thexicanaexplorer thexicanaexplorer

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Rocío  running 🏃🏽‍♀️ lifting 🏋🏽‍♀️ outdoor adventuring 🌞 decolonization 🌵social justice ✊🏽 atx ↟↟ training for my 1st marathon🏃🏽‍♀️

One of the things I love about Austin is that there are pockets of quiet, green spaces throughout the city. You wouldn’t guess that there’s a nature preserve leading to trails & a creek & peacocks just by looking at the park sign from the side of the road, yet there they are. The original peacocks were given as a gift in 1935 & their descendants are now at the park, wandering around in their colorful glory. ☀️ Hike 26 of the @52hikechallenge was along the Bell Trail at Mayfield Park. Going down the trail made me feel like I was in the Secret Garden. If you visit, beware the poison ivy because there’s a lot everywhere. ☀️ Sometimes I wish I was closer to big national parks but the truth is that there’s beauty all around. Finding solace & peace in nature / feeling connected to the land doesn’t have to require traveling far at all. •


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Today’s run felt rough. I started off feeling fine but towards the end my body felt done, my legs felt heavy & the heat was starting to climb. I wish I had people cheering me on like I do during a race but I had to be my own cheerleader & motivator. I had to muster a lot of willpower to finish the last 1-2 miles. Even though it sucks in the moment, I think it’s helpful to have those runs that just don’t feel right. Maybe it’s poor sleep, poor hydration, poor nutrition, poor warm-up/ mobilization, or all of the above. I suspect that this time sleep & hydration are the major culprits & my body has also just been feeling off. My sports massage therapist recommended a chiropractor to help me with my alignment so I think that - plus more sleep & better hydration - will be my homework for the week. Gotta take care of myself & my body in all ways so I can stick with this for the long haul. ☀️ For those of you looking for new products & flavors to try, I can’t recommend Gü enough. I tried their Roctane Energy drink mix & Roctane Energy gel in Chocolate Coconut for the first time during this run & they are AMAZING. (Gü did not sponsor this post, their products are just that great 🤓)



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Another long run, another gorgeous sunrise, another opportunity to push past the can’t to find the can. 🔸 In the past couple of months I’ve been thinking about my blog & feeling guilty for not writing in it like I promised myself I would. Thanks to a few conversations & a renewed sense of determination, I’m going to start posting again. Running tales will make more of an appearance since running has become a bigger part of my life in the past year. It’s kind of wild to think about how far I’ve come in the 1-1.5 years I’ve been running - like seriously running & training for races. Prior to late 2016, running just wasn’t really a big part of my life. Y mira nomás, here I am now. 🔸 I wrote a sweet & short post - link is in the bio. Check it out & follow along if you’re inclined. ✌🏽



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Taking a moment to appreciate 1. My muscles because I’ve been working hard at putting on muscle since the beginning of the year. I’ve finished two programs & I’m on my third & loving all of it. 2. This towel covered in cacti. 3. My ability to scrounge up the courage to sign up for swimming lessons! Today was day one & it was very humbling but I can’t wait to be able to do more than doggy paddle. 🏊🏽‍♀️ 🏊🏽‍♀️ •


#swimming #swimminglessons #adultswim #ymca #girlswholift #strength #cactus #pushyourself #girlswithmuscle #longhairdontcare #braids #trenzas #bodypositivity #muscles #selfcare #thisisadventure #womenwhoadventure #ladieswhoshred #strongwomen

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than [they seek].” 🌻 Decided on a whim today to finally visit West Cave Preserve. The preserve is right by the Pedernales River & not too far from Hamilton Pool. It was so quiet & peaceful; it brought me the serenity I needed today. Hike 25 of the @52hikechallenge was to the Grotto & Uplands - the Grotto is only accessible by guided hike for purposes of preservation. We were surrounded by juniper & oak trees above & then cypress & sycamore trees as we descended. There was also a small cave by the grotto, though no 🦇 were spotted. 🌻 In the Uplands I went by the bird blind & was pretty damn excited to see a tiny hummingbird - I think it was a male ruby throated hummingbird. I was hoping to also see a golden cheeked warbler but no dice. 🌻 I was thinking a lot about sounds during my hike & there are five that are so comforting & feel like home. 1. The sound of zippers - tents, sleeping bags - opening & closing. 2. The crunch of the trail beneath my hiking boots. 3. The sound of the wind rustling through the trees & in the canyons. 4. The song of birds when they’re announcing a new day. 5. The music of water, whether it’s a tiny stream or creek or giant waves crashing down. •


#nature #adventure #explore #optoutside #westcavepreserve #pedernales #hiking #texas #grotto #cave #hummingbird #vsconature #hiker #trails #birdwatching #birding #johnmuir #52hikechallenge2018 #nopales #vsco #vscocam #goneoutdoors #igtexas #selfcare #peaceful #austintx #girlswhohikeatx #sheexplores #sheadventures

I get up early on Saturdays to find the stronger version of myself, to run with friends, to leave anxiety and stress behind, to watch the sun rise, to remember all the reasons I’m grateful to see another day. •


#running #runnersofinstagram #longrun #runnerscommunity #womensrunningcommunity #austintx #sunrise #strava #stravarun #whyirun #nativewomenrunning #igaustintexas #vsco #vscocam #runspiration #marathontraining #marathonprep

“Live in the sunshine...drink the wild air...” 🌈 Went out to do my easy run this morning & was pleasantly surprised by a little bit of rain & a tiny rainbow peeking out from the clouds. Small gifts from nature can be the best surprises. •


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I woke up before 4am to drive myself to New Braunfels & run a half marathon this morning. I wasn’t sure if I could do it but I shaved off about two minutes & got a new personal best for the half! The humidity was getting to me & I could feel my toes (of all things) wanting to cramp up but I pushed through it. So grateful for the clouds we had & for a flat course! 🏃🏽‍♀️ One of the great things running has given me is the opportunity to practice positive self talk. I usually don’t run with earbuds & it gives me the chance to think & meditate. After years of a lot of negative self talk & self hate, it feels good to tell myself that I’m strong, capable & resilient AND to believe it. 🏃🏽‍♀️ I placed 4th in my division & got to enjoy some fro yo at the finish line. Getting closer & closer to my marathon goal in October!



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Today we said goodbye to my Tío Chuy, who passed away on July 7th. So many people in my family struggle with some form of chronic illness or chronic pain. I’ve spent way more time than I would like in the doctor’s office & the hospital because of my parents’ health alone. I am grateful to have my health, to push myself to keep running or to do one more rep when I’m lifting, even when I want to stop. I want to live as long as I can & make the most of my time on this planet & feel healthy physically, mentally & spiritually while I’m here. We all deserve a life with joy.



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En el jardín de los nopales, during my long run this morning. ☀️ Nopales are Texas, nopales are home cooked meals, nopales are comfort. My favorite nopales are covered in thorns & shaped like hearts, just like some of my favorite people. ☀️ I was looking for poems about nopales & one that I found mentions nopales but the other parts are so much more.
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. “Let us gather in a flourishing way // en la luz y en la carne of our heart to toil // tranquilos en fields of blossoms // juntos to stretch los brazos // tranquilos with the rain en la mañana // temprana estrella on our forehead // cielo de calor and wisdom to meet us // where we toil siempre // in the garden of our struggle and joy” - Juan Felipe Herrera. •


#nopales #cactus #longrun #texas #austin #atx #igaustin #optoutside #blueskies #vsconature #poem #poetry #spanglish #runnersofinstagram

Reminiscing about time spent by the water last summer - the sound of the water & the seagulls are like nothing else. •


#southpadreisland #portisabel #texas #coast #sunset #optoutside #fbf #vsco #vscocam #rei1440project #vsconature #folkgood

I don’t often share memes on here but lol



#native #indigenous #decolonize #resist

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