I decided to go for a jog today. The heat is pretty intense here even at night and it causes me to feel sleepy and sluggish. I am also eating a fair amount of heavy foods like diary, meat and carbs so I wanted to be active to increase my energy, support my mood and keep a healthy routine. I closed the barbed wire makeshift gate at the edge of our yard and started the timer on my watch as I began to jog the bumpy, dusty, sand street towards the volcano, concepcion where some families have small farming plots. I passed a man on a bicycle with a child on the handlebars, one on a motor bike with a little trailer cage carrying a pig and a man on a horse with a very skinny dog, likely returning home for lunch. As I casually jogged past the homes on my "street" back into the farms near concepcion, women were scrubbing laundry at the pilas (cement tubs where their running water flows into), children were playing in the dirt, clothes were drying on the line and animals were munching on whatever they could find. I wondered what people thought of me running...no destination in mind, no reason for travelling out to the farms, except to run. Most locals do not exercise, especially run. So I just wondered. The sand road ended when my watch said 12 minutes and in front of me were just barbed wire gates made from tree branches. I didn't want to intrude onto someone's land so I turned around and went home, feeling a little awkward about running this community. I'll probably try again if I can find a longer road. Maybe I'll get used to it. I did take a few photos of some things along the way.
Rachelle Price, ND
I am a naturopathic family physician, a graduate of naturopathic medical school at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. After many years of feeling a call on my heart to pursue further education in health care to better serve in the developing world, I attended naturopathic medical school a few years after earning my Bachelor's of Science in Biology from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
My passion is learning from and serving my community as a physician, friend and educator. I focus on helping my patients discover the root cause of illness and improve their overall mind/body/spiritual health.
I also enjoy being active outdoors, backpacking, soccer, skiing, photography, cooking, gardening and working with medicinal herbs. Living simply, sustainably and creatively are important to me as well as song, laughter, music, friends, deep discussions and growing within a supportive community...and, I love to have fun.
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