Where Have I been? + How to Make Your Run Feel Amazing After Taking Time Off:

Hello friends!

As I posted on my Instagram last week, I’ve been very sick and that basically meant having to take time off from running and blogging. I had a very bad cold and one emergency visit to the dentist to find out I needed a root canal. I also got my root canal done later in the week. So yeah, last week was tough.

With all of the pain and discomfort I went trough, I honestly couldn’t even think about blogging or creating new content. Thank God I’m feeling way better now, and I’m missing running more than ever. My last few runs before being officially sick were tough. Maybe because I was about to get sick. Now I feel like my comeback is going to feel good, because it’s always like that.

This year I’ve been forced to take a time off from running (stomach issues, injury, end of my graduate program), which sucks a little bit. The positive side about it has been my comebacks. Whenever I go for my first run after one or two weeks of no running, it feel strong and freshly motivated. So, I’m looking forward to come back this time around:)

I do have my “ritual” for these types of runs to make them even more amazing.

Here are some tips on how to make your run feel amazing, after being off for a while:

– Create a Running Playlist: Music is my favorite source of motivation when I’m running. Some other people prefer audiobooks or podcast. If that’s your case, reserve some material that you are looking forward to hear for your run.

– Wear your favorite outfit: I seriously feel there are outfits that make me run faster than others. For example, running in shorts is way comfortable than running in leggings. Plus, coming back to running is something very special so make sure you dress for the occasion.

– Go to a special place: To me, a run in the trails is a thousand times better than a run in the treadmill. Treadmill runs are good if that’s the only option you have in order to get your run done. For this special occasion, go to a place that really motivates you. In my case, I get extremely motivated in the track, and extremely inspired in the trails.

– Postive attitude: Positive attitude is everything. Remember it’s been a while since the last time you ran, so take it easy. It is very likely that you will feel out of shape. So keep in mind that even one mile is better than nothing. Whenever you go on a run with no expectations, chances are that you end up having a positive surprise. Open yourself for the positive experience, and don’t set goals that might be unrealistic for you at the time.

– Finish it off with planks: I don’t know about you, but planks make me seriously stronger. Even though they feel incredibly hard sometimes, doing planks after my runs take my entire training session to a whole new level. They can also add that the extra endorphin touch that all runners need. Wether you love them or hate them, you won’t regret it.

Hope these tips are helpful if you are coming back from some time off from running. I’m certainly starting this ritual for my first run after being a week off. I’ll report back tomorrow;)

Have you had to take time off from running?

Any special routine you do when you’re coming back to running?

My Stage of Denial & Random Thoughts.

Hello friends!

Happy Global Running Day!

How are you doing today? I’m doing some research on how to be more energized in the mornings to go out for my runs. In the last few months I’ve come to realize that my evening runs feel WAY much better than my morning runs.  This is a picture of my 3-mile run from last night.

No matter how stressful my day was, I will always accomplish my distance/speed goal during evening trainings. Always. In the mornings though…I feel like it’s 4 times harder. I am in a complete stage of denial that this is how things are supposed to go for me. Training in the evenings is so inconvenient and I need to find a way to turn things around. Any advice?

In other random thoughts, Today I’m doing a caption per picture post. This is what happens when you have random photos on your phone that would like to share on your blog.

Last week I celebrated the National Donut Day by getting a free donut at Krispy Kreme. I’ve said many times that I wasn’t a huge fan of donuts, but after trying a fresh traditional glazed donut with chocolate frosting my life changed. No picture of my donut because I was too busy feeling in heaven while eating it.

I wish I could say we’re having amazing weather in Florida but unfortunately that’s not the case. As the start of the hurricane season (and my birthday month) started. We’re already seeing crazy weather down here

After hearing wonderful things about collagen supplements, I decided to get this one from Great Lakes. I’ve been trying it for a week with my coffee. Not sure if this made me feel a little sick to my stomach, but I’ll report back on this after giving it a few more tries.

These Sour Blueberry candy are incredibly good. They’re also made with super clean ingredients and love how easy they are to chew. Their watermelon flavor is also delicious. I could go trough a bag of these without even realize it.

This is how Sasha watches TV with my boyfriend. Sometimes it amazes me how dogs can behave like people.

How’s your week of running going do far? 

 

 

IT Cosmetics CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder SPF50+ Review

Ever since It Cosmetics launched their Your Skin but better CC cream with SPF 50, I wanted to give it a try. I love makeup as much as I love running, that is why I’m in the constant search for new beauty products that could please my preferences. However, I don’t like to buy more products than what I actually need. Therefore, when I buy something I need to be 100% I’m going to like it and use it until is completely finished.

After hearing amazing stuff about this CC+ cream, I was seriously considering to purchase it. But then in March, Ulta released their 21 Days of Beauty where the powder version of this product was going to be 50% off. That was a deal I could not pass. This face powder originally retails for $35 and that day I got it for $17.5.

The major benefit I noticed from this powder was that is basically like having three products in one =  SPF 50 + Foundation + Setting powder. Even if I was paying the full price for it, I think is worth it. Plus, is very convenient to apply in my rushy mornings. Just one step and my face would look like If I had applied foundation and set it with powder. Two steps in half of the time, not bad for me.

The coverage of this Airbrush Perfecting Powder could be light for everyday use, or could be built for a full coverage foundation. I myself would use this powder for every type of occasion. I have combination skin so this product suited me pretty well. The medium shade was also the perfect tone for my complexion. My face skin can get pretty sensitive sometimes and some foundations and SPFs can give me crazy breakouts. This wasn’t the case for this powder, which also contains collagen and anti-aging peptides.

The only downside to this product is the sponge that comes with it. It would apply the product too heavy in my face and it ended up looking cakey. I also tried to applied it with a Real Techniques Stippling Brush but wasn’t really pleased with the coverage. I finally used a thiner and porous sponge (that I had from another powder) and that worked perfectly for me.

I purchased this product on April 1st and have been using it every single day, multiple times a day and for multiple types of looks, for the last couple of months. I think it seriously worth the price. If you’re considering getting it, I would recommend having a beauty consultant at Ulta suggest which is the best tone for you. I would also suggest you to try another method of application, if you’re not pleased with the sponge either.

I hope this information has been helpful for some of you who are interested on getting a new foundation at a considerably affordable price.

Thanks for reading!

N.

 

I’ve Transitioned From Brooks To Asics And Here Is Why.

Hello friends! I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far.

Today I’ve came to make a confession. I’ve transitioned from my Brooks neutral shoes to my Asics stability shoes. That is a huge deal to me because Brooks seems to be the most popular brand of running shoes (at least here in the US), and I’ve been wearing them since the past year. Not that popularity matters to me. But in this field, if something is popular it’s because is high quality. My Brooks Ghost 8 ran with me for many miles that it was kind of hard to make the decision of transitioning.

The problem started when I got horrible shin splints at the beginning of this year. I went ahead and got a Gait Analysis done. If you remember the results, you’ll know that I wasn’t really happy about it. Even though the video clearly showed I was over-pronating in every single food strike, the lady suggested me to wear the Brooks Ghost 9 and that I’d be fine. I’m not an expert on running shoes but you can’t tell me that the solution of a problem is to keep doing what you’ve been doing so far.

So I went ahead and got another Gait Analysis at another Running Store and their verdict was that I absolutely needed stability shoes. As the video clearly showed, I do have over-pronation and falling with the balls of my feet was not helping me much with my shin splints. They recommended me to correct my foot strike and to switch up my neutral shoes for stability shoes. The main shoe suggestions were the Asics Kayano or the Brooks Adrenaline. They said that the Asics Kayano were on a the softer side compared to the Brooks.

Two months went by and I implemented two changes for my pronation issue:

  1. Correcting my foot strike so that I don’t keep falling with the balls of my feet. That really seemed to help me a whole lot on not feeling shin splints, until I started running 15 miles a week again. As little as that, and I was already having the slight sensation of shin splints again. Then I knew I needed to go ahead an implement my second change.

  1. Getting stability shoes. It was hard to take a decision between the Asics and the Brooks. At the end, I went back to Asics because I just wanted a softer shoes.

This morning I went for my first run with them. Three miles and my foot strikes felt extremely soft, this made my run faster and easier than it normally is. Hours later has passed since that run and my legs feel like if it is rest day. That never has happened to me before. Now I can evidence how important is to wear the proper shoes for you.

These shoes were on the pricy side, but I’m starting to get the feeling that they’ll worth every penny. Once I’ve put more miles on them, I’ll write a full review on them.

What running shoes do you wear?

 

 

 

What Happens in Venezuela?

Warning: what you’re about to read is not related to running whatsoever. This is another emotional post about the situation in Venezuela. If you’re interested to know what’s going on in there, please keep reading. 

Hello friends!

Last time I spoke about the situation in Venezuela some of you requested a post explaining more about it. I’ve been working on that for the last two weeks. However, it’s turning out so incredibly long that I’m not sure I’m going to post it all at once. There are so many things to talk about that summarizing all of the information had become a challenge. I still need to figure it out how am I going to do this.

In the mean time, I’ll keep posting and talking about the current situation with the protests. Speaking out loud about this is my small contribution to all of the Venezuelans who are dangerously fighting for a better future.

Last week, a libertarian friend posted this on her Instagram. English translations are below each picture.

God Protects me.

Day 40 of resistance (what they call the protests). Today was the day of the protests at the Supreme Court. The repression was stronger than ever. I was trapped at a time where there was gas tear bombs at both sides from where I was. Still, me and all of the people that was there hold on to it as much as we could.

I found this on the way back. A shield used by these kiddos (young college students who are not afraid of the violence imposed by the national guards during peaceful protest), who have now became men and women due to the gravity of the situation. This broke my soul. The reverse of an improvised shield.

Damn Socialism. To all of those who happily think and talk about my country from the distance I say: no one deserves this.

This really broke my heart.

Venezuelans are living in hell, and not precisely because of the repression the government is putting against the protesters. Life itself is hell for them. Everything that could possibly go wrong with a country is going wrong with Venezuela. Food and medicine scarcity. Violence in the streets. Increasing inflation and poverty. Power shortages. Media censorship. Fraudulent elections. Government corruption. Political prisoners, and huge violations of human rights in general.

The amount of problems that these individuals have to face stopped being something they could avoid on a regular daily basis. These problems affects them even at a personal level. Therefore, Is not like Venezuelans can chose not to protest in the streets and settle down in order to avoid repression and violence. If they don’t protest, they will still live in hell. They don’t have anything to lose.

Liberty is something we have to be grateful for every day. Being able to run out in the streets with our phone and an expensive Garmin without being in danger of getting robbed. Being able to go to the grocery store and buy basic products such as bread, eggs, coffee. Getting sick and being able to find the medicines you need, for more expensive they are. My apologies if I’m offending any of my readers by saying this, but living a decent life is another reason to be grateful for every morning.

To all of my runner readers who might not be used to read these kinds of topics in here, thanks for reading.

If you wish to learn more about the causes of the Venezuelan crisis from the perspective of a real Venezuelan (not the media), please let me know in the comments. I’ll be more than happy to post what I’ve written so far.

N.