16 months and counting. 5 races in 2016 with more planned for 2017. Why is this a big deal? Here is why; prior to October 2015 I was on a roller coaster of injuries and illness that took its toll. “Give it up” was what I was hearing. So I took 5 months off. Then the bug bit again and I started to train and immediately the cycle began to repeat itself. Fast forward to January, 2017 and I haven’t looked back. What happened during October 2015? With a strong recommendation from my wife I began a supplement regimen at the beginning of October, 2015. I revealed this story in Part One of an earlier blog post “Public Disclosure”. Here is an update.
Full disclosure: I have been using these supplements now for 16 months and all systems are go. Same training plan (minor adjustments), same sleep, same diet, same stress management, but what I did add were daily supplements from doTERRA Essential Oils. Why such a turn around? I believe it is the anti-inflammation properties of the essential oils that make the difference. Yes there has been a time or two that I could feel an ache approaching so in addition I hit the doTERRA On-Guard and was able to ward off any advance of the illness. Why was this one two punch effective? Because I had built a healthy foundation to work from with a consistent use of the supplements, eating right, and getting plenty of sleep. Same mileage, same trails, same tempo runs, but all with a healthy body.
I ran trails at will, jumped in 5 races, including the Devils Backbone 25M Trail Race and the Bridger Ridge Run with a daughter! In addition – I hiked while in Glacier National Park, floated the Smith River with a high school buddy, and hunted hard in the fall. It was so good to be healthy. I had so much fun running in 2016 – the fun is back!
At 58 years old, I know that my race times are slowing down. However I am determined to go as far as I can, as hard as I can, as long as I can, and slow down the slow down. I am so thankful I have found a winning combination!
If interested, contact me and I will share with you the specific doTERRA essential oils I use and the scientific references.
Until next time – enjoy the run!