I was scrolling down my Instagram feed when I came across this picture. It basically describes how I’m feeling about Venezuela. I wrote the english translation just right after the picture.
“It is hard to be a Venezuelan living abroad these days. Day by day you must pretend a smile. Like everything is normal. Like nothing is going on. But deep inside, you’re worried, distressed, nervous, devastated. You look at your cellphone all day to be informed on what’s going on. You can’t stop thinking about what’s happening in your country. You can’t stop thinking about your family, your people…We’re not there, but we’re not here either.”
I’m so grateful I’ve been having more time to run lately. It has been much emotionally needed. I got the chance to go back to my favorite park to go for a run the other day. Initially I was aiming to run in the track, but the access was closed as police memorial was being held at that side of the park. That forced me go to the other side, where the trails are. At the end, it turned out very good because I remembered how much I love running there. I seriously think trails have a therapeutic effect.
After almost a year running in this park, I spotted this sign right next to the lake which totally freaked me out.
Why do they use a picture of an alligator? I know this is Florida. I also know that if there’s any lakes, there are (most likely) alligators around. However, this sign was just a dark reminder for me. I’ve heard that they can’t run in zig zag. So I’ll stick to that in case I have to run from one (lol).
Back to running —-> My current goal is to rebuild my weekly base mileage. The start of 2017 hasn’t been the best for my training. My GERD gave me a really hard time during the first three months, then I got injured, and then the end of my school semester complicated things even more. I also want to race at least once a month.
I’ve been very inspired to improve my nutrition. After some research, I came across this video and got really surprised by the fact that this runner won’t eat carbs on her rest days. Indeed, she got amazing results from her training and nutrition but I’m not sure how my body will react with no carbs. Specially during rest days, where I get more hungry due to hard trainings from days before.
I will definitely start making changes in my nutrition. Nothing crazy, because my body doesn’t work properly if I give up carbs or sugars. But it is always good to eat more natural and clean sources of them.
Do you pay attention to what you eat for your running performance?
Any animals you fear to come across while running?