This is just one of the products I've come to start using since training for marathons again. Udo's Oil has shown to help endurance athletes experience greater strength, stamina, and faster recovery. It has also been proven to have many other health benefits such as fat loss, and improvements in skin condition, sleep and concentration. Check out the research, athlete testimonials, and frequently asked questions at the Udo's Oil "Oil The Machine" site for more information. This stuff is pricey but I'm convinced it is good stuff to add to my diet. I plan on being more active about taking notes about changes I notice from taking this again after not taking it for awhile. I'll share my observations with you in a few weeks.
Chicken Soup For the Runner's Soul
I started my morning with a little bit of coffee and some running inspiration. I've never been one to read Chicken Soup for the Soul books but I won this one in a giveaway from Lisa at Because I Can. Please go visit Lisa's Blog and say hello. Thanks for the book Lisa! I love it. Especially the forward by Dean Karnazes and the first story by Michael Fitzgerald.
Since my chiropractic appointment and taking it easy this week, I'm feeling much better. I still have some pain but I'm noticing improvement since being out of the Kinvaras. Last night before Family Movie Night, I made a quick trip to the gym and decided to try out my running legs. I ran a mile warm up and then ran two miles at the 8.8 and 8.9 speed (6:44/6:49 pace) and then a half mile cool down. I was very happy to hold on to the sub 7 pace for 2 miles.
Today I ran 8 miles @ base pace. I could definitely feel my leg by the time I was finished and so I iced, stretched and rolled. I can't tell what pain I'm feeling from the run and what pain is still from the Graston Therapy. I know I definitely have some bruising from the therapy. I wrote my splits in my running journal and included a picture below.
I also taped in a very sweet e-mail from a blog reader that I didn't know about. It made MY YEAR! So very sweet and thoughtful of her to send me such kind words. I am always thankful when people write me to tell me that something I wrote helped, inspired or motivated them in some way. It gives me even more reasons to keep on blogging when I start doubting why I blog.
And just for kicks, here is a picture of my sweet man doing his core work before heading out on his 6 mile run. Um, that is MY Garmin that he bought ME for Christmas. We totally share but I'm not complaining because he is going to pace me in my 5k and our 1/2 marathon in April. Oh, and Check out that OREGON SUNSHINE today! Glorious!!
Hope you're having a great weekend!