Saturday, July 4, 2015

June recap.

June was packed with lots and lots of activities -- both for the kids and the adults. I found myself turning to a little more cross-training than in recent months, which is probably a good thing. After the hamstring injury I told myself I'd be a lot better about cross-training. And I've been only OK about it. Except in June. June I was good!

My running mileage wasn't very high, though. No matter. I'm running as I feel like it and getting in the cross-training.

June mileage: 57.5

It's fine. I did cross training probably twice a week, all month. I'm happy about that!

And I'm feeling good on my runs. I'm enjoying it. Sometimes, that's all that matters!

Happy July, folks!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Free online natural solutions class.

Hi! I have received a lot of comments from people who are interested in learning more about essential oils but they can't make it to my classes -- either because of location or scheduling conflicts. So, I'm turning to the web and videos to provide an alternative to the in-person class :-)

In this self-paced, online class you'll learn what essential oils are, how to use them, and how to get the highest-quality oils in your home.

I have had amazing successes with essential oils and have incorporated them into many areas of my life. I clean with them, use them in my facial cleansers and moisturizers, rely on them to help with hormone balancing, and turn to them for life's little emergencies -- including the occasional sore muscle :-)

I hope that once you've viewed these videos you'll see why I am so excited about these gifts of the earth!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions -- either by email at felicehalf at yahoo dot com or call/text 518-331-6036.

1. Welcome

2. Natural Solutions History

3. Why Would You Use Essential Oils?

4. Grades of Essential Oils

5. Restore

6. Prepare

The next few videos will highlight specific oils -- including a few of my favorites, like frankincense and peppermint.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Lemon Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil

Frankincense Essential Oil

Oregano Essential Oil

Melaleuca Essential Oil

Breathe Respiratory Blend

Deep Blue Soothing Blend

DigestZen Digestive Blend

On Guard Protective Blend

7. Prevent

8. How to Use doTERRA

9. Choose a Kit

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about essential oils!

If you are ready to get started, I am here to help. Click on the link below to walk through the enrollment/purchasing process yourself. Or, if you have questions or would like help with the process, send me an email (felicehalf at yahoo dot com) or call/text me at 518-331-6036. When you enroll to purchase your essential oils through me, you will receive my support -- and the support of my fast-growing team -- to help you make the most of your oils!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

April and May.

Well. Here I am, two months after my last post. Where have those two months gone?

They were filled with baseball games, birthday celebrations, and essential oils classes, mostly! It really has been a bit of a whirlwind around here.

I also got in some running and have been progressing fairly nicely.

April miles: 59.3

May miles: 63.9

Compare that to where I started the year -- a measly half-mile at the end of January -- and, hooray! I'm happy for the miles I'm running these days.

I'm also happy for the fun my two boys have been having playing baseball. The regular season has ended for both of them but my little guy had a great time in his first season of t-ball and my big just-turned-8 year old loved every minute of his farm season. His team did well in the playoffs, making it to the championship game, but ultimately losing in a hard-played game. He's now moving on to All-Stars so we have another "season" of baseball ahead of us!


Getting a hit in the semi-finals.

The 8-year-old requested a baseball stadium cake -- so I got busy and made one :-)

 Have a great week, everyone!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Post-running injury disorder.

As I've been making my way back from my hamstring injury in November, I've realized something about myself: I am, on the one hand, full of joy because I am running. On the other hand . . . I am full of fear . . . because I am running.

This is real.

I've been contemplating signing up for a 5K now that I'm able to run 5 miles comfortably. But, I haven't pulled the trigger. I just keep contemplating it.

And I keep talking myself out of signing up.

Why? Because I'm afraid of re-injury, sure. But why else? Because I'm -- and this is so vain I don't even like to admit it -- well, I'm afraid my race time will be too slow.

Now, before you jump all over me and say that slow is relative and my slow is someone else's fast and all that  . . . let me stop you and say, I know all that. I do. And I get it.

However, it does not change the feeling that I have about my times. I don't really care what my times are in relation to anyone else's times. I care what they are in relation to me. And now I'm feeling like my speed is gone. Like I'm at that point where I'm not getting any faster and, in fact, will see only slower times ahead. Like I'm the Pokey Runner. 

This is totally a case of post-running injury disorder.

See, I spent 9 weeks not running At. All. And when I got back to it I was running only a half mile at a time. I can totally understand why I was feeling unsure about my running back then. Even when I'd gotten up to a full mile, I was still feeling pain.

Now, though, I'm not. I'm good to go. Good to run. Good to race.

So, why not go for it, already?!?

It's the fear. I know. And I know I've got to get over it.

Today, I actually made a little progress. I ran 4+ miles and then tacked on 5 hill repeats (for about another mile). This was the first time I've run anything close to speedwork since before the marathon. It was a big step, for sure.

We'll see if it helps shake the fear. 

I need that powerful weapon back!

I'll be working on it. 

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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