we all share: books.

I already went running twice this week, which is quite a big deal for me. I sort of have to, since I signed up for a 5k somewhere in June, and June is nearing. Since it wasn’t raining this week – at least the first time I went outside to run – and the sun was actually shining, I decided to put on my running shoes, and just go outside and run! (Start to run with) Evy’s voice and accompanying music were blasting in my ears, and I felt kind of good about myself. Hey! You’re running, you’re actually running, and not failing, good for you! I was looking at the birds flying by, the sky was bright blue as was the water of the Kralingse Plas in the near distance. It actually felt good.

Then things started to get a bit more difficult. Somehow my left foot managed to go to sleep (not a good sign, I know) and I had to undergo the hardships of true sportsmanship. You’re allowed to laugh at this sentence by the way, I did too. Evy’s voice and the music were still blasting in my ears, but didn’t sound all that soothing anymore. All I could think of was: come on Maritza! You can do this! Don’t be – I repeat – DO NOT BE A PUSSY! Your brother managed to run the Rotterdam Marathon last year and two of your best friends from high school managed to run the New York Marathon in 2013. Come on, COME ON!

So I did what I had to do in that moment: I kept on running. Even though the birds didn’t look all that soothing and nice anymore. I could tell the ducks and geese were mocking me. Dogs were passing by, and I even ran into a horse. Yup, a friggin’ horse. I wanted to slap myself for being so dumb. Why didn’t I just curl up with my book (for the one’s that are interested: A Working Theory of Love by Scott Hutchins) and drink tea and eat chocolate instead?

But yeah, that 5k is looming in the near future. So I looked the ducks, geese, dogs and horse in the eye and decided that I was just as awesome as they were. So I did what I had to do, I finished lesson 2 (don’t laugh) of Start to Run with Evy and it felt good! To finish that is. And afterwards I did what needed to be done all along: I curled up with a book, some tea and chocolate and life felt good.

Maritza Dubravac is our no. 1 columnist, writing about her bookstore life. Besides organizing the YA book club with us, she’s a mean cook and bakes the free tasties for those evenings. She also writes for Books & Bubbles, about books and sometimes dabbles in food writing


Maritza Dubravac was Bored to Death's very first columnist. She writes about her life as a bookseller, hosts the YA book club with us and is a mean cook. She also writes for Books & Bubbles, about books and even dabbles in food writing as an editor for

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