Pre-Race Banter and Tiger Balm

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Seriously, TGIF!!

 

I am very excited about this evening because I’m meeting up with Meghann and Melissa at a hippie vegan restaurant called Ethos for dinner.  It’s been a week, so I’m obviously going through intense Meghann withdrawals, and I’ve never met Melissa in real life!  YAY!

 

Meghann, Melissa, Gina, and myself are all running the Seasons 52 5.2K tomorrow morning!  Yes… a 5.2K, not a 5K .  I’m also looking forward to this race, and judging from the e-mail banter between the ladies, its going to be a fun and competitive race!

 

Lunch was really yummy — even though I burnt the toast!

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I spread about 3 oz. of baked salmon (leftover from last night) on two pieces of broiled toast and cheddar cheese.

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Carrots for munching/sharing with Maggie:

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Strawberries:

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Roar of the Tiger

 

My right ankle is giving me some trouble.  Luckily, I had this cute travel-size jar of Tiger Balm in my bag.

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Did you know that Tiger Balm is one of the most widely-used medications in the entire world, and it was invented more than 110 years ago?  Pretty cool!

 

Here’s some information on Tiger Balm.  The ingredients are as following:

 

  • Menthol 10% 
  • Camphor 11% 
  • Dementholised mint oil 6%  
  • Cajuput oil 7%
  • Clove bud oil 5%  
  • Cassia oil 5%  

 

Menthol’s ability to chemically trigger the cold-sensitive TRPM8 receptors in the skin is responsible for the well known cooling sensation that it provokes when inhaled, eaten, or applied to the skin

 

Camphor is readily absorbed through the skin and produces a feeling of cooling similar to that of menthol and acts as slight local anesthetic and antimicrobial substance.

 

Tiger balm can rubbed directly on the skin and used in the following cases:

 

  • Myalgia muscular pains.
  • Migraines and headaches of light intensity to moderate. 
  • Mosquito bites: to relieve the itch. 
  • Cough: to release the respiratory voices, in application on the chest and the back.

 

Competitive Or Not?

 

Are you a competitive person? If so, are you super serious about it, or is it all in good fun?  I love egging Meghann on during our races because she is so friggin’ fast that it makes me faster, too!!  It’s all in jest though, and she knows it. :)  And don’t worry — she eggs me right back!

{ 34 comments }

 

  • Rose January 23, 2009, 11:28 am

    That’s so cool that the four of you are running a race together – what a good idea (and inspiring) to run with others like that @ a race.

  • Erica January 23, 2009, 11:28 am

    Hey girl. Good luck tomorrow! That is so fun that you’re all running- how cool! I want to meet some bloggers in real life! BTW- how far are you from Jacksonville? I may be taking a training class for the gym there soon. I think I’m super competitive in some things and lax in others.

  • Lindsay January 23, 2009, 11:30 am

    So you just put this balm on your ankle? Like lotion? What is in the Tiger’s Balm that makes it so potent?

    Stupid questions, I know but just trying to understand! 🙂

  • Caitlin January 23, 2009, 11:33 am

    lindsey – i shouldve explained tiger balm in the post. duh!

    Ingredient
    Menthol 10%
    Camphor 11%
    Dementholised mint oil 6%
    Cajuput oil 7%
    Clove bud oil 5%
    Cassia oil 5%

    Menthol’s ability to chemically trigger the cold-sensitive TRPM8 receptors in the skin is responsible for the well known cooling sensation that it provokes when inhaled, eaten, or applied to the skin

    Camphor is readily absorbed through the skin and produces a feeling of cooling similar to that of menthol and acts as slight local anesthetic and antimicrobial substance.

    The Tiger balm can be used in the following cases:

    Myalgia muscular pains.
    Migraines and headaches of light intensity to moderate.
    Mosquito bites: to relieve the itch.
    Cough: to release the respiratory voices, in application on the chest and the back.

  • brandi January 23, 2009, 11:42 am

    I love that you guys are talkin smack over the blogs 🙂

    You’re all going to do great! I wish I lived in FL so I could join in!

    I am competitive, but it’ll be a LONG time before I can ever compete with my husband (time-wise) in a race. He’s been running a lot longer than I have and is much faster. Someday 🙂

  • Aimee January 23, 2009, 11:50 am

    I don’t think I’m competitive, just a super perfectionist.

    For migranes do you rub the Tiger Balm on your head?

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point January 23, 2009, 11:52 am

    aimme – yup! and trust me, it works. husband gets bad migranes and tiger balm always helps.

  • ttfn300 January 23, 2009, 11:56 am

    have fun with the girls 🙂 and good luck! i’m competitive, but in a fun way!

  • just me January 23, 2009, 12:00 pm

    oh man, the three of you girls are totally going to whoop me tomorrow morning…i haven’t been doing any training! oh well, at least i get a tshirt for it! hahah!

    but i am competitive…so one day…i shall race race race nice and fast against you girls and whoop you! hahahhaa!

    i’m sooooo excited for tonight!

  • Meghann January 23, 2009, 12:09 pm

    haha I already told you its on! I am all set to woop your booty! 🙂

    You make me run faster to! Its good to have someone who is at the same level to compete with! It makes it sooo much more fun! 🙂

  • ksgoodeats January 23, 2009, 12:11 pm

    That burnt toast still looks pretty damn good! I love the crispiness 🙂

  • Mica January 23, 2009, 12:27 pm

    Whoa, that tiger balm sounds intense. I’m glad you listed the ingredients. From the picture, I thought it might contain essence of real tiger!

    Good luck on the race!

  • mytastytravels January 23, 2009, 12:35 pm

    I would say since I am a dancer I am a pretty competitive person. I mostly do it for fun now, but it’s a lot of fun to push yourself to be the best for competitions and in class. I won’t lie you feel darn good (deep down inside) if you win or can do a move better than another person 🙂

  • VeggieGirl January 23, 2009, 12:42 pm

    I love burnt toast 😀

    BEST OF LUCK TOMORROW!!

    As a perfectionist, I’m mostly competitive with myself.

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy) January 23, 2009, 12:44 pm

    I’m SOOOO competitive. My husband won’t play board games/video games with me because he can’t take the HEAT!!!

    Can’t wait to see how your race plays out…my money’s on…hmmm, I can’t pick!!!

  • Megan January 23, 2009, 12:44 pm

    ooo good luck on your race tomorrow!

    i am not competitive AT ALL! i dont like to play sports, i dont like to see people lose at things..i dont know, im just so sensitive i guess haha. but i bet it helps a lot to have a friend there egging you on to make you better!

  • greendogwine January 23, 2009, 12:46 pm

    Aww – very fun you girls get to do that together! I’m SUPER competitive, and it always comes out during races!

    have fun tomorrow!

  • Anonymous January 23, 2009, 12:48 pm

    hi caitlin + readers :

    quick question:
    HAS/DOES anyone take “VEGA” a vegan protein supplement?
    If so – how/when do you take it? do you use it as a meal replacement?
    thanks
    happy weekend!

  • girlrunningaround January 23, 2009, 1:21 pm

    Awesome that you gals get to run a race together! Good luck!

    I am so not competitive, in a field where many others are uber competitive. I really strive to run my own race, in running and life. If I’m out there doing the best that I can do I’ve done my job. It doesn’t matter who I beat or who beats me, as long as I’ve given it my all.

  • dailygoods January 23, 2009, 1:24 pm

    thats so fun that all of you are running together 🙂 good luck!! ah my mom is chinese, and as long as i can remember she has always had tiger balm in the house. it really is heavenly, and makes you feel 100000000 times better!

  • strongandhealthy January 23, 2009, 1:35 pm

    What a great sammie idea! Good luck on the race tomorrow! I don’t feel competitive, but in a race I totally am. Have fun!

  • Ali January 23, 2009, 1:48 pm

    I have to ask a question: I just signed up for a 5K 8K and full marathon and last year I did a half marathon- I want to make sure I train right and eat enough but this year is dedicated to losing weight and toning- How do you make sure you eat enough to fuel but still lose?
    Thanks and I LOVE THE NEW BLOG!!!

  • Caitlin January 23, 2009, 1:56 pm

    anon – i havent heard of that supplement, sorry!

    ali – check out my “how i fuel” page: http://healthytippingpoint-howifuel.blogspot.com/

    overeating when you are race training is very common, as running makes you super hungry and if you arent careful, you can overeat. a lot of people GAIN weight training for a marathon for this exact reason!

    i would try to listen to your body cues and just eat when you are hungry. make sure you eat a pre-run and post-run snack for longer runs.

    alternatively, you can try tracking your food intake with a journal to make sure your calories eaten are less (no more than like 250 a day) than your resting calories + calories burned in running. you probably would only have to do this for a week or so before you got the hang of it.

    good luckkkk!

  • lauren January 23, 2009, 2:16 pm

    I was fiercely competitive in team sports which I played growing up amd still do. For some reason, when it comes to running, it is more of a competition with myself. But I love competition in any form and cant wait to see the outcome tomorrow. good luck!

  • brandi January 23, 2009, 2:34 pm

    Where can you get this Tiger Balm?

    I get horrible migraines every couple of months, and nothing really makes them go away completely.

  • Ryane January 23, 2009, 3:08 pm

    When I was 8 or so, I was at my dad’s house hanging out in the living room and saw a tin of Tiger Balm on the table. My lips were pretty dry so I decided to use some after seeing the word “balm”. A moment later my dad walks into the room and goes, “oooh I smell Tiger Balm” and I was like, “yeah I just put some on my lips!”. His eyes opened really wide and he said “I suggest washing that off right now – you’re going to burn your mouth off!” It had definitely started to tingle… and not in a minty c.o.bigelow way either! SO I ran and scrubbed at my mouth for a good while until they felt normal again! The fam still likes to laugh about that one.

    Nowadays, I just use Tiger Balm on my knees!

  • Justine January 23, 2009, 3:37 pm

    I’m really not very competitive. I may be in some things, but running’s not one of them. Mostly just cuz I know I’m not quick 😉 Slow and steady!

  • Meredith January 23, 2009, 3:57 pm

    Tiger balm is great stuff! I don’t think I could have done pointe without it!

  • Katie January 23, 2009, 7:11 pm

    Tiger Balm looks really interesting. Good luck to all of you tomorrow at the 5.2k. That’s such a strange distance.

    I’m pretty competitive, but it’s more with myself than with other people.

  • HangryPants January 23, 2009, 7:26 pm

    Good luck tomorrow!

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) January 23, 2009, 8:27 pm

    Love Tiger Balm. Can’t beat all that menthol action! Hope it helped your ankle.

    Good luck in the race tomorrow!

  • BOBBI McCORMICK January 24, 2009, 1:32 pm

    I love ms some tiger balm!

  • MyThy January 24, 2009, 10:10 pm

    Thanks for spreading the word about Tiger Balm! Every asian family I know…lemme rephrase, every Chinese/Vietnamese family I know has tiger balm at home. It’s just one of those home remedies you reach for when you have a headache/migraine/sore muscle/back ache, etc. We use it as the base for “coining”!

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