Lorena Mesa is the machine learning engineer who loves to run marathons.

“I’m a Machine Learning Software Engineer, community activist, Python OSS contributor, Star Trek Enthusiast to the extreme.”

Where are you from?

Hi! I’m Lorena Mesa ( @loooorenanicole ) and home is Chicago! Home of Obama and apparently the only river to flow backward (the Chicago River).

What do you do?

I’m a Machine Learning Software Engineer, community activist, Python OSS contributor, Star Trek Enthusiast to the extreme.

Favorite place to travel?

That’s a hard one, I’m going to say the most unique place ergo making it a favorite place to travel is Cuba. The people are engaged, present in a way you don’t find often these days.  Also, the music is out of this world!

What do you do for work-life balance?

I love to run. I’ve been running marathons for over a third of my life. Why? I think Haruki Murakami describes it best in his memoir “What I talk about when I talk about running”, “For me, running is both exercise and a metaphor. Running day after day, piling up the races, bit by bit I raise the bar, and by clearing each level I elevate myself. At least that’s why I’ve put in the effort day after day: to raise my own level. I’m no great runner, by any means. I’m at an ordinary – or perhaps more like mediocre – level. But that’s not the point. The point is whether or not I improved over yesterday. In long-distance running the only opponent, you have to beat is yourself, the way you used to be.”

What’s your favorite podcast?

Good friends of mine know I’m always talking about this or that podcast, particularly as I travel so often it’s a nice reprieve. I had favorite podcasts for different needs. Politics? On the media. Mental health and wellbeing? Terrible, Thanks for Asking. Culture? 99% Invisible. Keeping woke/in the know? Pod Save the People. General awesomeness? Lore! Coding goodness? Greater than Code!

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