Sunday, March 15, 2015

Deep Blue.

Who gets a little muscle soreness from time to time? You? Well, if you're active -- especially if you run -- you probably do. I know I do.

I've written a little bit about my love for essential oils before, so it shouldn't be much of a surprise that I turn to them when I have muscle soreness these days. One of my favorite products is part of doTERRA's March promotion, so I have to share it with you guys!

doTERRA's Deep Blue rub is awesome. I seriously love it. I wish I could share all of the stories from people who have used it for their joint and muscle ailments with "holy WOW, that's amazing!!" kind of success.

But it would be going on for too long.

So I'll just give you a small sample, starting with my most recent experience.

You know how I'm just getting back to running after my hamstring injury, right? Well, the first two times I ran outside were my longest runs without walk breaks. I felt good, sure, but the day after each of those runs I felt weird. My legs hurt in a really weird way. I mean, they almost felt like I had run a marathon the day before, instead of just 3 miles.

Deep Blue helped me out BIG TIME and stopped the weirdness!

Over the weekend, I taught a class where one of the women there had joint pain in her hand. She tried a little Deep Blue on it and could NOT stop raving about it.

See, Deep Blue soothes sore muscles and joints and it also supports healthy circulation. It is a great tool for all of you athletic types to have on hand :-)

OK, you're thinking. Sounds good. But what the heck is this Deep Blue, anyway?Well, Deep Blue is

"a soothing combination of Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Blue Tansy, German Chamomile, Helichrysum and Osmanthus . . . Deep Blue products are a powerful ally when suffering from the occasional achy muscles. By offering penetrating and sustained results, this blend helps in the fight against discomfort. Available as a cream or roll-on for easy application, Deep Blue Soothing Blend is what sore joints and muscles are crying out for."

Now, what of this promotion, you ask?

Well, this month, if you place any order of 200 points or more, you get a tube of Deep Blue rub and a bottle of Deep Blue essential oil blend FREE. That's an $81.67 value.

I'd love to help you get some Deep Blue for free!

If you are new to essential oils, you can learn a little more on this page or directly from doTERRA. You can also leave me a comment or send me an email (felicehalf at yahoo dot com) and I will gladly answer your questions or provide you with more information.

(Yes, I am a doTERRA wellness advocate and I use the products for myself, my family and share them with friends and others. To me, they are amazing!)

So there you have it, friends. I love Deep Blue and hope you get a chance to check it out.

Have a great week!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Getting real.

Last weekend, running got real.

It has been a long, long time since I've felt like I was really running. A long time. Ever since I started my gradual build-up from nothing to something in February, I've been on the treadmill. This winter has been too cold, too snowy for me to try anything outside during this early stage of recovery.

Saturday, though, was a sunny day. A dry day. A no-snow-on-the-roads day.

So I ran. Outside. In the sun.

Folks, I have missed it. And I didn't truly realize how much I have missed getting outside for a run until I actually did. Yes, I knew I missed running. I mean, c'mon. Of course I did. But, I'd convinced myself that it was OK to be on the DL. That it wasn't that horrible to not run.

And, in many ways, it wasn't that horrible to not run. But it wasn't great. And even when I started running again and I was logging half miles and then miles on the treadmill, I still wasn't getting the full experience.

Once I did, it all came rushing back to me.

Oh, running. I've missed you. I've missed you so very much.

Sure, it was only 3 miles but they were 3 miles IN THE SUN! With brisk air -- downhills, uphills, twists, turns. It was wonderful!

This week the weather looks like it will cooperate again and I should be able to get out for more outside runs.

Life is good.

Have a great week!

Monday, March 2, 2015

February Half Marathon.

That's right. I ran a half-marathon in February!

Not all at once, mind you. But, over the course of 28 days I ran 13.1 miles.

13.1 miles. In 28 days! Look at me go . . .

Now, 13.1 miles may not be a lot. I know that. It is a lot, however, when compared to the half mile I ran in January and the zero miles I ran in December. Compared to those monthly totals, February was a monster.

And March? Well, I have a good feeling about the month. It is full of promise -- the beginning of spring, the return to substantial mileage. Heck, I might even run a marathon this month!

Just not all at once.

I have a long way to go before that happens again :-)

Have a great week, everyone!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Three months.

At the 3 month mark of my injury, I'm feeling really hopeful.

My recovery is going very, very, sloooooowly. But, anything worth doing takes time, right? And recovering well is totally worth doing. So, if it takes a long time I have to be OK with that.

I'm running again. The most I've run so far is 2 miles, a couple of times. But, 2 miles is SO FAR from nothing!!! It is a pretty big deal.

I'm also still using the ellipitical and bike and I'm doing the tv workouts.

The only thing that has a tendency to discourage me is the snow and cold. At first, I kept telling myself that if I was going to be injured, a cold and snowy winter was the time to be injured. I mean, what would I be missing? Running in the freezing cold? Slipping on the ice? Who needs that?

But, now --- now, I'm recovering. I'm ready to start running outside but I can't. I can't risk slipping -- or tearing a too-cold and stiff muscle -- and setting myself back 3 months. I just won't do it.

And that rots. Because, right now, if I could run outside, I'd be farther along in my recovery. Running on the treadmill uses the same motion over and over -- especially because I can't use the incline at this stage of my recovery. So, I get to a point where I have to stop. Yes, I'm taking walk breaks and that helps. But if I was running outside . . . oh, well. I'm not. No sense making myself crazy with thoughts of what could be!

Spring and the promise of wonderful outdoor runs will be here soon! Until then, I'm content to just be able to run again :-)

Thanks for stopping by!

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