Valor went over my wrists while we rode the shuttle to the start line. I chose Valor because it's formulated to help balance energies, and instill courage, confidence, and self-esteem. I seriously needed all the courage I could get. As I sat in one of the seats on the bus, I tried to focus on my breathing, and inhale as much Valor as I could. I could have bathed in that liquid courage. By the time I got to the start line, I forgot all of my worries and fears, and just ran when the horn sounded.
Mountain Mist deodorant is one of my new Young Living finds. It's aluminum free, petrochemical free, and made from edible ingredients, and pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. I've been searching for a natural deodorant that actually works, and while I did try the Thieves toothpaste, which was working for awhile, I knew I needed something a little bit stronger. It contains natural, skin-soothing properties of coconut oil, beeswax, and vitamin E, infused with lemon, rosemary, and other essential oils. It did it's job, and also helped keep me cool, but in the end, after running 4.5 hours, I was a hot smelly mess.
Deep Relief Roller not only helped me during training runs, but it was also great to use during my recovery. This roller is pre-dilluted and can be applied with ease. It relieves muscle soreness and tension and soothes sore joints and ligaments. It combines 9 essential oils (peppermint, lemon, idaho balsam fir, clove, copaiba, wintergreen, helichrysum, vetiver, dorado azul) that are most known to help with all those uncomfortable feelings that come after running a marathon.
Aminowise Amino Acid Supplement is what I drank immediately after I devoured chocolate milk and part of a bagel. While they had other things to refuel with like soup, pizza, bananas, cookies, and apples, I chose the chocolate milk. I could barely stomach the bagel, so I only picked at it. As soon as I got back to the car, I grabbed a scoop of Aminowise, put it in my bottle full of water, and shook it up. I also gave a scoop to a friend! IT's an advanced, triple-targeted formula that includes muscle performance, recovery, and hydration mineral blends. It helps to fight fatigue, reduce lactic acid, and rehydrate. Let me get a little nerdy here... The muscle performance blend, supports the production of nitric oxide with its branched chain amino acids (BCAAs), to help muscles during and after exercise. Vascular blood flow also improves. The hydration mineral blend replenishes the important minerals that are lost during exercise, such as sodium citrate, potassium citrate, calcium citrate, and magnesium citrate. Finally the recovery blend is enriched with polyphenols and antioxidants to help reduce lactic acid, which was so built up mile after mile. The wolf berry lemonade flavor is delicious, and I can easily drink it within seconds.
Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream and Gel was applied to my legs, and neck, immediately following the race as we sat at the table for lunch. From my ankles and my calves, to my knees and IT band, I was feeling all sorts of pain and uncomfortableness that I had never felt before. I kept trying to move my legs and stretch, even while under the table. I easily massaged them out, and kept doing it all night while we were in the car, after my epsom salt & stress away bath, and the following days. Think Icy Hot, but better working and better for YOU.
Stress Away Bath Bombs are the bomb.com - ha. But seriously, I have not taken a bath in YEARS. I am not a huge fan of just sitting there in the dirty water, but I was all for this bath, especially when I added epsom salts to the mix. They're great for relieving pain. Combining the salts with the bath bomb was an easy decision, because I wanted to take as much stress out of my body as possible, considering it had just endured something that I've never put it through, ever. Stress Away essential oil bath bombs are a fun, fizzy way to unwind. Stress Away is one of the most calming essential oils to create these relaxing bath bombs and filled them with nourishing ingredients and no unwanted additives. They're made without colorants, synthetic preservatives, parabens, or animal-derived ingredients, making them some of the best bath bombs you can get your hands on! Instead of artificial ingredients and harsh chemicals, they're vegan bath bombs with a mineral-rich formula and skin-loving ingredients, such as coconut oil and sweet almond oil. That means they’re not only fun and relaxing—they also leave skin soft and moisturized. Needless to say I felt so relaxed after, I passed out on the couch, and woke up roughly 11 hours later.
These will be with me whenever I do something absolutely insane again, because let's face it... I will. It may not be a marathon, but I'm always ready to conquer new heights and fears! Don't ever let negative thoughts or fears hold you back. Push yourself way past any limit you thought you had and crush it.