My Intro to @altrarunning. Chapter 4: “Entrenamiento,” I repeated, confident that my Spanish was correct. “What do you do for training?” But still the same answer from each, “We don’t train”. This time I was the one who was confused. In a combination of bewilderment and frustration I thought, “If you don’t train, then explain yourselves. I have a full scholarship to run at a university. I trained for 6 months for this specific race. I’m in the best shape of my life. You’re not even wearing running shoes! How is it that 23 of just beat me in a 20 mile race when you don’t even train?!" “We don’t have time to train. There is too much work to do.” Within my next question lay the answer to this bizarre mystery. “What do you do for work then?” I asked one of the runners. “Soy portero.” He responded. “You’re a ‘Porter?’” I asked in confusion. “What is a porter?” “Por-te-ro” he repeated, slowly this time, a bit louder and with more enunciation, as if maybe then I would understand.
Still my eyes stared back in confusion. “We climb the mountain,” he continued, motioning with his head toward the mountain that had just destroyed me. “We carry the gear for the tourists who are going to climb it each day. We climb during the night so that it is there waiting for them when they make it to the top. Then we run back down.” “We?” I asked. “All of us.” He responded, motioning to most of the men in the finish area who had just beaten me. “Except those three” he continued, pointing to three men with mahogany skin and shiny black hair, styled in perfect bowl cuts. They were wearing old soccer cleats. “They are indios. They arrived last night. Their village is 3 days travel on foot through the jungle. They don’t use money in their village. They come here once a year to race so that they can earn enough to buy beer, and Coca Cola, and medicine to carry back home. But the rest of us…” he said motioning to the other runners in the finishing area, “We are porteros. We climb the mountain every night.” “You climb the mountain every night for work?” I asked in disbelief. “Yes, but that is before we begin our real work." He responded ... (TBC)
Via : tommy