I run for a lot of reasons. I run because we live in Colorado, and when I get out my front door and look in almost any direction, I’m amazed by this place.
I run because I want to be able to keep up with my kids. And because I want my kids to be healthy enough to be hard to keep up with.
I run to clear my head.
I run because it’s frowned upon to drink alone in my house at 9am and also running is probably healthier.
I run when I get irritated.
I run because I want my kids to see a healthy(ish) lifestyle modeled for them, and I want them to know that self-care is important even when they’re grown.
I run because a lot of my family runs and it’s this weird family bonding ritual when they visit. We all go running, even when we’re freezing our tushies.
I can always tell when I haven’t been taking care of myself and exercising in a while. I start to get cranky (I deny it at the time, but it’s true.) And I start getting short of breath going up the stairs in my own house. Granted, I live a mile above sea level, and it’s easy to get out of breath doing almost anything, but it’s worse when I haven’t been out running in a while.
About a month ago, when these things started happening, I realized that I needed to get back into a set running schedule. I made a promise to myself that regardless of whatever else was pressing on my schedule, I’d set aside some time to exercise. I downloaded a training plan on my phone (I really like Hal Higdon’s training plans for running everything from a 5K to a marathon). And I started up again.
I’m not going to lie to you — it hurts. Taking up a new exercise (or an old exercise that you haven’t done in a while) makes those muscles ache. Holy cow. And it seems to get worse each year I get older. It’s definitely worth it, and I actually even like a little achiness, because it reminds me that I’ve actually done something, you know? But I absolutely need some ibuprofen and topical pain relief after I get back.
This time around, I tried Biofreeze® pain relievers, and they were super-helpful in easing my leg and knee pain. They used to only be available through healthcare providers, but now you can get them over the counter, and They. Were. Awesome.
When I was training for a marathon a few years ago, I’d come back and sit in my running shorts in the snow to reduce my muscle pain. it was dang uncomfortable, left me with wet shorts, and was really really frigging cold. Biofreeze® is as effective as icing, but doesn’t leave you yelping in your front yard while your children laugh hysterically (also doesn’t leave you looking like you wet yourself, so there’s that).
My favorite of the products is the spray, because it’s easy to get it in the nooks and crannies of knees and ankles, and easy to get in hard-to-reach places like your neck and back when you don’t have someone to help you apply it.
But the roll-on is nice, too, and gives you a little massage while you apply it.
I also didn’t find the smell as overwhelming as some other topicals I’ve used in the past. Couple that with the fact that they’re made in the U.S., and not tested on animals, and I feel pretty good about these.
You can find Biofreeze® products here.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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