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How can I help you Thrive?  I'm Ellen Leonard, a huge nerd using my expertise in Ayurveda, Yoga, Positive Psychology, Stress Management and Health Coaching to help you achieve your health and wellness goals.  Be happier, be healthier.

Recovery & Reslience: Self-care for Runners


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Recovery & Reslience: Self-care for Runners

Ellen Leonard

Do you love running? Training? Racing?  Me too. 

Unfortunately, while running the 2011 I ran the Disney Marathon I injured my knee.  I was exhausted.  I had over-trained.  I wasn't taking care of myself, I was just training and pushing and running. Now I can no longer run races. 

If I knew then what I know now

I’m now a Health Coach and Ayurvedic Practitioner.  I work with clients who are training for races and Ironmans and triathlons.  I help them improve their level of self-care so that they can reduce their chances of getting sick or injured. 

Active self-care enables
athletes to do what they love
Run.  Swim.  Bike. 

Three ways to improve resilience and recovery

Here are some quick basics to help you prepare for the upcoming Mini-Marathon in Indianapolis (or any athletic event). 

1.     Hydrating tea – yes, there are blends of herbs that help you hydrate – in addition to your regular water intake, add 8-16oz of warm/hot hydrating tea in the few days before and after the race – sipped slowly throughout the day between meals.

Basic Hydrating Tea (aka CCF Tea)

  • 1 tspn each: whole coriander seed, whole cumin seed, whole fennel seed
  • 4 oz boiling water
  • steep 10 min
  • must drink warm or hot
  • hint - make a bunch and keep in a thermos to drink from all day

2.     Massage – Massaging your body with warm oil during training, before a race, and for the few days following a race is a great way to care for yourself and to support your body.  The ancient Ayurvedic practice of Abhyangha, or self-oil massage, is simple and effective.  It soothes your nervous system, gets your lymphatic system moving (helps boost immunity), allows you to check in with your body and notice issues before they become injuries, and feels good. 

  • Details about how to apply oil: here and video here
  • Racing when it’s hot? Use coconut oil, which is cooling. 
  • Looking for a warmer experience? Try sesame oil, which is heating
  • Interested in using ancient herbal recipe to soothe sore muscles and joints? Try Maharayan oil 

3.     Secret weapon: Chavanprash – an ancient Ayurvedic jam that boosts immunity, builds strength, and helps with recovery –

  • 1-2 tspns, 1-2x daily a few days before and after a race
  • Buy it here or on

Making time for self-care now =
healthier and happier you later

Interested in trying some of these ideas yourself or learning some more simple techniques to help you prepare for and recover from your upcoming races?

join me:

FREE Workshop
Recovery and Resilience at Athleta Indianapolis (Fashion Mall)
Sunday May 1st from 10am-noon
Details here