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Friday, May 22, 2015

Jesse Owens Memorial Run 10k 2015


May 16, 2015

This was the hottest 10k I've ever run. It was about 70 degrees (maybe a degree under) and 98% humidity.
We started at 8, and I settled into a 8:10 pace. After about five minutes, I knew in my gut that I wouldn't be sticking to that. After a mile, I was at about 8:15-20. When I started getting hot, it slowed dramatically around mile 3. Those last few miles were absolute torture. I poured countless cups of water on my head and had maybe a minute of relief, but I'm telling y'all, it was rough. I know what you're wondering: I WAS VERY HYDRATED. I dropped into the 9s around mile 4, and the rest is history. I'm just glad I finished in under an hour. My time was the third slowest time in a 10k I've ever had. The first slowest was 59 minutes, and that was my first one on an extremely difficult course. The second slowest time was when I was pregnant in 2012, and that was 58 or 59. This was 57. Le sigh.
My PR is 50:30, so that was a hard pill to swallow.
Sure, I took close to three weeks off. Right in the middle of those weeks I got a respiratory bug. Towards the end of the school year, I get stressed, and stress makes me feel like gunk--and it makes me get sick. Plus, I was very busy with my little soap business for Mother's Day. There was too much on my plate.
Plus, it was so stinkin' hot!
Nevertheless, I still got 2nd place. The girl in front of me was right in front of me up until about mile 5, and I just let her go. I was about to die of a heat stroke. I seriously thought I was going to puke. I was proud of her! She deserves to get a huge medal for sticking with her pace in that tumultuous heat. You go, girl!
The course was great, of course. The people were awesome. The huge medals were incredible. The food (for the entire family) was awesome. We had pizza, cookies, fruit, and soft drinks. The only thing I don't find super advantageous about this race is the fact that if you run the 5k or 10k, you have to wait around until 10:30 for awards. The reason why is because they have a 2 mile and a 1 mile after the 5k and 10k. Even so, it's a super fun race, and I love my soft Gildan shirt. I love how entire families come out with their kids and participate in several different events. Isaac loved watching all the kids run.
Last year it was in the 50s and drizzly. This year. It was painfully hot. I might not run it again if it's going to be so hot that the air chokes you, but we shall see.
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Thursday, May 21, 2015

DIY Boo Boo Spray

This spray is perfect for those pesky little cuts and scrapes your little one tends to get, especially if you have a boy in the summer like me! As soon as the weather turned warmer, he has been outside tearing up those knees and elbows. He wouldn't have it any other way, though. That's just his nature. A great way to make sure those cuts and scrapes stay clean and heal properly is an antiseptic/antibacterial spray such as this. If you don't have hydrosols, you can use water along with the witch hazel or use entirely witch hazel.
Ingredients
1 ounce witch hazel
1 ounce lavender hydrosol
5 drops Lemon
5 drops German Chamomile
5 drops Tea Tree
5 drops Lavender
I put everything into a 2 ounce PET plastic spray bottle. Spray directly onto wounded area and let dry.
All of these EO's are antibacterial, and some are antiviral, analgesic (numbs pain), and anti-inflammatory.
To take care of a serious wound (one that needs a bandage), you could make an antibacterial balm (salve) to go under a bandage. You know...one sort of like Neosporin. You could use the same essential oils but use a mixture of beeswax and coconut oil for dilution. I would keep the dilution at 2-3%.

Friday, May 15, 2015

DIY Bug Spray and Plant Therapy's Ban the Bugs

There are several bug spray recipes floating around out there in the oilyverse, but not many are designed for kids. With much trial and error, I finally found a recipe delicate enough for Isaac's skin. (He's two.) For children under five, (considering I'm using an oil in the eucalyptus family), I would keep this at a dilution of 1% (5-6 drops per ounce). For babies under 2, I would take out the eucalyptus altogether--just to be safe. Here's a great article on using eucalyptus and peppermint on young children. Albeit, Eu. C. is gentler than globulus or radiata; however, it still needs to be handled with caution around the little kiddos.

Child Formula (1%--no peppermint)
Ingredients
2 drops Eucalyptus Citriodora
3 drops Lavender
3 drops Cedarwood
3 drops Patchouli
.25 ounce Lavender hydrosol
.25 ounce Roman Chamomile hydrosol
1 ounce water (optional--can use all hydrosol)
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Plant Therapy sent me a complimentary bottle of their Kid Synergy bug blend called Ban the Bugs in exchange for a blog post. (Citronella, Grapefruit, Geranium Bourbon, Rosalina and Patchouli.)
 This blend smells very similar to your average bug spray.
You could apply around 10-12 drops in a 2 ounce bottle of water or hydrosol for a fantastic bug spray. Check this out! This would take out all the fuss when blending your own spray. You could even make your own bug wipeys using PT's own recipe. I love their blog, Facebook page, and Facebook group.
Here's the adult version. (Note: I have used the baby recipe, and it works great. However, if you want something stronger, use this recipe.)
Adult Formula (2%)
Ingredients
5drops Eucalyptus Citriodora
5 drops Lavender
5 drops Cedarwood
5 drops Patchouli
5 drops Peppermint
.25 ounce Lavender hydrosol
.25 ounce Roman Chamomile hydrosol
1 ounce water (optional--can use all hydrosol)
*Lemongrass would also be an oil you could use to substitute something in the adult list.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

DIY Sugar Scrub


I don't think I've ever posted about how easy it is to make your own sugar scrubs, but I'm sure you've seen these on Pinterest already. They are sooo incredibly simple. Use the half and half method. Half oil, half sugar. However, I sometimes like to add a little bit more sugar for a really chunky scrub. My first scrub was given to me by a fellow teacher who used half sugar and half a mixture consisting of equal parts pink baby lotion and baby oil. It smelled amazing, and it was very efficient at sloughing off unnecessary dead skin. My skin glowed! And in the spring and summer, girls need that extra TLC on their skin, especially on our feet! There are so many different recipes you could make, and that's truly the fun part.

Here are some throwbacks to over a year ago when I started making stuff and selling it as a part-time gig. I had so much fun coming up with names for my products.
This is Orange You Lovely. I started out with Orange Your Sweet but changed it because I thought it might be a little more original. This has about 10 drops of orange EO, sugar, and coconut oil.

 Busy Bee consisted of honey, sugar, and brown sugar in coconut oil. You could eat the stuff if you wanted to!
Lemon the Sweet Life was a mixture between lavender, lemon, coconut oil, and sugar. Yum. It was my favorite at the time.
Now, I have a little more variety in my repertoire. This is my facial scrub with jojoba, calendula infused olive oil, coconut oil, sugar, Frankincense, and Baby Skin (a blend of Palmarosa, Geranium, Patchouli, Rose, Rosewood, and Elemi.) It smells amazing!
Here's a list of semi-inexpensive, long lasting carriers for your skin that would go great in your scrubs.

Avocado
Coconut
Olive
Jojoba
Carrot Seed
Sweet Almond
Grapeseed

Don't limit yourself to just sugar. Pink Himalayan salt would make a beautiful scrub!

Here are some recipe ideas for different purposes. Just use the half and half recipe (sugar and carrier) and add in the EOs you want. Start out slowly; you can always add more. I wouldn't go more than 20 drops/4 ounces. I don't ever use that much with scrubs, though. I usually use around 10.
Foot Scrub--Cooling
5 drops each of Peppermint and Lavender
Citrus Scrub--Uplifting and Invigorating
4 drops each of Pink Grapefruit, Lemon, and Sweet Orange
Honey Scrub--Cleansing and Gentle
1 tbsp. honey (Use 1 ounce cane sugar and 1 ounce brown sugar) I have put oatmeal in this scrub before, but make sure you keep it in the refrigerator; the shelf life won't be as long. Oatmeal is obviously very soothing to the skin.
Nourishing Skin Scrub--Nourish and Protect
(I like to put about 1 cup of calendula blossoms into 8 ounces of jojoba, olive, or avocado oil to let sit for a week or two.) Calendula is very good for the skin. Add a little coconut oil for a natural antibacterial effect. Then, add nourishing EOs like Frankincense, Palmarosa, Geranium, Roman Chamomile, Patchouli, Rose etc. (Blends might come in handy here if you're wanting to save money. EOs like Rose are extremely expensive.)
Calming Scrub--Relax and Soothe
2 drops Ylang Ylang, 5 drops Roman Chamomile, and 4 drops Sweet Orange

Enjoy being creative with these! This would make a perfect gift for someone.

Monday, May 4, 2015

3 State 3 Mountain Challenge 2015

We were originally going to ride the Bo Bikes Bama in Auburn, but we decided last minute to head Northeast and conquer the 3 State 3 Mountain Challenge. Ok, mine was 2 State 1 Mountain. Hehe.

We left after school and got to the hotel around 7:30. After sharing a Frosty and watching a little Jurassic Park, we got ready to go to sleep. We had an early morning ahead of us. However, the people above us had different plans. They must have been having a party ALL NIGHT LONG. Jumping off the bed? Check. Loud music? Sprints across the room? Check. Check. I mean, it's 2 in the morning, y'all. Go to bed!

Next up was Waffle House. Hello, fresh coffee. 
Right before we put on all our garb.

All suited up and ready to ride

Who needs a selfie stick when you've got my arms?
 Heath did the metric century, and I did the 25 miler. He left at 7, and if you want to know what an army of crazed militants sounds like, you should probably go to a century ride and listen to 1,200 cyclists clipping into their pedals after the gun goes off. It was insane.
Heath in the mass of cyclists.
 After Heath left, I loaded my bike into a UHaul and loaded the school bus that held around 50 others. We waited and waited for what seemed like forever, but I made some new friends. They were from Nashville, Virginia, Georgia, and D.C. Most of us were runners and were there only to support our husbands who were doing the metric or century. We left around 8:15 (central), and about 30 minutes later, we headed out to the first rest stop 5 miles away. It was cold!
The Nickajack. This was so scary and cool and awesome and wow.

I can't remember which aid station this was. I think this was the first. Not sure, though.
Right before we got to the first aid station, we got to ride across the new Nickajack bridge. It was really fun. The first aid station reminded me of a colony of ants on top of a donut. It was madness. Bikes were everywhere. People in ninja suits were everywhere. The metric and 25 miler intersected at this stop. The metric riders wheeled in in packs of 20 or more, and they would just keep coming in. It was awesome to watch. The food was nice. I grabbed a pb&j and a banana half. Tasty. :)

 Let me just say that cycling down a mountain with traffic is very intimidating. I run in the dark with traffic, sure, but there's something different about being on a bike. I don't feel planted and secure on a bike. And you're going so much faster. Sure, there were times climbing that mountain where I wanted to ditch my bike because I could run faster than I was going. Still, you're not on your feet. Plus, when a team of 15 cyclists are zooming around you going 20-25 miles an hour, it's scary. "Do they trust me not to move over a quarter inch?" I mean, I could rub elbows with these people. 

At mile 15 there was another aid station, but I zoomed right past it because I didn't even see it. I am definitely not used to stopping during a race. (Heath likes to correct me that rides are not "races.")

The world of cycling is another culture. It's so entirely different and unique than running. Sure, we runners run around in our neon and act like we're all jacked up on Red Bull with our glitzy watches and sparkly shoes. Cycling, on the other hand, is extraordinarily dainty, and you have to have all the right garb and gear. I'm sure the next steps up are polo and jousting. It takes an entire moon cycle to get ready for one of these things, and I'm pretty sure I was the only one out of all of those people who wasn't wearing a jersey. I mean, if we're going to be stopping at aid stations, why do I need pockets in my shirt for gels? I don't know. Is it imperative that I have a shirt that zips? It's all very glamorous with all those people wearing their matching outfits that are...ahem...quite on the tight side if you must know. But it's all good. It's all part of the culture. Heath seems to love it. My behind? Not so much. 

Another thing about the cycling culture...it's pretty much completely male dominated. Like whoa. Men everywhere. Men overload. And you can't listen to music or ride in the dark. And you could get a flat tire and be lost and stranded in a sketchy neighborhood! Gulp.

These were the best. hamburgers. ever. And they were amazingly huge. 
 This was Heath's second race. I admire his enthusiasm so much. He loves this sport, and I love how it makes him happy. I love how he wanted me to tag along on this one.

On the way home, we stopped at McDonald's to get a Mocha Frappe like we always do. The lady at the window said, "Oh, how precious! Y'all are wearing matching shirts! That's adorable." Heath coughed and smiled. Well, the lady just kept going on and on about it until he finally felt the need to jump in and explain. She still said, "Well, I still think it's cute. Not many couples do that." We laughed the whole way home about that.
Ready to head home.


Saturday, May 2, 2015

DIY Antifungal Foot Spray

I thought this post might seem more pleasant if I called it something other than athlete's foot spray, but y'all, sometimes it flares up! What's a girl to do? If you're going to be in sweaty workout socks for hours (or if your feet need a little TLC), this might be perfect for you to whip up. 

I made mine at a 3% dilution, so that means 15-18 drops per ounce. I used a 2 ounce PET plastic spray bottle. 

Ingredients
1 ounce Water
.5 ounce Lavender hydrosol (optional)
.5 ounce Witch hazel
1 tsp Aloe vera gel
5 drops German chamomile EO
5 drops Lavender EO
20 drops Tea tree EO
5 drops Patchouli EO
2 tsp. Peppermint Lavender bath salts (recipe below)

Peppermint Lavender Bath Salts
3 drops Peppermint EO 
3 drops Lavender EO 
1 part Epsom salts (2 ounces)
1 part Baking soda (2 ounces)

Pour everything into your bottle and shake before use. 

German chamomile, tea tree, lavender, and patchouli are supposed to be great antifungals. Patchouli deodorizes, and it and lavender nourish the skin. German chamomile is supposed to aid with wound healing, so if you have blisters or any other issue with your feet, it will help clear them up. The aloe vera is nourishing whereas the salts help deodorize, calm, and cool. Witch hazel is a great antiseptic. Lavender hydrosol is just like water with the benefits of the EO, just gentler. 

I spray this directly onto my feet if I have a flare up. I also spray it into my shoes, especially my running shoes and Toms. I am in love with it. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

M.Y. Hero 5K Race Report 2015

April 18, 2015
Heath had left early that morning to go ride in his first century ride at the Old Howard in Marion, AL. He did an amazing job and wasn't even sore the next day!
Anyway, I was by myself that Saturday morning, and I, if you don't know, have an almost 2 year old. Not only that, I had to make some last minute changes on the spreadsheet for our time guy, Marvin. (Marvin, you were the bees' knees, man.) So, I'm hydrating, trying to eat something, trying to get Isaac ready, trying to modify the spreadsheet, trying to get the stroller ready, trying to think of some toys to bring. Should I bring him a coat? Hat? Coffee? Where's my Garmin? Phone? Sippy Cups?
Where are my SHOES?
Yes. That was my morning.
So, I got there later than what I had originally planned. (Sorry, y'all.) I registered probably thirty or more people, I sang, and then I ran. It was all a blur. Somewhere along the way, I had gotten Isaac strapped into his stroller, and as I recall, I don't think he liked that I had taken away his tractor during the process. Once we hit the pavement, however, he didn't remember the tractor, or if he did, he didn't let me know about it.
I started at, of course, my typical "I'm going to fly through this thing" pace. Yeah right, y'all. Yeah right. I should've known better. I mean, I've got a 30 pound child in a 50 pound stroller. What was I thinking? 7:30?
Give me a break.
I breezed through mile one. (Of course I did. It's all down hill.) Then I headed to the health department to make the loop. The gravel slowed us down as it always does. My pace dropped, and I don't think it ever revived itself...because then, I had to go up the dreadful courthouse hill. Both hands on the wheel so to speak, I trudged through and made it to the top where I turned a corner. I was in serious pain. This is always where it starts to hurt. You're trying to recover from the hill, but you know it's a 5k, and seconds are minutes. So, I tried to pick up my pace.
I got to the elementary school where I scowl every time because I have to circle it. I managed to get around it and then went up a small yet annoying hill. I was then less than a mile away, but I was hurting, and I was mad, and I was annoyed, and I was just...ugh. Hating myself.
Next was a small hill to get back onto the highway. My pace had slowed significantly. I could see the end. I could see the finish line. I pushed, and I trudged. I finally made it with a time of 26:36.
My time was pretty much the same as it was last time I ran the course back in October, but Isaac's getting bigger. I can't imagine running the course without him.
As always, the volunteers are absolutely incredible. They never cease to make me laugh, and I always feel that I have to explain why I look like a scared gazelle running from a cheetah. (Ok. I just wish I looked like a gazelle. Let's use wild boar instead.)
The after food was fabulous, as always, except this time we had chocolate milk, bagels, muffins, orange juice, fruit, granola bars, and more. It was even better this year.
Our packets were the best this year! We got plastic totes, water bottles, and a pedometer! I've never gotten that kind of stuff in a packet before. Check out our cool medals this year.
The door prizes were beyond spectacular. We had probably 30 or more door prizes. I'm not even lying. We even gave away a mini iPad and two FitBit Flexes.
I backed the truck right up to the registration table where I was working and let Isaac and Connor have a blast.
I say it every year; this race is organized and put on better than some half marathons I've run. It has the small-town community feel, but it has all the glitz and glam that your huge city races boast. This is the best 5k to run if you want to get a cool shirt, good food, cool race packets, awesome bling, and PR bragging rights. Plus, all proceeds go to fund WCHS student scholarships that honor the late Spc. Martin Young from Double Springs.
The 5k Committee
Please come out and race with us next year!