The Results Are In

OMG. My MRI results are in and my knee got better! I couldn't believe it. My last MRI from six months ago showed grade 3 chondromalacia. I've cut back on mileage considerably and have been consistently cross training since, but the pain never really went away. I honestly expected that my knee would be bone on bone by now, so it was quite a shock to learn that the cartilage has slightly regenerated. My last doc told me that my knee would never get better because apparently cartilage doesn't heal? I've been a mess this past half year, thinking that my running days were numbered, so you can imagine my excitement right now.

 
For about a month now, I've been taking a supplement containing glucosamine and chondroitin which aids in restoring cartilage. I prefer Arthroplus from German-based company Orthomol, who I trust for their high standards in safety and quality. Arthroplus also contains vitamin C, which plays an important role in collagen synthesis, the main protein in joint tissue, as well as omega-3, which has excellent anti-inflammatory properties to ease joint pain. In addition, I've also added collagen-rich gelatin powder to my diet (1-2 tablespoons). Gelatin is high in several amino acids needed for the production of collagen, such as glycine and proline. Collagen a major component of skin, hair, nails, muscles, tendons, and ligaments, so no wonder gelatin is considered a superfood. I'm convinced that this concoction has played a significant role with the regeneration, so if you're experiencing any joint pain, try it. There are so many more benefits to gelatin that I haven't even listed here. Take a look for yourself! Just make sure you always source safe and high-quality supplements. 

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Mind Over Matter

Barriers. They come in all shapes and sizes. How do we knock them down?! Please tell me!!
P and I are planning to run a marathon in November. I have never run one. P is injured. I am certain P will be over her barrier by November, but will I?  My problem is two-fold. First, I can't just run a marathon for the fun of it (sadly). I have already decided I must run a sub three hour marathon or bust, this is probably impossible, but still my goal. Ughh. Secondly, I don't love distance. I have such a mental barrier against it. I prefer five miles and below as fast as I can. So maybe this is good for me. Or maybe not. I do have to try. I am thinking one 18 mile long run before.. with a few scattered 8-13 mile runs as well. Tips please. Sports psychologist needed!

Do You Connect?

For years, I did my indoor cardio without any music or headphones. Couldn't be bothered with mulling over a playlist or fumbling with a device. And I didn't want to surrender myself to daytime television. I prided myself on my ability to push through long boring sessions without any media distractions. That's mental toughness. Then along came the iPhone and Spotify and I swooned... I gave in and began sweating to my favorite tunes. All good. Now I have a new thing... watching Netflix and Apple TV shows on my phone. It can be an oddly mesmerizing 40-some minutes of cardio. The OA anyone?