Today, an extreme trail run from the valley to the peak with one of my favorite friends was exactly what my mind and body needed. Running therapy. It is free. You are outside. It is a form of forest bathing, a therapy coined by the Japanese to lower the heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress hormone production, boost the immune system and improve overall feelings of well-being. Or you can just scream f**k at the top of your lungs. It all feels good. Just be well.
It's been awhile... life has its swerves and obstacles, delays and detours. The absence of new blog posts didn't mean we took a break from running. Nooo, that would never happen. Our lives simply deviated off course a bit, a few more tines of the fork appeared in the road. Not that we were terribly missed in this infinite cyber galaxy of ours.
Fall racing is soon upon us and J will be running her first race in over 5 years, the Malibu Half Marathon in November. P will be running the Tegernseelauf half this weekend and another half in Munich in October. Our plans for a full marathon this fall got sidetracked and will be postponed till the time is right.
We're excited to be back and sharing our stories. So if you're reading this, please follow our continued journey!
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.
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!