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Friday, August 25, 2017

My Favorite Running and Fitness Supplement

The past three years have been a wild fitness adventure for me.



   It is hard to believe that three years ago, I was wearing a walking boot. I had finally gone to the doctor for the pain in my ankle. This pain was caused by my teen accidentally hitting the back of my ankle with a shopping cart and maybe too much running uphill. The Xrays did not show that anything was broken so the Dr. gave me a shot of cortisone and a lovely walking boot that I had to wear for three weeks to see if that would help. That was a tough three weeks as this massive boot slowed me down and I was only allowed to walk for short distances. As a runner/walker that was frustrating. The boot was a temporary fix as once that came off the pain returned along with a feeling that something was not right every time I tried to run. So I was frustrated and started doing some research on my ankle problem. That is when I discovered glucosamine. This supplement helped with the pain and inflammation so I was able to fitness walk again. I still was not able to run as the pain would return.


  In August of 2015, I discovered collagen. This was the breaking point of my injury as I learned that my injury may have been damaged cartilage in my ankle/joints. So I started taking a collagen supplement and within a month I was able to run again. I continued to take the glucosamine along with the collagen as I was running again and I wanted to keep running. Through my research of collagen, I learned that that as we age we lose collagen. So since I love running and want to be that 80-year-old runner, I will keep taking this supplement so I can have healthy cartilage and joints.

       Sponsored post: I received samples from Great Lakes Gelatin to facilitate this post.

  I want to say that was the end of my running injuries but I had two more injuries that were the result of wearing the wrong running shoes. It took two bad falls for me to realize that my trail running shoes were not good to wear when running on pavement. The bottom of my shoes was getting stuck in cracks on the road and that caused me to fall. The first injury was just a bad abrasion on my leg and the next one resulted in a hamstring tear. I continued to take my collagen as I knew this supplement would help my injuries heal faster. My torn hamstring healed in six weeks and I was back to running again.


 Over the past two years, I have been using different brands of collagen, mostly the plain/unflavored kind that I had to add to my coffee or smoothie. I even tried the kind that had to be dissolved in hot water and made gelatin squares that never quite tasted that good. So that meant I was limited to when I could take my collagen. So when I discover a delicious berry flavored collagen drink, I was over the moon with excitement. This meant that I could enjoy my collagen supplement anytime of the day. This yummy collagen drink was made with Collagen Hydrolysate so all I needed was cold water to make it. The berry flavor Great Lakes Collagen Endurance was now my favorite refreshing afternoon drink. Since this collagen had the amino acids to make it a complete protein and B vitamins it was also a great drink to have before I did my afternoon weightlifting exercises with my kettlebells.


 I recently added weights into my fitness routine as my teen son hung a pull-up bar in my kitchen and I discover that I could not even do one pull-up. I also wanted to tone my arms as they have always been jiggly. I have been doing weights three times a week and having a pair of 5-pound kettlebells makes it easy to do at home. I just put on some music and before I know it I have done 5-10 minutes of arm toning exercises. The other day I was talking to my son about a neighbor and he said: " she is old." I told him that the neighbor was only a couple years older than me. I used this opportunity to teach my son that exercise and a healthy diet goes a long way. I am thankful for my daily collagen drink that allows me to keep running.


Want to know more about this delicious berry flavored collagen drink and the benefits of collagen?


                                           Visit the below link for more information.
                                                    http://greatlakesgelatin.com


Great Lakes also makes an unflavored gelatin/collagen that is great to add to coffee, smoothies, and other drinks.


19 comments:

  1. Ah, yes running shoes. Runner's World came out with their top shoes last issue and once again I can't believe how much they cost now! I used to pour over their annual shoe issue in the 70s, lusting after the latest running shoe since I was a long distance runner back then. A secret is to buy two pair and switch off so they can dry, and also not wear down so quickly. I don't run trails like you do, but do try to stay off the concrete, which can be bad for the joints. I've tried collagen and need to keep taking it too.

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  2. I never thought about taking a collagen supplement but I think I will look into it. I have foot pain that it might be able to help.

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  3. I used to take a glucosamine supplement. I have dealt with joint problems for most of my life, so anything that helps!

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  4. I am really happy that you don't have to wear a boot anymore. Soon you will be back to your old self again.

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  5. Great improvement for you. I am glad you discovered that and helped you a lot.

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  6. What a journey you have been on! Sounds like you have a great approach to fitness and ageing. Where is the collagen sourced from? That would be my only concern.

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  7. I've never heard of those products before but I'm glad you found out about them and helped you. It's a good thing you aren't wearing the walking boot anymore.

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  8. My parents take glucosamine and they say it is so good, it is something I should really look into taking myself as I already have joint issues thanks to being hypermobile.

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  9. I hear a lot about collagen in skincare, so it's great to learn about it from a fitness and health perspective!

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  10. I need to try this beverage. I've been having similar pains but in my leg and I wonder if glucosamine might help me with this.

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  11. I've been dealing with a pretty bad, weak ankle for a few months now, and a bace just isnt cutting it anymore. Im going to go pick up some of this collagen and give a try because I'm needing results.

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  12. When I think of collagen, I think of skin care. I had no idea it could help with my overall health and fitness.

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  13. This sounds like a great supplement! I need to start taking collagen, I've been hearing more and more about it lately and it definitely seems beneficial!

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  14. I would love to add Great Lakes Collagen Endurance to my routine. It sounds like it has a ton of great benefits.

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  15. I've come across the term 'glucosamine' before, but really didn't absorb what it was all about. I will probably be able to benefit from a supplement with this in the near future. It's nice to know that glucosamine and collagen supplements really worked for you.

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  16. Thanks for the tip! I don't run, but if I get back into exercising I will keep this in mind.

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  17. I have to send this to my daughter. She is a triathlete and marathon runner. /This looks like a great addition to any runner or athletes diet

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  18. This sounds promising. I will recommend this to my mother in law since she hit the gym almost everyday. It looks great as a supplement. Thanks for sharing!

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  19. I have just started my fitness routine by doing zumba and joining fun run once a week. I think I need something like this to complete my journey. (gee villaruz)

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