Recovery

September 19, 2011 · 41 comments

Half of the trick to marathon training is the recovery period between runs. It’s a time when taking care of your bod is crucial.

Which is why my foam roller gets so much love every single night. And sometimes mornings, too.

Only I don’t typically do it in a UPS hat. That’s only when I run over to Jamie‘s house to play with her foam roller and feed her wine.

And I’m becoming more and more acquainted with the ice baths.

After my rainy 13 miler on Saturday, I filled up the tub, poured in some ice, and drank coffee in my hoodie. Like a really cool runner. I swear, ice baths do wonders for aching legs.

Something else I’ve been giving a whole lotta love to?

I wish I was kidding when I tell you I go through two cartons of Chocolate Silk Light a week. Chocolate milk is the perfect recovery drink, and I feel like I’m lost if I don’t have some after I run.

It has double the carb and protein content of water and sports drinks, which is perfect for replenishing tired muscles. The high water content replaces fluids lost as sweat, which prevents dehydration. On top of that, it’s got a nutritional bonus of calcium with a little sodium and sugar, which helps retain water and regain energy. Boom. Go drink some chocolate milk.

I love it plain, in cereal and/or granola AND in smoothies.

And almonds are always in my drawer at work. Apparently, runners should get a handful of these several times a week to get their recommended Vitamin E that’s kinda hard to find.

I had a humongous bag of smoked almonds in my drawer about a month ago… they were gone in four days. I couldn’t stop eating them. I’m never buying them again. It was a big problem.

And egg whites make regular appearances in my meals from day to day.

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The only thing I tend to miss? The yolk. I’ve been conditioned to enjoy eggs without the yolk, since I know how much cholesterol is in that tiny little yellow ball. According to my Runner’s World, egg yolks have almost ALL of the vitamins. The yolks are basically empty calories. By eating the yolk, you’re getting Vitamins A, D, B12, calcium, iron, and protein. Plus, studies show egg-eaters have less cases of heart disease than those who avoid eggs altogether.

I’m changing my ways, guys. I’ll be eating the yolks now. Promise.

And, of course, Peaaannuuuuut, peanut butter (jelly)!

That baby is my favorite Peanut Butter & Co flavor to date. I’m pretty sure we’re all getting more than enough of this stuff for ample recovery. It’s full of fat, protein, and fiber. Sounds good to me… all I know is I can’t really live without it.

Also according to my recent Runner’s World issue (which I read as Mama and I got pedicures on Saturday… still loving this gifted subscription), other great foods for runners are black rice, brazil nuts (gosh, I never eat those). lentils, and molasses.

Guess it’s time to start making wild rice bowls garnished with brazil nuts, lentils, and dressed with molasses.

But not really.

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