Sometimes I don’t realize my 38 year-old body can’t do the same things it could when I was 18 or even 28. When it does try to do the same things, there are consequences. I’m talking about PAIN. Sometimes, I try to do more than my body can handle and need some natural pain relief.
This weekend I completed my second obstacle course race. It was a 10K called Mud, Guts, and Glory and it was fun, exciting, challenging, and totally brutal all wrapped into one. I absolutely LOVE obstacle course racing. I’ve been an athlete my whole life, including at the collegiate level, but obstacle course racing is the most challenging athletic endeavor I’ve experienced.
Here’s a little snippet from the end of the race. At this point, I was beyond exhausted. You can see me completing (barely) just one of the 30 obstacles that are sprinkled throughout the six miles of the race. As I’m sure you can tell, I was pretty beat up at this point.
Muscles I didn’t even know I had are sore. I’m not a total stranger to pain. Tough workouts leave me sore, I have occasional neck pain from sitting and looking at a computer too much, and my feet have bunions that hurt all the time. But nothing hurts like the day after an obstacle course race. Except maybe the second day after the race.
If you’ve been reading Happy Healthy Mama for a while, you know I always look for natural remedies first. Pain is no exception. There’s a natural pain relief method that is one of the earliest, most reliable methods that you may be overlooking. It’s heat. Ahhhh yes! Heat.
This picture is after my race and I’m using my Sunbeam® heating pad. It wraps around my shoulders and neck and extends down my back. There are magnets that keep it enclosed and in place.
The heating pad has a control for two levels of heat and a massage feature. This was exactly what I needed after my race. I love that I can get pain relief that is drug-free, non-invasive, and there are no weird side effects. Just all-natural heat that delivers such relief to those hurting muscles and joints.
As a work-from-home mama, I love to also use my Sunbeam® heating pad when I’m at the computer working. It helps keep me relaxed and melts the tension from my shoulders, neck, and back.
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Sunbeam® heating pads have helped me Find My Ahh and they can help you #FindYourAhh,too.
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