WEEKED IN PICTURES AND WORST RUNNING FEAR.

Hello friends!

Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend.

Mine was pretty fun. Boyfriend and I decided to try a local coal fired pizza place, and it turned out to be amazing. Prosciutto, pineapple, and half of it with bacon for him. I think I’m starting to love all things with pineapple! Do you like pizza with pineapple too?

Next morning I left pretty early to attempt a long run. I normally will run around a loop of 0.8 miles. After finishing the first one, I just realized my Nike Run Club app did this.

After 10 minutes running, It only recorded 0.08 miles. I don’t know why my app sometimes has those tech glitches. This really makes me want to roll my eyes to the app.

I also saw a dead snake on my run that day. A DEAD SNAKE. That’s like the most terrifying thing to me. I think I should update my list of running fears, and add snakes. You know, like having a list of running fears and keeping it updated was extremely helpful, haha. I wish I had taken a picture of it but I got SO SCARED that I just sprinted and left the place.

Another thing that wasn’t working quite well that day was my legs. They felt extremely tired to the point I felt like I was really forcing myself. Decided to stop at 3.3 miles.

And thank God I did it. The next things that followed that day included lots of walking around Walmart. By 7:30 p.m. Boyfriend and I watched the Orlando’s soccer game while Sasha pretended to be a lap dog.

On Sunday, I work up early again to go for a run but my legs were still pretty tired. And since I’m running a race today, I decided to just rest. Resting is also part of a runner’s training.

The next of my Sunday involved going to church, and then meeting some of my boyfriend’s friends at their house for a barbecue.

My meal was followed by two portions of dessert. To me, there’s nothing wrong with that except for the fact that I started feeling quite nauseous after all. I need to do something about my sugar intake.

On another note, today is race day! I’m running 5K tonight. So far, my legs are feeling way rested but my knee is feeling kind of funny. Hopefully it turns out to be a great race.

Do you like Pineapple on your pizza? What are your favorite toppings?

What was your highlight of the weekend?

What’s your worst running fear?

RUNNING IN THE MORNINGS AND COUNTING MACROS

Hello friends!

Hope you’re having an amazing start of the weekend.

I’ve been back on track with my training this week, which was extremely needed after registering for a race coming up next Monday. Even though it’s only going to be a 5K, I don’t want to feel like I’m undertrained. So I’ve basically been doing lots of easy miles, because I know that will give me (hopefully) some speed for the race.

That thing of registering for a race in order to stick with your training program is no joke. Even though I’ve experienced this in the past, I think I need to stick to it more often so that I can fix this year’s lack of training for once and for all.

But another thing that got me even more happy than being back to to my regular training, is being back to run in the mornings. Say what?

I’ve been struggling with doing my runs in the morning for MONTHS. And somehow, I’ve mastered to wake up early and go for my run before 7am for two days in a row. That’s pretty impressive considering that one week ago I could not wake up early to save my life.

There are a few things I did different this time around. I even invented my own system to be able to wake up and go running. Once I prove it’s sustainability, I might share it in here.

On another note, I’ve been really inspired to eat healthy lately.

It’s been quite some time since I don’t feel any symptoms of acid reflux. My digestion is 10 times better, and I can definitely feel that on my runs. I feel like I have more energy because my body is absorbing better the nutrients. And I guess that really gave me extra inspiration to be more conscious about my nutrition.

Madeline from Madeline Moves has also really inspired me in this. Even though I had a very bad experience counting macros in the past, she makes it seem so easy, convenient, and beneficial.

I went ahead and decided to give it another try. But I did recalculate my macros basing myself on a formula given by Brooks Running. My totals were 101 grams of protein, 112 carbs, and 70 fat. And 25 extra grams of carbs to replace for every 100 calories burned on a run.

These macros are lower than the ones I was working with last year (and that seemed impossible for me to hit everyday). Carbs and fats are pretty easy to hit this time around, but protein is the one I’m struggling with. I know there must be a way to incorporate it more into my diet without going against my intuitive eating. I’m certainly reporting back about this soon.

In the mean time, I’m enjoying delicious foods such as my oatmeal pancakes.

And my zucchini lasagnas with roasted carrots.

Hope you enjoy your weekend!

Do you count macros?

Do you run in the mornings?

What’s your plan for the weekend?

 

 

WEEKEND RECAP AND GRADUATION CEREMONY

Hello friends!

It’s been a while since posted something here. Life has been crazy these past few weeks. Full time job + dad coming to visit + graduation ceremony equals a very restricted time for everything else in my life. If you follow me on Instagram you would’ve seen some pictures. But today I wanted to share almost everything about last weekend.

Dad’s arrival meant eating lots of carbs, but that’s something I won’t complain.

I was super happy with my graduation outfit. Even though I’ve never bought any dress online, I decided to take the risk this time around and get my graduation dress from lulu’s. The dress arrived two days before the ceremony and thank God fit me perfectly.

I was beyond happy and thankful to be able to spend my graduation with my loved ones. It was a very emotional ceremony as the student speech was given by a Venezuelan fellow. He could not pass to mention our country and the tough situation is going trough right now. Many of us started sobbing just by hearing “Venezuela.”

After two and a half years studying, me and my roommate graduated with honors from our double masters (YAY!).

Boyfriend was also there. He was so supportive throughout my last school semester that I was extremely happy to share this achievement with him.

After the ceremony we went to eat. This pasta filled with pears and covered in gorgonzola cheese sauce and walnuts just hit the spot.

My beautiful cousin gave me a Sephora gift card as a graduation gift. So I’ll report back with some reviews!!

I’m running a 5K race next week. I really wanted to break my 5K PR on my next race, but honestly I have no idea how that’s going to happen with very little to no time to train/exercise. The good thing is that it’s going to be a nighttime race, and I love the fact that I don’t have to wake up extremely early for that.

When is your next race coming up? 

What was your highlight from last week?

 

EASY PEASY PINEAPPLE CHICKEN TACOS

It was only a few months ago when I tried tacos with pineapple for the first time. They were the Chicken Tacos al Pastor from Tacology and that definitely was more than enough to get me obsessed about them.

However, tacos with pineapple inside are not something very common around here. So after many repetitive episodes of me craving the pineapple tacos, I decided to take a step forward and cook them by myself (with my boyfriend’s instructions). I have to say they turned out pretty easy and delicious by the way.

My boyfriend and I have had friends over who have tried these tacos before, and they say that pineapple is a total game changer. That being said, if you’re one of those people who thoroughly enjoys the sweet and savory combinations on a meal, then you’re most likely going to love this dish.

I personally think chicken makes the best combination with pineapple. You could totally make them with steak if you prefer. I’m not sure I’ve seen these kind of tacos made with steak but hey, if that’s what you really want then why not?

The key for this recipe are the seasonings, that’s what makes them easy peasy to cool. When it comes to seasonings, I’m not concerned about sodium or added sugars. But if you are, then I’ll suggest you to use low sodium seasonings like Flavor God or Mrs. Dash. For the Orange Juice, you could squeeze some oranges and then you’ll be 100% sure that there’s no added sugars in there.

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Easy Peasy Pineapple Chicken Tacos


Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 2 Boneless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 tbsp Taco Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp Tajin
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3/4 cups Orange Juice
  • Garlic Salt to taste
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • 1 cup Chopped Pineapple
  • 2 tbsp Chopped Cilantro
  • 6 Soft Corn Tortillas

Instructions

  1. Cut the boneless chicken breasts into small squares and mix with all the dry seasonings.

  2.  On a preheated pan, add the olive oil and the seasoned chicken. After a few seconds, add the orange juice. Cover and let it cook for a few minutes on medium heat. 

  3. When the orange juice gets caramelized, add half of the chopped cilantro. Let it sit for a two minutes. 

  4. Serve the chicken on the corn tortillas, and top it with the chopped pineapple and the rest of the cilantro. Enjoy! 

Hope you guys enjoy this recipe as much as I do.

What are your favorite types of tacos?