Mint Tincture – Digestive Aid – Easy DIY

Mint is one of the easiest plants to grow. In fact, it is considered an invasive nuisance by many. If you don’t want to find mint all over your yard, plant it in containers. You can use mint to make teas, to flavor beverages, as an ingredient in your favorite recipes AND you can also…

Holistic Cough Syrup Recipe

Making homemade natural cough syrup is easier than I thought it would be using organic herbs from the Apothecary Shoppe. This recipe is from a class I am taking on Herbal Medicine at the American College of Healthcare Sciences. There are many herbs that can be used to make a cough syrup but this combination…

Grand Circle Trail Fest Race Report

Who: Me, Isabelle, Brittani What: 3 Day Race: Bryce Canyon, Zion, Grand Canyon When: October 4-6, 2018 Where: Home Base of Kanab, UT Most significant Areas for Improvement: Accurate description of race routes and better shuttle bus coordination. It’s been a week since we returned home from the trailfest. Does anyone else get a little…

How to Make Your Own Lavender Glycerite

Lavender is hands-down one of my favorite herbs. I use the essential oil regularly for both the aromatic properties as well as a general first aid for minor burns, wound care, insect stings or bites, etc. Most of us are aware of lavender’s ability to calm and soothe in times of stress and as a…

Gnawbone 50K Gritted Teeth so Hard I Broke a Tooth? Maybe!

First official full trail ultra in the books this weekend. Dances with Dirt in Gnawbone, Indiana did not disappoint. It had been a busy taper week with traveling to Texas for work, training new employees and starting summer semester for grad school. Thursday night I got home, and Friday morning I repacked my suitcase and…

Crewing and Pacing at Potawatomi

My first ultra crewing/pacing experience happened Wednesday – Sunday last week for my friend Becca Jones’ 200-mile attempt at Potawatomi Trail Race in Pekin, IL. Our journey started Wednesday in Nashville with a shot of coconut rum and Red Bull and ended Sunday night. On the 6.5 hour drive to Illinois we told trail stories,…

Endurance Saturday – Testing out New Gear and Training Methods

Saturday is for long runs on the trail. I am officially half way through training for the Gnaw Bone 50K in May 2018. If you have ever trained for a race before you will have heard that training runs are the time to try out new gear, nutrition practices, hydration strategies, etc. . . ….

Sleep Series – Post 1: Introduction

I have been thinking about sleep a lot this week. Sleep has been a main focus in my Stress Management Masters class, I have several friends and colleagues that are suffering from lack of sleep, AND I have been thinking about next week when my ultrarunning friend Becca is going to tackle a 200-mile race…

Music City Trail Ultra Recap

Such a great race today at the Music City Trail Ultra in Pegram, TN about 30 miles West of Nashville! I am a member of an amazing Trail Running Group called the Ultra Dirtbags / Dirtbags with Fleet Feet Nashville. We are all training for a race in May and today’s race was a training…