This is not an article about science or studies. It’s purely anecdotal and potentially coincidental, but it’s my experience nonetheless.
I came off the NYC marathon on a runner’s high. I posted a great time (my first marathon) and was excited to get back to running. Unfortunately the next three months were plagued by knee issues that, no matter what I tried, weren’t going away. Rest, ice, physical therapy, all helped, but after 2-3 miles my knee was throbbing. This is a huge difference for someone who just came off running 26.2 and it wasn’t getting any better.
While on a trip to Australia with my wife, I saw a commercial for glucosamine which was aimed at people with joint pain. “Ok, I guess that’s me, but I’m not that old.” Upon further thinking, it occurred to me that in the past six months we’d switched our diet from pescatarian (only fish meat) to vegetarian (no meat). It is possible that I was missing out on some important nutrients that wouldn’t show up on blood work (which my annual showed was really really good). Most notably, fish oil.
Chalk it up to a healthy curiosity and overall desire to get better, but I dropped fish oil and glucosamine/chondroitin into my Amazon cart and had them set to arrive when we got home. Within a couple days of adjusting back to Pacific Standard Time, I went out for a run.
Maybe it was the rest. Maybe it’s the supplements. But after three months of agonizing runs, I’m finally back to being able to put in generally pain free sessions. Now, I say generally because it’s not perfect. Three months of mixed running means I took a bit of a step back, but that’s OK! I can run!
What about you? Have you had any joint issues? Any luck?
I do have a final MRI to rule out structural issues. Something I’ve come to appreciate is how much stress training puts on the body. The worst thing I could do is push through a serious injury and I don’t want to do that!
These are the two items I’m using: