I started my half marathon training 2 weeks ago and while I have no pain while running, I have begun to feel a dull throbbing pain around my hip and knee on the left side. I have had IT Band syndrome on this side in the past so any pain on this leg instantly makes me worried. So I have begun more foam rolling and stretches and incorporated some of my strengthening exercises I got from a physical therapist a few years ago. But I also need to start paying more attention to my nutrition, in particular focusing on antioxidants (nutrients to help with muscle soreness and recovery). Some of the colleges I have interned at in the past were using Cheribundi for their athletes post-exercise. This is a product made up of tart cherries that provides reduced pain and inflammation and helps facilitate recovery. So I signed up for their 7-Day Challenge and received a coupon for $2 and went to the store for my Cheribundi purchase.
I have tried Cheribundi in the past (in particular I drank some after my first full marathon) but was never a fan of the taste (I don’t like cherries). I found out today I am much less turned off by the taste, so that is good! The 7-Day Challenge is simple: drink 16 oz. on Day 1 followed by 8 oz. on Days 2-7 and you are supposed to feel a difference in muscle soreness and recovery. Note: TART cherries are not the same as sweet cherries you find in a grocery store or drinking sweet cherry juice. This is important. Tart cherries have more of the antioxidant properties than sweet cherries; you do not want to be adding a sugary cherry-flavored juice to your training regimen. That will not give you the benefits you are looking for.