How to talk about running to your non-runner friends.

Hello fellow runners!

Have you ever wondered how to talk about running to your non-running friends? Well, I just discovered this hilarious video that will show you the reality about lifestyle differences between runners and non-runners.

How I talk about running to my non-runner friends:

* When they ask me out out on a Friday night: “I can’t go out tonight, I have a long run scheduled for tomorrow morning.”

* When going out to eat dinner: “Can we pick Italian? I really need to have pasta tonight.”

* When walking around the mall: “Can we go to Fit2Run really quick?”

* When there’s a 5K: “Hey… there’s going to be this 5K on this day. Would you want to go? I mean you could always walk too”

* When they I get back from a good run: “Oh my God! that run was so so so good!”

What about you? How do you talk about running to your non-runner friends?

 

My healing journey

What you’re about to read is just a summarized version of my illness.  This is not a treatment designed for anyone, but a list of steps I took for healing myself (at my own risk). Please always consult your doctor before treating any illness or condition. 

I always thought I had a strong digestive system. Back in the day it was really hard for me to get sick on my stomach. During the first 24 years of my life, I never knew what heartburn or slow digestion felt.

Until one day I god diagnosed with GERD (gastroesophageal acid reflux). Yup, just like that.

It took me months to admit I had a problem and that I needed to go to the doctor. When I finally did it, I have already gone through a lot and wished nothing but to be the person that I was before. Believe it or not GERD can make you feel very miserable.

Now I needed to deal with the idea that I actually had a problem in my stomach and probably needed to depend on antacids for the rest of my life. So everything felt like a slap on my face.

I still went ahead with the treatment because I didn’t know any other options at that time. Slowly I started having a normal life again. However, I was still refusing to accept the idea that GERD was a condition I needed to deal with for the rest of my life.

So I started paying attention to the food I was eating and how it made me feel. I discovered that dairy was triggering my symptoms. By that time, I was consuming milk in large quantities (in my multiple cups of coffees and bowls of cereal). I remember it was whole milk because I liked that flavor better. So I decided to cut off milk completely out of my diet, and it really made me feel better.

After one month, the symptoms came back. I was frustrated and deep down knew that one Prilosec every morning was not the solution for me. So one night I started doing my research on naturopath medicine, and I came across this video from Montreal Healthy Girl.

I was incredibly surprised on how she was describing exactly my symptoms (as nobody did ever before). I thought she must know what she’s talking about as she is able to exactly comprehend GERD. By the next day, I decided to stop my Prilosec treatment and start my journey on properly healing my condition. These are some of the steps I’ve been taking on my healing journey:

1. Healing my stomach acid.

This was basically the first step I took towards healing my acid reflux naturally. This video from Dr. Axe was very informative to me. I started with two tablespoons of apple cider mixed with a cup of water everyday, and immediately started noticing a HUGE difference.

I also started taking other supplements like HcI with pepsin and digestive enzymes. I strongly recommend you to not auto medicate yourself with the HcI with pepsin. I took my chances, but I’ve heard it is a complex supplement and you definitely need to be under supervision for using it.

2. Intermittent fasting.

I know this is a very controversial topic. Traditional medicine will tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, because you need to activate your metabolism and all of that. But seriously, I had days where I did not have the minimum desire of eating in the morning. So I just didn’t eat until lunch time. I noticed my digestion improved way much more during those day.

I only did that for a couple of weeks or so, and I seriously think that fasting contributed to my healing process. After doing that intuitively, I found that intuitive eating is a good way to let your digestive system rest and heal by itself.

However, I don’t think Intermittent fasting is a lifestyle I can adopt on regular daily basis. Due to my running routine, I wake up genuinely hungry and in need on some calories. The sole idea on spending multiples hours with no food after waking up is something that doesn’t click for me anymore. But it certainly worked when I felt like I needed to heal.

3. Eliminating snacks.

Once again, traditional medicine will treat patients with GERD condition very different that what I’ve done to heal mine. When I went to the hospital, they told me I needed to divide my meals into six smaller meals everyday. Big mistake. My stomach hadn’t digest one meal when I was already eating the next one.

Basing myself on my experience with intermittent fasting and long hours with no food, I reduced my meals from 6 to 3. On the days I run (which are the majority) I would go for a snack before training, which makes it 4 meals a day.

This lifestyle change made things way easier for me. I eat until I’m satisfied, and then I don’t have to worry again for food in many hours. By the time my next meal comes, I have digested my food and I’m hungry enough to actually eat.

Many people would say that I’m slowing down my metabolism. But the truth is that I’ve lost almost 6 pounds since I started doing it. I feel like I have enough energy to exercise. Concentration throughout the day has also increased, and my hair started growing up stronger.

I don’t think I will be ever coming back to eat 6 meals a day. Unless…you know, I’m constantly hungry due to a long distance race.

4. Paying attention to my emotions.

One day everything was going fine in terms of everything I just mentioned. But then the symptoms started once again. I started wondering what was going on. Why would I feel bad if I was really doing everything to heal myself? and then realized I was upset.

I was upset and stressed about things I just simply cannot control. Then suddenly everything started to make sense. Every time I felt sick it was during difficult times. If we go back to my trip to San Franciso (and the weeks before), I was so stressed that I even got sleep problems.

So I had to do the unthinkable: surrender to the things I cannot control.

Symptoms still come back occasionally, but nothing compared to what it was before. Nowadays I’m happier and healthier. I still drink apple cider vinegar everyday. I eat less snacks. I’m more conscious about my emotions. And diary, well…I still try to keep it low as it really helps my skin.

Today I’m very happy I came across these resources that have helped me feel way better.

Thanks for reading!

Have you ever followed naturopath medicine?

 

Falling In Love With Running (Again) + Weekly Recap + From Fat To The Finish Line Documentary Review

Hello friends!

Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend. I have to say the last few weeks from running has been tough. For some reason, I would hit the wall with only a couple of miles in. Going back to my long runs has seemed to be an impossible task. I’ve never talked about it in the blog but I started feeling like I was not loving running anymore. I even started doubting about myself as a runner. My heart was starting to break into little peaces.

Actually, the story I told on my previous post has a lot to do with how I was feeling. It was basically to remind myself that even if I was in a very bad shape, I could still call myself a runner.

But it wasn’t really until I read a post from Janae from The Hungry Runner Girl, where she asked her readers how often do we think about running while we are running. I remember realizing that I think about running when I’m running ALL THE TIME. It’s almost like a bizarre obsession.

So, imagine going on a easy run (not a speed run or a race) being obsessed with the distance, the pace, the heat, everything. If you had to do that for an hour straight, wouldn’t you be mentally drained by the end of the run? I think that’s exactly what was happening to me. I was getting mentally drained and cut my runs short.

Yesterday I went out with the aim of doing a 6 mile run at 5:00 pm. By judging on how I’ve been feeling the last few weeks, I started having serious doubts I could complete it. But went ahead and tried it anyways.

By mile 2 I was this close to give up, and then realized I was thinking too much about running and that was making my run harder. So I started thinking about other stuff, and suddenly I was one mile away from finishing my 6 mile run. I happily finished on a huge runners’ high, which hadn’t feel in a while. This run helped me remember why I fell in love with running: because in the middle of adversities, I’m capable of doing things I thought were impossible.

So there you have it. Because I had a rough week with running, my mileage wasn’t what I originally aimed for. However, a bad run is always better than not running at all. This is my last week recap:

Monday: Core and abs strength training. I was still sore from the weekend run.

Tuesday: 3 Miles.

Wednesday: 3 treadmill miles followed by lower body strength training.

Thursday: Unplanned rest. I was fatigued.

Friday: Another unplanned rest. Had a crazy day at work.

Saturday: 2.52 outdoor miles. Had to cut this run short due to my upset stomach.

Sunday: 6 outdoors miles.

Days of running: 4.

Total miles for the week: 14.54.

FROM FAT TO THE FINISH LINE DOCUMENTARY REVIEW.

I’ve been watching Netflix documentaries like crazy lately, and my favorite so far has been “From Fat to the Finish Line.” Is the story about a group of 12 people who are racing a 200 mile relay from Miami to Key West. The race is called the Key West Ragnar, and many of the legs were held at my neighborhood and my favorite park <3. Besides from that, It really touched me how these people took the decision of overcoming their overweight problems, and sticking to running as a lifestyle.

From Fat to the Finish Line shows the reality of being a runner. Not only the rewards and the good things, but also the not so go things. Like hitting the wall, having to bear with the heat of Miami, and facing your fears like running near to the alligators. See? I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE SCARED OF ALLIGATORS.

I definitely had a blast watching this!

So tell me, have you ever been through a rough patch with running?

Any documentary recommendations?

What was the highlight of your weekend? Mine was certainly falling in love again with running.

 

The #1 Reason Why You Can Call Yourself A Runner.

I still remember a few months ago when I had to go to the emergency room for crazy symptoms of acid reflux. Because I was having discomfort on my upper abdomen, they immediately assigned me an electrocardiogram test. Just a few seconds went by after they started recording my heart activity, and the doctor asked me “you do run a lot right?”

I was shocked. The first thing that came out of my mouth was “how do you know?” and he replied “Well… I can see that on your heart rate.”

I felt like a real runner after that. I was so proud of that compliment I just got, that I went ahead and texted my Dad the whole story. Yeah, even though I was still at the ER and had many more concerns at that moment… #priorities.

Anyways. The moral of the story here is that sometimes we hesitate on calling ourselves runners because we think we aren’t fast enough, or we don’t go far enough. But seriously, what is it “enough?”

The fact that think we’re unable to meet the “standards” that will make us feel enough as to calling ourselves runners, doesn’t mean we can’t call ourselves like that. And the number one reason for that is because your body would keep signs that you run, particularly your cardiovascular health.

Three years ago, the American College of Cardiology performed a study where they evaluated 55,137 adults from ages 18 to 100. The result proved that running could reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease from 29% to a 50%. You might think that these benefits would only apply for marathon runners. However, this study also showed that running 5 to 10 minutes a day, at a pace as slow as 6 miles per hour, could also improve significantly your cardiovascular health.

So next time you have any doubts on calling yourself a runner, remember that no matter how slow you are and how short your distances can be, you’re still getting the same benefits as more experience runners.

When was the last time you called yourself a runner?