Good morning!  It’s gray and dreary here, which I happen to LOVE! Isn’t it so nice to wake up to the sound of rain drops?


I felt a little queasy this AM from last night’s beer and pizza, and I debated going back to sleep…. but sometimes it’s just beer to get UP and GO!  I knew I needed a warm bowl of oatmeal and a big cup of coffee….


My oatmeal contained:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Toppings: 2 tablespoons raisins and 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar


And I drank a perfect coffee with half and half and Vanilla Stevia.


Bone Scan Aborted


You might remember that after my disastrous doctor’s appointment, I was scheduled for a bone scan this AM.  I ended up canceling my appointment because I know I don’t have a stress fracture.  The only symptom I had is "leg pain," but it was so intermittent and dynamic that it couldn’t have been a stress fracture.


Since I’ve backed off running this week (three days of cross training and one 3.0-mile run from Mon – Fri), I’ve noticed a tremendous improvement not only in my knees, but also in my legs.  Between the 15K and the Half Marathon, I think my body was just beginning to cry UNCLE!  I barely rested in between my races, and I prepared for the Half in an extremely short amount of time.  I suffered from a classic over-use injury.  Honestly… I’m just surprised it didn’t happen sooner!


So, I’m going to continue with my Modified 10K Training Plan to get ready for the November 9 10K, and after that I may try to up my running so I’m doing 3 – 4 days of running and 2 – 3 days of cross training.


I’m actually very glad I had this injury experience because it taught me a great deal about training, which will benefit me in the long run. I want to be able to run for many years, and if that means I can’t be a 5-day a week runner, that’s OK with me!  And, now that I know I have Chondromalcia in my knees, I can continue to take steps to improve the condition of my cartilage.  I’ve been doing my isometric knee exercises and wearing my knee sleeves religiously! 🙂


Joint Care – An Amazing NEW Supplement


Future Husband brought me home an amazing new joint supplement.  It’s by Metagenics and it’s called "ChondroCare – Advanced Joint Support and Protection."  This new supplement provides the same amount of glucosamine that my old supplement (Standard Process’ "Glucosamine Synergy") contained, but it is chock full of EXTRA good stuff.


ChondroCare contains (in 1 daily dose, or six tablets):


  • MSM (methylsulfonyl methane): 1000 mg
  • D-Glucosamine Sulfate: 1500 mg
  • Chondroitin Sulfate:  1200 mg
  • Also contains: Zinc, Selenium, Copper, and Maganese


MSM (methylsulfonyl methane) supports healthy connective tissues like tendons, ligaments, and muscle.   People taking MSM may notice additional benefits such as softer skin, harder nails, and thicker hair (yayyyy!).


Glucosamine Sulfate increases the strength and flexibility of the cartilage in your joints.  It works by stimulating the production of a very important structure in your cartilage called the Glycosamine Glycans ( GAG). Your GAG acts as a nutrient base for the growth of your cartilage, thereby increase the production of your cartilage over time.


Chondroitin Sulfate is an important structural component of cartilage and provides much of its resistance to compression.  It prevents other body enzymes from degrading the building blocks of joint cartilage.


I am so excited to give this new supplement a try! I REALLY noticed a difference after I started taking glucosamine (about 6 months ago), and I’ve read a lot of research that MSM, Glucosamine Sulfate, and Chondroitin Sulfate are excellent for runners, especially when combined!  Future Husband says it takes about 3 -4 weeks to notice any improvements, so I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes!


When we launch the holistic supplement online store (TWO WEEKS!), this will be one of the products you can purchase, if you’re interested!


Plans, Plans


We have soooo much to do today! I have LOADS of wedding stuff I must get done!  Plus, Future Husband and I need to work on the holistic supplement online store.  We’ve also got to go to the gym, the grocery store, AND open up our first joint bank account! 🙂





  • ttfn300 October 25, 2008, 6:30 am

    Glad things have been better on the leg front! I’ve had to deal with many issues, and am a 3-day a week runner… it can be done! (at least for up to a half) when i was having trouble with my knees, i had looked into chondroitin-glucosamine, and remember reading that it was better absorbed by your body if taken in liquid form… have you heard this before or know if it’s really true or not?

  • VeggieGirl October 25, 2008, 6:30 am

    It’s gray and dreary here as well, but I personally DON’T like it, haha.

    Sorry about the queasiness :0( But hooray for classic oatmeal!!

    Love the quote in your coffee cup!!

    Sounds like you made a good decision with canceling the bone scan, and with continuing your modified training program.

    Great supplement information!!

    Good luck with your busy day!!

  • Justine October 25, 2008, 6:35 am

    “but sometimes it’s just beer to get UP and GO!” Looks like beer’s on the brain still 😉
    Glad to hear your leg has been feeling better! Sometimes our bodies just need rest, I guess! I think I’m gonna go out for a short 2-3 mile run today (first one since the 5k last Saturday) and see how my leg is feeling. I’ve cross-trained all week (aka NO running!) and now I’m ready to GO! I’m just hoping this won’t set me back for the 10k’s I’m wanting to do on Thanksgiving and beginning of December! But, I must remember to listen to my body! Like you, I’d love to run for years to come, so I’m willing to take a short amount of time off to benefit me in the long run!
    Have a great Saturday!

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 25, 2008, 6:38 am

    ttfn – i will ask future hus when he arises from bed and let you know!

    justine – hahaha thanks for catching that typo! i guess i DO still have beer on the brain. i changed it 🙂 good luck with your run today!!! i’m sure you’ll be fine for your 10k and i cant wait to hear ALLL about it!

  • BOBBI McCORMICK October 25, 2008, 7:04 am

    Yes you want to run for the rest of your life so I am so glad to hear your taking such wonderful care of your wittle knees:)I take Monavie full of lots of Glucosamine I know that’s why I am rarely ever sore.

    Yeah joint checking accounts fun day!

  • just me October 25, 2008, 7:08 am

    i’m so happy to hear about your legs and just that fact that you have over trained! i def think that’s what happened to me and my calf before i started this new program; i was running wayyyy too much.

    have a fun day! hope the wedding stuff isn’t too crazy!

  • sarah October 25, 2008, 7:34 am

    glucosamine and chondroitin — i have heard many good things about these (yes, even in the ‘conventional’ medical world). i will definitely not hesitate to try them if i ever have joint issues again!

    you sound like you have great perspective about your running and have made some really good decisions about taking it slow. sometimes i have trouble making those decisions — so i know it can be really hard!

  • Nicole ( October 25, 2008, 7:39 am

    I love that I not only get to look at great food pictures when reading your blog, but I get also learn a lot too! Thank you!

  • MacDuff October 25, 2008, 8:02 am

    Ooh, is it bad if I’m really super interested in whether or not your hair gets thicker? I could use that…

  • Lindsay October 25, 2008, 8:16 am

    Chondromalcia is also called “Runner’s Knee.” (It’s a lot easier to say than the medical term!) I also suffer from it. I had to take 6 weeks off from running to get a full recovery. It was the toughest thing to do and this was right at the beginning of my running again too! But it hurt so bad just to sit down or sometimes even walk. A co-worker is having to have surgery on her knee after wearing the cartilage all the way gone!

    What I use are simple knee bands that go under my patella. Like yours but not in a sleeve. They work just fine and don’t get my legs all hot.

    I also take a Glucosamine and Chondroitin mix but don’t like to because it has fish products in it. And since I’m a vegetarian, I really don’t like to. I think no matter what brand I buy, that combination will have fish products in it. 🙁

  • Anonymous October 25, 2008, 8:35 am

    on that additives list that you once posted about, stevia is listed in the “caution” section.. not because it’s a sweetenter, but for other health reasons..

  • Sharney October 25, 2008, 8:49 am

    Happy Saturday, Caitlin! I went to sleep to the sound of raindrops and woke up to a cold, wet and dreary day here in Chicago!I hope you have a fun & productive day-that will probably be much easier now that you don't have to waste 6 hours getting a bone scan 🙂

    I am so happy for you that your pain has gone away and you are able to get back on track with your training plan!! Super great news! (I'm heading out for my run right after I post :-)I'm getting a later start than I planned on, but the extra sleep was worth it!

    Yayyyyyy! I can't wait for the opening of your holistic online store- I will definitely check it out and make some purchases, too!

    Have the best Saturday 🙂

  • October 25, 2008, 9:50 am

    Sounds like you are on the right track, girly! Way to take excellent care of your body!

    I can’t wait to check out the online store! Enjoy your day!!

  • Gina October 25, 2008, 10:18 am

    happy joint bank account day! that makes everything seem so REAL!
    i love raisins in oatmeal 😀
    happy saturday!

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 25, 2008, 11:24 am

    mac duff – lol noo… i was pretty excited about that, too!

    lindsay – thanks for passing on the info about knee bands! and yes, i think that all gluco-sulfate has animal products in it… so i understand your concern!

    anon – my personal feelings on the stevia controversy is that it’s been used for decades in europe and asia, and the FDA wont approve it as a food sweetener because they’re in bed with companies like sweet and low and whatnot. i’ve read a lot of research, and that’s just my opinion.

    sharon – yay for running! awesome!

  • lauren October 25, 2008, 12:48 pm

    good decision on the no-go with the bone scan. that sounded like a horrible way to spedn 6 hours on a saturday and you know your body! have a great day!

  • B_Hlthy October 26, 2008, 7:33 pm

    I totally love the supplement info and think you made the right decision on the bone scan!

    Can I get those supplements as well? Where did FH get them/ from your site ?

    Let me know- Im totally interested!

    AND…. I gave you a blogger award .. even though S&D already gave you one- I wanted to make you feel extra special!
    So its on my site!

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 27, 2008, 4:14 am

    laural – yes you’ll be able to buy them from our site! and THANKS for the blogger award!!

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