Western Time – movie about Sally McRae’s journey at Western States 100

Still from Western Time with Sally McRae

Still from Western Time with Sally McRae

I found Sally McRae some time, maybe little over six months ago, from Instagram. And since then my appreciation for her has just grown every step!

This was the first video that I saw about her running Western States 100 this year, I did hear a podcast with her talking about it couple months earlier, which just made me tear up and smile like a idiot from just pure respect.

The thing about Sally is that she makes me believe in myself, to a whole new level of believing. She is this kind of silent killer, though with a great loud laughter! It was really funny to hear that her laughter is one of the characters that her friends know her for, you hear her laughing before even seeing her… Something I have heard about myself too hahah :D.

I admire who ever is her kind, silent workhorse, something I am working towards with myself.

It was also really inspiring to hear that she has gone through her own personal struggles with the help of running. The way she spoke on the film, made me cry because my journey is so similar, I could relate on so many levels. I have come to the conclusion that quite many runners have gone through something big in their personal life, usually ultra runners even more. Maybe because when you are in a dark and deep hole and not sure how to get up, and then you find something like running that really shows you how you can rise again.

Sally to me is also an epitome of PMA, she shines it through all her cells. Even through hard times she keeps believing, that makes me push myself in believing even when it’s hard.

One thing I really want to bring out, is that she is insanely beautiful in this muscular strong way. For myself that means so much, as when I train more my muscles like to grow and become visible. This doesn’t mean that I don’t respect ladies who run ultras and are slim, no no, but it’s so nice to see someone who is really strong in a visible way and similar to me. Sometimes we all need people to look up to and Sally is definitely that to me!

Billy Yang who made this movie, did justice in all areas that I could wish. He really showed the whole journey of Sally from early age to Western States 100. I love how simple things can make everything so much more beautiful. Less is definitely more.

And the beauty of friendship, this movie really shows that. And these days I know so well how important it is to have good people around you, that believe in you even when you maybe don’t.

Gratitude. Love for what you do. Going through pain because of that love. Friendship. Hard work. Appreciation. Beauty in strength. PMA. ❤

Dedication with Sallys Mom end of the movie.

Dedication with Sallys Mom end of the movie.

 

Arctic Warriors : True Northern Energy

IMG_5249Couple of weeks ago I found this amazing brand from Finland, Arctic Warriors.

And last Sunday I got the chance to meet the people behind it, and got some samples to try out.

So, what is Arctic Warriors?

It’s a company from the Finnish Lapland, specific from Narkaus. They make three different plant based nutritional supplements, in the form of gel and honey shots. All ingredients are from Lapland, old power plants that are almost forgotten.

The three power shots are:

Warrior of Endurance (Taistelija)IMG_5279A sharp kick of stress killer! Made from roseroot which is also called the ginseng of the North, and nettle. It tastes real, strong like almost gingery sharp and instantly kicks a bit of energy in to you. Roseroot is said to balance your body, before and after a rough day or a workout. It also calms so that you can take it before going to bed, if you have sleeping problems.

Ingredients : vegetable glycerol, nettle, roseroot. 4g package.

Warrior of Defence (Puolustaja)IMG_5280This one kicks the butt of flu feelings or when in need of a bit of help with your immunity. Made from angelica and nettle. Angelica is one of the strongest plants in Lapland. It has been used to heal scurvy and plague, so it’s pretty kick ass plant! Taste in this one is strong too, maybe it’s the nettle, but it tastes like something real and no processed taste whatsoever.

Ingredients: vegetable glycerol, nettle, angelica, northern sweetgrass. 4g package.

Warrior of Energy (Energia)IMG_5278

My personal favorite! Made from honey, nettle and roseroot. Possible the best energy gel that I’ve ever tasted or used, so good! Honey gives the energy you would need during your endurance training or just during the day. You can also make this delicious sports drink from this one.

The first time I tried this one, I really didn’t expect it to work that well :). I took it last Sunday after working at the Fair the whole day, I felt tired and sluggish and a bit like I have flu coming. I mixed it with hot water and fresh ginger, and wow! I got woken up completely and felt so much better than before. So I can really say that it works!

Ingredients: Finnish honey, nettle, roseroot, vegetable glycerol. 10g package.

All of them are really easy on your stomach and I could think of using them even when running for a long long runs, while your stomach can go a bit of woozy at times. I love that they are clean and natural, no nonsense. All ingredients are locally grown in Lapland, so they use the best that there is.

One thing that I really love, is that all the knowledge behind these are from old folklore healer traditions. One of the three behind the brand, is actually from old healer family.

At the moment they are only being sold in Finland, but when the products are this amazing, I am sure that soon they will spread their amazingness around the world!

http://www.arcticwarriors.fi/en/