The Runner's Choice Review and Giveaway

The Green Girl was contacted by Trusted Health Products to review their The Runner's Choice foot recovery product.

The Runner's Choice is comprised of a proprietary blend of almond, eucalyptus, eucalytol, wintergreen, peppermint, and spearmint oils.

The Runner's Choice Oil Blend
Almond Oil is antioxidant rich, high in vitamin E, and contains many essential nutrients.
Eucalyptus has antibacterial/antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties. It also creates a cooling and refreshing effect.
Eucalytol has anti-fungal properties.
Wintergreen contains salicylic acid and methyl salicylate and therefore acts as a natural pain reliever. It also increases blood circulation.
Peppermint has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-spasmodic properties. It also provides a cooling sensation and has a calming effect on the body.
Spearmint has antiseptic, antispasmodic, restorative, and stimulant properties. It also contains vitamins, antioxidants and vital nutrients.

The Runner's Choice
The Runner's Choice comes in a 2 ounce amber glass bottle with an orifice reducer for dispensing a drop at a time.

The Runner's Choice Directions
Apply to feet immediately before and after running, jogging, or when you will be on your feet for long periods of time. Coat the bottom of your feet, between the toes and the top and 2 inches above the ankle for best results. Do not rub in (rubbing is not required for effectiveness). Wash hands after use.

The Runner's Choice has a soothing but not overpowering minty fragrance that I found refreshing.

I was initially hesitant to rub essential oils on my feet and ankles because I didn't want to end up all oily but I was pleasantly surprised to see how quickly The Runner's Choice was absorbed into my skin.

I was pleasantly surprised to see how quickly The Runner's Choice was absorbed into my skin.
I used The Runner's Choice on my sore feet post-LA Marathon and I felt like it aided my recovery. When I woke up the next morning, my feet were no longer sore and I was able to workout the day after the race. The skin on my feet has also become softer and smoother since I started using The Runner's Choice.

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Happy Chinese Lunar New Year 恭喜發財

The Green Girl wants to wish everyone a happy, healthy, safe, and prosperous Chinese Lunar New Year.

According to Chinese astrology, our universe consists of five basic elements: Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth. It is said that everything in the universe, including humans, has a relationship with these five elements.

The Chinese believe every element is equally important and powerful. Metal will create Water, Water will create Wood, Wood will create Fire, Fire will create Earth, and Earth will then create Metal. Conversely, there is also a cycle of incompatibility and destruction: Metal will destroy Wood, Wood will destroy the Earth, Earth will destroy Water, Water will destroy Fire, and Fire will then destroy the Metal.

2015 is the Year of the Wooden Sheep. It is also referred to as the Year of the Goat or the Year of the Ram. This is because the Chinese character 羊 (yáng) for 'horned animal' is common to these animals. 绵羊 (mián yáng) means sheep, specifically the kind that is raised for wool. 山羊 (shān yáng) means goat. 公羊 (gōng yáng) means ram.

Wood relates to trees which relate to the color green. The Year of the Wood Sheep is therefore also known as the Year of the Green Sheep.

The Year of the Green Sheep brings a slower paced, more relaxed, and introspective time. Creativity and arts flourish during Sheep years.

The Green Sheep encourages you to cultivate the things that make you feel happy and fulfilled. 2015 is an opportunity for you to nurture your inner child by exploring the world with bright-eyed wonder.

The Green Sheep has a reflective, sensitive energy that brings plenty of opportunity to tune into feelings and leverage them for our own growth and awareness. 2015 is a good year to resolve stubborn problems or break free of negative cycles.

The Green Sheep also brings a hint of nostalgia. This is a good time to research your family tree or journey to lands of ancient civilizations.


The Green Girl's LA Marathon Training Playlist ♪

The Green Girl was forced to replace her SanDisk Sansa Clip+ MP3 Player when it refused to power on.

I replaced it with a SanDisk Clip Sport 8GB MP3 Player in Lime.

Getting a new MP3 player inspired me to update my running playlist.

3Britney Spears
(It Feels So Good) Your Love Keeps me AliveSonique
5 O'ClockT-Pain feat. Lily Allen & Wiz Khalifa
A Single Moment Of SincerityAsking Alexandria
Adagio for StringsDJ Tiësto
AirplanesEminem feat. Hayley Williams
All I Do Is WinDJ Khaled feat. T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg & Rick Ross
All The Right MovesOneRepublic
AnacondaNicki Minaj
Angel on My Shoulder (EDX's Belo Horizonte At Night Edit) Kaskade
AnimalsMartin Garrix
BangarangSkrillex feat. Sirah
Bend OvaLil Jon feat. Tyga
Body Head AnthemRoy Jones Jr feat. Mr. Magic & Choppa
BonfireChildish Gambino
Boom Boom PowThe Black Eyed Peas
Break The IceBritney Spears
BurnEllie Goulding
Cafe Del Mar '98 (Original Three 'N One Mix) Energy 52
Can I Get A…Jay-Z feat. Amil
Castaway (Daniel Hairston Remix)Matt Davey
Castles In The SkyIan Van Dahl feat. Marsha
Cheers (Drink To That)Rihanna
Creep (Live)Scala & Kolacny Brothers
Dont Start ItBody Head Bangerz feat. Juvenile
Drop The WorldLil Wayne feat. Eminem
Drops Of Jupiter Train
Einstein Tech N9neTech N9ne
EmergencyMavado feat. Ace Hood
EternityDJ Virens
Exploration Of Space (Cosmic Gate's Back 2 The Future Remix)Cosmic Gate
Feel It (DJ Gotstyle Extended Mix)Three 6 Mafia feat. Tiesto, Flo-Rida & Sean Kingston
Fight MusicD-12
ForeverChris Brown
Give It To MeTimbaland feat. Justin Timberlake
Go Hard Or Go HomeRoy Jones Jr
Habits (Stay High) Tove Lo
HeartbeatChildish Gambino
HigherTaio Cruz
Hold It Against MeBritney Spears
Holy GrailJay-Z feat. Justin Timberlake
Hustlin'Rick Ross
I Like ItEnrique Iglesias feat. Pitbull
I Love the Way You LieEminem feat. Rihanna
I Made It (Feat Birdman, Lil Wayne & Jay Sean)Kevin Rudolf
I Wanna GoBritney Spears
In And Out Of LoveArmin van Buuren feat. Sharon den Adel
InsomniaBenny Benassi
IntenseArmin van Buuren feat. Miri Ben-Ari
It's A FightThree 6 Mafia
Jar Of HeartsChristina Perri
Kevin Gates - Luca Brasi Intro (Official Audio)Kevin Gates
Kisses & ThugsSuper Mash Bros
Knock OutDeyon Davis
Let It RockKevin Rudolf feat. Lil Wayne
LightersBad Meets Evil feat. Bruno Mars
Lights (Bassnectar Remix)Ellie Goulding
Like A G6Far East Movement
Lost in the EchoLinkin Park
Love Me Like You DoEllie Goulding
Love The Way You LieEminem feat. Rihanna
MemoriesDavid Guetta feat. Kid Cudi
MercyBig Sean, 2 Chainz, Kanye West, Pusha T
MirrorLil Wayne feat. Bruno Mars
Mr. BrightsideThe Killers
Never Cry Again (Extended Mix) Dash Berlin
Ni**as In ParisKanye West feat. Jay-Z
No AirJordin Sparks feat. Chris Brown
No LoveEminem feat. Lil Wayne
Not AfraidEminem
PaparazziLady Gaga
Paper PlanesM.I.A.
Phonosynthesis JFK - Whiplash (Bad Habit)DJ Irene
Piece Of MeBritney Spears
Pour It Up RL Grime RemixRihanna
RadioactiveImagine Dragons
Rave MePaul Van Dyk & ATB
Remember The NameFort Minor feat. Styles of Beyond
RendevousPaul Van Dyk
Requiem for a Dream [Leamas Dream Mix]Leama
Run This TownJay-Z feat. Rihanna
Say It RightNelly Furtado
ScreamTimbaland feat. Nicole Scherzinger
She's Like a StarK.R. feat. Taio Cruz
Shit Hits the FanObie Trice feat. Dr. Dre
Sing For The MomentEminem
Stop That Booty (Here We Come)Super Mash Bros
Summer Techno 2010DJ Tiësto
Super BassNicki Minaj
SweatSnoop Dogg vs. David Guetta
Take CareDrake feat. Rihanna
Taking Back My LoveEnrique Iglesias feat. Ciara
The CatalystLinkin Park
The CityGame feat. Kendrick Lamar
The End of the WorldSkeeter Davis
The Way I AreTimbaland feat. Keri Hilson & D.O.E)
'Till I CollapseEminem feat. Nate Dogg
Touch Me [Original Mix]Croatia Squad
TuesdayI Love Makonnen feat. Drake
Turn Down for WhatDJ Snake & Lil Jon
We Found LoveRihanna feat. Calvin Harris
What Goes Around Comes AroundJustin Timberlake
When I'm GoneEminem
When Love Takes OverDavid Guetta feat. Kelly Rowland
When You Were Around (Ferry Corsten Fix)Dash Berlin feat. Kate Walsh
White WallsMacklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. ScHoolboy Q, Hollis
Women Lie Men LieYo Gotti featuring Lil Wayne
Work B***hBritney Spears
Wrecking BallMiley Cyrus
You Dont Know50 Cent feat. Cashis & Lloyd Banks
Young ForeverJay-Z


The Green Girl's 100 Things in 2015

The Green Girl was inspired by the Day Zero Project's '101 Things in 1001 Days Challenge' to start her own challenge of attempting to complete 100 things in 2013.

I completed a disappointing 19/100 Things in 2014. This year I shifted my focus to self-improvement/development and expanding/enriching Jade's life experiences.

The Green Girl's 100 Things for 2015 - [003/100]
  1. Update The Running Green Girl's 'About' page
  2. Update The Running Green Girl's 'About Angelman Syndrome' page
  3. Update The Running Green Girl's 'AAC' page
  4. Reach 500,000 page views on this blog
  5. Reach 1,000 Twitter followers
  6. Do something new at the Los Angeles Angelman Syndrome Foundation National Walk
  7. Raise at least $20,000 at the Los Angeles Angelman Syndrome Foundation National Walk
  8. Have a New Kid on the Block retweet one of my tweets
  9. Accrue 60 professional development units (PDUs) for my Project Management Professional (PMP) certification
  10. Learn the fundamentals of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Enterprise Server Bus (ESB)
  11. Get a technical certification
  12. Renew CPR/First Aid certification
  13. Attend self defense class
  14. Transmit via ham radio
  15. Join the Los Angeles County Disaster Communications Service (LACDCS) team
  16. Make a travel carry-on friendly survival kit
  17. Perform a random act of kindness
  18. Send a Postcrossing
  19. Get a new camera
  20. Buy a pair of brown work shoes
  21. Get a non-black dress
  22. Get prescription sunglasses 02.19.2015
  23. Get a hanging wall rack for my hydration packs
  24. Get a Dremel tool
  25. Try a new cuisine
  26. Get a chef's knife
  27. Get a citrus zester
  28. Prepare 10 different crockpot dishes [05/10]
  29. Prepare 10 different freezer meals [00/10]
  30. Juice 10 new fruits/vegetables [00/10]
  31. Cook dried beans
  32. Poach an egg
  33. Roast a whole chicken
  34. (Successfully) prepare an artichoke
  35. Revisit making steel cut oatmeal 01.23.2015
  36. Make homemade pasta
  37. Make my own taco seasoning
  38. Find a way to thinly slice onions
  39. Go fruit picking
  40. Go dancing
  41. Get a facial
  42. Spend a day at a spa
  43. Watch a movie at a drive-in theater
  44. Get another tattoo
  45. Workout at 10 new places [00/10]
  46. Complete a month long fitness challenge
  47. Run at least 10 miles on a treadmill
  48. Make a scrapbook
  49. Get clothing hemmed/tailored
  50. Salvage or repurpose an item instead of throwing it away
  51. Support a Kickstarter project
  52. Mark all the places I've visited in my 1000 Places To See Before You Die book
  53. Go on a cruise
  54. Go on a scavenger hunt
  55. Go an on overnight ride with Lexa
  56. Have dinner with my college roommmate
  57. Help my friend Jurline with her abstract
  58. Organize or digitize photographs
  59. Document a day in the life of a Green Girl in pictures
  60. Get a picture of with all 5 New Kids on the Block
  61. Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  62. Drive along Historic Route 66
  63. Visit the Skinny House
  64. Visit The Time Travel Mart
  65. Visit The Great Wall of Los Angeles
  66. Visit Noah Purifoy Joshua Tree Outdoor Museum
  67. Visit Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch
  68. Visit the Watts Towers
  69. Visit the Leo Carrillo State Park tide pools
  70. Visit San Pedro's Sunken City
  71. Visit the Venice Canal Historic District
  72. Visit Joshua Tree
  73. Visit the Salton Sea
  74. Visit Salvation Mountain
  75. Visit East Jesus
  76. Visit the abandoned Nazi Camp
  77. Learn all 300 ASL signs in Baby Sign and Learn app
  78. Program TalkTablet for Jade with a core word vocabulary
  79. Program TalkTablet categories for Jade
  80. Teach Jade how to navigate TalkTablet
  81. Have Jade order food on her own using her TalkTablet
  82. Get a good family picture
  83. Take a photo-booth picture with Jade
  84. Take Jade to Angel Island
  85. Take Jade to the Chabot Space & Science Center
  86. Take Jade to Rockin' Jump
  87. Ride BART with Jade
  88. Ride the Niles Canyon Railway with Jade 02.02.2015
  89. Ride the Roaring Camp Railroad to Santa Cruz with Jade
  90. Ride the Redwood Valley Railway with Jade
  91. Take Jade to the Monterey Mirror Maze
  92. Take Jade on a hike
  93. Swim with Jade in an infinity pool
  94. Take Jade go-karting
  95. Have a picnic with Jade
  96. Find a board game Jade can play with the family
  97. Teach Jade to type her name on a keyboard
  98. Build a sand castle with Jade
  99. Hula dance with Jade
  100. Dress up with Jade and go out for a fancy dinner


The Green Girl's Tour DaVita Report

The Green Girl and Lexa rode 255 miles through the Willamette Valley agricultural heart of Oregon over the course of three days and completed their third Tour DaVita.

This year's tour raised over $900,000 to benefit the DaVita Village Trust organization which aspires to improve community health, wellness and vitality, including chronic kidney disease education, prevention and treatment.

DaVita Village Trust combined two kidney care non-profit organizations - Bridge of Life-DaVita Medical Missions and The Kidney TRUST - under one umbrella.

Combining these two programs has enabled the DaVita Village Trust to provide a full range of kidney care services, including international medical missions that deliver dialysis treatment to patients who would otherwise not receive care, and free, rapid screening programs to identify those in the United States and abroad who have signs of kidney impairment.

In the past 8 years, the Bridge of Life program conducted more than 46 Medical Missions in 15 countries.

With the money we raised, we were told for every mile we cycled, 33 kidney patients around the world were granted access to kidney dialysis treatment.

The theme for Tour DaVita is always 'The Spirit of the Ride'. We were asked to 'Create the Spirit of the Ride', 'Respect the Spirit of the Ride', and 'Remember the Spirit of the Ride'.

Tour DaVita 'The Reason Why We Ride' sign at the DaVita Woodburn Dialysis Clinic
There were a total of 506 Tour DaVita participants, including:
  • 62 family members
  • 8 Nephrologists
  • 9 patient riders
  • 366 teammates/vendor participants

Tour Davita is a fully supported endurance event for participants of all abilities and experience. Each year, DaVita partners with an active travel company, Backroads to make the 'The Moving Village' come to life.

Backroads provided bicycles fitted with rear bike racks and generously sized Topeak trunk. bags.

The sun setting over 'The Moving Village' at Centennial Park
Backroads also provided the tents, self-inflating sleeping pads, and sleeping bags.

While we were out riding on Day 2, the Backroads crew tore down the campsite and transported everything from Waterloo County Park in Lebanon to the campground at Centennial Park in Woodburn.

Upon arrival at the second campsite, our bags were waiting for us in our respective tents along with the sleeping bags and pads.

Potable water refill station
Each campsite had potable water filling stations and mobile shower trailer facilities.

Forks & Corks Catering catered the event. The majority of the food was sourced locally.

Amenities such as a Village Store, charging stations, and laptops were available provided at the campsites.

Tour DaVita Cell Phone Charging center
This year, I opted to bring an 8000 mAh battery pack so I could charge my mobile device from the convenience of my tent. The 8000 mAh charger provided enough power for all 3 days.

Tour DaVita - Day 1 was a 73 mile loop ride with a 1,076 foot elevation gain starting and ending at the first campground at Waterloo County Park in Lebanon.

The Green Girl and Aaron at the Tour DaVita - Day 1 start
Lexa and I took it easy to preserve ourselves for the century the next day.

Coming from the dry, brown, fire-prone state of California, I was looking forward to enjoying some rich Autumn colors but we were disappointed to learn that the drought had spread to Oregon.

There was even a fire about 40 miles away from our cycling route. I was relieved to see that the air quality wasn't as bad as I'd feared.

The weather was also pleasant - warm but not too hot or humid.

Pumpkin patch in Willamette Valley
We were able to catch a glimpse of fall colors mixed in with the brown here and there.

We also managed to get a taste of the upcoming holiday season as we rode by Christmas tree farms, hazelnut trees, and pumpkin patches. We also saw organic cattle.

The Green Girl saw a traveling sprinkler for the first time
I saw a traveling sprinker for the first time. It was a cute little yellow tractor slowly moving across a lawn. Teammate Aaron explained the tractor follows the path of the water hose.

The Backroads crew set up well-stocked aid stations along the route. They also drove around in 'Spirit Vans' offering support and picking up weary riders.

For lunch, I enjoyed a tasty grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup.

Upon completion of the 73 miles, I pulled a number, showered, and then patiently waited my turn for a complimentary 15 minute massage.

I explained my lower back tightness to the masseuse and she explained that discomfort was actually caused by tight psoas muscles.

I focused on yoga breathing as she worked on loosening my psoas - the left side was much more painful than the right.

Tour DaVita - Day 2 was a century with a 2,400 foot elevation gain from Waterloo County Park in Lebanon to Centennial Park in Woodburn.

Christmas tree farm
Given my lower back situation - even though I was feeling significantly looser post-massage, I was relieved to see that the century course was mostly flat.

One of the highlights of the century route for me was going over historical covered bridges.

Oregon has a total of 50 historic covered bridges - more than any other U.S. state. The majority of the covered bridges in Oregon were built between 1905 and 1925.

The Green Girl and Lexa rode over their first covered bridge Photo Credit: Aaron Schmidt
The first covered bridge we crossed was the Hoffman Bridge over Crabtree Creek. The bridge was a mile northeast of the town of Crabtree. Both the town and the creek were named for John Crabtree, a pioneer who settled in the area in 1845.

The nearby fires created a smoke and ash blanket across the sky. The air quality remained tolerable and the thick cover actually shaded us from the potentially hot sun.

The Tour DaVita course was clearly marked with signs
Copies of the daily route maps were handed out at breakfast but the course was also clearly marked with signs.

Potential hazards were also marked with signs - including any significant traffic crossings.

At lunch, I opted to take some ibuprofen to help ease my lower back tension.

We cycled past multiple pumpkin patches before arriving at our new camp site at Centennial Park in Woodburn.

DaVita Woodburn Dialysis Clinic
Tour DaVita - Day 3 kicked off with a visit to the local DaVita Woodburn Dialysis Clinic.

Day 3 was an 83 mile route with a 1,900 foot elevation gain.

12 miles into the day, our route crossed the Wheatland Ferry.

The Wheatland Ferry is a cable ferry connecting Marion County and Yamhill County across the Willamette River. The ferry travels approximately 580 feet (178 meters) across the river.

The ferry was powered by two electric motors connected to a diesel generator and supported by two steel cables, one under water on the downriver side, and one overhead on the upriver side. The overhead cable was also used for steering the ferry.

Each time a replacement Wheatland ferry is launched, it is always named Daniel Matheny, after the person who originally established the ferry, followed by its number as a Roman numeral. The current ferry, launched in 2002 is Daniel Matheny V.

Steve Priest discussing the backlog of riders with a Wheatland Ferry worker
Unfortunately, a ferry ride with a maximum passenger capacity of 45 due to life jacket availability 12 miles into a ride was less than ideal. Since all the riders attended the clinic visit, we all started the ride together - and 12 miles wasn't enough to spread us out so we all arrived at the ferry at around the same time.

The ferry also had to accommodate locals - so that meant less Tour riders on each ride.

The Green Girl and Lexa's first ferry ride. Photo Credit: Deb Marshall
Lexa and I ended up waiting 1.25 hours to board the ferry but that could not sully my first time riding a ferry with Lexa excitement.

After realizing how much time was lost in the ferry queue, I decided Lexa and I needed to pick up the pace in order to make the time cut-off for the full 83 miles.

Instead of going at my usual comfortable 14.4 mph, I pumped my legs are hard as I could and managed to do between 17.5 - 18.5 mph on the flats most of the way to lunch.

A field of beehives
When I was riding with teammate Kelly, we passed a field of pastel colored beehives.

I shared my interest with in beekeeping with Kelly and mentioned how I'd read that when a beekeeper dies someone must go tell the bees about his/her death or they will fly away and leave the hive.

There was a giant, seemingly never-ending hill right before lunch - and it was one of those hills where you think you've reached the top but it curves and keeps on going. I felt like we were doing the entire 1,900 foot elevation gain up this incline.

Cattle along the Tour DaVita route
About 10 feet from the top, my body decided it had had enough. I was about to throw in the towel when a girl behind me said 'Mary* you cannot stop! You've been the only thing keeping me going up this entire hill!'. That comment gave me a burst of energy and I manage to push out a few more pedal strokes.

Unbeknownst to me, Willamette Valley's mild climate provides optimal growing conditions for grapes and is home to over 300 wineries. Willamette Valley is also known for its world class Pinot noir.

Tour DaVita - Day 3 lunch was at the beautifulZenith Winery
I thoroughly enjoyed the Day 3 lunch at the beautiful Zenith Winery.

I had a tasty BBQ sandwich and yummy macaroni and cheese while I sat on the patio and enjoyed the view.

With my lunch, I took a serving of ENERGYbits spirulina algae tabs to help maintain my energy levels for the second half of the ride.

Sun setting over Willamette Valley
Once my lunch digested, I was able to maintain a steady 15.5 mph. I was thrilled when I got to the cut-off point and the Red Shirt volunteers let me know I could still complete the full distance.

Around Mile 65, Kelly caught up with me and rode to the finish together as the sun began to set over Willamette Valley.

Tour DaVita finisher's buckle
At dinner, each rider received a Tour DaVita Oregon 2014 finisher's belt buckle.

It was my first ever belt buckle - I was so excited.

The buckle was especially meaningful to me because I'd gone outside my comfort zone and pushed myself to make the time cut-off. Day 3 was much more challenging for me due to the lost time waiting for the ferry than the century.

DaVita Blues All Stars
After our final dinner, the DaVita Blue All Stars provided musical entertainment to help us celebrate a successful Tour.

I want to thank everyone who helped me raise money for the DaVita Village Trust.

I also want to thank my team - the eGate team - for their support and encouragement.

The Green Girl and Kelly at the Tour DaVita finish line
Here's a link to the official Tour DaVita 2014 Recap Video.

We ride so others can live...

* I have no idea who that teammate was - she only knew my name because it was on the bib attached to my hydration pack - but thank you Hill Angel Teammate who helped me get to the top of that giant, killer hill!
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