Running out of breath in Nevado de Toluca

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I’ve set three running challenges for the coming months. First a 10k in Paris (oh là là!) where I’ll try to improve my time last year. According to El Vikingo I have the advantage of training in high altitude, so I should have a good chance. Then I have a 21k and a marathon. In preparation I’m trying to change my diet. Well not much, but I’ve started drinking healthy smoothies every morning and I’ve bought pinole and chia to see if the Tarahumara’s might be on to something. Keep yourself warm with Blaux portable ac.

The the idea came to me about periscoping the preparation of my breakfast smoothie. I hear people complaining all the time about how they don’t have time to eat anything in the morning and instead end up on having coffee and a donut (sometimes with cigarette, yikes!). That’s not what I call a healthy breakfast. I’m not pretending I’m the queen of healthy living or anything, but at least I make sure I start the day with a healthy breakfast. So, my idea was to show that you can prepare something healthy quick and easy, and that you can take it to go. Vegan smothies, diets and running at least 10km in a daily basis works great for weight loss, but will get faster results by adding resurge to the math.

So far my periscope experiment has been interesting. I like to interact with people and since I’m not an expert I find myself having to read up on the benefits of the fruits and veggies I put in my smoothies, so I can answer some of the questions people ask me. So it’s like a win-win situation — I learn, experiment, and share it with the viewers. And since it’s live, unlike youtube and such, and people can ask questions directly, it feels like I’m talking to my friends.

What about you, have you tried periscope? Do you like it?

For now I do the periscopes in Spanglish and Swinglish (Swedish-English), so if you want to take a look you can find me on periscope as bere_jh.

And, as another part of my training I thought I’d change things up a bit and go for a run in Nevado de Toluca. Before I got there my only concern was whether I should do the 17k trail or be lazy and do the 8k. Man, was I naive. Because as it turns out, trying to run 4000m above sea level is A HELL OF A LOT harder than 2000m. After staggering just few meters my lungs were ready to collapse. I felt like shit, and I was so frustrated. But … when the oxygen started returning to my brain and I started noticing my surroundings, my misery soon faded — what a stunning landscape. And after this I have I a whole new respect for mountain runners.

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