Tales From the Back of the Pack

Tales From the Back of the Pack

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Still Slumping

The slump continues. I'm still not feeling great about running, but now I really think it's more mental than anything else. 
Because looking back at a few of my past results, I'm really not at all slower than I've been in the last several weeks. I'm just not having too much fun running right now. 

 But I AM having too much fun not running.

Yesterday, my coworkers and I celebrated Fat Tuesday as we always do, with a King's Cake from Randazzo's. It was cinnamonny, yeasty and delicious. I'm not sure what kind of crack they use in their frosting but it is the most addicting thing. 
After work, we continued our Fat Tuesday festivities with some bowling and lots of really bad food.  We ended up hitting 3 different restaurants/happy hours before the night was through. #partylikeits1999
After all that indulgence I am more than glad I am still getting my runs in even though they aren't so much fun. 

Just to throw things off even more, the weather is crazy around here lately. It is totally shorts weather (upper 80's) and I'm A LOT sad about that. 
Baring my legs in public in the middle of winter meant that I was in desperate need of lotion creme for my skin. Of course, I couldn't just run to the store to buy the stuff in plastic bottles. 

So, this week I made up a batch of homemade lotion and it turned out great! I've used this recipe plenty of times before, when I wasn't being lazy using the store-bought stuff. I adapted the recipe from here,, it's the best one I've come across out on the interwebs and once again I was super pleased with it! 


4 TBSP grated beeswax

4 TBSP coconut oil

1 cup of another type of oil or mixture of oils that totals 1 cup (olive, sweet almond, grapeseed, walnut, etc). for this batch I used 1/3 cup each of olive, grapeseed and avocado oils. 

8 TBSP water

Ylang ylang essential oil for scent (or other scented essential oil)

Melt the beeswax in a double boiler. When the wax is almost completely melted, add the coconut oil 

Once the coconut oil is melted, remove the pot from the heat and add the rest of the oil while blending with a whisk or immersion blender. The oil will start to solidify though it will still be somewhat runny. 
Once the oil is incorporated, slowly add the water. The lotion will solidify a bit more once the water starts to cool the wax. This is also where I add drops of ylang ylang to give the lotion a great scent. Next time I'm thinking of trying lavendar oil just to mix it up.  
Pour lotion into a jar (about 16 oz) to cool where it will set up even further. Each batch has turned out a little bit differently for me, depending on the oils I used. 
This jar should last me a couple of months if I'm using it daily. A little goes a very long way. 

Total time, about 20 minutes. Total landfill waste, 0. 


  1. Homemade lotion? You're so much more ambitious than I am! :) I do use coconut oil as a moisturizer, but I am lazy and just use it straight out of the jar.

    1. I do that too sometimes on my cuticles. Does Buddy ever try to lick it off?

    2. Nope, he's never shown much interest in it - thankfully! :)

  2. That Kings cake looks a lot like Roscas de Reyes, and it sounds like they have a similar taste profile!! It looks delicious!

    What do you think is making the running less fun? I hope the slump passes by and you get back to enjoying the runs.

    I really, really admire how environmentally conscious you are! Can we say #womancrush ? You inspired me, and now I carry my utensils when visiting the farmer's market.

    1. It's totally the same thing as a Rosca! There's even a baby inside the cake.

      Thanks! We're leaving a mess of a planet for our kids....I want to be able to tell my kid that I did what I could. :)

  3. I've had a king cake from Randazzo's! About this time last year. They are so good! Looks like you too celebrated some marti gras!

  4. I'm so jealous of your king cake. I haven't seen any up here, but maybe I just don't know the right places to look.

    I hope you run out of your slump soon. Maybe a new route or cross-training activity is in order to jazz things up?