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?
Hello friends! Hope you’re having a wonderful Friday.
Today I had a few favorites to share with you. Most of them are food and at the end of this post I’ll explain why. And because there are many items, let’s jump right into it.
TRATTORIA DI PIU
This small cute Italian place at Doral offers the widest variety of raviolis I’ve seen in the Miami area. Yesterday was my second time there and couldn’t order anything different than what I had the first time I went. Probably I won’t order something different during my next visit either. Because these mushroom raviolis with pink sauce are just heaven. If you’re ever around the Doral area and looking to have amazing (and quite affordable) pasta, give this place a try!
Now that I’m running more days and more miles, I’ve been feeling weird aches on my heels throughout the day. I’ve come to realize that maybe my go-to flats and sandals are becoming a problem to my feet. So I’ve been switching it up to my old Vans to give them some extra cushion. The aches have been feeling better since I started wearing them.
MIXED BERRIES RXBAR
Last year around the summer period I tried the RXBars in the coconut and chocolate chip flavor and blueberry flavor. I didn’t like them that much. Up until a week ago I couldn’t understand why people even like them. Long story short, I was walking around Trader Joe’s as I spotted this mixed berries kind. I have to be honest. I felt extremely attracted by the color package and decided to give it a try. Yup. The package was the deal-breaker on my purchase decision. And you know what? They are seriously delicious. They remind me to Newton cookies. Can’t wait to be back at TJ to pick some more of these.
Different people throughout my life (including but not limited to my mom, roommate, boyfriend, and even former boss) had told me that I’m going to have huge cravings when I get pregnant. They say this because I always get the weirdest and very specific cravings without being pregnant (lol). This week I was craving seafood and rice. So this was my staple dinner: Two TJ’s Salmon patties, white rice, and stir fry veggies made it perfectly for my craving.
Janae on the Hungry Runner Girl mentioned this a few weeks ago. I couldn’t pass on them on my line to pay at TJ. This is basically a white chocolate bar with sprinkles. It reminded me to my childhood’s favorite white chocolate and I loved it. If you’re a fan of white chocolate like me, please try this.
COCONUT OIL BLENDED COFFEE
Milk in my coffee was one of the things I needed to give up on after my GERD diagnose. However, I absolutely hate the flavor of almost every kind of milk substitutes out there. I’ve seen Julie from PB fingers blending her coffee with coconut oil lately. She said it was the perfect substitute for the whole milk she normally uses. So I decided to give it a try because hey, at this point I had nothing to lose. Well… It turns out my life changed after the first zip. I don’t think I’ll ever drink black coffee in the mornings in a long long time. Thank you Julie and whoever had this amazing idea!
As you might have notice, this post was almost all about food. I’m at a happy place with my acid reflux situation right now, so I’m back to myself when it comes to enjoying my food. Also, my increased levels of physical activity are making me more hungry and that’s something I’m not going to complain at all. I still remember those horrible days when appetite was just not happening. It was so frustrating for me not being able to eat anything. That is why my health is something that I’m really grateful for right now.
As the old expression says: You don’t know what you have until you lose it. I never imagined my appetite and my stomach comfort was going to be one of them. So let’s be grateful for every positive thing that is going on in our lives right now. Even if it’s the smallest.
What is one thing you are grateful for today?
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.
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.
Warning, what you’re about to read is a very emotional non running/food related post.
It’s been a while since I the last time I posted here. My absence could be explained with two reasons. The end of the semester got me busy. Very busy. There’s not much to say about this more than I’ll be finishing soon and will have more time write posts.
A friend snapped this picture of me I was working on a project for one of my classes. I’m sure I had quite the struggle at this moment.
The second reason is (once again) the complex situation in my country, Venezuela. To be honest, I do feel guilty about posting my running accomplishments, foods that I’m eating, or any kind of lifestyle related situations. As I’ve mentioned earlier on my Instagram account, Venezuelans are fighting on the streets to have access to food, to have a decent lifestyle, and to be able to walk in the streets without getting robbed.
These are some of the pictures I’ve seen on Social Media.
Because of this, I’ve been feeling like my moral obligation is to remain silence when it comes my blog. I’m surely overcoming my sense of guilt because I decided to post something today. I’ve come to conclude that the fact that I post content in my blog doesn’t mean that I’m distant and that I don’t care about what’s going on.
I was driving yesterday trough Downtown Miami when I saw the Freedom Tower showing the colors of the Venezuelan Flag. I don’t know if they did it on purpose or not, but my heart melted anyways.
That is all.
Thanks for reading and happy running.
Hello friends! I’m so happy to be back here. I had the most incredible week as one of my best friends from college came to visit me. We haven’t seen each other in three years and she came all the way from Argentina! So, I needed to make sure she had a great time being here.
Today I will be sharing a few moments from our weekend, because it was one of the best weekends I’ve had in a long time!
Artisan doughnuts shops are so popular right now on Social Media that we needed to visit one. I’m not huge on doughnuts but The Salty Donut at Wynwood made me reconsider that standpoint.
The variety of doughnut they offer is quite particular, which made our selection process even more interesting.
What you see in the below picture is a maple glazed bacon doughnut, a lemon strawberry doughnut, and a traditional glazed. Maple bacon was indeed interesting. My favorite was the traditional glazed, because that dough tasted like heaven.
My sweet companions for this Saturday: Andrea (far right), Ana Claudia (my cousin in the middle) aka The Kiddo. And her boyfriend, Angel (the Kiddo #2) who was taking this picture.
Andrea is a big fan of art. So Wynwood and the Art District represented such a huge entertainment for her.
Where there’s art, there’s also political opinions around that I would normally disagree with. I thought it was funny to see this postcard about “Commercial Revolution” featuring a guy that wears a shirt from El Che Guevara.
Something that I do agree on…
But never forget to…
We kept walking around Wynwood Walls that day.
And kept taking pictures.
We actually took many pictures.
I love these kiddos so much.
Andrea and The Kiddo love coffee as much as I do. Besides the flavor, drinking coffee is a whole experience to us. So we made our stop at Panther Coffee to honor our tradition.
Three espresso Macchiatos and one toffee cookie to share between the four us.
On Sunday, Andrea and I got into one of our typical adventures: Flying a plane!
Well…we didn’t actually fly the plane. But we did go into one of these little planes on a high turbulence day, and took a short trip to see the coast.
You might think we’re pretty adventurous for doing this, but let me tell you that you have seen nothing. Once we drove a car with a gas leak for more than two hours. We smelled the gas but didn’t really acknowledge the problem until somebody told us. So, flying in a little plane with lots of turbulence was basically a piece of cake.
Plus, nothing like getting into these amazing adventures with your BFF!!
Besides the amazing view, being able to hear the control tower was my favorite part. I feel a weird fascination by planes and have always wondered how do they manage traffic in the air.
We would be eternally thankful to the pilot of this plane who enthusiastically took us on this short trip as a gift. By the way, I couldn’t have ever done this without Andrea. I’m going to miss her so much when she gets back home.
Have you ever gotten into an amazing adventure with your best friend?
Which kind of doughnuts do you usually get? Would try a maple-glazed bacon doughnut?
Happy International Women Day! I could not let this day pass without writing a blog post because I’m surrounded by incredible women. I read many of their blogs everyday, and many of them read my blog too!
By the way, my Mom is the most special woman I know.
Would you imagine your life without being able to do whatever you like to do? To not being able to run by yourself? write a blog? work? make your own decisions? Ugh! I can’t even think about that. The fact that it used to be like this for all women during and before the Victorian era leaves me completely shocked.
Probably this is something I haven’t talked about much in here but I love history, and not so long ago I used to be part of a very active libertarian movement. Therefore, I would like to share this short video with I found extremely interesting.
Happy International Women Day!
Thanks for reading.
Days without running: 4.
Days without exercising: 4.
Current level of injury pain: low but still there.
Current levels of Endorphins/Serotonins: very low.
Even though running is not everything in life, a life without running can feel so empty (when you’re a runner of course).
That’s just me overreacting as usual. But lets face it, not being able to go for a run really sucks. I’ve heard many times that runners want to run even more when their injured. I can totally feel related right now.
I’m still going to attempt an arm workout today at the gym to see if I can get some of those happiness hormones going on. In the mean time, I’m going to talk about the most random stuff I’ve been discovering in the past few days.
I needed make up so I decided to head Ulta and Walgreens for a couple of stuff, and this is what I ended up getting.
– Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. This is my absolute favorite mascara ever. I’ve tried many and so far there’s nothing out there than can replace this one. This is a high end mascara, but I think is ok to splurge on them because one of these will usually last me for many months.
– This NYX HD Concealer in Yellow. First time trying it. Not too excited about it. I don’t think is actually a concealer and don’t really understand the function of yellow to cover dark circles. Don’t think I’m repurchasing this one.
– NYX Lip Gloss in Natural. This is SO pretty. It has a thick consistency and is very shiny. Loved it. Next time I get one will be in a more brownish tone since this one looks way too pink on my lips.
– Wet N’ Wild MegaLiner in black. This stuff is AMAZING. I have many years using it and I don’t know if they’ve recently improved its formula or what, but I think is not that different than some high-end eyeliners. This eyeliner is very dark and it stays on for more than 12 hours. Plus, it is so affordable compared to other drugstore eye liners out there. Nothing can beat that.
– Wet N’ Wild MegaLast Nail Polish on Ninja Lovelace. You can’t really see it on the picture, but this is a brown color with gold glitter. Not a huge fan of glitter. Never been one. But for some reason I felt excited about this color in particular, so I decided to pick it up. I promise to report back on this one soon.
Makeup isn’t the only thing I’ve been exploring. I’ve been also wanting to taste these Larabars that I’ve seen all over the internet.
These ones are made only with Dates and Peanuts. Two things that I really love…separately!!
To be honest, I tried this bar and thought it was delicious. But for some reason I don’t feel like eating the other flavors I got. So, I don’t really know how I feel about them. Maybe they are too rich for me. Maybe only half of one will be enough. Who knows.
I can’t say I’m a picky eater (because I’m absolutely not). However, I’m pretty specific with things I like. I don’t mind eating the same ice cream all the time if it’s one I really like. When I go to get froyo, I could literally have the same flavors with the same topics all over again and be really happy.
The other day I decided to split one because it sounded like a very good and weird idea, and this is what the froyo looked like:
I discovered that frozen yogurt and butterfingers are a combination I love. So, I guess trying new things can’t really be bad right?
Moral of the story: I must keep trying to find another exercise that can substitute running just for a couple of week.
What new things have you been exploring/discovering lately?
I hope you’ve had a wonderful week. Mine has been crazy and with a lot of multitasking involved. Running has been feeling better. Actually, I have a tempo run of 5 miles waiting for me right after I finish typing this.
Today I wanted to talk about my relationship with coffee. Yup. Coffee. Everyone who knows me has acknowledged how much my life used to depend on it. Not too long ago I used to have 4 to 5 cups a day. Not only I needed it in order to avoid myself grumpiness and headaches, but I really enjoyed the flavor.
How did I managed to get to that point? Well, I grew up in a house where everyone drinks coffee multiple times a day. The smell of coffee has always been very comforting to me. When I was a kid, Dad used to add one small drop of coffee to my warm milk. When I was 10, Mom taught me how to brew coffee for her. She drinks really sweet black coffee which always made me steal several zips from her cup.
I grew up surrounded by coffee. At my house, it works basically like this: Do you feel sleepy? Have a coffee! … Are you sad? Go get yourself a cup of coffee! … Bad day? Coffee … Is it raining outside? Let’s have some coffee… Bad skin? Coffee… Coffee? Coffee. Well, not literal but kind of. The point is that coffee became so important in my life that its flavor made me feel home.
So, when I moved away from home (and my country) I doubled up my daily dosis even more. I used to think I needed the coffee when some times I was not even craving it. It got to a point where if I did not have coffee in the mornings or after lunch, I will suffer from headaches and bad mood.
I never saw this as something bad though. It wasn’t until I got sick from my stomach that I realized I had some issues with coffee. At that time being sick, I was not able to drink a cup of coffee to save my life. My body needed the caffeine but I knew I could not have coffee unless I wanted to double up my discomfort. I spent five days with no coffee. Not even one cup. And of course, I started to experience caffeine withdrawal.
I wasn’t surprised about it but at the same time I was. During those five days, not only I was experiencing the symptoms from my stomach discomfort but I also started having headaches, difficulties to breath, extreme fatigue, and dizziness because I was not having coffee!
Eventually everything got better and I was able to drink coffee again. However, this experience made me more conscious about how many cups of coffee a day I’m consuming. I’ve come to realize that I only need one cup in the morning and one cup before going out to run. If I don’t run that day, then that means one cup will be enough.
I’ve been also more conscious about caffeine addiction and how people can develop it just like they do with food, alcohol, drugs, etc. I still haven’t figured out the emotional conundrum behind my high caffeine consumption. I don’t even know if there are emotions involved to begin with. But I certainly don’t see coffee as I used to see it before. I definitely have a long way to go on becoming a more intuitive coffee drinker, because hey! it’s been years of me abusing of my daily caffeine consumption. But I’ll remain positive.
Are you a coffee drinker? How many cups of coffee a day do you usually have?