As I write this, I am knee deep into my training. While I was meant to be doing a marathon on December 1st, life does not always go to plan and I am bumping it up to November 18th in my hometown of Philadelphia. While I am super excited about it it does put more stress into my already overly stressed out mind.
It’s in moments like this that I am glad that I took the time this cycle to really recover. One of the things that I have been using is off an Etsy retailer I found called Trail Jenny.
Jenny is a woman who does a lot of trail running in Florida and while her shop is about soups, bath bombs and natural deodorants, there is a clear underlying theme of self-care and recovery. Finding her I order her “Recovery Kit” which includes a sore muscle soak, Bath Bomb and her all natural muscle salve.
It has been a lifesaver during the hardest times of my training and when my mileage peaked around 45 miles a week (Okay maybe not super impressive but considering this is only my second marathon and I am so not an ultra runner, I’m okay with that). The sore muscle rub is by far my favorite. While there is still an ungodly large bottle of Biofreeze on my bedside table, Sore Muscle Salve is a nice and natural alternative that leaves the skin I put it on feeling smooth and not as irritated as the more chemically alternatives do.
The Bathbomb and Bathsalts were wonderful too though I have to note that you should use them right when you get them and not be like me and wait until your peak mileage weeks.
All and all I would really recommend Jenny’s products. Plus she is very sweet and quick to answer and follow you on social media. I am always more for supporting small independent artisans when I can and these products are to die for. I can’t wait to try more of her soaps like the Kentucky Bourbon and the holiday specials coming out. Her Instagram is full of great videos of making the soaps and other products too which is always interesting to someone like me that has less than zero crafting ability. (She even had a few pics and videos of her taking the skin off a natural loofa-which I admittedly had no idea was a legit plant).